TESOL Careers

Goshen College Alumni

Here is a sampling of current positions held by TESOL alumni:

  • English Teacher
  • ENL Teacher
  • Voluntary Service Worker
  • Reading Recovery Teacher
  • ESL Instructor
  • Special Education Teacher
  • Translator
  • ESL Coordinator
  • Spanish Teacher


TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. In our diverse society, the ability to communicate with speakers of other languages is increasingly necessary. The TESOL major uses a strong intercultural framework to prepare students to teach and serve in many different educational settings.

The TESOL major makes it possible for students to have a Goshen College major which will be compatible with many states’ requirements for ENL (English as a New Language) teachers. If students take the TESOL courses and some Teacher Education courses they can obtain an ENL teaching license for elementary or secondary schools. Of course, it will also be a great major for non-teacher education students who wish to learn how to teach English as a Second Language. The TESOL major without additional teacher education courses can help graduates secure ESL/ENL teaching jobs or be of service to non-English speakers in various settings both in the U.S. and abroad.

About the Coursework

The major requires five basic TESOL courses plus courses in teacher education, foreign language, communication and some electives related to intercultural studies.

Students work with the TESOL director to set up a field experience either in Goshen or wherever else in the world they want. The required Methods course and the Field Experience both involve actual tutoring experience so theories are combined with opportunities for supervised teaching.

Potential courses include:

  • Methods of TESOL
  • English Grammar
  • Literacy
  • World Literature
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Communicating Across Cultures
  • Global English
  • Children’s & Adolescent Literature

For a full list of requirements and courses, refer to the course catalog.

Possible Career Paths

Goshen TESOL graduates have found English teaching jobs all over the world: in U.S. public schools and adult education centers, with church agencies and missions, as well as at ESL schools from Paraguay to Egypt to Japan.

The list below provides several career options, but it is not exhaustive. Please note that some positions require additional education.

  • Audiologist
  • Computational Linguist
  • Consultant: Endangered Languages
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Curriculum Developer/Evaluator
  • Editor
  • Educational Therapist
  • English Test Editor
  • ESL Teacher
  • ESL Program Director
  • Foreign Services Officer
  • Forensic Linguist
  • Guidance Counselor
  • International Development Worker
  • Journalist
  • Language Fieldworker
  • Language Specialist
  • Lawyer
  • Librarian
  • Linguist
  • Linguistic Anthropologist
  • Peace Corps Volunteer
  • Professor
  • Reading Tutor
  • Social Services Volunteer
  • Special Agent Linguist
  • Speech Pathologist
  • Standardized Test Preparer
  • Teacher-Trainer
  • Technical Writer
  • Translator/Interpreter
  • Writing Instructor/Tutor

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