Waxahachie, Texas - March 29, 2017 - Southwestern Assemblies of God University (SAGU) will launch a new Associate of Arts in TESOL Fall 2017.
TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and encompasses what used to be called TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). It is an international association of professionals advancing the quality of English language teaching through professional development, research, standards and advocacy.
SAGU’s TESOL A.A. will prepare students to teach communicative English language in a variety of foreign and domestic contexts for a wide range of student populations. This program will also apply TESOL methods for cross-cultural and missiological applications.
Calvin George, English Instructor and the TESOL Program Coordinator says, “English teachers are sought all around the world. The demand for English teachers exists virtually everywhere creating an open door into any state, country, culture and people group. Thus, the primary importance of TESOL is its ability to meet the needs of people around the world - linguistically and spiritually."
SAGU currently offers TESOL education through the TESOL Track of the English B.A., TESOL Minor and TESOL Certification. However, with the addition of an A.A. in TESOL, students can present an official document resulting in increased marketability to future employers.
Students seeking the TESOL Minor or TESOL Track already take these courses, and students pursuing the TESOL Certification are only one course away from these requirements. For these students, transitioning to an A.A. in TESOL can prove to be a convenient process with a number of benefits.
George believes that the degree will provide more teaching opportunities for our graduates overseas. "It has already been wonderful seeing students graduate and teach in Asia, South America, Africa and Europe," he says. "My heart for fulfilling the Great Commission through English teaching is excited to see the further impact our graduates can have on advancing the Kingdom of God through TESOL."
SAGU is receiving applications for the Spring 2017 semester.
To learn more about TESOL, click here.
Southwestern Assemblies of God University is a private, Christian university located 30 minutes south of the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex in Waxahachie, Texas. The university was established in 1927, and now offers more than 70 associate, bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degrees on campus or online. More information is available at www.sagu.edu or by calling 1-888-YES-SAGU.