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Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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Foundations of TESOL

This class provides participants with the fundamental pedagogical concepts necessary for teaching English as a second or foreign language.  First, participants analyze the levels and needs of language learners, the roles and responsibilities of teachers, and the effects of the learning context.  Then, participants learn how to create performance objectives and write lesson plans based on communicative, student-centered teaching methodology.  Next, participants learn skills to deliver effective EFL lessons, including techniques for giving directions, comprehension checking, monitoring, and error correction.  They then learn how to reflect on the effectiveness of lesson planning and delivery.  Additional topics may include classroom management, teacher presence, and professional development in the field of TESOL.  Participants design and deliver one mini-lesson to the instructor and their peers, reflect on their development.  They also learn about teaching observations, as well as the requirements for observation reports and for the final TESOL portfolio.

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3 units

Frameworks and Methods for TESOL

Frameworks and Methods for TESOL presents learning theories relevant to teaching ESL/EFL in all age groups, including Multiple Intelligence Theory, Zone of Proximal Development and scaffolding, Bloom's Taxonomy, and Experiential Learning Cycle. It also provides an overview and application of instructional methods for ESL/EFL that have been developed and used over the last 75 years, including Grammar Translation, ALM, Silent Way, and Communicative Language Teaching. This is a graduate-level class. 

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2 units

English Grammar Structure and Methods

Prepares participants to deliver grammar lessons in ESL/EFL classrooms by providing instruction on the English grammar structures as well as effective principles, methods, and techniques for teaching.  Participants examine grammatical terminology and analyze grammatical structures for the purposes of instruction.  Participants also study current approaches to teaching grammar, activity types, materials and resources, and assessment and error correction techniques. After observing a grammar class and developing an original lesson plan, participants deliver a grammar lesson, following a prescribed format.  Participants also complete a written analysis of grammar teaching. This is a graduate level class.

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3 units

Language and Linguistics

This course provides an introduction to the theories of the nature of language, and the process of language learning, with an emphasis on the developmental processes of non-native speakers of English. Focus is on key concepts of phonetics, phonology, syntax, and semantics, as well as the psychological, sociocultural and educational factors affecting language acquisition and language teaching.  Additional topics may include language varieties, language change, and L1 V. L2 acquisition processes. Students will analyze course topics through collaborative discussion and in writing, culminating with a final project.  This is a graduate-level class.

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3 units

TESOL Reading and Writing Methods

TESOL Reading & Writing Methods provides participants with research-based principles, methods, and techniques for teaching an integrated-skills reading and writing class to learners of English.  Participants examine methods of instruction to teach various proficiency levels of reading and writing.  Participants also utilize instructional materials and technology to create, deliver and assess effective reading and writing instruction.  Methods for teaching vocabulary and using corpora to inform instruction will also be addressed.  Participants also observe an experienced teacher, and reflect on their teaching and professional growth. Advanced academic writing skills, or successful completion of Fundamentals of Academic Writing, are recommended.

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3 units

TESOL Speaking and Listening Methods

TESOL Speaking & Listening Methods provides instruction on effective principles, methods, and techniques for teaching listening, speaking and related skills to learners of English.  Participants examine an integrated-skills based, student-centered approach that promotes communicative and authentic language teaching. Participants also experience and analyze activities and techniques that support effective instruction, including vocabulary, pronunciation, and fluency activities.  After observing a listening/speaking class taught by a professional teacher, participants develop and demonstrate a listening/speaking lesson plan, following a prescribed format. Participants later reflect on their teaching and professional growth. 

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3 units

Teaching English to Young Learners (formerly: TESOL Methods for Young Learners)

In TESOL Methods for Young Learners, participants learn how teaching language skills to young children differs from teaching older learners. Students learn principles, methods, and techniques for teaching younger learners, as well as special considerations for materials, lesson planning, lesson delivery, assessment and feedback.  Students observe and examine age-appropriate lessons, texts, resources, and activities, and analyze the use of these techniques in their future teaching.  After observing an ESL/EFL class for younger learners, students create an original lesson plan, and reflect on their development and professional growth.

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3 units

Intercultural Communication

"Intercultural Communication" provides an analysis of the connection between language and culture, and the ways in which people differ in their attitudes toward various cultural values. Topics include: the nature of culture; the impact of culture, diversity, and identities on language skills and daily activities; cultural stereotypes and prejudices. Participants will be encouraged to compare and contrast values, attitudes, and cultural patterns of the United States with those of other countries of the world.  Participants will also discuss approaches and reactions to cross-cultural contact and resolving cross-cultural conflicts. By the end of the course, participants will create and deliver presentations in which they analyze issues, values, and beliefs across cultures.  

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2 units

Technology and Media-Enhanced Language Teaching

Technology & Media-Enhanced Language Teaching provides students with the knowledge and skills to integrate technology and media into language teaching, which is a necessity for the creation and development of a successful language class.  This class focuses on the practical and effective uses of technology in the classroom.  Topics may include technology for specific pedagogies, current and future trends in technology, Web 2.0 resources, and teaching in a virtual environment.  Students will propose, revise, and ultimately complete a specific lesson plan which integrates an element of technology or media within established pedagogy.  On completion of the subject, students should have a solid understanding of how to use technologies and media in language classes.

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2 units

ESL Student Teaching

In ESL Student Teaching, participants apply the knowledge and skills they have gained in the TESOL Professional Certificate Program by teaching real ESL classes.  Participants are matched with an experienced mentor teacher and assist in the planning and delivery of ESL classes on a weekly basis.  Participants create original activities and lesson plans, develop materials and resources, and deliver instruction to adult learners.   Participants then receive feedback from peers and from the mentor teacher. This class is the capstone of the 28-unit TESOL Advanced Professional Certificate Program. 

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3 units

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TESOL Portfolio

TESOL candidates complete their portfolios with help of peer and teacher feedback. Participants compile a professional, digital portfolio that reflects the theoretical knowledge and practical teaching skills they have developed during their TESOL Certificate Program.  Participants also develop a capstone paper that explains their theoretical and practical approach to teaching English, based on knowledge and skills gained in the program.  Upon completion of TESOL Portfolio, participants will have a record of their professional development and a tool for job-seeking in the field of TESOL.  This is a capstone project for the 15-Unit Professional Certificate and the 28-unit Advanced Professional Certificate in TESOL Programs.

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1 units

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