TESOL Summer Workshops | School of Language Teaching

Public Engagement


  • Each workshop is limited to 25 students. Register early to be sure of getting a place.

    Teaching Teachers

    Teachers of teachers are brokers between learners of teaching and the broader educational community. Anyone who works directly with teachers is a ToT: coordinators, directors of studies, supervisors, teacher trainers, consultants, etc. This course explores the principles and practices of teacher learning and all that this task entails: designing courses, seminars, and workshops; designing materials for teacher learning; supervising teachers; devising alternatives to traditional teacher education/training; and supporting ongoing professional development. Possible contents include:*

    • Learning teaching: process, product, and dispositions
    • Ways of supporting teachers
    • Observation: more than meets the eye
    • Options in teachers' professional development
    • Assessing and evaluating teachers
    • Mentoring teachers toward excellence

    The Resourceful Teacher

    Resourcefulness is perhaps the most important trait a teacher should possess. This course explores ways in which teachers can become resourceful: working with themselves or with other community members. We will explore the latest methodological and technological developments in the field alongside our exploration of our teaching selves and contexts. Possible contents include:

    • The self as resource: Reflective practice and teacher growth
    • Dogme and other student-centered pedagogies
    • Full-participation techniques for language teaching
    • CLIL/CBI/ESP/EAP… what are these all about?
    • Teaching pronunciation and vocabulary: What's new?

    *All participants will receive a needs analysis survey before starting the course, and those needs will be incorporated into the course design. The list of contents above represents those covered in the last Summer Institute.

    Co-Curricular Program

    • Students and alumni in the MATESOL program at The New School share their research and best practices through workshops and presentations.
    • Talks by well-known ELT professionals.
    • Site visits to New York City ESL classes in session.

    Cultural Program

    • Group field trips to historical places in New York City, such as the Statue of Liberty, Ellis Island, Empire State Building, and Rockefeller Center.
    • "Teaching with..." workshops: choice of Metropolitan Museum of Art (social studies), Museum of Natural History (science), or the Museum of Modern Art (art and design).
    • Night on Broadway: play and dinner; to be announced (optional; not included in tuition).
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