ESL/EFL Teacher Training Program

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Training

English as a Second Language Language (ESL) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL)


The purpose of the TESOL Training Program is designed to provide pre-service and in-service ESL teachers a foundation in the theory and practice of English language teaching (ELT). The program provides a summary of the core knowledge of the TESOL field to support ESL teachers in enhancing their professional practice and careers in serving the needs of English language learners (ELLs). The program will help ESL teachers develop the skills they need to effectively teach English speaking, listening, reading, grammar, writing and vocabulary courses to ELLs.  

Program Orientation

Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages

The TESOL Certificate Program provides professional-level preparation for careers in teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language in any of the following areas:

  • ESL programs at high scholls and universities
  • ESL courses for private companies
  • ESL teacher preparation

Completion of the TESOL Certificate Program also provides a participant with appropriate preparation for further study at the master or doctoral level.

Who can Enroll

The TESOL Certificate Program is designed to strengthen ESL teachers in their English and teaching skills.  Anybody who has a Bachelor’s degree and is interested in becoming an ESL teacher is also welcome to enroll.   


The curriculum of the TESOL Certificate Program is comprised of seven areas:

I.        English Language Proficiency - Verbal Communications

Emphasis is on proficiency in receptive skill: listening and in productive skill: speaking, skills for professional teachers of English.

II.       Linguistic Knowledge

Essential linguistic knowledge in the areas of phonology, morphology, lexicon, syntax/grammar, semantics, & pragmatics.

III.      Pedagogical Knowledge

Pedagogical knowledge in areas such as writing instructional objectives, ESL classroom management, and ESL assessment.

IV.      ESL Teaching/Learning Theories

Development of knowledge in ESL teaching/learning theories and analyze and apply theories to instructional design and planning.

V.       ESL Teaching Strategies

Development of ESL teaching knowledge and skills in teaching reading, writing, vocabulary, listening, speaking, pronunciation, and grammar and utilize the knowledge and the skills to effectively teach English language learners.

VI.      Creative Use of Technology in the ESL Classroom

Learning of various technology tools and software and how to use those technology tools and software in the ESL classroom.

VII.     Curriculum Development in ESL  

Study of principles involved with course and curriculum design in ESL for young and adult learners: examine proposed learning outcomes as a result of curriculum design; review curriculum development principles that are important for instructional content made for English language learners; apply principles to develop or adapt a curriculum for a specific ESL context.

Instructor’s Qualifications

Instructors for the training program have the following certifications or experience to teach any of the courses:  

  1. TESOL Certification
  2. Doctoral and Master degrees in bilingual/multilingual/ESL education with at least 1 year of TESOL teaching


This page was last updated on: February 8, 2016