The minor in teaching English as a second or foreign language provides background in the teaching of English as a second and foreign language and provides expertise that can be transferred to the teaching of foreign languages. The minor fits well with language majors such as Spanish, Japanese, and European Studies. The minor consists of a minimum of 15 units to include Linguistics 420 or 501; Linguistics 430 or 530 or 551; Linguistics 452 or 454 or 552; Linguistics 550; Linguistics 555 or 556. Students must also complete 15 hours of ESL tutoring. Courses in the minor may not be counted toward the linguistics major or the TESL/TEFL certificate, but may be used to satisfy preparation for the major and general education requirements, if applicable.

A minimum of six upper division units must be completed in residence at San Diego State University.