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English as a Second Language (Non-Education)

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Academics / Departments & Programs / Spanish / AcademicsEnglish as a Second Language (Non-Education)

Degree Overview

Learn how to meaningfully engage with people who might otherwise be left out of the conversation. Studying English as a second language expands the reach of any degree.

When you add an ESL minor, you’ll learn a broad set of skills for interacting with non-native speakers, children, and people with language disorders. You’ll take classes taught by experienced Christian faculty who share your deep empathy for people marginalized by Western society.

And when you graduate, you’ll be confident in your skills, mindset, and connections.

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Program Distinctives

Versatile skills - This ESL minor isn’t tied to any specific non-English language—it’s a set of skills for communicating with anyone who isn’t a native English speaker. That means it’s a big advantage in virtually any career.
Cross-disciplinary - You’ll approach communication from all angles. Your professors are experts in many different fields, including speech pathology, linguistics, and sociology.
Meaningful connections - West Michigan is home to many refugees and immigrants from around the world. You’ll find volunteer and internship opportunities with the many organizations that serve them.

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Make a difference

Study the fundamentals of human communication, and connect to west Michigan’s fast-growing medical and research community.

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