2021-2022 University Catalog



With the continued growth of English as an international language, English language educators have unprecedented opportunities for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) in a variety of intercultural settings. Because the need and demand for qualified English language teachers continues to grow—both in the U.S. and abroad—Multnomah offers the TESOL program at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. At the undergraduate level students may pursue a major or minor in TESOL.

Program Outcomes

The goal of the TESOL program is to send out highly competent professionals who are able to work skillfully with diverse student populations in the U.S. and around the world.  Our program of study is designed to equip students with the linguistic knowledge, pedagogical skill, cultural responsiveness, and professional resources necessary to become quality teaching professionals who demonstrate Christ's love by authentically and effectively meeting language needs in our world. Our TESOL program outcomes (TPO) are as follows:

TPO 1 Linguistic Knowledge

  • Demonstrate deep understanding of concepts and components of linguistics.
  • Utilize and synthesize current language acquisition theory and research.
TPO 2 Pedagogical Skill
  • Incorporate theoretical foundations with practical approaches for teaching each language skill area. 
  • Skillfully design lessons to employ a wide variety of effective and appropriate teaching techniques.
  • Effectively employ strategies of language assessment and evaluation.
TPO 3 Cultural Responsiveness
  • Exhibit sensitivity towards the sociopolitical, economic, cultural and educational contexts in which English is taught around the world.
TPO 4 Professional Development
  • Display proficiency in accessing scholarly research for professional development and contributing to the body of research in the field of TESOL and Applied Linguistics.

TPO 5 Faith Integration

  • Articulate a personal theology concerning the question, “What does it mean to teach English in the name of Christ?” 

In addition to meeting all B.A. degree requirements, including general education and the Bible core, the TESOL student must meet the listed requirements for the major.

FACULTY: Michael Bess, Kristi French, Kristyn Kidney, Miecke Johnson.

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