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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

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English is arguably the most predominant language through which people communicate, connect and transact business in the emerging global community of the 21st century. The increased fluidity of international borders, the relative ease of travel and the growing global market presence has made the demand for quality English language programs and TESOL instructors higher than ever – both abroad and in the United States.

Designed to offer a balance of current theory and practical experience in second language acquisition instructional methods, the Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certificate will prepare you with foundational knowledge and real-world skills to effectively step into a career in TESOL. Courses provide a comprehensive study of core knowledge in the field, including aspects of linguistics and sociolinguistics, the structure of English, methodology of teaching and assessing English, literacy development, curriculum development and language assessment.

Program Benefits

  • Identify key foundational linguistic theories and the connection between those theories and effective teaching practices
  • Plan and implement dynamic language lessons designed to meet the needs and interests of your learners
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the structure of English and the ability to teach English grammar
  • Define the skills associated with reading comprehension and fluency and the best means to develop those skills
  • Identify key strategies to build your learners’ vocabulary skills
  • Construct effective assessments to evaluate your learners’ competencies in all skill areas
  • Receive TESOL-focused career guidance and coaching offered by TESOL experts
  • Enjoy flexible, online curriculum that is convenient to your busy schedule
  • Earn your certificate in as few as 8 months

Who Should Attend

Individuals with a bachelor’s degree who wish to teach English in a variety of ESL settings in the United States and overseas, recent graduates, international students, aspiring educators, career changers, and current teachers who wish to enhance their competencies in the field of TESOL.

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On-Demand Webinar Event: Pursuing a Career in TESOL
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: A Panel Conversation on Pursuing a Career in TESOL (video)
Are you considering a career path in the exciting and growing field of TESOL? You're invited to watch facilitator Lesley Clear, Ph.D., ESL/EFL teacher and a UCI Extension distinguished instructor, as she and a panel of experts explore a number of topics including opportunities in the field, the benefits and challenges of this career, advancing your professional and personal goals with a TESOL certificate from UCI Extension, and more.

Certificate Eligibility and Requirements

A bachelor’s degree is required for admission into the program. A certificate is awarded upon completion of seven core courses, including the Teaching Practicum course, and two elective courses for a total of 150 hours of instruction. Students must earn a grade of “B” or better in each course in order to be eligible for the certificate. To become an official candidate in the program, students pursuing the certificate must submit a Declaration of Candidacy. Students are encouraged to declare candidacy as soon as possible, but no later than after the third course in the program. To receive the certificate after completing all program requirements, students must submit a Request for Certificate. All requirements must be completed within five (5) years after the student enrolls in his/her first course. Students not pursuing a certificate are welcome to take as many individual courses as they wish.

Advisory Committee

  • Sarah Sahr, Ed.D., Director of Professional Learning & Research, TESOL International Association
  • Neda Sahranavard, Ph.D., ESL Instructor, Santa Ana College, International Programs, UC Irvine Extension
  • Christopher Stillwell, M.A., Instructor, International Programs, UC Irvine Extension
  • Yilin Sun, Ph.D., Professor of TESOL/Basic and Transitional Studies, Seattle Colleges-South Seattle College, Past (2014-2015) President of TESOL International Association
  • Patricia Szasz, M.A., Assistant Dean for Language & Professional Programs & TESOL Adjunct Faculty, Graduate School of Translation, Interpretation, and Language Education, Middlebury Institute of International Studies at Monterey
English Proficiency Requirement
All certificate programs at UCI Division of Continuing Education (classroom and online formats) require professional-level English language proficiency in listening and note-taking, reading comprehension and vocabulary, written expression, and oral presentation.