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 50 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 you to the field of TESOL and related concepts, teaching methods, and approaches, and it develops your ability to understand and analyze learners and the learning environment from the perspective of both a learner and a potential ESL/EFL teacher.
Module 2: The Language Systems
This module develops your awareness and understanding of the intricacies of the English language by examining the language systems such as grammar, vocabulary (lexis), pronunciation (phonetics and phonology), and language functions. You are prepared to analyze specific aspects of language as well as describe these aspects using correct terminology.
Module 3: The Language Skills
This module introduces you to the four language skills and both the theoretical and practical approaches to teaching these skills in an integrated fashion within the context of student-centered, CLT-grounded lessons.
Module 4: Lesson Planning, Materials and Resources
This module focuses on general lesson planning principles and, specifically, how to create, structure, sequence, and execute student-centered lesson plans. A standard lesson model is reviewed, the Present-Practice-Produce (PPP), as well as an alternative model, the Task-Based Leaning (TBL) model. You will also learn how to choose, adapt, and create appropriate materials and teaching aids for integrated use with the lesson.
Module 5: Classroom Techniques and Management
This module exposes you to the essential techniques needed to successfully execute lessons and manage students throughout the lesson. You will learn specific correction techniques as well as when to provide learner feedback and effective correction. You will learn how to address critical classroom management issues such as resolving conflicts, grouping students, and developing strategies for teaching large, multilevel classes.
Module 6: Evaluation and Professional Development
In this module, you 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. You will also learn about the different teaching contexts within the TESOL field, such as teaching young learners, teaching business English, and teaching one on one.
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