Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language Major (B.A.)
Liberty University’s TESL program exists to equip candidates to teach English in a wide variety of contexts to speakers of other languages or to pursue advanced study in the field. Toward this end, the program seeks:
- to develop the necessary curricular offerings and practical opportunities for student achievement in the areas of general linguistics, the linguistic features of the English language, cross-cultural dynamics, and curriculum and methodology in TESFL;
- to develop strategies for providing students with both curricular and practical opportunities while making the most efficient and effective use of the department’s academic, physical, and budgetary resources; and
- to provide graduates with the highest quality of both professional preparation and professional accreditation and licensure.
Program Learning Outcomes
The student will be able to:
- Adapt the principles of language learning to multiple contexts.
- Analyze and communicate the syntactic, morphological, phonological and discourse features of English.
- Analyze and apply the ways in which the Christian worldview affects the TESL practitioner’s work.
- Conduct linguistic analysis of various world languages and present findings both orally and in writing.
- Evaluate differences and problems that occur in human behavior and values in cross-cultural and cross-linguistic settings.