Program Overview

TESOL Program Overview

The Hampshire TESOL Certificate course provides an introduction to methods of teaching English as a second/foreign language that can be used to design lessons appropriate for various student ages, English abilities, and backgrounds.

The course presents a comprehensive overview of the history and development of methods for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) along with a critical examination of the underlying principles of these various methodologies.

Included is an examination of the theory and practice of teaching the four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) along with grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation. Attention will focus on how various approaches and techniques can be realized in practice, in a range of contexts or educational settings, and for a variety of different learners.

Recommended Course Texts

A variety of readings will be made available online that align with the modules being covered, so there is no required coursebook to purchase for this program. Here are two recommended texts:

  • Swan, M. (2005). Practical English usage (3rd ed.). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.
  • Schmitt, N., & Marsden, R. (2006). Why is English like that? Historical answers to hard ELT questions. Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan.

Requirements and Expectations

What goes on in the course is crucial for understanding the content of this course. Because of the intense nature and breadth of this course, it is recommended that you attend each class and that you are on time. In the event that you cannot come to class, it is your responsibility to communicate with the trainers. If you miss more than two days of class you will be ineligible for a TESOL Certificate. Participants are expected to participate actively in class discussions and activities. Participants are also required to complete all assignments either before or by their scheduled due date. In your final narrative evaluation, your trainer will be commenting on the following: participation lesson planning, teaching practice/tutoring, reflective essay, and review of final learner/teacher portfolios.

Your final portfolio should include the following:

  • Philosophy of teaching: teaching values, beliefs, and practices
  • Current resume
  • Daily journal
  • Observations of student participation and teaching
  • Peer teaching and peer feedback
  • Reflections on actual teaching
  • Lesson/materials planning
  • Action research material
  • Literature review
  • Information and handouts given during class
  • Final reflective essay

The ultimate goal of this course is for participants to be prepared for actual teaching situations and to be confident as TESOL instructors/tutors.

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