This course covers the essential ESL teaching skills a Teacher of English for Speakers of Other Languages should possess, ranging from teaching pro­nunciation, listening, speaking, and writing, to classroom management, to specialized teaching skills such as teaching business English and chil­dren.

The course is conducted by Mentors who have a minimum of 5 years of TESOL experience and an excellent background as instructors.

Winter, 2013

TESOL Preparation Program – 36 quarter units, 15 hours a week

Monday – Thursday:   9-12pm

Cost:    $6000 for one-year program

This certificate offers:

  • Training time.
  • Teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, English grammar, vocab­ulary, pronunciation, classroom management, lesson planning and student evalua­tion.
  • Teaching English to children, business English and TOEFL tutoring.
  • Teaching practice with a full range of lesson types and with at least two different levels of classes.
  • An optimal ratio of trainer to course participants.

Essential skills

  • Understand the fundaments of how second languages are learned.
  • Understand how to use teaching materials and the characteristics of effective materials.
  • Learn to help your students gain the confidence and proficiency they need to speak English.
  • Learn to teach students skills to understand English both in the classroom and outside of it.
  • Learn to evaluate reading comprehension and writing from beginner level to advanced level students.
  • Understand how to explain grammar and successfully answer students’ questions about it.
  • Understand how to generate rapport with your students and create a good learning environment in your classroom.
  • Understand how to be culturally sensitive in the classroom.

General ESL

  • Understand the characteristics of a good learner, error correction, teaching meth­ods and practices across student age and proficiency levels.
  • Review case studies and lesson plan templates to create solid lesson plans.
  • Learn how to create a learning environment in the classroom.
  • Learn approaches to content, task and theme-based teaching.
  • Make use of visual aids, computer technology, role-play, games and drama to teach.


  • Your ESL Job: What’s on Offer?
  • International Trends in the ESL Industry.
  • What Makes a Great Teacher?
  • Building Rapport with Students.
  • The Successful Learner.
  • ESL Teaching Levels.
  • Meeting Needs of Diverse Learners.
  • Learning Styles Theory.
  • Teaching Across Age and Proficiency Levels.
  • Classroom Management.
  • Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom.
  • English Grammar Demystified.
  • Breathing Life into Grammar Lessons.
  • Teaching Vocabulary Techniques.
  • Teaching Speaking and Listening.
  • Teaching Reading and Writing.
  • Solving and Avoiding ESL Problems.
  • Mid-Lesson Crisis Management.
  • Grammar Explanation for Beginner Level Students.
  • Assessing Students’ Progress.
  • Teaching in a Multicultural Setting.
  • Lesson Coordination when Team Teaching.
  • Teaching and Evaluating ESL Students.
  • ESL Games and Exercises.
  • ESL Ice Breaker Activities.
  • Overcoming Fear of Failure as an ESL Teacher.
  • Classroom Setup.
  • Grammar: The Simple Past vs. the Present Perfect.
  • Designing Exceptional ESL Lessons.
  • Understanding Group Dynamics.
  • Teaching English Grammar.
  • Effective Cross Cultural Relations.
  • Conflict Resolution Techniques.
  • Difference between Tutoring and Teaching.
  • Tutoring Techniques.
  • Teaching Pronunciation.
  • Teaching Idioms, Expressions, Phrasal Verbs and Slang.
  • Finding and Using ESL Teaching Resources.
  • Finding and Negotiating Your ESL Contract.
  • Job Interviews and Teaching Positions.
  • Culture Shock and Adaptation.
  • Teaching Classroom English.
  • Observation and Evaluation of Peer Mini-Lessons.
  • Special Considerations for Teaching Children.
  • Ideas for Young Learner Classroom Management.
  • Teaching Specific Skills and Activities for Children.
  • Self Reflection Task for Young Learners.
  • TPR (Total Physical Response): Nonverbal Technique with Children.
  • Language Acquisition and Child Development.
  • Understanding Business English.
  • Conducting Needs Analysis.
  • Business English Lessons and Units.
  • Teaching Verbal Communication Skills in Business English.
  • Speaking Activities for the Business Professional.
  • Teaching Written Communication Skills in Business English.
  • ­What are TOEFL and TOEIC?
  • Teaching Adults.
  • The New TOEFL IBT.
  • TOEFL/IC: Strategies and Skill-Building.
  • TOEFL/IC: Coaching and Mentoring.




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