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English as a Second Language Minor

The English as a Second Language (ESL) minor is open to all DePaul students interested in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in various settings: PK-12 schools (this minor covers all required courses for the IL state Bilingual Education Endorsement for those seeking teaching certification);teaching abroad; teaching in international ​schools; teaching adult students in community colleges or social service centers; and working in other agencies and organizations that provide services to multilingual communities in the US and abroad.

The minor offers a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of second language acquisition, cross-cultural dimensions, teaching and assessment practices, and the theory, research, and policy of ESL. Students interested in this minor should consult home college advisors to enroll.

Note: Does not require proficiency in another language beyond English.

The English as a Second Language (ESL) minor provides a learning opportunity to all DePaul students for those interested in working with second language learners. Students gain a comprehensive and in-depth understanding of second-language acquisition, as well as related educational theories and practices.

Students interested in this minor should consult home college advisors and secure permission from the Bilingual-Bicultural Education Program to enroll.

Course Requirements

7 courses are required for the minor:

Course Title Quarter Hours
BBE 310SPECIAL TOPICS IN LANGUAGE EDUCATION AND CULTURE4
BBE 304LANGUAGE, LITERACY AND CULTURE4
or BBE 370 SECOND & WORLD LANGUAGE LITERACIES AND CULTURES
BBE 307EQUITY ISSUES IN ASSESSMENT OF LANGUAGE LEARNERS4
BBE 325BILITERACY PRACTICES IN BILINGUAL EDUCATION AND ESL4
BBE 324METHODS OF TEACHING ENGLISH AS A SECOND LANGUAGE4
BBE 326THEORETICAL FOUNDATIONS OF TEACHING ESL AND WLE4
BBE 366FIRST AND SECOND LANGUAGE ACQUISITION4
or BBE 360 SECOND, WORLD AND HERITAGE LANGUAGE ACQUISITION K-12

​Minor in ESL with ESL Endorsement 

This option is only available to undergraduates in the College of Education pursuing ISBE Licensure.

The minor with endorsement requires the above 7 courses PLUS 100 fieldwork hours (including registration in BBE 96).

Course Title Quarter Hours
BBE 96100 FIELD EXPERIENCE HOURS IN ESL / BE DOCUMENTED0

Note: Individuals interested in pursuing a minor in bilingual and a minor in ESL need to select the combined ESL-Bilingual (ESL-BE) minor. Individuals cannot earn a separate minor for both areas.​

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