Advanced TESOL Certificate Syllabus:
There are 9 assignments and 2 tests in the Advanced 120-hour TESOL Certificate course. You will be assessed in grammar, phonology, developing activities, testing and evaluation methods, error correction, classroom management, learning styles, and creating full lesson plans for grammar, vocabulary, speaking, reading, listening, and writing lessons. You will pass the course after completing all the required tests and assignments.
A personal tutor will be assigned to correct your assignments, provide you with feedback, and answer your questions. Feedback is a very important part of the learning progress because the work is cumulative, so assignments have to be submitted one at a time to receive feedback from the tutor.
Module 1: The Adult Learner
This module includes the following topics:
- Adult Teaching and Learning
- Multiple Intelligences
- Learning styles
There are two reflective essays in this module.
Module 2: The Study of the English Language
Module 3: The Theory and Methodology of TESOL
Methodology is the most important module in a TESOL certificate course. This module contains seven assignments which will require you to develop activities, create full lesson plans, and write reflective essays on recorded ESL lessons.
Chapter 1: The First Class
The purpose of this chapter is to consider the importance of establishing initial connections in the classroom because these connections set the tone for the entire learning experience. You will be required to make personal reflections in order to more effectively empathize with your students’ situations. The chapter then sets out suggestions for icebreakers in the classroom. Finally, you will analyze features of these introduction techniques from a teacher’s point of view.
Chapter 2: Approaches to Language Teaching
This chapter contains a very condensed and subjective synopsis of the main currents in the history of language teaching methodology (Grammar Translation Method, Direct Method, and Audiolingualism).
Chapter 3: The Communicative Approach
In chapter 2 we discuss some of the major approaches to second language teaching and learning. These are grammatically oriented approaches (They focus on accuracy rather than meaning and fluency). In this chapter we focus on the Communicative Approach, which is semantically oriented (The Communicative Approach is based on the idea that learning a language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning).
Chapter 4: Teaching Skills – Speaking
In this chapter you will learn how to effectively teach speaking skills. Learners generally want to master speaking skills as soon as possible. However, together with listening, it is probably the most difficult skill to develop. Speaking requires that learners not only know how to produce specific points of language such as grammar, pronunciation, or vocabulary (linguistic competence), but also that they understand when, why, and in what ways to produce language (sociolinguistic competence).
Chapter 5: Teaching Grammar
There are different ways to present or review a grammar topic. You need to be eclectic and decide what the best method for your students is, taking into account their level, age and interests, and the syllabus and textbook you are using. In this chapter you will learn some of the most common frameworks used in a Communicative Approach lesson.
Chapter 6: How to Write a Lesson Plan
Organizing your ideas, knowing the steps to follow in a lesson, and having a clear objective of what you want your students to learn in the lesson are elements that will make your class successful. In this chapter you will be introduced to the techniques that are required to write a professional lesson plan, so that you can apply these techniques to teaching the four skills that students need to develop in order to communicate in the target language: speaking and writing (productive skills); and listening and reading (receptive skills).
Chapter 7: Teaching Vocabulary
In this chapter you will learn the fundamental features for successfully instilling vocabulary knowledge in students.
Chapter 8: Teaching Skills – Listening
Many teachers think that a listening activity is just playing a tape, asking comprehension questions or using true and false activities. “The lesson is over! My students have done listening!” No learning process was involved in such a listening lesson. In this chapter you will learn how to effectively teach listening skills.
Chapter 9: Teaching Skills – Reading
In this chapter you will look at reading comprehension techniques and lesson plans for reading activities to learn how to effectively teach reading skills.
Chapter 10 Teaching Skills – Writing
The macroskill of writing is the one most often ignored by teachers. To exacerbate this, students very often do not seem interested in practicing this skill. One of the major reasons that writing is given short shrift in the classroom is that teachers do not know how to present and exploit this skill in a communicative and interesting way. In this chapter you will learn how to effectively teach writing skills.
Chapter 11: Using Authentic Material
Authentic material complements English classes by enlivening the class, giving the chance to add variety in your lessons and creating a more positive attitude toward learning. It can be used to develop the four macro-skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing. In this chapter you will learn how to use authentic materials effectively for all levels.
Chapter 12: Correcting mistakes
There is no doubt that anyone who is learning a new language will make mistakes, either spoken or written. In this chapter, you will learn techniques and strategies to correct spoken and written mistakes.
Chapter 13: Classroom Management
This chapter covers classroom management in terms of the role of the teacher, the student’s behaviour, the activities, grouping students, seating arrangements, discipline problems and possible solutions.
Chapter 14: Testing and Assessment in the ESL Classroom
In this chapter, you will study the purpose of evaluation, testing and assessment, including types of tests and approaches for direct and indirect testing.
Special Video Observation Chapter:
In this section, you will observe a lesson taught at an upper-intermediate level. You will have to write a report analyzing the different aspects of the lesson.