Professional Development

Professional Development Courses

We currently offer Professional Development courses online only. Applicants need to have a teaching license or TESOL/TEFL certificate and be currently teaching or have recently taught ESL/EFL classes in order to enroll. 

CESL Teacher Training Program has recently developed a series of new classroom assessment courses to improve the assessment competence of in-service language teachers. It is recognized in the language teaching profession that there is an urgent need for the training of teachers in effective assessment practices. The Classroom Assessment for Language Teaching (CALT) series was designed specifically that need. This series is ideal for: (i) individual teachers wishing to become more assessment literate and better able to assess their courses and students; (ii) assessment coordinators or administrators with assessment responsibilities; and (iii) for ESL/EFL programs interested in funding professional development to improve the assessment literacy of their teaching/administrative staff.

The CALT Courses Series is comprised of four courses exploring different elements of classroom assessment for language teaching. These standalone courses may be taken individually, or collectively as a series. Upon completion of a course, participants will be awarded a 30-hour course certificate. Upon completion of all four courses, participants will be awarded a 120-hour certificate in Language Assessment Literacy. 

30-hour CALT 1: Fundamentals of Language Assessment

  • 6-week course
  • Taught using UA D2L platform
  • Topics: assessment literacy, terminology and principles, test purposes and types, test design, and best practices.

Online

  • $295 tuition
  • $30 application + $20 technology fee
  • Discounts may apply

Fall I: August 21 – September 29, 2017

(Application deadline Sunday, August 13)

30-hour CALT 2: Assessing Language Skills

  • 6-week course
  • Taught using UA D2L platform
  • Topics: Assessing listening, speaking, reading, writing, grammar and vocabulary.

Online

  • $295 tuition
  • $30 application + $20 technology fee
  • Discounts may apply

Fall II: October 16 - November 27, 2017
(Application deadline Sunday, October 8)

30-hour CALT 3: Grading and Student Evaluation

  • 6-week course
  • Taught using UA D2L platform
  • Topics: grading purposes, raters and rubrics, types of rubrics, providing feedback and summative assessments.

Online

  • $295 tuition
  • $30 application + $20 technology fee
  • Discounts may apply

Spring I: January 16 – February 23, 2018
(Application deadline Sunday, January 8)

30-hour CALT 4: Administering and Planning Assessment

  • 6-week course
  • Taught using UA D2L platform
  • Topics: administering assessments, technology, placement testing, cheating, and language teacher education.

Online

  • $295 tuition
  • $30 application + $20 technology fee
  • Discounts may apply

Spring II: March 19 – April 27, 2018
(Application deadline Sunday, March 11)

         
  • All classes are noncredit. 
  • Successful completion of any online class results in a 30-hour certificate. These certificate hours are based on the number of hours in contact with the online course site and do not reflect the full amount of hours needed to complete the course.

 

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