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TESOL Certificate Program

Teachers College, Columbia University


Optional weekend workshops on TESOL topics are included as part of the tuition for TESOL Certificate Program students. Some of these workshops are also open to the public. We encourage prospective students to consider attending one of our upcoming workshops to learn new skills and gain exposure to the TESOL Certificate Program. 

 Summer 2019 Workshops (open to the public)

  • July 13, 11am-4pm: Teaching Business English
    • This workshop takes a look into the world of teaching Business English and it explores what makes Business English different from General English courses. Special attention will be given to developing a needs assessment and reviewing appropriate teaching materials. We also look at specific profiles of Business English students and company groups, and we consider how to move forward and what to focus on with these learners in these ESL/EFL contexts.

  • July 20, 10am-3pm: Teaching English to Low Beginners
    • Without sharing the same first language with the students, teaching ESL to absolute or low beginners from different language backgrounds can be very challenging. This workshop focuses on approaches suitable for teaching ESL to adults with beginning level proficiency. Topics include course design, adapting/developing materials, and teaching strategies.


All workshops will take place on-campus at Teachers College. Workshop topics vary each semester, so we encourage you to check this page regularly. Past workshops have included:

  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Teaching Vocabulary
  • Adapting Curriculum and Materials 
  • Teaching ESL to Students with Limited L1 Literacy
  • Teaching Business English
  • Phonetics and Phonology for ESL Teachers
  • Preparing Students for Standardized Tests like the TOEFL
  • Teaching English to Children
  • Technology in the ESL Classroom
This practical and interactive workshop is designed to provide TCP students with an array of resources and activities that will aid in the job search and job application processes for ESL teachers. Testimonies from TC alumni with career experience in relevant contexts will set the stage for a discussion about opportunities for TCP students. Hands-on activities will introduce students to online resources at TC and elsewhere. Students will leave the workshop armed with a comprehensive knowledge of available resources for finding and applying for ESL jobs.