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Certificate Programs

The Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program also offers two certificate programs: one in TESOL and one in the teaching of Chinese to speakers of other languages (TCSOL).

About The TESOL Certificate Program

The TESOL Certificate Program offers an intensive summer program with a unique balance of practice and theory. Students explore teaching methodologies and theories of language learning, taking part in an integrated curriculum of courses, workshops, and supervised team student teaching. Topics include creating a learner-centered classroom, as well as teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking, and grammar. Language and culture, course and materials development, and assessment are also covered.

Our students come from all over the world. Some are recent college graduates who want to travel and teach abroad. Others are professionals considering a career change, or teachers of English as a foreign language who wish to continue their professional development. The program runs under the auspices of the TESOL and Applied Linguistics Programs and the Department of Arts and Humanities.

Contact Information:
phone: (212) 678 - 3459

About the TCSOL Certificate Program

The Certificate Program in Teaching Chinese to Speakers of Other Languages (TCSOL), co-sponsored by the Applied Linguistics and TESOL Program at Teachers College, Columbia University, the Chinese Language Program in the Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures at Columbia University, and Asia for Educators at Columbia University, provides state-of-the-art training in Chinese pedagogy. Developed and taught by a world-class team of experts, the program offers a cutting-edge curriculum that sets trainees on a fast and efficient track to gain knowledge and skills necessary for operating effectively in current and future classrooms in various contexts.

The program spans 12 week(end)s over one academic year (Fall and Spring semesters) and is ideal for both pre-service teachers and in-service teachers who look to develop or enhance their ability to teach through an accelerated program.

The program particularly welcomes applications from the following groups of people:

  • College seniors or recent graduates majoring in Chinese studies
  • Guest teachers from China or from other Chinese-speaking regions
  • Mandarin speakers in the U.S. certified to teach other subjects
  • Mandarin speakers in the U.S. not yet certified in any subject
  • Professionals considering a career change
  • Individuals looking for a professional career

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