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Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language

College of Liberal Arts & Sciences

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What is Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language?

Linguistics and Teaching English as a Second Language (Linguistics + TESL) studies an overarching question: How do speakers of different languages learn, use, teach, and assess English as a second language (ESL)? Linguistics + TESL is an interdisciplinary program for students who plan to pursue careers in areas related to English as second and foreign language education. As a Linguistics + TESL major, you'll gain a solid background in both general linguistics and educational linguistics. You'll learn subject knowledge from multiple disciplines that help understand linguistics principles and linguistic developmental trajectories. You'll also receive a practical training in ESL/EFL teaching, assessment, and material development.

Career Options

  • Language teaching
  • Language testing
  • Material development
  • Government
  • Publishing
  • Translation
  • Technical or professional communication

Post-Graduation Success1

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Review Criteria

First-Year Major-Specific Criteria

  • Demonstrated understanding of and interest in the major

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Transfer Criteria

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Graduation & Retention2

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Annual Program Costs

Illinois Resident

  • Tuition: $12,254
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,194
  • Total: $33,060

Non-Resident

  • Tuition: $29,704
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $50,850

International

  • Tuition: $30,594
  • Fees: $4,612
  • Expenses3: $16,534
  • Total: $51,740
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