The School for International Training's TESOL Certificate is a 130 hour course
which provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in Teaching
English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as well as tools for their own
reflection and growth as teachers. It is designed to be offered intensively in four
weeks or extensively over a longer period.
The course provides practical training through teaching demonstrations and
workshops, lesson planning and analysis, and 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 SIT teacher trainers.
The innovative course curriculum was designed by SIT faculty, based on
humanistic, experiential, and progressive teaching.
The SIT TESOL Certificate focuses on three main areas:
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.
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.
teaching sessions with ESL students. 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.
teaching positions in the U.S. and abroad, or return to their current jobs with new
skills and greater knowledge, awareness, and satisfaction. To facilitate networking,
SIT maintains a listserv that connects graduates of all SIT courses. Graduates of
the SIT TESOL Certificate will have the opportunity to join and enjoy the support
of the vast network of SIT alumni worldwide.