The goals of the course are to provide you with an introduction to the key concepts and techniques that inform the field of teaching of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) and to expose you to a range of effective practices and strategies needed to become an effective English language teacher and to succeed in any ESL/EFL teaching context.
This course is designed for:
- Candidates who wish to learn about the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages field;
- Candidates who wish to teach or work with ESL/EFL students in a local or overseas setting;
- Candidates who are new to the teaching profession or have only recently begun teaching ESL or EFL;
- Candidates who have practical teaching experience but little or no formal TESOL training; and
- Candidates who wish to enhance their professional credentials.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
1. Identify key aspects of the local and global context in which English is learned and taught.
2. Leverage a comprehensive base of knowledge of terminology, concepts, and issues involved with teaching the different language skills, subskills, and language systems, including grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation.
3. Apply the main principles and features of theories, techniques, and materials that inform the communicative approach to teaching English to speakers of other languages.
4. Plan and execute an effective student-centered lesson.
| Course Eligibility and Admission Requirements |
Anyone is welcome to apply for admission, including non-native speakers of English and those who have little or no previous teaching experience. To take the course, the candidate should have completed at least two years of college work or hold an A.A. degree or equivalent. If the candidate has not completed college-level work, then he or she should possess professional certifications or training that indicate that ability to complete an adult education course such as this. All applicants, whether native or non-native speakers of English, must have an awareness of language and a level of competency in English, both written and spoken, that enables them to undertake and successfully complete the course. Non-native speakers of English who are applying will need to be able to demonstrate proof of English proficiency. An acceptable score on any of the following standardized English proficiency tests is acceptable proof of English competency: TOEFL IBT (minimum 80); TOEIC (minimum 800); IELTS (minimum “7”). If you have not taken any of these proficiency exams and feel your English is sufficient to take the course and you currently are an ESL/EFL teacher or you feel you can be an effective English language teacher, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Any exceptions to the above requirements shall be reviewed by the Program Director on a case-by-case basis.
Course assessment is both continuous (throughout the course) and integrated, where all assessed components contribute to the final grade. The overall assessment aims for the course are that each candidate should be able to:
• Demonstrate understanding of fundamental concepts related to teaching and learning, language knowledge and awareness of appropriate teaching strategies and techniques;
• Demonstrate knowledge about language skills and how they may be acquired;
• Plan and prepare student-centered lessons;
• Demonstrate professional awareness and responsibility
Assignment types include module quizzes, extension activities, and a final lesson planning assignment. All assessment types cover both the practical and theoretical elements of the course, and are designed to gauge the candidate's understanding of critical TESOL concepts. The final lesson planning assignment graded by the course tutor following a rubric and returned to the candidate with extensive comments and feedback.
A final certificate shall be awarded to candidates who fulfill the course requirements and whose performance meets or exceeds the criteria set for all assessment components. Three passing grades are issued:
A- Pass with Distinction
B- Pass with Merit
Course completion is defined as the student’s having fulfilled all course requirements and having fulfilled the assessment criteria for all tests and assignments. Assignments or assessments not completed will not be marked; likewise, any assignment or assessment considered “deficient” will not count as having been “completed”. In all cases, incomplete work will not count towards course completion; accordingly, no course certificate shall be issued.
When you join the course, you'll have full access to our "Teachers Lounge", where you can find articles, blogs, and podcasts on ESL/EFL teaching; activities and lesson plans; job resources and tips, and the latest teaching positions opening worldwide. Once you complete the course, you'll continue to have lifetime access to the Lounge so you can find fresh teaching ideas and keep abreast of what's happening in the exciting world of TESOL.
The 50-hour TESOL Certificate course has been designed to be completed anywhere from 5 weeks (8-10 hours per week) to three months (4-5 hours per week). As this course is “study-at-your-own pace”, the candidate is free to complete the course at his or her own pace, though students have up to three months to complete the course. Should a student be unable to complete the course within the 3-month period, an extension may be granted.
The 50-hour TESOL Certificate course is an asynchronous course (study-at-your-own-pace), which students access and complete entirely online. Students may log ino the course from any computer, at any time of the day, and from any location in the world as long as the student has an internet connection. The course is delivered via a Learning Management System (LMS), which tracks student progress from initial enrollment to course completion and allows students to progress at his or her own pace. When the student logs out, the course creates a kind of bookmark; when the student logs back in, the learner resumes at the same place in the course at which he or she previously stopped.
To ensure that students are deriving the benefits of the course, we monitor students’ progress at regular intervals of the course, specifically at the 1/3 mark, ½ mark, and ¾ mark of the course, and notify the student of the time they have remaining to complete the course. In addition to letting the student know how much time they have remaining, we remind the student that if they have any questions about the material that they can contact their course tutor, or if that if any technical issues are hampering their ability to progress, our technical support staff is on call seven days a week. The progress notifications also serve to motivate the student to keep working towards their goal of successfully completing the course.
As far as technical requirements, learners only need a web browser and an Internet connection to take courses. There are no special programs to download or install. For optimal viewing we recommend the following:
* Browser: A recent version of Internet Explorer, Firefox, Google Chrome, or Safari. While we have attempted to optimize the course to be taken on a PC tablet or iPad, we cannot guarantee that all elements of the course will be issue free.
* Connection: We recommend a high-speed Internet connection. A dial-up connection can cause data to become delayed or lost.