The overall goal of the course is for participants to be able to successfully plan,
teach, and evaluate ESOL classes. This goal can be broken down into the
following objectives:

  • Write clear learning objectives appropriate for students.
  • Identify potential challenges for students – with language and with tasks.
  • Prepare to address challenges appropriately.
  • Incorporate appropriate variety of technique, focus (teacher and student roles) and
    modality (visual, auditory, kinesthetic).
  • Create learner-centered activities.
  • Design activities appropriate to class size, student needs, levels and interests.
  • Sequence lesson logically: providing ample meaningful practice, recycling of material
    and opportunity for assessment.
  • Set well-defined objectives for him/herself as a teacher.
  • Incorporate appropriate use of input from workshops, English Language Teaching
    (ELT) materials and resources.

  • Develop rapport with students and create a respectful, secure, motivating, learner-
    centered environment.
  • Use oral and body language appropriate for student level and context: vocabulary,
    speed, tone and gestures.
  • Get and act upon feedback from students – ongoing and structured.
  • Adjust lesson plan as necessary, while moving toward objectives.
  • Give clear instructions.
  • Convey meaning in context clearly and accurately.
  • Check understanding of language, concepts and tasks.
  • Clarify form, meaning and use (as appropriate) of target language/culture points in
    all stages of lesson.
  • Respond sensitively, appropriately and respectfully to students equally – in terms of
    needs, interests and background.
  • Organize students and space in ways appropriate to activities and in order to foster
    learner centered learning.
  • Effectively manage pair, group and individual work.
  • Assess student learning and provide appropriate feedback to students on their
    performance (i.e. error treatment and affirmation).
  • Incorporate appropriate teacher and student roles for various stages in the lesson.
  • Use AV resources effectively.

  • Discuss how student learning objectives were met with supporting evidence from
    individual students and from large group behavior.
  • Identify and usefully communicate the significant strengths in lesson plan and
    teaching for self and peers in relation to meeting student learning and teaching
  • Identify and usefully communicate the significant challenges in lesson plan and
    teaching for self and peers in relation to meeting student learning and teaching
  • Identify internal/external; factors which help/hinder own development as a teacher.
  • Generate and incorporate in future teaching appropriate actions to address
    challenges in response to self-reflection or feedback from others (trainers, peers,
    and students).
  • Discuss teaching in terms of basic ELT concepts and methodology: learner-centered
    teaching, lesson planning frameworks, inductive/deductive methods, learning styles
    and modalities, monitoring, assessment and error treatment strategies,
    Form/Meaning/Use/Pronunciation aspects of language points.
Course Goals and Objectives
The School for International Training TESOL Certificate Course
Goals and Objectives