TESOL Internship Criteria

The TESOL internship has been offered to provide you with the opportunity to complete a set of tasks and projects that exposes you to the breadth of teaching assignments and responsibilities.   All TESOL internships approved for academic credit must meet the following criteria:

– The student has completed all the courses for the TESOL minor, earning at least a C- grade. (Concurrent enrollment is also possible.)

– The internship consists of an assignment to teach English in a classroom setting. While tutoring (whether face-to-face or online) is a worthwhile endeavor, tutoring alone will not meet the criteria for a TESOL internship.

– 126 hours will be completed at the internship site.  These hours include time spent teaching English (or assisting another teacher) as well as in preparation and school meetings.  In addition, time spent on assessing students and developing materials may also be included.  The intern will submit a log with the hours completed during the internship, verified by the supervisor, as well as reflection papers focused on how the intern has applied concepts learned in classes to this real-world context.  Two-thirds of the hours are expected to be contact hours where the interns are interacting with students:  teaching an ESL class, testing, tutoring, assisting a supervisor in the classroom, ESL activities (such as a field-trip, workplace instruction, library help, a party, conversations, etc., with the emphasis on teaching).   Preparation and training hours, the other one-third of the internship hours, can consist of preparation for ESL classes, on-site training and staff meetings, Ling 399R class assignments, workshops, conferences, extra readings or reflections.

– The internship site must have a designated staff person with a degree in TESOL or a related field and a minimum of six months post-graduation experience to function as a supervisor overseeing the intern.  The supervisor provides assistance to the intern to help coordinate what the intern will do (e.g., which classes he/she teaches or who he/she will work with) and provides information that the intern might need.  The supervisor also verifies the hours that the intern submits (done via email) and submits a short online survey evaluation of the intern (a document will be provided) at the internship midpoint and then again at the completion of the internship.

updated and approved 5.27.14 by department chair

Potential interns will need to

  • complete the online student application at https://experience.byu.edu/
  • submit the Pre-Approval form (see below)
  • meet with Dr. Turley to learn the course requirements

PreApproval Form for Internship.docx  Download

Here are our Learning Outcomes for the TESOL Internship:

Outcome 1:

Apply academic coursework to the internship.

  • for TESOL:  Interns apply a foundational knowledge of the English language systems of phonology, morphology, grammar, semantics, and pragmatics to the language learning competencies of listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, pronunciation, and grammar. They demonstrate competence in lesson planning, teaching strategies, and language testing in an ESL classroom setting.


Outcome 2:

Develop and apply general professional skills to real-world work settings. Interns demonstrate several professional skills through documentation of:

  • familiarity with project management (effectively initiating and completing projects)
  • development of professional relationships and successful teamwork
  • effective communication and navigation of cultural diversity
  • data analysis and research used to meet professional objectives


Outcome 3: incorporated into syllabus:

Interns are prepared to:

  • Establish expectations (create positive first impressions and lay the groundwork for strong working relationships).
  • Narrate a powerful, evidence-based internship story highlighting the professional relevance of your internship.