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TESOL Certificate Program

Teachers College, Columbia University


The courses listed below are required for successful completion of the TESOL Certificate Program and are not offered separately.

Classroom Practices

Classroom Practices (CP) introduces students to teaching methods and approaches in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). By examining different contexts, student populations, purposes, and approaches, students will be able to make informed decisions about language teaching methods, techniques, lesson planning, syllabi, materials, and classroom management.

Second Language Acquisition

Second Language Acquisition (SLA) introduces students to theories of second language acquisition and how we can use these to inform our teaching practices. Through cultivating an understanding of cognitive, social, and linguistic influences, students will discover how they can modify instruction to facilitate second language learning.

Pedagogical English Grammar

Pedagogical English Grammar introduces students to the fundamental principles of American English grammar and provides a theoretical basis for teaching grammar in ESL/EFL contexts. Students will obtain an understanding of the kinds of errors that ESL/EFL learners make, and they will be introduced to different approaches and practical techniques for teaching grammar.

Second Language Assessment

Second Language Assessment provides a brief introduction to theory and practice in second language assessment. Students will develop an understanding of the purposes and types of language assessment and will gain insight into the various standardized and alternative assessment instruments available to assess language skills. Students will practice designing assessment tasks and using scoring rubrics to grade papers. 

Intercultural Communication

Intercultural Communication (ICC) introduces students to basic concepts in cultural and linguistic diversity and pragmatics as they relate to language teaching and classroom interaction. The course will require active participation, collaboration, and open dialogue as we examine how culture shapes our language choices, our approaches to teaching, our relations and interactions with our students, and our expectations of them.