TCP Workshops

TCP Workshops

Several advanced-level workshops on a variety of TESOL topics are part of the TESOL Certificate Program, but they are also open to the public. New TESOL workshops designed to cater current teacher training needs are provided every year. They invite TCP alumni as well, who can attend at a reduced cost. The alumni can use the .4 Continuing Education Unit (CEU) towards their professional development. 

General admission workshop registration fee is $150. The TCP Alumni registration fee is $80. (This $80 alumni registration fee applies to graduates of the Teachers College M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL Program as well.) Attendance for current TCP students and Teachers College M.A. in Applied Linguistics/TESOL Program is free. 

Upcoming Workshops:
  • July 10, 2021 - "Teaching English to Low Beginners" Workshop
  • July 17, 2021 - "Language Teaching with Technology" Workshop
  • November 6, 2021 - "Teaching Vocabulary II" Workshop
  • December 4, 2021 - "Teaching English to Low Beginners" Workshop
  • January 23, 2022 - "Language Teaching with Technology" Workshop
  • February 20, 2022 - "Teaching with Authentic Materials" Workshop

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. All workshops will be held online through Zoom until further notice.

These are our current workshop offerings:

Teaching Pronunciation 

The purpose of this workshop is to review teachable aspects of pronunciation beyond the sound level, describe the methodology of integrating pronunciation in the language classroom, and exemplify it through effective types of activities and resources. Participants will have the opportunity to discuss the design of integrated pronunciation materials.

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.

Integrating Vocabulary in English Language Instruction: An Introduction

This workshop will focus on methodological aspects of teaching vocabulary in integrated English language instruction. First, the process of vocabulary item selection and what it involves will be described step by step. Then, aspects of word knowledge that relate to form, meaning, and use, and how they can be incorporated in English language teaching will be discussed. Hands-on experience on vocabulary selection and teaching will be provided.


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. The 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.

"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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