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Minor in English as a Second Language (ESL)

Schools are growing more and more diverse by the day; socioeconomically, racially, ethnically, and linguistically. In Middle Tennessee and across the United States, school districts, higher education institutions, and community organizations are in desperate need of well-trained, culturally responsive, effective educators to meet the needs of students whose first language is not English. Belmont’s English as a Second Language (ESL) undergraduate minor prepares students to meet the needs of those English-learning scholars.

For undergraduate students pursuing teacher licensure in early childhood education, elementary education, secondary education, or arts education the ESL minor provides the preparation needed to add the ESL endorsement to your Tennessee teaching license. For undergraduate students not pursuing teacher licensure, the ESL minor provides the preparation needed to be effective ESL instructors who are culturally responsive to the needs of English learners in private schools, adult and higher education, or community organizations.

Belmont’s ESL minor requires 18-credit hours of undergraduate coursework, including 6-credit hours in a foreign language, and courses in applied linguistics, literacy acquisition, and community engagement. Note that the 6-credit hours in a foreign language required for the ESL minor may not be duplicated with the B.A. Bell Core foreign language requirement.

Please contact Dr. Amanda Nelms to discuss adding the ESL minor to your undergraduate degree program.