The School for International Training (S.I.T.) offers a 130-hour TESOL course taught by individuals trained by the prestigious university. The course provides participants with an opportunity to develop new skills with the help of experts in the exciting and growing field of TESOL-TEFL.
TESOL stands for: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
TEFL is short for: Teaching English as a Foreign Language
The innovative course curriculum was designed by S.I.T. faculty, based on humanistic, experiential and progressive teaching methods. The course provides practical training through teaching demonstrations, lesson planning & analysis, practice teaching, and feedback. Participants develop skills in teaching, speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and culture.
The course begins with a brief look at second language acquisition through the experience of being a learner. Participants then examine specific teaching areas each day, which they apply in their daily practice teaching of adult ESOL learners. Participants gain skills in analysis through examining their lessons with S.I.T. teacher trainers.
One unique aspect of the course is its use of rigorous reflection. With the reflection skills learned during the course, a teacher can keep learning and improving for a lifetime.
The S.I.T. TESOL Certificate Course focuses on three main areas:
Learning – Participants engage in a language-learning experience in order to explore the relationship between language learning, teaching, and aspects of second language acquisition from the point of view of the learner. This experience provides the foundation for the examination of teaching practices.
Teaching – Participants examine the theory and practice of planning, teaching, grammar, culture, and assessing lessons in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) through experiential activities, teaching demonstrations, discussions, lesson planning, materials development and readings.
Classroom practices – Participants put their new knowledge and skills into practice through daily teaching sessions. Trainers observe and facilitate feedback sessions after these lessons. Participants learn to reflect on and assess their own teaching as well as to examine the teaching of their peers.
By the end of the course, each participant will be able to plan, teach and evaluate ESOL lessons.
This is reached through four major components of the course:
1. Daily Workshops
2. Lesson Planning
3. Practice Teaching / Feedback
Daily Workshops focus on different Modules.
Day One’s Module is the Learning Process.
Day Two looks more at Learning and introduces the Teaching and Groupwork Modules. Thereafter, the Learning and Teaching Modules make up a part of every day through the final course day, Day 20, while the Groupwork Module makes up a part of every day through day 19.
In addition, each day from Day 5 on includes one or two other Modules: Speaking, Listening, Grammar, Reading and Writing. Other areas covered include Vocabulary, Pronunciation, Error Correction, Using Songs in the Classroom, Classroom Management and Culture Awareness. In week three a grammar consultation, referred to as the Grammar Conference, is held. During week four a Special Topics Seminar is held covering areas such as Young Learners, English for Special Purposes, Business English, etc.
Lesson Planning and Practice Teaching activities begin on Monday of week two. They are then part of the daily activities of each subsequent Monday through Thursday. Each participant receives from 10 to 20 hours of trainer supported lesson planning time, according to his or her need.
Approximately 20 hours are spent in practice-teaching classrooms. This is time spent practice-teaching to students as well observing peers practice-teaching. Participants may practice-teach anywhere from 5 to 8 lessons, depending on different variables, such as the number of participants in a course.
In addition to the 20 hours spent in practice-teaching classrooms, time is spent in feedback with participants and trainers after each teaching-practice session. Time spent in feedback totals at least 10 hours. Outside of the teaching-practice sessions, there are times when participants teach “mock” lessons to their peers for additional practice.
Assignments include prepared lesson plans for each teaching practice lesson taught, written essays, a language analysis paper as well as reading and commenting on various articles from the field of ESOL.
Upon successful completion of the S.I.T. TESOL Certificate course at the TESOL Program, you will receive an internationally recognized certificate accredited by the School for International Training (S.I.T).
The S.I.T. TESOL Certificate is recognized worldwide. Graduates find rewarding teaching positions abroad and in their home countries. Some choose to remain in the ESOL profession, while others eventually return to their jobs or schools back home with new skills and greater knowledge, awareness, and satisfaction. Still others elect to receive further training in the field, such as obtaining an MA in TESOL.