The Hunter College ELT Institute balances the necessary combination of content and practicum classes to successfully train native and non-native teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages. Throughout the U.S., private-sector adult language programs and community-based organizations require properly trained staff to work with immigrants and international students. Internationally, English language schools catering to children, adolescents and adults regularly seek English teachers who have been trained by native English-speaking instructors, and who have gained their teaching experience and credentials in English-speaking academic programs.
This intensive Teaching Certificate Program prepares participants to teach students whose skills range from beginning or low literacy to college/university levels. Classes integrate state-of-the-science theory and teaching practice in an ESOL classroom enabling teacher-trainees to apply what they have learned immediately. Full time students meet 18/hours a week for a total of 288 hours. Approximately 96 of those hours are spent observing, interning, assisting, and teaching in ESOL classrooms. Individual classes may be taken as part-time courses; however, F1 visa students are required to take the complete program each semester.