Public Engagement


  • 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 ESL/EFL
      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 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
      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.
    • 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 of Teaching ESL/EFL, 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 Wednesdays 7:00–9:45 p.m. 15 weeks
    Grammar for ESL Teachers Thursdays 7:00–9:45 p.m. 15 weeks
    Sound System *Not offered
    Authentic Materials Saturdays 2:00–5:00 p.m. 5 weeks
    Practicum Tuesdays 6:00–7:50 p.m. 13 weeks

    Spring (January–May)

    Course Time
    Methods and Techniques Wednesdays 7:00–9:45 p.m. 15 weeks
    Grammar for ESL Teachers *Not offered
    Sound System Saturdays 10:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. 5 weeks
    Authentic Materials *Not offered
    Practicum Tuesdays 6:00–7:50 p.m. 13 weeks

    Summer (June - August)

    Course Time
    Methods and Techniques *Not offered
    Grammar for ESL Teachers Tuesdays and Thursdays 6:00–8:40 p.m. 7 weeks
    Sound System Once per week. 7 weeks. Contact department for schedule.
    Authentic Materials Wednesdays 6:00–7:50 p.m. 7 weeks

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

    Spring 2018
    Methods and Techniques 1/24/2018 - 5/9/2018
    Sound System 4/7/2018 - 5/5/2018
    Practicum 1/30/2018 - 5/1/2018