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2015 Course Requirements

We often get asked about the course requirements for the TESOL Certificate Program. Here are all your questions answered!

Whether you attend during the intensive summer program or the part-time fall/spring program, there are five courses required for the successful completion of the program. As a blended program, students begin each of these courses during the online segment and each course then continues into the onsite portion of the program. In addition to this coursework, all students gain hands-on experience by teaching in the Community Language Program, receive mentoring from senior teachers, and have the option of participating in supplementary workshops.

The course descriptions are below, but please email tesolcertprog@tc.columbia.edu with any questions about academics!

Classroom Practices

Classroom Practices 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 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 an 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 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.