English is the “lingua franca” of the twenty-
first century. It has become the international language of business, science, technology, and travel and is the most widely learned second language in the world today.

Our minor will provide you with the opportunity to gain essential background knowledge, expertise and experience relevant not only for working with and assisting foreign nationals and immigrants both personally and professionally, but also for adult literacy development in the United States, teaching English overseas as a foreign language or in America as a second language.

To satisfy the requirements for the minor in English for Speakers of Other Languages, students must complete:

  • EDU-501, ENG-362, LNG-210, MLL-350, and
  • two more courses from at least two of the four groups listed below

For course descriptions, see listings under individual departments in the course catalog. On occasion, special topics courses are offered that also satisfy the requirements for the minor.

Cultural analysis

A course selected in consultation with the minor advisor that addresses the culture associated with a specific language. For example, if a student is interested in working in China then one of several courses addressing aspects of Chinese culture might be considered as appropriate under this rubric.

Analysis of English:
ENG-361 History of the English Language

Linguistic analysis:
LNG-220 Linguistic Analysis
LNG-230 Language as Social Phenomenon
LNG 305 Second Language Learning and Acquisition

Analysis of Modern Languages:
FRN-405 Introduction to French Linguistics
GRM-405 Introduction to German Linguistics
SPN-405 Introduction to Spanish Linguistics

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