This four-year degree offers comprehensive training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The goal of the program is to train and equip aspiring teachers of English as a Second Language to become competent and confident teachers. Graduates from the program serve in various English teaching capacities all over the world. The program is accredited at Professional Standard Two by TESL Canada, the national accrediting body for TESOL. Standard Two is the highest level of accreditation for undergraduate degrees meaning that graduates are eligible to receive the qualification of choice of employers here in Canada and a de facto rubber stamp of training quality elsewhere in the world. At almost 500 hours of TESOL and TESOL-related instruction, the Briercrest degree is one of the most comprehensive undergraduate TESOL degrees in North America.
The program is offered with the written authorization of the Minister of Advanced Education effective July 1, 2023. This authorization was provided after the program proposal underwent a quality assurance review and was found to meet the standards established by the Minister. Prospective students are responsible for satisfying themselves that the program and the degree will be appropriate to their needs.
The BA Applied Linguistics: TESOL requires 45 credit hours of major requirements, including 6 credit hours of cognate language requirements. Like most Briercrest programs, the BA Applied Linguistics: TESOL requires 39 credit hours of 300+ course work within the context of a 120 credit hour degree.
I. Required (39 credit hours):
COMM 200 Intercultural Communication
LING 105 Introduction to TESOL
LING 120 TESOL Practicum I
LING 220 English Grammar
LING 221 Language Teaching Methodology
LING 222 Second Language Acquisition
LING 320 TESOL Practicum II
LING 321 English Language Skills in TESOL
LING 322 Linguistics: Phonology
LING 323 Materials Development
LING 420 Ethics in TESOL
LING 427 TESOL Internship
LING 429 Professional Issues in TESOL
Note: You must achieve a minimum of 65 per cent in each required LING course in order to progress in the program.
II. Cognate Modern Language Requirement (6 credit hours):
6 credit hours of a modern language
III. Free Electives (to bring credit hour total to 120 credit hours)
PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)
In addition, all Bachelor of Arts degrees require the completion of Briercrest's core curriculum.