Skip to navigation menu

Skip to main content

TESOL Certificate Program
Teachers College, Columbia University
teachers college logo columbia univertsity logo

TESOL Certificate Program

Program Information > Workshops



Every year, we offer optional Saturday workshops on different TESOL topics that are open to both students and non-students in the TESOL Certificate Program.  Below is a list of workshops that will be offered this year:

July 12th Workshop: Preparing Students for Standardized Tests Like the TOEFL®

Description: To succeed on standardized tests like the TOEFL, students need a good command of English, as well as a range of test-taking strategies. This hands-on workshop offers interactive approaches to test preparation. It also shows how test preparation can enhance students' overall language proficiency. The workshop is especially suited to those with no exposure to the Internet-based (iBT) TOEFL as test takers or test preparers. However, all are

Instructor: Michael Perrone is Clinical Assistant Professor of Elementary and Early Childhood Education at Queens College. A former director of the Northern Manhattan Improvement Corporation, a community-based literacy program, Michael has over 15 years of experience in the field of ESL. He has taught in a variety of educational contexts, including university-level classes, community-based organizations, and for-profit language institutes. Michael's research interests include student assessment, motivation, and language pedagogy.

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Grace Dodge Hall 277
Fee: $150

July 26th Workshop: Phonetics and Phonology for English Teachers

Description: Despite the fact that English language learners are almost invariably interested in improving their pronunciation, ESL and EFL teachers often neglect this aspect of effective communication. One reason may be a lack of understanding of the English sound system. This workshop is designed to give teachers an overview of the mechanics of sound production as well as an understanding of word- and sentence-level stress. Appropriate for both experienced and novice teachers, the workshop will help prepare teachers to work with their students on pronunciation and prosody.

Instructor: Howard Williams is a Professor in Linguistics and Language Education at Teachers College, Columbia University.  He has taught English overseas and in various community colleges in the US.  His interests are in general linguistics with a particular focus on syntax, pragmatics, and pedagogical grammar, and his current area of linguistic research is reported discourse.

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Grace Dodge Hall 277
Fee: $150

*Newly Added! * August 2nd Workshop: Teaching Business English

Description: Business English is more than memos and business documents. Students need a variety of skills, ranging from casual conversation over a business lunch to representing a company’s position in more formal settings. Since there are many kinds of Business English courses and most Business English teachers are de facto course designers, this workshop covers how to do a learner needs analysis to make informed decisions on materials, how to adapt materials for business learners, and classic situations and problem-solving in the English for Specific Purposes (ESP) classroom.

Instructor: Nancy Boblett has taught ESL/EFL and Spanish for over 35 years in the U.S. and Spain, including General and Business English at ESADE, Spain’s foremost graduate school of business. Nancy has also taught in the TESOL M.A. and Certificate programs at Teachers College and the TESOL M.A. program at CUNY. She is currently pursuing her doctorate in Applied Linguistics at TC, where her research interests include teacher education and classroom discourse.

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Grace Dodge Hall 277
Fee: $150

August 9th Workshop: Using Technology in the Second/Foreign Language Class

Description: **This is a hands-on workshop! Please bring a laptop.** Participants will be actively engaged as they work with the different technology tools for language teaching and learning. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, the workshop will showcase best practices for teaching with technology. In this 5-hour workshop, Farah will demonstrate how technology can be integrated effectively (and painlessly) in an ESL or EFL class to support learners’ listening, speaking, reading, writing, and digital literacy skill development. Various social media and Web 2.0 (synchronous and asynchronous) tools will be explored with particular focus on Wikis, Skype, student blogging, podcasting, and digital storytelling. We will also explore the powerful collaboration tools in Google Apps. By the end of this workshop, you will have practical ideas as well as a framework for designing and evaluating lessons that use technology.

Instructor: Farah S. Akbar has been a Teaching Fellow at the Community Language Programs (CLP) since Fall 2011. She has taught EFL in Pakistan and ESL in the US. In addition to teaching at the CLP, she teaches Introduction to Second Language Acquisition in the TESOL/AL Programs at Teachers College and has served as a peer-coach at the TESOL Summer Certificate Program.

Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Location: Grace Dodge Hall 277
Fee: $150

Sign up for three for $400.

These workshops are a cost-effective way to update your skills and your resume!
For more information, please call or email us at: 


Contact Us

  • Application Information

    Attention Prospective Applicants: The application process for our TESOL Certificate Program is currently being revised. Our application link will be on our website in mid-December. 

    International Student Application Deadline: April 1st, 2015
    Regular Application Deadline: May 1st, 2015

Mailing List

Downloadable Resources