SLAT-CESL Visiting Scholars Certificate Program

About the SLAT-CESL Visiting Scholars Certificate Program

This program is designed for Visiting Scholars to SLAT or CESL who wish to perfect their English, teaching and research skills in order to make the most of their time as a Visiting Scholar at the University of Arizona. Scholars enrolled in this program will take English tutoring and a teacher-training practicum. Scholars will also participate in self-paced online workshops through SLAT about using technology for teaching, as well as having group meetings about research approaches. Scholars who successfully complete the program receive a Certificate of Achievement from SLAT and CESL.

In addition, all scholars enjoy the many rich opportunities available to visiting scholars, including auditing courses and participating in colloquia, to collaborating on research, sharing research findings, and participating in a vibrant educational and research institution.

Participating scholars receive two SLAT modules, meetings with research mentors, 10 hours of CESL tutoring and 20 hours of a CESL teaching practicum.

Please note that in some cases, scholars may be requested to take a more intensive English component. The applying scholar will be contacted with details should this be the case.

General English proficiency requirements/recommendations:

English Score Range
Recommended Program

IELTS <6, TOEFL iBT < 60, TOEIC <550, OPI CEFR A1-B1
CESL's Intensive English Program

CESL's Teacher Training Program

Visiting Scholar


CESL’s Tutoring

CESL offers individual tutoring packages focused on a variety of skills, including: grammar, pronunciation, speaking, listening, reading, writing, presentation skills, Business English and American Culture. Tutoring packages are taught by skilled CESL teachers and include a textbook. The specific goals of each tutoring package are tailored to the needs of the individual student.

CESL’s Teaching Practicum

This 20-hour practicum combines classroom observation, meetings with a mentor teacher, and 3 hours of in-class practice teaching to help teachers hone their skills. This is a great chance for new teachers to experience teaching first-hand under the guidance of an experienced teacher, and it is also a good opportunity for experienced teachers to refine their teaching in a certain area.


SLAT’s Teaching Modules

The SLAT teaching modules are designed for individual work, at your own pace.  These modules allow scholars to produce professional materials such as Web Portfolios, course materials for management systems and to create teaching material with PowerPoint and multimedia texts.  The modules may be done in as few as 4 hours but may take as many as 12 hours to create complete materials. SLAT will also provide small group instruction on Research Methods in Second Language Acquisition.  Led by an advanced SLAT Ph.D. student, the instruction is intended to lead to classroom research projects.

1. Online Course Management: Creating Digital Classrooms with Nicenet.

This module aims at introducing the scholars to Nicenet—a free web-based course management system, and provide them with strategies to implement a web-based course management site.

2.  Creative Functions for Language Learning: Making Materials with PowerPoint.

This training module introduces scholars to PowerPoint and teaches strategies to create multimedia-teaching materials and to make them available for students on the Internet.

3. Using Hypermedia to Teach Reading.

Participants will use a hypermedia editing program to create multimedia texts and to incorporate them in a syllabus.  Follow-up activities are also described and may be integrated in the lessons.

4. Professional Development: Creating Dynamic Web Portfolios.

Participants will write their professional portfolio and publish it on a web site.  The portfolios may contain biographical data, personal background, teaching environments, university life, a curriculum vita, professional aspirations for the future, a description of professional presentations and a short essay on teaching philosophy.


Unfortunately, we are currently unable to offer any funding, housing, or office support for the scholars. The scholar (or scholar's sponsor) is responisble for paying all associated costs including passport, visa, travel, insurance, tuition, fees, living and research expenses, CatCard, and any other incidentals. Please see the CESL costs page for information about Tucson costs. Visiting Scholars may apply, pay tution and fees and enroll in a CESL or UA class with approval of the instructor.

Program Costs


Program Fee

DS-2019 processing fee (check OIFS website for most current costs)
$300 (plus $25/dependent)

FedEx Fee

Application Fee

$3110 (plus additional OIFS fees, if applicable)

How does the program work?

1. Interested scholars submit an Initial Inquiry form, available here.

2. If accepted into the certificate program, the scholar must then submit a full Visiting Scholar Certificate Program application, available here. The tuition and fees outlined above must be paid. In addition, various support documents are required. These are outlined in the application. Please read the instructions and details carefully.

3. Scholars should also read about J-1 Visa requirements on the website of the UA Office of International Faculty and Scholars.

4. Once all materials are received, the visa request will be processed.

You will then be contacted by SLAT or CESL with more details.

More information

If you have any questions about this program, please contact Assistant Director Dr. Sumayya Granger at

"CESL teachers are always available to help students in class or outside the class. Also, they make learning English easier because the classes are fun."