Public Engagement

English Language Teaching

  • English is the language of global communication, and demand for professional teachers of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) continues to grow worldwide. For more than 25 years, The New School has been preparing English teachers to work at universities and other public and private schools; for international corporations, governments, and NGOs; and in community programs and independent practice. Our graduates teach English to adult students in the United States and abroad, create and administer ESOL programs, and develop new teaching methods and materials.

    The New School offers a variety of training and academic credentials for prospective and working English language teachers. Both our degree and our certificate programs include a rigorous practicum requirement and are highly regarded in the field.

    Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    The MA TESOL program offers two concentrations: Teaching and Curriculum Development. The program is neither U.S.- nor UK-centric but reflects the global reality of the English language teaching profession today. The program can be taken online from anywhere in the world or through a combination of on-campus and online courses.

    Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

    The rigorous TESOL Certificate program is for aspiring and working ESOL teachers whose personal or professional goals don't require a master's degree. The five-course certificate curriculum can be taken on a noncredit basis or for undergraduate credit.

    Professional Development Workshops

    Short professional development courses are offered every semester for working ESOL teachers and others interested in this field. You can register for these courses online at Open Campus.

    Uncharted TESOL blog

    The Uncharted TESOL blog collects research and projects from across the global New School TESOL community .

    Public Programs and Events

    The English Language Studies department regularly presents public lectures, webinars, and events that bring noted TESOL experts, researchers, writers, and practitioners to The New School while giving TESOL alumni the opportunity to present their research to a public audience. Recordings of these events from the last seven-plus years are available on The New School's Language Learning YouTube playlist. The videos in this archive have been viewed more than 1.7 million times and feature experts in the field including Diane Larsen-Freeman, Scott Thornbury, and Irene Schoenberg.

    View our archive of TESOL webinars, presented by students and alumni, on our Facebook page.

    Our annual one-day conference for teachers, Meeting Challenges, Exploring Solutions in the Adult ESOL Classroom, brings students, alumni, and others in the local TESOL community together to network and share practical solutions to teaching challenges.

    Subscribe to our monthly newsletter to be the first to know about upcoming TESOL events.

    Renowned International Faculty

    The New School's TESOL faculty and course developers are among the best, most experienced, and most highly respected professionals in the field.