The BA Applied Linguistics: TESOL program offers comprehensive
training in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The
goal is to train and equip aspiring teachers of English as a Second
Language to become competent and confident teachers. Graduates from
the program serve in various English teaching capacities all over
Graduates receive a thorough grounding in TESOL, Bible and
theology, Christian ministry, and arts and social science. The TESOL degree
has been carefully designed to offer what we believe to be
the very best education and preparation possible for intercultural
ministry using English language teaching.
Graduates are eligible for TESL Canada certification at
Professional Standard Two.
Contact the TESOL
program coordinator for information or to request a copy of the
TESOL Student Handbook.
You can also request a chat with a current Applied Linguistics:
The BA Applied Linguistics: TESOL is accredited at
Professional Standard Two by TESL Canada, the national accrediting
body for TESOL. TESL Canada is the national federation of ESL
teachers, learners, and learner advocates. The organization
certifies TESOL professionals and recognizes and endorses teacher
training programs that provide high quality teacher
education. Standard Two is the highest level of accreditation
for undergraduate degrees, meaning that graduates are eligible to
receive the qualification of choice of employers here in Canada and
a de facto rubber stamp of training quality elsewhere in the world.
At almost 500 hours of TESOL and TESOL-related instruction, the
four-year degree is one of the most comprehensive undergraduate
TESOL degrees in North America, and has been accredited
by TESL Canada since
This certification places Briercrest alongside the
University of Saskatchewan as the two leading TESOL providers in
the province and with Trinity Western University as one of only two
Christian institutions in Canada that offer TESOL training at this
level. Although TESL Canada certification does not confer
provincial qualified teacher status on graduates, it is the
qualification of choice for those working in the ESL profession
outside the K-12 system. A student leaving a TESL Canada
approved program can be confident that they will be well-prepared
to provide adult ESL learners with excellent instruction in a wide
variety of adult learner settings.
The TESOL curriculum offers courses designed around essential
knowledge (e.g. Grammar and Phonology), language learning theory
(e.g. Second Language Acquisition), and practice ( e.g. Language
Teaching Methodology, English Language Skills, and Materials
Development). In all courses, we strongly promote critical
reflection and application of theory to practice.
The program includes a unique blend of Bible and theology,
Christian ministry, and arts and social science courses. This
balance equips TESOL graduates to serve God, the church, and the
world, wherever He may be calling them.
Students will complete the four-year BA degree Core Curriculum, as well as 6 semesters
of Service and Experiential
Learning. As part of their graduation requirements, all
four-year BA students will also complete the Senior Portfolio (PRT 400).
Practicums are essential to any program with a professional
skills focus. The TESOL program has two official practicums.
In the first practicum, students spend their time in an
established teaching context observing the work of a qualified
and experienced sponsor teacher.
Observations are guided and focus on different aspects of teaching
practice. Toward the end of the first practicum, there are
opportunities for students to do some guided teaching and get their
first experience of standing in front of a class.
The second practicum offers opportunities to do 10 hours of solo
teaching under the guidance of a qualified and experienced sponsor
teacher with opportunities for input and feedback from both TESOL
professionals and the Briercrest TESOL faculty.
Students who have completed their first full year of TESOL are
eligible to go on a pre-internship including an all-expenses-paid
six-week pre-internship in Hong Kong teaching English in elementary
and high schools.
The TESOL internship provides students with the chance to
experience the opportunities and challenges of teaching English in a cross-cultural setting over
an extended period (minimum of 45 hours of teaching; typically five
weeks). The internship is completed in the summer following the
third year of study and is designed to build on the initial
teaching experience from the practicums. We regard the internship
as the capstone of the student's practical teaching experience.
Over the past five years, students have taught in educational
institutions in Afghanistan, Brazil, China, Equatorial Guinea,
Indonesia, Mongolia, and Yemen. We continue to develop close
partnerships with foreign higher education institutions and mission
organizations in order to be able to offer more internships.
Degree Requirements (120 credit hours)
Required Courses (39 credit hours):
COMM 200 Intercultural Communication
LING 105 Introduction to TESOL
LING 120 TESOL Practicum I
LING 220 English Grammar
LING 221 Language Teaching Methodology
LING 222 Second Language Acquisition
LING 320 TESOL Practicum II
LING 321 English Language Skills in TESOL
LING 322 Linguistics: Phonology
LING 323 Materials Development
LING 420 Ethics in TESOL
LING 427 TESOL Internship
LING 429 Professional Issues in TESOL
Cognate Modern Language Requirement (6 credit hours):
6 credit hours of a modern language
PRT 400 Senior Portfolio (non-credit)
SL 1-6 Service and Experiential Learning (non-credit)
Laura Chalmers (BA 2007)
In the fall of 2008, Laura was hired as the director of ESL by
Eston College, a Christian college in western Saskatchewan. Laura
is continuing to work on building the ESL program at the college
and takes yearly recruiting trips to places like Japan and
Becky (Cox) Duguid (BA 2008)
Becky and her husband, Duane, are currently working on learning
the language and teaching English in a country in Asia. They are
serving with our partner organization, ELIC.
Jocelyn Heller (BA 2008)
Jocelyn Heller is currently teaching English at an immigration
services association in Medicine Hat, Alta. "Teaching is going
really well. I love it," she said. "It is exciting to actually be
able to use what I studied in college."
Lisa Stanley (AA 2008)
Lisa Stanley is teaching English at the Ukrainian Canadian
Congress in Saskatoon and Saskatoon Open Door Society. "I love
teaching. It really is the best job, and I can't imagine doing
anything else," she said. "So thank-you for all of the work you put
into your classes so I could be prepared to teach!"
Megan Giesbrecht (BA 2009)
Megan is employed as a youth leader at City Church in Winnipeg,
a church that was planted in September 2009 for immigrants so that
they can worship in their own languages. The church is growing very
fast, and Megan is working with over 70 youth and even more young
adults. "I am annoyingly in love with my job," she said.
Cheryl Rosenkerr (BA 2010)
Cheryl, who did her internship in Mongolia in 2009, recently
returned to teach English at a well-known private school in Ulan
Bator. "I know God has this all planned out for me and that I need
to continue to put my absolute trust and faith in Him and Him
alone!" she said.
Chaia Henderson (BA 2010)
Following a summer teaching at a language school in Cambridge,
England, Chaia went to teach at a language school just outside of
Kristen LeFave (BA 2010)
Kristen has recently taken up a fifteen month position with our
partner organization, ELIC, teaching English in a country in
northeast Asia. She is teaching on a team with her former boss from
the International Centre for Students at the University of
Annie Erikson (BA 2010)
Annie will be starting work in January teaching at a major
language school in Peru. In addition to her teaching work she will
be helping a local church with its ministry work in the city.
Natasha Friedrichsen (BA 2010)
Natasha, who did her internship in Mongolia in 2009, recently
returned to teach English at a well-known private school in Ulan
Bator. She joins Cheryl Rosenkerr (2010) who has been teaching at
the school since last year.
Ryan and Amanda Larson (BA 2010)
Ryan and Amanda will be joining Kristen LeFave (2010) in
February teaching English in northeast Asia for a year with our
partner organization ELIC.
Elizabeth Gruber (BA 2011)
At the beginning of the year Elizabeth started out on the
substitute list for Saskatoon Open Door Society however she was
recently given her own class of students and is thoroughly enjoying
Oschean Ulmer (BA 2011)
Oschean is currently teaching medical terminology to immigrant
nurses at NorQuest College in Edmonton. Although the content of the
class is very specialized, she is enjoying her teaching.
David Catterick, PhD
Assistant Professor of Applied Linguistics: TESOL
Sandra Catterick, MA
Practicum Supervisor in Applied Linguistics: TESOL
Why TESOL at Briercrest College and Seminary?
Here are just ten reasons why you should study TESOL at
Briercrest College and Seminary:
1. The program is based at a college with a great
Briercrest College and Seminary has a strong reputation for
preparing students for ministry and has over 20,000 alumni who are
serving God in more than 80 countries around the world.
2. The program is situated in a wider educational context.
In addition to TESOL-specific studies, students benefit from
studies in Bible and theology and receive a liberal arts education
through courses in history, philosophy, and the social
3. The program is led by highly qualified and experienced
The TESOL faculty have master's degrees and PhDs and are able to
draw on more than half a century's collective experience in
teaching and training.
4. The program has a strong spiritual emphasis.
Whether through prayer for missionaries and nations at the start
of our classes or in a faculty member's office, our goal is that
our students know who they are in Christ and have hearts focused on
ministering that good news.
5. The program is missions-focused.
We partner with Christian organizations to ground the program in
ministry practice. In fact, we are a preferred North American
undergraduate training partner for ELIC, the world's largest
Christian organization involved in TESOL.
6. The program provides extensive training.
Most TESL Canada Professional Standard Two programs offer just
250 hours of TESOL-specific training. In contrast, Briercrest's BA
program has almost 500 hours of TESOL-specific and related
training, making it one of the most extensive undergraduate
programs in North America.
7. The program promotes experience before graduation.
Students graduating from other programs might have as few as 10
hours of teaching experience. Students graduating from Briercrest's
BA who have taken the pre-internship typically have up to 200 hours
of teaching experience, most of it abroad.
8. The program encourages service.
We create opportunities for our students to serve long before
they graduate by serving at an after school club for immigrant
children or by teaching at a local immigrant centre as part of
their service learning.. Also, as part of their Materials
Development course, they do a consultancy in which they create
materials for practicing ESL teachers in the province.
9. The program is relational.
Faculty and students in the program refer to themselves as the
TESOL family. Apart from meeting throughout the year, commitment to
one another is evident by very high levels of pastoral care and
10. The program produces graduates who are in high demand.
We are constantly receiving requests for our graduates from both
faith-based organizations and secular institutions. It is not just
our program that has a reputation for quality. Our students prove
this quality by virtue of their teaching both before and after they