TESOL Certificate, Part 1: Teach English Now!
Learn theory and the practical strategies of English as a Second Language teaching.
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- Beginner Specialization.
- No prior experience required.
Teach English Now! Foundational PrinciplesUpcoming session: Aug 28 — Oct 16.
- 2-4 hours/week
- English, Spanish, Ukrainian
About the CourseThrough a series of engaging metaphors and stories, prospective and current EFL/ESL teachers will identify, summarize, and evaluate 7 basic language learning paradigms. Learners will be presented information on such foundational principles as motivation, risk taking, two different modes of learning, and balancing the teacher profession. Learners are also given an understanding of basic techniques founded on those principles, such as teacher talk, looking “ridiculous” in order to lower the affective filter, and networking. With these foundational principles in mind, ESL/EFL teachers will scrutinize common assumptions about language learning by comparing how they stack up to research-based core principles.
Teach English Now! Theories of Second Language AcquisitionUpcoming session: Aug 28 — Oct 16.
- 6 weeks of study, 1-2 hours/week
About the CourseIn this course learners are introduced to second or foreign language theories and practices for teaching and assessing listening, speaking, and pronunciation. Learners will also be introduced to basic studies in second language acquisition and their pedagogical implications. Teachers will be invited to recognize the importance of grounding their own teaching philosophy through an examination of purpose, content, and technique.
Teach English Now! Lesson Design and AssessmentUpcoming session: Aug 28 — Oct 16.
- English, Spanish
About the CourseLearners will be introduced to designing lesson plans based on principles and knowledge of learning objectives, assessment plans, methods, materials, and learning activities. Learners will find and prepare appropriate teaching materials through careful analysis, adaptation and creation of professional resources. Learners will also reflect on the cohesion between lesson design and teaching philosophies.
Teach English Now! Capstone Project 1Upcoming session: Aug 28 — Oct 16.
- 6 weeks of study, 5-6 hours/week
About the Capstone ProjectIn the final Capstone Project, you will apply the skills you learned by observing teachers at work (a total of six hours of observation). You will build on the concepts learned from the previous courses to analyze the lessons. You will also submit your teaching philosophy, a five-day lesson plan, and a teaching tip. You will deliver a portion of your lesson, submitting a 6-10 minute video for peer review. If you have completed Teach English Now! Part 1 and Teach English Now! Part 2, you will submit your work for expert review to receive your ASU 150-hour TESOL Certificate from ASU, in addition to your Coursera certificates.
Dr. Shane Dixon
Senior International Educator
Dr. Justin Shewell
Senior International Educator
Andrea Mürau Haraway