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English as a Second Language

English as a Second Language

Campus Location: 
College of Arts and Sciences

An English as a Second Language degree is intended to provide an education in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. This major does not provide certification for American public school teaching, but is intended to prepare students for teaching English in non-English-speaking countries. Internships through Doane's International Program provide unique training opportunities for students in the ESOL studies program.

Refer to the the English as a Second Lanugage Endorsement if interested in certification requirements.


Learning Environment

Lucille Cobb Lecture Series

The Lucille Cobb Lecture Series, featured each year at Doane, provides you the opportunity to meet and interact with prominent writers. Those who have appeared in the series include:

  • Gwendolyn Brooks
  • Hayden Carruth
  • Alan Cheuse
  • Desmond Egan
  • Patricia Hampl
  • Miroslav Holub
  • Marlene Norbese
  • Philip W.D. Snodgrass



Doane students may participate in month-long or semester-long internships, gaining hands-on work experience for college credit. English students have completed internships at organizations including:

  • Mary Ripma Ross Film Theatre
  • NEBRASKAland Magazine
  • Prairie Schooner


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Study Abroad

Every four years, the English Department selects approximately 15 students for a semester in east and central Africa. Students travel to six countries and engage in a semester of courses and hands-on experience, including Introduction to African Studies, African Literature and Culture, Linguistics, Swahili, writing and independent study.


Interterm/Field Trips

Periodic trips to Japan, England and Greece are offered as an Interterm class. English students have also traveled to The Holocaust Museum in Washington, D.C., The Oriental Institute, the Field Museum, and The Art Institute in Chicago to supplement course work.

Art and Education BuildingThe Chab Weyers Education and Hixson Lied Art Building provides new offices and classrooms for Doane's nationally recognized education and art programs. The new building is designed to inspire teaching and learning in a collaborative work environment. Color, texture, lighting and acoustics are used to create a comfortable and enriching setting for students, faculty, and staff.

Four customized classrooms on the third level are one of the features of the education portion of the building. These specialized classrooms and adjacent faculty offices are used for elementary education, special education, middle school education and secondary education. Students can simulate classroom teaching with many of the resources found in the nation's top school districts. Additionally, material-rich support space is found throughout the Education Department for use in preparing their assignments.

Four lecture rooms capable of being combined into one large conference room are available as a campus resource on the second floor of the building. Seating and breakout space can be easily reconfigured for lectures and conferences. This upscale environment provides students and faculty with a venue to plan learning activities complementing classroom instruction.

Communications BuildingThe Communications Building houses faculty offices, classrooms, computer labs, the library and art gallery.




Gaylord HallGaylord Hall houses classrooms, faculty offices, and production studios for television, radio and the student newspaper. It is one of three Doane buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places.


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English Language Proficiency

Demonstration of English language proficiency by annual testing of English language skills

Completion of the Second Language Competency as follows:

Proficiency in a language not one's own at an intermediate level. Students demonstrate competency comparable to successful completion of second-year college course work in a foreign language. (This requirement is waived for non-native speakers of English.)