TCP Workshops

TCP Workshops


The TESOL Certificate Program offers advanced-level workshops on a variety of topics in TESOL. These all-day workshops are offered several times a year and are open to the public. New TESOL workshops are added regularly to cater to current teacher training needs. They invite TCP alumni as well, who can attend at a reduced cost. Attendees will be awarded .4 Continuing Education Units (CEU) and a certificate of attendance. 

Registration Fee 

  • General admission is $80.
  • $40 for alumni of TC's TESOL Certificate Program (TCP) & Applied Linguistics/TESOL graduate programs.
  • $60 for current students and alumni of TC's Language Program Management Certificate (LPM) Program
  • Free for current TC's TESOL Certificate Program & Applied Linguistics/TESOL graduate program students.

Upcoming Workshops:

February 12, 2023 Language Teaching with Technology (In person, on Teachers College Campus)

March 5, 2023 Teaching with Authentic Materials (In person, on Teachers College Campus)

*Please note: All workshops are held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone). Please convert for your own time zone accordingly, if necessary.  

Future Workshops:

June 17, 2023 Beyond the Essay: Teaching Knowledge, Skills, and Processes for ESL Writing (Online, Zoom)

July 29, 2023 Pronunciation: Building Autonomy While Teaching the Skills (In person, on Teachers College Campus)

*Please note: All workshops are held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. (Eastern Time Zone). Please convert for your own time zone accordingly, if necessary.  

List of workshop offerings:

Pronunciation: Building Autonomy While Teaching the Skills

This workshop will focus on incorporating pronunciation into ESL/EFL classrooms and give participants tools and resources to help students improve their pronunciation outside of the classroom. The beginning of the workshop covers teachable pronunciation skills and suggestions for incorporating them in your classroom. In the second half of the workshop, participants will learn methodologies and activities that will help to build autonomy in ESL students looking to improve their pronunciation. Participants will work in small groups to create “pronunciation portfolios” that they can transfer to their own classrooms. 

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.

Beyond the Essay: Teaching Knowledge, Skills, and Processes for ESL Writing

This workshop covers principles and methods for teaching writing to English language learners. Participants will learn strategies for designing writing assignments, teaching English rhetorical conventions, guiding students through the writing process (prewriting, drafting, and editing), and providing effective feedback on student writing. Participants will have opportunities to discuss and evaluate sample materials, online writing resources, and examples of student texts. Topics covered can be applied to general and academic ESL/EFL settings.

Integrating Vocabulary in English Language Instruction

This workshop introduces the participants to a systematic and evidence-based approach to developing and implementing a vocabulary list within an instructional unit. The workshop aims to aid the participants in refining their understanding of and skills in utilizing language corpora and text analyzers in vocabulary instruction. Participants will have the opportunity to employ and reflect on Communicative Language Teaching (CLT) approaches towards materials development as they design and evaluate vocabulary activities. 

Teaching with Authentic Materials 

Language teachers often incorporate authentic written, audiovisual, and digital materials to make their lessons more engaging. However, how can you choose the right authentic materials appropriate for different instructional contexts with respect to students’ proficiency level, learning objectives, and even the course curriculum at a broader level? This interactive workshop covers useful strategies for selecting and adapting authentic materials to make them relevant and appropriate. Participants will have the opportunity to evaluate and modify some sample materials.

Language Teaching with Technology

The purpose of this workshop is to promote thoughtful integration of digital tools, Apps, and content to (a) meaningfully engage and facilitate English language learners, and (b) support instructional objectives. Various Social Media and Web 2.0 tools, both synchronous and asynchronous, will be explored with particular focus on digital storytelling and online collaboration tools (e.g., Google Apps). Participants will design and evaluate technology-integrated and computer-mediated materials for their target student populations.

Incorporating Project Based Learning and CLT into the Grammar Classroom

This workshop will focus on incorporating project based learning and communicative language teaching into your grammar instruction. The workshop will first describe the principles of project-based learning and the fundamentals designing communicative activities. In the second half of the workshop, participants will apply these principles while working together to design a grammar lesson with a communicative focus. While the workshop is targeted towards teachers with advanced students in academic ESL classrooms, it will have takeaways for classes of varying levels.

Careers in TESOL

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 discussion about opportunities for TCP students. Students will leave the workshop armed with a comprehensive knowledge of available resources for finding and applying for ESL jobs.

"Since graduating from Columbia’s TESOL program in August 2017, I have looked forward to and benefitted from the TESOL Workshops on Technology in the Classroom, Teaching Vocabulary, Teaching English to Low beginners, and others. For example, the TESOL Workshop on Teaching Vocabulary really got me energized because I was feeling like the ways I was bringing vocabulary into my lessons was becoming a bit stale. I particularly benefited from the Teaching English to Low Beginners Workshop as it presented a variety of ways to convey English topics that I have been able to use for all of the levels I teach, even the intermediate and advanced. These workshops keep me feeling fresh and motivated as a teacher, and it’s fun to see what I’ve just learned in a workshop immediately create a new spark in my students—they are more engaged and often less inhibited with the new activities I present. Plus, the time spent with colleagues is a nice social boost as we share our ideas or concerns about teaching ESOL."

—Kathleen Sundt
Summer 2017 TCP graduate

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