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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Preparing for language-related careers

Earlham is an ideal place for students to prepare themselves for possible careers in language-related fields. Earlham's commitment to international education, its wide-ranging study-abroad programs and its cross-cultural orientation make it a special place to bring together the study of language, cultural understanding, language learning and teaching.

TESOL students have pursued a variety of interests after graduation. Many who have participated in study-abroad programs in Germany, Austria, Japan, Mexico, Spain or Colombia return to those countries to teach English as a second language. Others participate in Earlham's Teaching English in Japan program for college graduates, a two-year experience of living and working in Iwate Prefecture. Some go on to obtain a teaching certificate and pursue teaching languages within the United States, either as ESL or as French, German, Japanese or Spanish teachers. Still others continue their study of language in graduate school, either in the field of TESOL or linguistics.

Special Learning Opportunities

Students can be Teaching Assistants in ESL courses or in other language courses for credit or for independent study within the minor.

Students often choose to teach English as a foreign language during these programs: SICE, Japan Study, Middle East/Jordan, Spain.

Our students gain work experience by assisting ESL students in the Writing Center, serving as  Teaching Assistants in ESL or foreign language classes, or tutoring students at the Amigos Latino Center or Richmond High School.


Earlham graduates with a minor in TESOL regularly receive teaching positions in the following programs: Morioka Assistant Language Teacher Program in Iwate, Japan, The Japan Exchange and Teaching Program (JET) in most prefectures in Japan and Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in countries around the world.

Graduate work in the field of TESOL or linguistics often lead to teaching positions around the world.

Our alumni work in international centers or study abroad centers at the college level. 

Other graduates have careers in international business.

Distinctively Earlham
Students who choose to minor in TESOL often do their practicum while studying abroad.
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