Foundations of TESOL – This unit is an introduction to the history of TESOL, teaching strategies and practices, intended to effectively deliver content and material in an engaging, understandable, and memorable manner. The characteristics of effective teachers and learners are introduced as well as strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners in the English Language Learner (ELL) classroom. Also included in this unit is an overview of effective lesson planning.
Second Language Acquisition – This segment provides an overview of second language acquisition. The module will cover the mechanisms of how language is acquired, including research on the critical period hypothesis of second language acquisition.
Teaching Young and Adult Learners – This week provides an overview of teaching learners of various ages. The content focuses on classroom management for each level, content and materials selection, and lesson planning needs.
Reflective Teaching – The focus of this section is on reflection. Every action teachers take can be reflected upon to determine the overall effectiveness of the action. there are various methods used to promote these skills in order to become more reflective teachers..
Assessment – This week focuses on the assessment piece of the classroom. An overview of assessment and different assessment tools will be introduced. In addition, the week looks at the assessment needs for the different skills taught.
Teaching Speaking and Pronunciation – This section is an overview of the study of speech sounds as well as how they form patterns. A brief introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.) will also be covered. In addition, this unit examines the application of phonetics and phonology to the teaching of pronunciation to ELLs.
Teaching Vocabulary– This week provides an overview of the study of word structures and rules. It focuses on content words and function words, morphemes, and rules of word formation. Additionally, this unit covers the teaching of vocabulary to ELLs.
Teaching Grammar – This module introduces the grammar of contemporary English and examines the pedagogical methods needed to teach grammar effectively. Emphasis is placed on sentence structure and identification of the various parts of speech.
Teaching Reading – This component examines the methods of teaching reading to ELLs. The program covers reading strategies that are sensitive and responsive to students’ needs.
Teaching Listening – This portion of the program examines core concepts and best practices in teaching listening to ELLs. It provides listening strategies and concepts that can be applied to the classroom in many different situations.
Teaching Writing – This section explores approaches to teaching writing to ELLs which include: controlled and guided writing practice, types of writing, the mechanics of writing and the integration of the four skills. A variety of techniques for responding to student writing will also be covered.