Methods and Communication
The minor in English as a Second Language is designed for the student desiring to teach English language learners in a variety of settings, in the United States and abroad.
At Olivet, students will study assessment of the bilingual student, cross-cultural studies, and methods and materials for teaching.
Practicums are an important part of this program. Apply concepts you learn in the classroom to actual teaching experiences as you complete the required 40 hours of ESL clinical experience.
For the 30-hour field practicum semester, prior to your student teaching, design and submit your own proposal. In the past, students have served on summer mission trips to Romania, been part of Missions in Action (M.I.A.) trips during breaks, and tutored language learners locally.
For the ESL endorsement, you must complete 100 contact hours with K-12 language learners. Volunteer as a coach, tutor or camp counselor working with area residents who aren’t native English speakers.
Students will complete 60 full school days of supervised student teaching, and a 30-hour field practicum, which might include serving on a Missions in Action (M.I.A.) trip during a spring or summer break.