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TESOL Teacher Training Institute Frequently Asked Questions

Will this program run in summer 2018?

More information regarding our summer 2018 offerings will be made available this fall. Please contact summer@hampshire.edu with any questions.

Who should participate in the TESOL Teacher Training Institute?

The TESOL Teacher Training Institute is targeted towards undergraduate, graduate, and post-B.A. students, and is open to students from any concentration, major, or area of interest.

What skill(s) I will gain from this program?

There are several skills you will gain from this program some of which include developing transferable skills needed when teaching and interacting with others who may not speak English; applying for an international scholarship such as Fulbright; creating professional artifacts (CV, teaching philosophy, online portfolio) to prepare for a career in teaching, education, community development, and linguistic justice; gaining teaching and tutoring experiences necessary to get a teaching job in the USA or abroad; and creating a TESOL cohort for future collaboration and support.

All students who successfully complete the course will receive their Hampshire College TESOL certificate. This certificate is a great stepping stone into the world of teaching English to speakers of other languages both in the USA and abroad.

What are TESOL program participants doing now?

Just a month after completing this summer's 2017 TESOL Teacher Training Institute, here are some of our participants' accomplishments:

  • Six participants had their final project posters accepted at the 2017 NNETESOL (regional conference). This will be 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: http://www.nnetesol.org/blog/
  • 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 their work as a conversation partner at the Jone Library in Amherst, MA.
  • Another participant is teaching a group of precollege international students in Boston this summer.
  • Two students will be observing and running an activity with the EdUSA program at UMass Amherst, alongside TESOL Teacher Training Institute instructor, Stephanie Brown.

Are prerequisites required?

We encourage anyone with a strong interest/background in the topics covered during the program to apply.

What is the application timeline?

2017 application review began on February 1, 2017. After this date, applications were reviewed on a rolling basis by the faculty selection committee. Once students were accepted to the program, they were required to make a $400 program deposit. Please note that the full tuition balance was due by May 15, 2017.

What materials will I need for this program?

2017 program participants needed to purchase the following textbook:

Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, 4th edition by Marianne Celce-Murcia, Donna M. Brinton, Marguerite Ann Snow, David Bohlke

This text was used throughout the duration of the program. This is an important text for program participants to have even after the completion of the TESOL Teacher Training Institute.

Is there financial aid available for this program?

We encourage students to contact your financial aid or summer internship office at your home institution and ask about your options for applying for aid. We will work with all institutions on securing outside funding for students when available.

What is the refund policy for summer academic programs?

For summer 2017: The full tuition balance is due by May 15, 2017. There are no tuition refunds available on or after June 1, 2017. If a student should withdraw from a summer academic program at Hampshire College for any reason, the program fee will be refunded according to the following schedule:

  • Withdrawal before May 15: 100% of the fee paid beyond the $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal between May 16 and May 31: 50% of the fee paid beyond the $400 non-refundable deposit.
  • Withdrawal on or after June 1: no refund.

The student's date of withdrawal is determined by the postmark on the written notification of withdrawal from the program.

Once my application is accepted, how can I plan my arrival and stay at Hampshire?

Important arrival, check-in, and residence information for all participants is available here. Please note that you should plan to be on campus and settled into housing by 4 p.m. on Sunday, June 4, 2017 the day before the program begins.

What if I have a disability or require a reasonable accommodation?

We are committed to providing reasonable accommodations to any student who might require them. We encourage you to visit Hampshire's office of accessibility resources and services website, or contact us with any questions at summer@hampshire.edu.

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