English has become the most widely used language in the world today and there is great demand for trained professionals to teach with integrity. The mission of the TESOL minor is to prepare students for service in North America with immigrants, refugees, and international students, as well as for mission opportunities around the world through teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Curriculum Requirements

Students who complete 18 credits of course work with a grade of "C" or higher as prescribed below are eligible for a TESOL concentration within the Intercultural Studies major or a minor in addition to another major. Students will also receive a certificate. Sixteen of these credits must be completed at Biola University.

Students desiring the minor/certificate must complete a departmental application, usually after completing the courses listed below. Students for whom English is not a primary language must have a TOEFL score of 100 iBT or the equivalent, plus demonstrated oral and written proficiency.

Program Courses
INAL 300Introduction to Language and Linguistics3
or INAL 313 Practicum in Language and Culture Learning
or INCS 310 General Linguistics
or ENGL 351 General English Linguistics
INTE 309Grammar for English Teachers3
INTE 421Introduction to TESOL: Adult3
or ENGL 353 Introduction to TESOL: Adult
INTE 427Materials Evaluation and Preparation3
INTE 433Ethics, Values, and Intercultural Communication for TESOL Professionals3
INTE 492Practicum in TESOL I3
Total Credits18