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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-Liberal Arts Certificate of TESOL Training.

TESOL Session I - In Austin, June 4 - 24, 2015

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.

See the summer Course Descriptions for more details on each course.

TESOL Session II - In Mexico, South Korea, or Austin;
June 29 - August 7, 2015

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.  Students interning abroad will take a 1-hour online course, L A s110, concurrently with their internship.

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 (Click to expand)

Program Details - South Korea (Click to expand)

TESOL Orientation I Presentation - Mexico/South Korea

TESOL Orientation II Presentation - Mexico/South Korea

Program Details - Austin (Click to expand)

**Each listed program fee is in addition to the standard U.T. tuition for the course (6 credits in First Summer Session and 1 credit in Second Summer session).  Program cost does not include the $50 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.

For information on financial aid and scholarships, please see the International Office funding website.

Apply today!

Application deadline:

  • February 15th (Mexico & Korea internships)
  • April 1st (Austin internships)

An application fee of $50 will automatically be charged to your student account when we receive your program application. 

Please note, admission to the program requires at least sophomore status (30+ credit hours) by the start of the program and 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 by November 15th, 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.

Applicants will be notified of their admission to the program by the end of December.

For more information, contact Soo Aldrich at 512-232-2143 or

Information Sessions

GEB 1.308

Sept. 18, 4-5pm

Oct. 8, 4-5pm

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