Public Engagement

Curriculum

  • Courses need not be taken in the order listed unless a prerequisite is indicated in the course description. Note: No absences are permitted in courses meeting for four or fewer sessions.

    Required Courses

    • Methods and Techniques of Teaching ELLs
      This course is open to those interested in or currently teaching English as a second or foreign language. Learn the basics of student-centered teaching and how to plan lessons that integrate contextualized grammar instruction with the teaching of vocabulary and the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing). Also learn about error correction and classroom management. The emphasis is on communicative learning. Participants are required to observe at least three hours of ESL classes and teach an ESL/EFL class for a minimum of 20 hours during the semester. Participants must find their own teaching positions; call 212.229.5372 or email elsc@newschool.edu for a list of possible teaching sites.
    • English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers
      People with excellent language skills may have only limited formal knowledge of the structures and rules of English. This course improves your technical understanding of English grammar to facilitate your teaching the language to non-native speakers.
    • Using Authentic Materials to Teach ESL (last offered summer 2019)
      Effective teachers incorporate all kinds of popular media into their lessons. This course presents techniques for choosing and using appropriate media and materials such as video, newspapers, podcasts, brochures, and advertisements in ESL instruction.
    • Assessing Learner Needs and Language Skills (from fall 2019)
      This course replaces Using Authentic Materials to Teach ESL from fall 2019 onward.
      A vital part of teaching ESL/EFL is developing and implementing valid tools with which to assess the levels, needs, goals, and progress of one’s students. In this course, the class examines traditional forms of testing and learns to design alternative forms of assessment. Students explore, design and implement a variety of assessment tools and tasks. They also become aware of the various forms of self-assessment tools. Finally, the class looks at the relationships between assessment, testing, teaching, and learning. Prerequisites: Methods and Techniques for Teaching English Language Learners.
    • Teaching the Sound System of English
      The sound system of English is studied, with special attention to characteristics that learners of English as a foreign language often find difficult. Participants learn to develop contextualized pronunciation exercises and incorporate them into an ESL syllabus.
    • ESL Teaching Practicum
      Fall and spring only. This course consists of two components: 30 hours of volunteer teaching (cumulative over the course of the semester) and a weekly seminar class with other student teachers. Students choose a location for their teaching from the many suggested off-site locations throughout the metropolitan area. Prerequisites: Methods and Techniques for Teaching English Language Learners, English Grammar for ESL Teachers, and Using Authentic Materials to Teach ESL.

      In the summer, the ESL Teaching Practicum is offered in a two-week intensive in Wroclaw, Poland. This course is designed to provide a culminating hands-on teaching abroad experience to student teachers completing the certificate program in TESOL. Following a two-day orientation, students teach or team-teach an English class three hours daily for two weeks and participate in a seminar twice a week. Accommodation and airfare are not included in tuition.

    Optional short professional development courses are offered every semester for working ESOL teachers and others interested in this field. You do not need to be a student in the certificate program to take one of these courses. You can register for these courses online at Open Campus.

    Use the annual course calendar below to plan your course of study. Please note that the schedule is subject to change. For the most up-to-date schedule, check our catalog or see the upcoming semester dates below.

    Fall (September–December)

    Course Time
    Methods and Techniques of Teaching ELLs Wednesdays, 7:00–9:45 p.m., 15 weeks
    English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers Thursdays, 7:00–9:45 p.m., 15 weeks
    Teaching the Sound System of English *Not offered
    Assessing Learner Needs and Language Skills
    Saturdays, 2:00–5:00 p.m., 5 weeks
    ESL Teaching Practicum Tuesdays, 6:00–7:50 p.m., 13 weeks

    Spring (January–May)

    Course Time
    Methods and Techniques of Teaching ELLs Wednesdays, 7:00–9:45 p.m., 15 weeks
    English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers *Not offered
    Teaching the Sound System of English
    Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m., 5 weeks
    Using Authentic Materials to Teach ESL (spring 2019)
    *Not offered
    Assessing Learner Needs and Language Skills (spring 2020)*Not offered 
    ESL Teaching Practicum
    Tuesdays, 6:00–7:50 p.m., 13 weeks

    Summer (June - August)

    Course Time
    Methods and Techniques of Teaching ELLs
    *Not offered
    English Grammar for ESL/EFL Teachers
    Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00–8:40 p.m., 7 weeks
    Teaching the Sound System of English
    Once per week. 7 weeks. Contact department for schedule.
    Using Authentic Materials to Teach ESL (summer 2019)
    Wednesdays, 6:00–7:50 p.m., 7 weeks
    Assessing Learner Needs and Language Skills (summer 2020)Wednesdays, 6:00–7:50 p.m., 7 weeks 
    ESL Teaching Practicum

    *Offered in Poland in the summer at the University of Lower Silesia


    Spring 2019 

    Methods and Techniques of Teaching ELLs
    January 23-May 8, 2019
    Teaching the Sound System of English February 9-March 9, 2019
    ESL Teaching Practicum January 29-May 7, 2019
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