TESOL Summer Institute FAQs | The New School in NYC


  • What is the Tesol Summer Institute?

    The TESOL Summer Institute is a professional development program for language teaching professionals at different stages of their careers. Offered once a year on our New York City campus, it attracts international and national participants. It comprises 80 hours of instruction, which include both an online pre-arrival orientation and a post-course tutorial.

    How many courses can I take?

    Each summer we offer as many as three simultaneous courses, of which you take one. You are welcome to come back for future summer institutes to complete all three courses.

    Who are the faculty members?

    The core faculty members are Scott Thornbury, Jeremy Harmer, Gabriel Diaz Maggioli, and Lesley Painter-Farrell. Each summer we also invite visiting faculty and guest speakers to run sessions in either the courses or the professional development program.

    Do faculty teach in all courses?

    Yes, the core faculty members teach different modules in all three courses so you will have the opportunity to interact with all of them. They will also be available during the professional development and cultural programs that the institute offers.

    What is included in the cost?

    The cost of the summer institute includes tuition and a welcome package consisting of the following: two reference books on the topic of your course; all other course materials; a subway MetroCard for unlimited rides during your stay; and admission passes for all sites in the cultural program (Museum of Modern Art, American Museum of Natural History, Metropolitan Museum of Art, Empire State Building, Rockefeller Center, Liberty National Park, and Ellis Island National Park).

    Admission to a Broadway show is not included. However, we will provide you with information on obtaining discounted tickets to current shows.

    What is the professional development program?

    The TESOL Professional Development program consists of a series of after-class activities that are open to the general ELT community in the tri-state area. Activities include workshops, seminars, concerts, and talks by recognized local ELT professionals. An evening of oral histories offers participants in all three courses an opportunity to interact with colleagues and faculty.

    Does the Summer Institute feature special events?

    Yes, we have planned a series of social events during your stay. Your two-week program will include surprise guests.

    What does the cultural program consist of?

    The cultural program consists of guided tours and additional development workshops. Tours take you to key cultural sites around the city. Extension workshops on teaching through science, art and social studies will also be offered. These will take place in the world-famous American Museum of Natural History, Museum of Modern Art, and Metropolitan Museum of Art. You will also have an opportunity to attend a Broadway show and take walking tours of the city.

    What is the program schedule like?

    You should plan to arrive in New York City one full day before the course begins. Orientation to the program and the city takes place during the first day of class. Classes start promptly at 9:00 a.m., Monday through Thursday, and conclude at 4:00 p.m., giving you two hours to rest and prepare for the professional development sessions, which take place after 6:00 p.m.

    Where can I stay?

    Summer institute participants can stay throughout the program in student residencies (dormitories) that offer affordable accommodations within walking distance of campus. Student residences are offered on a shared basis (two or three persons per room). Participants can also explore other accommodations off campus. Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive information about student housing.

    Where do Summer Institute participants come from?

    Participants come from all over the world and bring with them a wealth of teaching experience and information. During their stay on campus, participants also have the opportunity to interact with students and faculty in The New School’s MA in TESOL program.

    Will I be able to observe classes?

    Yes, provisions have been made to allow participants to observe ESL or teacher education classes. These may be given on site or at a collaborative educational institution that is a short subway ride away. Please bear in mind that summer classes can have fewer students than ones during fall and spring terms.

    Will I have free time?

    Yes, we have left a few evenings free so you can enjoy the city and its surroundings.

    Will new school staff members accompany us during activities?

    Yes, faculty members and two graduate student assistants will be with you at all times, accompanying you during scheduled program activities.

    Who do I contact for more information?

    Please direct all your questions to tesolsi@newschool.edu.

    How do I apply?

    Download the application materials from the Summer Institute’s webpage, complete and scan them, and email them to tesolsi@newschool.edu. Remember to include information about your endorsers.

    When will I know if I have been accepted?

    The deadline for applications is April 15, 2012. You can expect to hear from us within two weeks of submitting your complete application package.

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