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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Offered at: Boulder

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program provides high-quality instruction through innovative teaching practices and experiential learning. It prepares teacher leaders to be knowledgeable, creative thinkers, and reflective decision-makers.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

16 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students to teach English to children and adults in countries around the world.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages K-12

16 credits
(2 semesters)

This certificate program prepares students to work as paraeducators or go on to earn licensure to teach in an elementary or high school classroom. This program also is appropriate for teachers with a bachelor's degree who would like to improve their skills teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) K-12 certificate: See required courses and descriptions.

Application Process

Students are strongly encouraged to contact the campus program director before enrolling to gain a clear understanding of the program and whether it meets their needs. Students must first complete an application. Students can attend an informational meeting (held once per semester). Contact Kathy Gamble for details.

Internships

FRCC’s TESL program is very hands-on and offers students the opportunity to practice in the field. Through a capstone course, students spend at least 50 hours in the classroom working with English language learners and being mentored by an ESL professional. Students work at organizations such as the Boulder Valley Family Literacy Program.

What You Will Learn

Upon completion of this program you will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major elements of English (phonology, morphology, syntax, lexis) in order to provide language instruction for English Language Learners (ELLs).
  2. Develop, practice and demonstrate knowledge and skills necessary for planning and delivering effective lessons for ESOL students.
  3. Identify, describe and apply knowledge of current language acquisition theories in the context of teaching and learning English.
  4. Articulate an understanding of cultural humility and demonstrate cultural humility in the practice of teaching and learning
  5. Explain and demonstrate professional behaviors in teaching in the following areas: dress, attitude, communication, attendance, preparation, respectfulness, truthfulness and reliability.
  6. Demonstrate teaching competence by successfully completing practice teaching experiences that reinforce the program curriculum.
  7. Demonstrate appropriate work-ethic traits through personal conduct and effective teamwork
  8. Complete and reflect on ESL field experiences that may include observation, tutoring, small group work or participation in events.
  9. Effectively write and present for a variety of audiences including peers, ESOL students and professional audiences.

Annual Salary

JobsEntryAverageExperienced
Adult Education & English as a Second Language Instructors$26,684
$43,482
$51,881

Colorado Department of Labor and Employment (2021)

 

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