Linguistics is the study of human language. There are many sub-fields of Linguistics, but the subfields with which most people are familiar are Anthropological Linguistics, Applied Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Language Acquisition, Neurolinguistics, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Sociolinguistics, and Translation Studies. With these subfields in mind, it is important to study Linguistics to better understand how people learn languages, how we process language in the brain, and how languages reflect culture and gender.

TESOL Certificate Information

This 16-credit-hour certificate will provide students with the skills and knowledge necessary to teach English to speakers of other languages in both domestic and international contexts. Course work and hands-on experience will include:

  • Theoretical linguistics
  • Language and culture
  • English as a Second Language teaching methods, language classroom observations
  • Other topics such as humanities, education, anthropology, psychology, philosophy and literature, depending on electives

TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages .PDF

Professor Alina Pajtek answers questions about the new TESOL certificate.

Individual Linguistics Classes

Linguistic classes count toward the World Languages/Diversity requirement (LNG 205), are approved Humanities electives for AAS and AGS degrees (LNG105), and count towards the Illinois State Board of Education requirement for ESL approval (LNG 105, LNG 205, and LNG 220). Courses are listed in the College Catalog.

Transfer Option: Associate in Arts Degree

Prepare to transfer to a four-year college or university to complete a bachelor's degree:

State of Illinois ESL Approval for Teachers

Learn how to better teach ESL, how to assess reading, writing, listening and speaking skills and develop your knowledge of working with ESL learners. Harper college offers classes that apply towards the ESL certification for elementary, secondary and high school teachers/aides, and adult educators. To teach ESL in the State of Illinois, teachers are required to complete 18 credit hours of classes in the following categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Theoretical Foundations of Teaching ESL
  • Assessment of the Bilingual Student
  • Methods and Materials for Teaching ESL
  • Cross-cultural Studies for Teaching Limited-English-Proficient Students
  • Elective (an additional bilingual or ESL course)

Harper faculty are highly qualified and experienced both in ESL teacher training and in teaching ESL. Meet the Linguistics faculty.

All Linguistics courses offered through the ESL and Linguistics Department at Harper College are taught by professional ESL instructors with master's and doctoral degrees. Courses are scheduled specifically with the community in mind in that we offer a section of each course (LNG 105, LNG 205, LNG 220) in the evening to allow full-time teachers to enroll; we also offer afternoon sections of LNG 105 and LNG 205.  Course topics relate to classroom practices.

Students in these classes find that overall they are better equipped to teach English as a Second Language learners; to understand and explain the phonology, morphology, syntax, and semantics of English; and lastly, to understand the connection between language and culture.

Harper College offers the following category-specific classes toward that approval: LNG 105, LNG 205, and LNG 220