The English as a Second Language (ESL) program at Michigan Tech serves as a “laboratory” for students pursuing the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate. Throughout their training, TESOL certificate students interact with ESL students at all levels both in and out of classrooms.

TESOL students begin observing in ESL classrooms after the mid-semester point of the Theoretical Foundations of TESOL (HU 3961) course and TESOL students often ask students in the ESL program to participate in the mini research projects they conduct in their TESOL courses. During their Methods and Materials (HU 3962) course, TESOL students observe and assist a cooperating teacher in the classroom.

TESOL certificate candidates begin tutoring students, doing mini lessons, and substitute teaching for their cooperating teachers. Furthermore, TESOL certificate students work as supervised instructors for lab courses during the summer. While TESOL certificate candidates meet their six-credit-hour Practicum (HU 4961) requirement in the ESL program, our ESL students come to appreciate the training that goes into the making of teachers who work with English language learners.

The ESL program at Michigan Tech serves a service, teaching, and research function for the Department of Humanities.