Welcome to UCLA Department of Applied Linguistics

The Language Teaching minor provides undergraduate students with an overview of current pedagogical theories and practices in language teaching; the experience of observing the language acquisition process both in and out of the classroom; a supervised practicum experience in a variety of language classroom settings; and an opportunity to reflect on the interaction of theory and practice in language teaching.

The Language Teaching minor equips students to find a job in the burgeoning field of language instruction. The minor is also well suited for students who wish to pursue graduate studies in Applied Linguistics. The minor can enhance students' job prospects, applications to graduate programs, and chances of obtaining a teaching assistantship at a university.

Students should note that the Language Teaching minor does not provide "certification" in TESFL. No undergraduate program offers a certificate; only graduate-level programs do. Whereas a credential is required by each U.S. state to teach K-12th grades, there is no governing agency that requires "TESFL certification." Students will acquire skills in teaching English or another language as a second/foreign/heritage language in courses that overlap with the graduate-level Certificate. The minor is internationally-recognized, and students will benefit from taking hands-on, practical courses that provide the experience and skills to teach. Upon completion, students will receive a "Certificate of Completion" that verifies successful completion of the minor.

Students unable to declare the minor may be interested in the Department's Summer Intensive Institute in TESL/TEFL,which offers 3 courses during a 6-week summer session. These 3 courses also count toward the major and minor, and provide a basic skill set to teach English (or any language) as a second/foreign language.

Program Requirements

For a checklist worksheet of the requirements for the Language Teaching minor, click here.

To enter the minor, students must have an overall grade-point average of 2.0 or better, have completed 80 quarter units, and file a petition with the Undergraduate Advisor

Required Lower Division Course (5 units): Linguistics 20 with a grade of C or better

Required Upper Division Courses (32 units):

  • Four pedagogical foundations courses:
    • Applied Linguistics (APPLING) 101/101W or 102W
    • APPLING C110
    • APPLING C116
    • APPLING C118B
  • a minimum of four elective courses selected from: APPLING C111, C112, C113, C114, C115A, C115B, C117, C118A, CM128, C153, C155, C157, M161W, M165SL; English 113A; Indo-European Studies/Linguistics M150; Linguistics 130, C140, 175.*

*Other courses not listed here may count towards the minor. Please consult the Undergraduate Advisor for more information.

A minimum of 20 units applied toward the minor requirements must be in addition to units applied toward major or minor requirements in another department or program, and at least 16 units applied toward the minor must be taken in residence at UCLA.

Transfer of credit for any of the above is subject to departmental approval; consult the undergraduate advisor before enrolling in any courses for the minor.

All minor courses must be taken for a letter grade, with a minimum grade of C (2.0) in each and an overall C average. Successful completion of the minor is indicated on the transcript and diploma.

Course Descriptions

For a list of course descriptions for the minor, please consult the General Catalog.




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