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Basic TESOL Certificate Course


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See recommended readings and support material for each unit below. Good Luck!

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List of Readings for Modules 01-14

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General Readings and Resources  

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Broad Overview Articles and Resources

** Additional readings and resources for this course, sorted by module HERE. 

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1. Contextualizing Language

Language teachers need to be able to help students understand the language by contextualizing - providing context to help support understanding and learning. Learn how. 

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Additional Readings and Resources     1 contextualization.pdf      transcript1.pdf

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2. Building Language Awareness

The goal of education is creating self-directing, autonomous learners.  Building language awareness is crucial to this. Learn how to do this in your classroom

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Additional Readings and Resources        2. language building.pdf - transcript2.pdf

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3. Integrating Skills

The 4 skills of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing are described and teachers are shown how to integrate them into a full lesson/unit. 

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Additional Readings/Resources 3. integrating skills.pdf - transcript3.pdf

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4. Pair and Group Work

Language is a social skill and needs to be used and learned in a social context. Learn how to do this by setting up activities with pairs and groups of students. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 4. Pair and group work.pdf  transcript4.pdf

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5. Learner Feedback

Learners need to be given feedback so they may know what they are doing wrong and self - correct, improve. Learn techniques and guidelines for effectively giving students feedback. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 5. learner feedback.pdf - transcript5.pdf

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6. Classroom Management

Classroom management skills are described and teachers given guidelines on how to properly manage large numbers of students, often the norm in English language classrooms. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 6. managing large classes.pdf     transcript.pdf

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7. Learning Strategies

Discover how students learn and what strategies they use to acquire language and become fluent speakers. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 7. learning strategies.pdf - transcript7.pdf

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8. Authentic Materials

Real language materials are important to use in the language classroom. Examples of these are provided and teachers are shown how to modify the materials to help students understand "real" language. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 8. authentic materials.pdf - transcript8.pdf

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9. Critical Thinking Skills

Students learn language by using it.  Teachers need to promote activities for using language that foster student thinking skills and creativity. Learn how. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 9. creative thinking.pdf     transcript9.pdf

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10. Alternative Assessment

Assessment should be continuous and day by day, not only summative. Assessment is for the benefit of the learner, not just the teacher. Learn how to assess formatively and ongoing. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 10 alternative assessment.pdf    transcript10.pdf

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11. Individual Learner Differences

Learn how learners differ and how you can differentiate your curriculum and let each learner learn in their own way. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 11. learning styles.pdftranscript11.pdf

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12. Younger Learners

Teaching young learners is different than teaching adults. Learn techniques and principles for helping young learners learn English. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 12. young learners.pdf   transcript12.pdf

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13. Practicum / Peer Review

Teachers develop best when in an open classroom and learning from peers. Get some tips on how to learn from your colleagues. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 13. peer observation.pdf    transcript13.pdf

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14. Teacher: Reflective Teaching

Thinking about your teaching is important. Learn some important facets on how to become a reflective practitioner. 

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Additional Readings and Resources 14. reflective teaching.pdf         transcript14.pdf

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15. Using Educational Technology

Technology is here with us and it is important for teachers to use it in lessons. Learn some important ways and considerations for using technology in teaching. 

Visit the presentation HERE and then take the quiz.

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Additional Readings and Resources

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16. Final Thoughts


Being a great EFL teacher will take time and patience. You've learned a lot about what it takes through this course and which will help you along the way.


Read the document:  Tips On Being A Great EFL Teacher and watch this concluding video about What Makes A Great EFL Teacher.

Think of your own qualities and which of these you already do well. Then think of what you can add to your teaching and classroom of the future.     Good luck and congratulations on finishing the course!

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