There are many opportunities to teach English abroad.

If you are fascinated by language and have a desire to teach English overseas or domestically to those from another culture, George Fox University's Teaching English to Students of Other Languages program may be an ideal fit.

The university’s TESOL minor covers linguistics, cross-cultural communication, language acquisition and teaching methods. Graduates of the program have gone abroad to live and teach English in locales that include Mongolia, Honduras, South Korea, China and Indonesia. Others have taught English to adult immigrants living in the U.S., including in local church and community program settings.

The 21- to 23-credit-hour program was designed by faculty emerita Martha Iancu, who, after teaching TESOL courses at the university for 24 years, was among those honored for excellence in TESOL education at the 2014 TESOL International Convention.


Request information about the Teaching English to Students of Other Languages minor at George Fox University or apply now to begin your education at Oregon's Christian university, ranked as one of the top Christian colleges in the nation by Forbes.

TESOL Student Experiences

Cosette Greeno ('13)

“Studying TESOL at George Fox definitely expanded my understanding of what it means to teach English to non-native speakers, especially outside of the United States. I gained skills such as how to plan curriculum, and learned to be conscious of how a student's culture is intertwined with their learning process. I don't think I would have looked into teaching here in China if it weren't for my TESOL classes at George Fox – that really encouraged me to explore the world of teaching English.”

- Cosette Greeno ('13)

Why George Fox?

  • Christ-centered community
    Our faith influences everything we do here, from the way our professors teach to the way we relate to one another and serve in the community.
  • Global opportunities
    Nearly half of George Fox undergraduate students study abroad. That ranks in the top 50 out of 1,400 American colleges!
  • Small classes
    Our 13.6-to-1 student-to-faculty ratio means you'll get to know your professors on a personal level.
  • National recognition
    George Fox University is a Christian university classified by U.S. News & World Report as a first-tier regional university, and Forbes ranks George Fox among the highest Christian colleges in the country.

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