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What We Did This Summer: Students Showcase Their Work in Immersive Summer Programs

Hampshire Summer 2017 Program students concluded their studies with a day of presentations modeled after Division III showcases

What We Did This Summer: Students Showcase Their Work in Immersive Summer Programs

TESOL Teacher Training Institute

June 4-29, 2018

Program Overview

A TESOL certificate is a ticket to the world! Having a TESOL certificate will open many academic and professional doors. Thinking of applying for Fulbright or another scholarship program? Having a TESOL certificate makes you a competitive, informed, and educated applicant.

The Hampshire College TESOL Teacher Training Institute is a four-week, 180-hour intensive certificate summer program designed for students and community members hoping to volunteer, teach English, pursue a new career path, or travel the world.

This TESOL program is unique, drawing from the Hampshire College philosophy of interactive, collaborative, and experiential education. Our program allows participants to be a teacher, student, and linguist. Together we explore the different elements of the TESOL field, build your language teaching skills, and volunteer to teach English within the larger Hampshire County community. Participants who successfully complete this course will leave with a Hampshire College TESOL certificate, professional development materials (CV, professional portfolio), a collection of co-created lesson plans, a teaching cohort, a variety of teaching opportunities, and much more.

Learn more about the 2018 TESOL program by checking out this summer's syllabus. Please note that this syllabus is still in draft format and is subject to change.

2017 TESOL Program Participants

Just a month after completing the 2017 TESOL Teacher Training Institute, student participants accomplished the following:

  • Six participants had their final project posters accepted at the 2017 NNETESOL (regional conference). This conference was held in early November at the University of Vermont.
  • Each Tuesday from July through the end of August 2017, the NNETESOL Board Blog will feature blogs from eight program participants. To view the blog, please visit:
  • One participant was accepted to teach at the World Sports Camp at the Williston-Northampton school in Easthampton, MA. This student will be working with international students from all over the world (ages 12-16).
  • One student is continuing work as a conversation partner at the Jones Library in Amherst, MA.
  • Another participant taught a group of pre-college international students in Boston this summer, after which, she was offered a teaching job in Beijing teaching English to 2nd and 5th graders.
  • Two students will be observing and running an activity with the EdUSA program at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, alongside TESOL Teacher Training Institute instructor Stephanie Marcotte.
  • Two students now hold leadership roles on the NNETESOL board as co-webmasters.
  • One student is applying to graduate schools within the field of applied linguistics and TESOL.
  • Another student applied for the JET teaching scholarship in Japan.

Aside from professional development, this course has reminded me of how much of what shapes me as both a student and educator comes from within. Both learning and teaching are journeys of self-exploration that affirm, challenge, and negate our beliefs and values.

2017 TESOL Participant

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