The objectives of the TESOL Certificate program are:
- To introduce TESOL theory, research and practice to relatively inexperienced or unqualified teachers that is accessible and that is supported by a wide range of teaching materials, teaching ideas and classroom extracts
- To encourage self-direction on the part of students through the provision of follow up resources and ideas
- To develop the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to enable those students who desire it to go on to higher study
- To present content through a range of print, audio and video media
- To foster the development of higher level thinking skills such as the critical evaluation of pedagogical materials
Upon successful completion of the TESOL Certificate program, students will be able to:
- discuss some of the research findings that have influenced language teaching methodology.
- create instructional sequences that incorporate the pretask, task, and follow-up cycle.
- demonstrate familiarity with a range of techniques for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, and grammar.
- demonstrate familiarity with cultural patterns at the linguistic, behavior, and content levels, and discuss how cross-cultural (mis)communication occurs.
- design and edit language teaching dialogues and other spoken materials so that they are natural and realistic and focus more on discourse.
- understand how different forms of content-based instruction apply to different student populations and instructional settings.
- devise ways to adapt or supplement an activity for a specific group of learners by introducing supplementary material.
- explain the importance of consciousness-raising activities, receptive activities, and productive activities when teaching about language differences.
- explain how Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) can be used as whole class and small group activities.
- identify major learning styles and strategies and explain why they are important considerations in second language teaching.
- organize a project or series of classroom activities so that the students make choices and decisions about their learning.
- develop classroom assessment tasks that are linked to learning outcomes.