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TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) is a field that offers great opportunities for employment, career satisfaction, and intercultural encounters.  TESL teachers are in great demand both domestically and worldwide, and many who engage in this career find their work challenging, but extraordinarily rewarding.  To be an effective teacher of English to speakers of other languages is not a simple task.  Professional training helps students acquire some expertise in the structure and uses of language, language teaching methods and intercultural communication. The TESL curriculum at SIUE attempts to help students gain a specialized understanding of how languages and language learning works, construct a working philosophy of language learning and teaching, gain awareness of the role of cultural and social variables in language learning, design, organize, conduct, and assess ESL instructional programs, and observe other teachers and participate in a practicum for hands-on-experience.
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