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Richard R. Flores, Director GEB 1.308, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 232-2789

Teach English Abroad

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: TESOL I and TESOL II Internship Abroad

Public square in Queretaro

"Our summer in Querétaro really got me interested in teaching abroad for a year or two." -M.V., Summer 2013 program participant

Course Description

Taken concurrently, TESOL I and II provide upper division students and graduates with early field experience in teaching and an introduction to the theory and practice that is necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) abroad. Students attend 45 hours of on-campus seminar instruction, 30 hours of guided observation and teaching practice and 4 full days of full classroom internship at Austin ESOL programs. Program participants will create and teach 3 lessons to the students they observe. The ESOL classrooms are selected both for the diversity of the student body and for the quality of the classroom teacher who serves as a cooperating teacher. The cooperating teachers will work with internship participants to improve their teaching abilities in preparation for teaching abroad. The cooperating teacher will provide immediate feedback on the quality of the intern's instruction. Upon completing the local coursework and fieldwork, students will travel to Mexico or South Korea to intern in a language institute under the direction of a local mentor teacher. Participants will intern six weeks. Success in this course requires quality, timeliness, dependability, and professional behavior.

Certified teachers and UTeach undergraduates who have taken UTL101, UTL202 and UTL640 in LOTE are not required to take the Principles of Teaching portion of TESOL I. During that class time, they will do field work with an ESL teacher.

Certified teachers who participate in this program will be prepared to take the TExES ESL Certification test to add an ESL endorsement to their existing Texas State Certification.

In addition to college credit, all participants receive a UTeach Certificate of TESOL Training.


TESOL Session I - In Austin, June 5 - 25, 2014

UTL f320: TESOL I: Principles of Teaching (3 hours daily): learning styles, classroom management, writing objectives, lesson design, active learning, assessment, technology

UTL f320: TESOL II: Teaching English as a Second Language (3 hours daily): the theory and practice that is necessary to design and deliver excellent instruction of English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) abroad. Field Work (2 hours daily): Work in an ESL classroom in Austin under the direction of a certified ESL teacher.

TESOL Session II - In Mexico, South Korea, or Austin; June 30 - August 9, 2014

Teach EFL Abroad or in Austin

Course number: L A S110, Internship-WB

Spend 6 weeks as an intern abroad, polish your skills and develop fluency in the local language.

Limited Enrollment - 12 placements in Mexico, 4 in South Korea, 15 in Austin.  Registration by consent of Course Instructor.  You must have successfully completed both UTL F320 courses and field work to partipate.

Program Details - Mexico

  • Internship with Centro Intercultural de Queretaro, in collaboration with Instituto Tecnológico de Querétaro, Departamento de Idiomas (130 hours)
    • 2 hours per day of observation, tutoring, and teaching (50 hours; Weeks 1-5)
    • 1 hour per day of guided planning (25 hours; Weeks 1-5)
    • 1 hour per day of one-on-one tutoring (25 hours; Weeks 1-5)
    • Week 6: Volunteer TESOL placement with students at risk, 3 hours per day (15 hours)
    • TESOL Seminar facilitated by UTeach-Liberal Arts or ESL Services On-Site Faculty: 2.5 hours per week (15 hours)
  • Estimated airfare: $600-800.  Participants are responsible for obtaining their own tickets for travel.
  • Estimated program cost: $2625.**  This includes the daily activities listed above, plus:
    • Housing and meals with a Mexican family.  This will be a full immersion experience!
    • 2 hours per day of Spanish Language and Culture classes (60 hours total) at a language institute, at an appropriate language level
    • Day excursions to El Bernal (ecotourism) and Guanajuato (history and culture) and an overnight excursion to Mexico D.F. that includes an excursion to Teotihuacan (history and culture)
  • Close support of students from the language institute director
  • Participants are responsible for assuring that they have the necessary visa for entering their country of internship. U.S. citizens should not need a visa unless staying longer than the internship period; persons of other nationalities may need a visa.  Once your application has been received, we will provide more information on obtaining a visa.
  • All students will be based in Querétaro, Mexico.  Queretaro has a low crime rate, high standard of living, and the lowest levels of corruption among all Mexican states.  Mexico is classified as a Restricted Region. Liability disclaimer: No University of Texas at Austin student, faculty, or staff can be required to travel to a Restricted Region (http://world.utexas.edu/risk/restrictedregions). Any participation in travel to a Restricted Region is strictly voluntary, and the participant assumes full responsibility for all risks associated with this travel.

Program Details - South Korea

  • TESOL Internship with Kyungpook National University (105 hours)
    • 2 hours per day of observation, tutoring, and teaching (60 hours)
    • 1 hour per day of guided planning (30 hours)
    • TESOL Seminar facilitated by Dr. Lee: 2.5 hours per week (15 hours)
  • Estimated Airfare: $2000.  Participants are responsible for obtaining their own tickets for travel.
  • Estimated Program Cost: $1920.**  This includes the daily activities listed above, plus:
    • Housing in KNU dormitories
    • Food, to be obtained from KNU cafeterias or private food venders
    • Weekend excursions organized by KNU’s office for Global Education
    • 2 hours per day of Korean Language and Culture Classes (60 hours total), at an appropriate language level
  • On-site support from two instructors from UT’s ESL Services, Dr. Lee, and one graduate student worker from KNU assigned specifically to this group
  • Participants are responsible for assuring that they have the necessary visa for entering their country of internship. U.S. citizens should not need a visa unless staying longer than the internship period; persons of other nationalities may need a visa. Once your application has been received, we will provide more information on obtaining a visa.

Program Details - Austin

  • TESOL Internship with ESL Services at The University of Texas at Austin (105 hours)
    • 2 hours per day of observation, tutoring, and teaching (60 hours)
    • 1 hour per day of guided planning (30 hours)
    • TESOL Seminar facilitated by ESL Faculty Member (8 hours)
  • Estimated Living Cost: roughly $2000. 
    • Participants are responsible for obtaining their own housing and food.
  • Estimated Program Cost: $500.** This includes the daily activities listed above, plus:
    • 5 hours per week of Intercultural Awareness/Communication Classes (30 hours total)
    • On-site support from instructors and administrative staff at The University of Texas at Austin International Office, ESL Services.

**Each listed program fee is in addition to the standard U.T. tuition for the course.  Program cost does not include the application fee and required travel insurance (approx. $200 total).

Program details are subject to change.  For example, assigned work hours may vary slightly from the daily schedule listed here.

Apply today!

Application deadline: April 30th for internships in Mexico; May 30th for internships in Austin.  The deadline for internships in Korea has passed.

Please note, admission to the program requires a minimum overall GPA of 2.5.  Applicants who are not currently students at The University of Texas at Austin must apply to The University of Texas at Austin as a summer transient student or as a former UT Austin student, in addition to completing the online course application. You must be admitted to the University of Texas at Austin before your course application can be processed.  Admission to The University does not guarantee acceptance into the course.  Applicants should refer to the UT Admissions website for UT-Austin application deadlines and submission instructions.

For more information, email Eileen Manning: emanning@austin.utexas.edu

Non-UT participants with an interest in traveling to Mexico, please note the following liability disclaimer:

As a condition of Participant’s involvement with or participation in the program activities, the Participant will release, waive, discharge, and agree to hold
harmless the University of Texas at Austin from all liability arising out of or in connection with Participant’s involvement with and/or participation in the
program activities at the TESOL Internship in Mexico. Participants of all TESOL Internship in Mexico programs must acknowledge that
the country/countries in which the TESOL Internship in Mexico program activities may take place in whole or in part, or any other country
through which the Participant may travel when involved with and/or participating in the program activities, or while in route to or from the program
activities, may have health and safety standards substantially below those enjoyed in the United States. Participant must further acknowledge the inherent
hazardous and dangerous nature of the program activities as well as the above-referenced risks of participating in the program activities or in traveling to,
through or from the country/countries in which the program activities will take place, and must agree to assume all risk of illness, injury, or death from
Participant’s travel to or from the program activities and participation therein.

Information Session

Thursday, April 10

4:00 PM

GEB 1.308

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