Combined TEFL/TESOL Certificate Options at CESL

CESL offers the ability to combine courses to result in up to a 240-hour TEFL/TESOL certificate[1].. This will allow students wishing to gain more experience and training than is provided in our standard Intensive TEFL Certificate program the ability to do so. Students may take more than one class at a time where possible, but all prerequisites must be met before beginning the class. Courses waived through fulfillment of alternate prerequisites such as English 455 or teaching experience are not calculated in the total hours of training in the certificate. This is a noncredit certificate and will not appear on your transcript. Students will be issued a certificate from the Center for English as a Second Language.

The classes that can be combined are:

TEFL Basic (online)

This teacher training program is intended to prepare trainees to teach English as a Foreign or Second Language (EFL/ESL). The Basic TEFL program will provide them with the essential foundations in language teaching methodology and theory, pedagogical grammar, curriculum and materials development, classroom management, and formal and informal assessment techniques. In addition, they will gain practical knowledge through video practicum components, which allow them to watch and reflect on actual classroom teaching. Trainees will complete this program with the pedagogical knowledge and practical understanding necessary to be confident and effective teachers of English.

TEFL Advanced (online)

This advanced teacher-training course is intended to prepare trainees who have basic EFL/ESL training to teach English as a Foreign or Second Language in longer-term contexts. The advanced TEFL course will further enhance their knowledge of language teaching methodology, theory, and the teaching of the four language skills—listening, speaking, reading, and writing. In addition, trainees will develop classroom competence through video practicum components by watching and reflecting on actual classroom teaching methods and techniques in the videos. Trainees will gain the pedagogical knowledge and practical understanding necessary to be confident and effective teachers of English as a Foreign or Second Language.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the TEFL Basic course, English 455 at the University of Arizona, or at least two years of language teaching experience.

Assessment for Second/Foreign Language Teaching (online)

The primary objective of this course is the development of language teachers’ assessment literacy, which includes knowledge of key assessment principles, and skill in creating or adopting assessment tools and procedures for the language classroom. Participant of this course will develop their knowledge and skills related to assessing all skill areas in the language classroom, including the productive skills (Writing, Speaking), receptive skills (Reading, Listening), as well as assessing Grammar and Vocabulary. Designed specifically for in-service (and pre-service) language teachers, the course combines theory with practice by covering essential principles of effective classroom assessment, as well as the development of effective assessment tools for classroom use. Participants completing this course will become more assessment literate and better able to evaluate student performance in their classrooms fairly and effectively.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the TEFL Basic course or English 455 at the University of Arizona or at least two years of language teaching experience.

Pedagogical Grammar (online)

This class is intended to prepare current language teachers to teach grammar in a wide variety of contexts. Through readings, videos, discussions, and assignments designed to build on existing knowledge, trainees gain a greater understanding of the essential foundations of pedagogical grammar and the ways in which theories of learning grammar can be applied in the classroom. Trainees will also receive materials to refresh or expand their knowledge of commonly taught grammar points and develop lesson plans and assessments that can be immediately applied or modified for the classroom. Activities will focus on English grammar, but the theory and techniques discussed will be applicable to teaching any language.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the TEFL Basic course or English 455 at the University of Arizona or at least two years of language teaching experience.

20-Hour Practicum OR 40-Hour Practicum (face-to-face)

The practicum supplement can be added to any of CESL’s TEFL Certificate programs or taken alone as an independent component. The practicum combines classroom observations and debriefings with supervised or assistant teaching practice at CESL. The 40-Hour Practicum may include additional teaching requirements at partner institutions. It is intended to provide trainees with hands-on and authentic experience in the ESL classroom and to connect previous teacher training with classroom application and implementation.

Prerequisite: Successful completion of the TEFL Basic course, English 455 at the University of Arizona, or permission from program coordinator.

 

[1] Up to 240 hours of classes can be combined into one certificate. Students opting to take fewer classes resulting in fewer total hours may do so. (For example: 50-Hour Basic + 50-Hour Advanced + 20-Hour Practicum = 120 Hour Certificate; 50-Hour Basic + 50-Hour Advanced + 50-Hour Grammar + 40-Hour Practicum = 190-Hour Certificate.)

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