TESOL Certificate Program

TESOL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM

DO YOU WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE TESOL CERTIFICATE PROGRAM OF UMASS AMHERST?

About the University of Massachusetts Amherst

Founded in 1863, the University of Massachusetts is the largest public research university in New England and one of the best universities in the United States. Ranked as a Top 100 National University by U.S. News & World Report, UMass is distinguished by the excellence and breadth of its academic and research programs. Among the world-renowned colleges and universities in Massachusetts, UMass ranks third in research grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF), behind only MIT and Harvard.

TESOL


Spring 2020

Application deadline: December 20, 2019

Orientation in country: January 4, 2020

Courses begin: January 6, 2020

OBJECTIVES

This exciting new program is designed to promote excellence in teaching by equipping students with the knowledge and skills necessary to successfully teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Such knowledge and skills include an overview of the structure of English and the concepts, principles and best practices associated with language learning and teaching.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

A variety of assessments will be used throughout the three courses to assess performance. Examples of both formative and summative assessments include, but are not limited to: reflective journals/responses, quizzes, discussion posts, teaching demonstrations, creation of lesson plans and teaching materials, peer reviews of teaching, and self-evaluation of teaching.

LEARNING OUTCOMES

After completing the program, the students will have:

  • Developed knowledge of English grammar, theories of teaching languages and best practices for teaching English as an additional language (EAL)
  • Applied knowledge of English grammar in the teaching and design of lessons for EAL learner in various contexts
  • Applied knowledge about how additional languages are acquired in the teaching and design of lessons for EAL learners in various contexts
  • Produced culturally appropriate materials, assessments and lesson plans for EAL learners in various contexts
  • Participated in self and peer evaluation of teaching

WHY EARN YOUR TESOL CERTIFCATE FROM UMASS AMHERST?

UMass Amherst is internationally recognized as a top 24 public university in the U.S. and it is accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC). Founded in 1885, a globally recognized standard of excellence, NEASC Accreditation attests to a school’s high quality and integrity.

UMass Amherst’s TESOL program is taught by university faculty and university credit is awarded to students upon completion. Our cutting-edge teaching technology allows our faculty to teach live from our campus in Amherst, Massachusetts to classrooms of students around the world, meaning you don't have to leave your hometown to earn a certificate from a top U.S. University.

A TESOL certificate from UMass Amherst tells employers that you are serious about teaching English. UMass Amherst is known worldwide. The University credits you earn will propel you into the next stage of your career as a language-instruction professional.


COURSE CONTENT

The structure will consist of three 3-credit undergraduate-level courses

English Grammar & Language Teaching

Foundations of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Methods for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

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  • English sentence structure

  • English word structure (emphasis on inflectional morphology)

  • English sound system

  • Pragmatics

  • How to teach the above elements of English grammar


  • Basic theoretical overview of how a second language is learned

  • Approaches to teaching English as an additional language based on theories

  • Learner development of reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

  • Culture & Language Learning

  • Individual differences


  • Best Practices in TESOL

  • Classroom Dynamics & Management

  • Lesson Planning

  • Assessment

  • Materials

  • Professionalism

  • Teaching Practice

  • Peer & Self Evaluation

  • Teaching Demonstrations

WHO ARE THE BEST CANDIDATES?

Students and Aspiring English Teachers

  • Receive 9 U.S. undergraduate credits from a top 24, NEASC accredited university
  • Benefit from content modules designed to develop quality teaching skills
  • Earn a license to a well-paid job in the TESOL industry

Current English Teachers

  • Improve teaching skills with sound theory and best practices
  • Elevate your status to an expert level teacher or trainer

CERTIFICATE AND CREDIT

Certificate and 9 college credits from the University of Massachusetts Amherst are conferred upon successful completion.

CANDIDATE REQUIREMENTS

  • Proficiency level: TOEFL/IELTS/iTEP (minimum IELTS 7.0; TOEFL 87)