June 2014 Global TESOL Certificate Program Graduates
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The participants in the Global TESOL Certificate Program come from broad diversity, languages, and countries.They are from all walks of life, all cultural and language backgrounds, all ages and educational experiences. They include individuals who would like to teach in the local areas or travel and teach in other countries part-time or full-time, those in career transitions, au pairs, college students, retirees, mission and faith-based individuals, and career teachers. Class conversations are enlightening and engaging. It is not unusual that interesting special guests join some of the sessions to discuss language, culture, teaching, traveling, and related issues. The four courses are designed to provide a strong foundation in teaching principles and practice to prepare students to teach locally and globally, and to enhance cross-cultural communication skills. The courses may be taken out of sequence or as stand alone courses.
Introduction to the Profession of TESOL
Issues of Culture for TESOL
Applied Linguistics/Language Acquisition
Materials and Methods for TESOL
Global TESOL Certificate Program Information Session
Each session is interactive with dynamic conversation and activities that teach how language is acquired and how culture and language work together. Guests and student participation add a stimulating international dynamic. Twenty-five percent of each course will be conducted via internet delivery in order to familiarize you with the terminology and concepts of each base of knowledge and to introduce you to the venue of technology and language learning.
1. How long does it take to complete the program?
The program is four courses (or modules) for a total of 150 hours. It is generally offered in 19 sessions, one session per week; therefore, it will take 19 sessions. Each course is 75% seat time and 25% online component.
2. Do I have to purchase additional materials?
No additional materials are needed for Introduction to the Profession of TESOL. The other three courses have required text books, and those can usually be obtained inexpensively in used copies.
3. When I finish this program, will I be certified?
There is no certification board or regulatory board over the field of TESOL. However, in the general sense of the term certified, you will hold documents verifying that you have completing the four courses that preparing you to teach English to speaker of other languages. Those documents include the Global TESOL Certificate and a letter of completion from the Center for Continuing Education of Clayton State University.
4. Is a bachelor's degree required to teach ESL or EFL?
There are no regulations regarding degrees or experience in this field. Locally and globally each job has its own set of requirements depending on the expectation of the hiring administrators and of the students. Some students and schools are looking for a person who can teach English and no degree requirements. Other institutions have requirements as high as a PhD. Some countries, such as Japan and Korean, require a bachelor’s degree, and any one without a bachelor’s must be designated assistant teacher. Nevertheless there are many schools throughout the world that will happily hire an individual who can teach regardless any degree.
5. Do I have to take all four (4) courses in order to receive the Global TESOL certificate?
You will receive a course certificate for each individual course, but the Global TESOL Certificate is only awarded once you have taken all four courses.
6. When can I start the program?
You may begin the program with any of the courses.
7. Is there an externship or practicum component?
The program does not contain a separate module of practice teaching; however, there is a practicum component in the Materials & Methods course. Also, the instructors provide information for volunteering and gaining practical experience.