Fully-Online TESOL Certificate Program - K-12 Education Track

This online certificate program enables individuals from any educational background to gain the knowledge and skills necessary to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages in the United States or abroad.

Our instructor-facilitated online courses are informative, fun, convenient and highly interactive. Our instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners.

All courses run for six weeks. Courses are project-oriented and include two lessons and quizzes per week, hands-on-assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links and a final exam. You can take weekly quizzes as many times as you want; however, you are allowed to take the final exam only once. You can complete any course entirely from your home or office any time of the day or night.

You must successfully complete four core courses and two elective courses.

Grading Scale:

Final exam score: 75 - 100 Satisfactory

Final exam score: 0 - 74 Unsatisfactory

Fee: $980

Classes begin monthly.

Please contact the ESL office for class start dates - esl@aum.edu

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Core Courses:

An Introduction to Language Assessment in the K-12 Classroom
This course introduces teachers to traditional and performance based language assessment for English language learners at the primary and secondary school level.

We will look at the legal history and politics surrounding language assessment and also discuss different test structures and methods used to assess English language learners. Then, we will examine how standardized tests are used to measure language proficiency and academic achievement. With that framework in place, we will explore how to specifically assess listening, speaking, reading, and writing, both individually and in an integrated fashion.

We will also examine test taking issues and strategies and will look at how technology can be used in assessment. Special needs students will also be addressed. While this course is primarily focused on the United States, keep in mind that many of the lessons can be generalized or applied to situations in other countries.

An Introduction to Teaching English to Young Learners
In this course you will examine how young learners develop cognitively, how they learn languages, and how your understanding of these two areas can help guide you in your role as a language teacher. In the 12 lessons, you will be introduced to ways of teaching the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing), as well as techniques for using stories, songs and rhymes, games and role-play in your classroom. You will also consider the role of assessment and evaluation in teaching English to young learners. This course will combine theory with practice in providing examples that will help illustrate how you can teach language to young learners in your classroom.

Content-Based Instruction for Language Learners
This course will provide you with an understanding of the main characteristics and types of content-based instruction. It will guide you through ways of balancing the dual focus on language and content as well as introduce you to a helpful framework for designing content-based courses and lessons. This practical course examines several useful activity types and considers how to integrate listening, speaking, reading, and writing in content-based instruction for students at different proficiency levels.

An Introduction to Task-based Teaching
This course will introduce you to an important approach to language teaching. It will look at task-based language teaching in a broad way. You will study what task-based teaching is, how it developed and how it fits into a broader curriculum framework. Most importantly, this course will focus on how task-based language teaching works in the classroom.

This course is meant to be practical. It will provide many examples of task-based language teaching in activities and from textbooks. At the end of this course, you will have learned how to implement task-based solution in your own classroom.

Elective Courses:

Language Learning Technologies for K-12 Teachers  (Recommended)
This course will explore technologies that support language development as well as academic achievement for K-12 English language learners. Much of the course will focus on technologies that support English language development and communication skills, such as dedicated software programs, websites, and other technology resources. In addition, you'll learn how technologies that were developed for other purposes, such as word processing, can be used in targeted ways to promote English language development.

Communicative Teaching for the ESL/EFL Classroom (Recommended)
This practical course provides teachers with the principles of communicative teaching, discussing simple ways to create a more dynamic, interactive classroom. It offers a variety of effective techniques for making students active participants in the learning process. In addition, the course includes a number of lively activities teachers can use in the classroom to encourage students to interact and improve their language skills, especially listening and speaking.

Teaching ESL/EFL Grammar
In this course, you'll come to see English grammar as a three-dimensional process that's useful in bringing coherence, cohesion, and texture to writing and speech. We'll begin by considering seven definitions of grammar that we'll draw on throughout the course. We'll also discuss the differences between patterns and rules, and why second-language learners benefit from our instruction on both.

You'll learn why students need to understand the three dimensions of grammar—form, meaning, and use—and how seeing grammar as a dynamic and changing system helps students overcome many of their grammar challenges. You'll also see why teaching grammar in a way that makes it personally meaningful to your students brings the best results. And since teaching isn't just about presenting lessons, we'll also go over the importance of "reading" your students—observing them to try to figure out what learning process they're using. We'll contrast rote or mechanical practice with meaningful practice, and we'll go over guidelines for creating activities and adapting your textbook exercises to get students working on the unique learning challenge presented by each different grammatical structure.

Toward the end of the course, we'll talk about what specific errors students make can indicate, and how they can help us pinpoint the unique challenges our students face so we can develop meaningful practice activities to help them meet those challenges. And we'll finish up the course by discussing ways that you can give valuable feedback to your students. Get ready to discover how to teach grammar in a way that's both effective and enjoyable for your students!

An Introduction to Teaching ESL/EFL  (Recommended for New ESL Teachers)

Would you like to increase your effectiveness as an English language teacher? Would you like to go beyond the well-known methods that often leave teachers frustrated with their one-size-fits-all approach? This course will take you on a fascinating exploration of what it means to be a teacher, how to understand who your students are and the needs they have, and how to choose the most appropriate materials and activities for your classroom. You'll learn how you can choose and fine-tune the principles that exactly fit your teaching situation.

During the next six weeks, we'll rethink the traditional native vs. non-native speaker distinction, see why teaching English is so different from teaching other subjects, and explore innovative approaches like Communicative Language Teaching and the lexical approach. You'll gain new insights and ideas for teaching vocabulary, grammar, listening, speaking, reading, and writing. You'll also discover what some of your options are in designing fair and accurate tests. And you'll learn how to keep learning and growing throughout your teaching career.

Teaching ESL/EFL Reading
Did you realize that reading is one of the most important skills you can teach? The skill of reading not only gives your students what they need to be successful learners, but it also makes them more self-confident and eager to learn their whole life long. It's truly at the core of the other language skills—listening, speaking, writing, and grammar. In this course, you'll learn how to show your students the value of reading to motivate them to become strong readers.

Together, we'll explore the core skills of intensive reading. Then we'll examine extensive reading and how to integrate it into your curriculum. Next, we'll cover ways to bring vocabulary teaching into your reading classroom. You'll find out the difference between teaching comprehension and merely testing on it. They're not the same!

We'll also look at ways to help your students develop a fluent reading rate and use strategies for reading successfully. And we'll round out our time together by discussing how to plan effective lessons, design a strong reading curriculum, select appropriate reading materials, and assess students to encourage their growth.

If you would like to pass a passion for reading on to your students, then this is the course for you!

Teaching ESL/EFL Vocabulary
Do you sometimes wonder if the vocabulary your textbook is teaching is really what your ESL students need to learn? Well, you're not alone. Many teachers long to have a more precise and effective way to help their students learn English vocabulary, and in this course, I'll show you how.

Over the next six weeks, you'll discover what the different types of vocabulary are, as well as how to accurately assess what your students already know and what they need to learn. You'll also explore the most powerful way of teaching vocabulary as you teach ESL: across the four strands. These four strands include meaning-focused input (listening and reading), meaning-focused output (speaking and writing), language-focused (deliberate) learning, and fluency development.

You may be surprised to learn that you don't need to devote class time to all the types of vocabulary. Instead, you're better off teaching your students learning strategies with certain categories, and you'll get to fully delve into what these are too.

In addition, you'll find ways to evaluate how successful your vocabulary activities are, see how to teach vocabulary with content-based instruction, and explore how to monitor your students' learning. By the end of this course, you'll understand what makes a well-balanced vocabulary course and how to design one of your own!

Developing ESL/EFL Listening Comprehension
This course will cover a number of issues involved in helping learners to develop their listening comprehension of English as a second or foreign language. We'll discuss factors that affect the success or failure of listening comprehension, examine an adaptable lesson template that can be used to develop the listening comprehension of your students, and look at specific listening activities targeted at novice-level, intermediate-level, and advanced-level students. The course will also highlight effective assessment methods, including computerized testing of listening ability.

Teaching Lexically
This practical course aims to change the way you think about language by introducing the lexical approach. Through the lexical approach, you will begin to look at the relationship between grammar and vocabulary in a new light.

This course will suggest innovative ways to teach language and skills, to deal with speaking in class and to handle student correction. It will provide concrete examples of how to approach the language classroom in a lexical way and will leave you with practical ways to integrate this approach into your classroom.

An Introduction to Corpora in English Language Teaching
This course will explain what a corpus is and how corpora have developed over the years. It will show you how to build and use a corpus to enhance your teaching and the experience of your learners. The course will include extracts of real language to give you a flavor of what you can get from consulting a corpus. You will see how corpora can be used to improve the teaching of vocabulary and grammar and also learn about data-driven learning and how to use this approach in an English language classroom. As you discover the many ways you can use teacher corpora, you will gain a better understanding of the communication that takes place in your classroom.

Contact Information:
esl@aum.edu, (334) 244-3182