This program is designed for Rice students who plan to teach English to non-native speakers in the U.S. or abroad. The Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) supplies undergraduate-level training in applied linguistics and the English language. It easily can be combined with linguistics, English or other majors, but can only be earned with a Rice BA. To enroll in the program, contact the director of the ESL Certificate Program. The program consists of four required courses and a practicum.

Required Courses:  

  •  Ling 200 Introduction to the Scientific Study of Language
  •  Ling 340 Theory and Methods of Teaching ESL
  •  Ling 393 Structure of the English Language

     And one of the following:

  •  Ling 205, Language and Society
  •  Ling 300 Linguistic Analysis, Ling 306 Language, Thought, and Mind
  •  Ling 309 Psychology of Language, Ling 313 Language and Culture, or Ling 415 Sociolinguistics

 Practical Component:

The practical component consists of a total of 20 contact hours of language teaching/tutoring experience. This requirement may be filled in a number of ways: see the ESL information on the linguistics department website for further details. On completion of the practicum, a short report on the student’s teaching experience should be submitted to the certificate director.

Successful completion of the program must be certified by the director of the ESL Certificate Program and will be indicated by a certificate of completion, awarded on completion of the Rice BA.