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Program Overview

The TESOL Certificate tuition is $4800. The program is comprised of eight core classes (including a teaching practicum) which reflect careful study and consideration of current theory and its practical application. Elective options and custom-designed group programs are also available.
* This program does not certify teachers to teach ESL in US public schools.

Discounts: IELI students- 20%; Hunter alumni- 10%

ELT01 $700
Methods and Techniques of Teaching English introduces a variety of approaches and proven teaching strategies that encourage effective and meaningful communication. Participants learn about basic curriculum options; then develop a range of practical skills, including conducting basic needs analyses; designing curriculum; planning lessons and assessments; using teaching aids and technology, and encouraging student participation.

ELT 02 $700
English Grammar Review offers a foundational review of the structure of the English language.  It gives concrete answers to the “why” questions related to language usage, emphasizing the most frequently challenging grammar trouble-spots. Participants complete grammar exercises and learn how to analyze and explain grammar.

ELT03 $700
Tips and Tools for Teaching Grammar stresses the importance of introducing language in context with a constant focus on conveying meaning. This course exposes teacher trainees to a wide range of grammar teaching techniques, and ways to incorporate them into real-life communication. Eclectic strategies for grammar teaching are emphasized.

ELT04 $700
Techniques for teaching Reading and Writing highlights the necessity of connecting the two as reading is often involved in, and serves as a model and a resource for writing.  ESL reading and writing teachers today face new challenges as electronic ESL literacy becomes more prevalent and necessary for modern business and communication. Building upon a review of the basic processes of reading and writing, this course provides effective teaching techniques for the many sub-skills involved in reading and writing.  The use of technology for literacy development is also addressed.


ELT05 $700
Techniques for Teaching Oral and Listening Skills joins the theory and practice of teaching pronunciation, conversation and aural skills. This class examines strategies and techniques used to teach fluency and accuracy in oral communication. This course emphasizes the unique qualities of oral language and how we use language differently in oral vs. written language, along with issues in teaching listening comprehension skills and strategies.

ELT06 $700
Introduction to Language and Culture helps students build an effective foundation for language teaching by learning about the sound system, differences between oral conversation and written language, and the ways in which language reflects the social values and cultures of the people who speak and write it.  This class explores social and pragmatic uses of language used for a wide variety of purposes, and considers such issues as attitudes toward language, standard and non-standard dialects, multilingualism and principles of learning and second language acquisition.

ELT07 $700
Special Topics in ESL explores a wide variety of topics that will enhance the TESOL Certificate.   Among the myriad subjects available are: applying technology to language learning, teaching vocabulary, teaching language for specific purposes (e.g., business, science and technology, medicine), using games to teach language, vocational ESOL and preparing students for standardized language exams. In addition, teacher trainees practice interview skills, job searches, and teaching/tutoring techniques. Additional topics may be requested or selected by program participants.


ELT08 $700
Practicum and Practicum Workshop – Teacher trainees will spend a minimum of 6 hours/week in ESL classrooms observing, assisting and performing their student-teaching component. Students will have an opportunity to analyze strategies of seasoned ESL professionals. Toward the end of the semester, teacher candidates will be required to teach a minimum of three lessons, one in each of the following areas: oral skills, grammar and integrated skills (reading and writing).


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