TESOL Certificate Holders Ready for Life Teaching Abroad

May 30, 2014

TESOL graduates

CORPUS CHRISTI, Texas – The first Islanders to have earned the Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate recently graduated from Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi during the spring 2014 commencement ceremony.

The TESOL undergraduate certificate was launched in fall 2013 by the Department of English and prepares students for teaching English to second language learners abroad and in the U.S. The program consists of four undergraduate courses including Introduction to Linguistics, Grammar, TESOL Seminar, and Second Language Acquisition.

“This program brings cross-cultural awareness and experiences to our students,” said Dr. Shannon Fitzsimmons-Doolan, Professional Assistant Professor of English. “They volunteer in the community teaching, learn how to develop lesson plans, and reach out to the international students here on campus.”

The following students received a certificate:

  • Emmory Gainer
  • Ashli McKenna
  • Eric Vasquez
  • Kaitlin Hibbs
  • Erica Gonzalez
  • KC Carter

Students not pictured:

  • Mark Perry
  • Gladys Enriquez

“Many employers are looking for employees who are culturally aware and competent cross-cultural communicators,” said Fitsimmons-Doolan. “This certificate can help open up the whole world to our students.”

For more information about the program, contact Dr. Stephen Doolan, Assistant Professor of English, at Stephen.Doolan@tamucc.edu.