The LinguaEdge 150-hour TESOL Certificate course consists of 6 learning modules. Each module contains a series of units that focus on the module theme; there are 48 total learning units. Below are descriptions of each of the modules and the TESOL content areas they focus on:
Module 1: Introduction to TESOL and the Learning Context
This module introduces participants to the field of TESOL and related concepts, teaching methods and approaches, and develops the candidate's ability to understand and analyze learners and the learning environment from both the position of a learner and a potential ESL/EFL teacher.
Module 2: Language Analysis and Awareness
This module develops students’ awareness and understanding of the intricacies of the English language by examining words and meaning, phonetics (consonants and vowels) and phonology (stress, rhythm, tone), language functions, and grammar rules and systems. In this module, candidates are prepared to analyze specific aspects of language and describe these aspects and elements using appropriate terminology. In addition, this module focuses on how to teach these language systems to ESL/EFL learners through a review of various communicative teaching strategies and techniques.
Module 3: The Language Skills
This module also introduces candidates to the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and key strategies and techniques to teach these skills in an integrated context.
Module 4: Lesson Planning, Materials and Resources
This module focuses on the planning, evaluation, and revision process of lesson planning. Candidates learn the planning principles of student-centered lessons and how to select, structure, sequence, execute lessons that focus on grammar, vocabulary, and language skills. Candidates also learn how to choose, adapt and create appropriate materials for integrated use with the lesson.
Module 5: Classroom Techniques and Management
This module exposes the candidate to essential techniques needed to successfully execute lessons and successfully manage students throughout the lesson. The candidate will learn how to address critical classroom management issues such as resolving conflicts, grouping students, and developing strategies for teaching a multi-level class. Finally, the candidate will learn about different forms of assessing learners.
Module 6: Professional Development
In this module, the candidate will learn how to develop as a reflective ESL/EFL practitioner, both in terms of self-evaluation and through the process of evaluation conducted by others. In addition, this module provides a survey of professional organizations and publications as well as resources for researching, identifying, and preparing for an ESL/EFL teaching position. Candidates will also learn about the various opportunities within the TESOL field.
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