Why study Teaching English as a Second Language at MC?

Teaching English as a Second Language: A major that emphasizes the integrated study of linguistics, second language acquisition, the psychology of language development with the pedagogical skills required to teach English as a second language in the pre-kindergarten through twelfth grade setting.

Majors in this area of study also acquire a minor in a foreign language.

Maryville College Works is a comprehensive career preparation program that is integrated into the College’s four-year liberal arts curriculum. Key components include assessment, advising, networking and professional experiences.

On Campus Opportunities

For more than 30 years, Maryville College has operated an intensive English as a Second Language (ESL) program on its campus. Every five weeks, the College welcomes new students from around the world who wish to improve their English language skills. Students majoring in TESL have the opportunity to interact in both formal and informal settings with students from a wide variety of countries, to observe ESL classes, and potentially to pursue work-study or internship arrangements with the ESL program.

External Relationships

Alcoa City Schools
Blount County School System
Maryville City Schools

Meet a current student

Arieal Burton ’17
Hometown: Chattanooga, Tenn.

Arieal spent the Spring 2016 semester studying at the Ewha Women’s University in Seoul, South Korea. After graduation, she hopes to return to the region to teach in an elementary school. At MC, she spends time with the College’s international students and volunteering with the East Tennessee Japanese School (ETJS), which meets weekly on campus. Working with the ETJS allows her to practice her minor in Japanese. “I learn languages well, I like to teach, and I strive to be helpful, so becoming a TESL major/Japanese minor was a very easy decision for me,” she said. “Maryville College gives me practice and opportunities to observe and work beside people in my field in this community.”

Outcomes of Recent Grads

Featured Graduate

Nikki Wilks ’12
Currently: English Teacher at Kingsbury High School in Memphis, Tenn.

Although Nikki didn’t know she would be teaching English instead of ESL when she graduated, her major prepared her for her role at Kingsbury, one of the most diverse schools in Memphis, Tenn. “Kingsbury’s students speak 22 native languages. Nearly 20 percent of them are immigrants or refugees from more than two dozen countries. I’m getting to experience cultural diversity that would be hard to come by unless I was an extensive world traveler,” she explained. “Maryville requires a minor in a foreign language because they want us to know what it feels like. It’s helped me be more patient in the classroom and get more creative with the way I’m teaching.”