Applied Linguistics: TESOL

Bachelor of Arts

Training and equipping aspiring teachers of English as a Second Language to become competent and confident teachers and to function as effective ministers of the Gospel.

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 the world.

Graduates receive a thorough grounding in TESOL, Bible and theology, Christian ministry, and arts and social science. Thegreat wall.jpg 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: TESOL student.

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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 July 2007. 

TESL-Canada-certificate.jpgThis 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.kristen_name.jpg

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 andpracticum class.jpg 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 Englishlaugh.jpg 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)

BA Core Curriculum (54 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 Korea.

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 Moscow.

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 Lethbridge.

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 teaching them.

 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
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Sandra Catterick, MA
Practicum Supervisor in Applied Linguistics: TESOL
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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 reputation.

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 sciences.

3. The program is led by highly qualified and experienced faculty.

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 concern.

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 graduate.