TESOL Certificate

In-Person or Online 18 major credits * 1 year

Program Highlights & Benefits

Classes meet online or one night a week, same night for the entire program

1 year completion time, including holiday breaks

One course completed every 8 weeks

Transfer credits considered

Program Overview

Concordia University Chicago offers a TESOL Certificate* designed to meet the needs of individuals wishing to apply teaching and learning language in various professional fields. This specialized field of study requires training in linguistics, second language acquisition, language pedagogy, assessment, research, materials development, program administration, and cross-cultural communication. Upon successful completion of the program, students should have an understanding of the basic theoretical concepts and practical approaches to teaching English in a variety of teaching contexts.

*Please note: This certificate does not lead to an ESL PK-12 teaching license.

Program Objectives

  • Apply the pedagogical framework of adult and child learning theory in contemporary learning environments
  • Acquire essential subject knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching of adult and child learners
  • Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult and child learners
  • Be viable candidates in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world

Areas of Study

Introduction to Distance Education for TESOL
This course provides an overview of the theoretical framework, historical development and practical applications of distance education for TESOL education and language training environments. In addition, the course examines the application of distance learning technologies, online pedagogy, and ethical practice in distance education focused on English language teaching and learning.

Applied Philology and World Englishes
Familiarity with both standard and non-standard varieties of English in countries where English is spoken as a first language, as an official language, and as an influential foreign language. Examination of the conditions and contexts surrounding the development and expansion of English as a global language through historical, linguistic, social, cultural, political, and literary concerns. Selected studies of sociolinguistic variables, language change, code-switching, and universal grammar to inform discussion of such variation as found in African-American English, Indian English, British dialects, and English-based pidgins and creoles. Will also include the fundamentals of philology in applied areas.

Teaching ESL/EFL to Adult Learners
Introduction to adult learning theories and contexts for teaching the adult language learner. Examination of goals, principles, and best practices for teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, and ways to evaluate adults’ second language development. Exploration of the influence of varying backgrounds on adult language learning to promote an effective, communicative language classroom for students of varied ages and levels in various adult language teaching situations.

TESOL Curriculum Planning and Methodology
Introduction to curriculum theories and their application toward the process of curriculum development, from needs analysis to course evaluation, utilizing a needs-based, learner-centered approach to selecting, adapting, and designing curricula, courses, and materials. Emphasis is on ESOL curricular design and appropriate instructional planning to address the socio-cultural, physical, and educational needs of students in Pre-K-12 and university settings. Attention is given to English for Academic Purposes and Content-Based Instruction.

Second Language Acquisition
Intensive examination of how humans learn second languages. Review of the theories and key concepts of first and second language acquisition. Examines theoretical models and research on such issues as differences between L1 and L2 acquisition, the variables that may affect the language development processes, the effect of age on language acquisition, cognitive factors in second language acquisition, and learner variables. Exploration of sociocultural factors included.

Issues in Second Language Rhetoric and Composition
Examination of theories and practices underlying the teaching and learning of second language writing. Inquiry into rhetorical, political, linguistic, and pedagogical issues in teaching writing at English language institutes or at the college or university level to learners whose first or strongest language is not English. Emphasis on developing the background necessary to examine and refine one’s pedagogical position on the teaching of academic writing to linguistically and culturally diverse learners that includes English for Specific Purposes. Attention given to Contrastive Rhetoric and Computer-Mediated Communication.

Admission Requirements:

  • Application
  • Objective Statement
  • Resume
  • Official Transcripts