TESOL Certification Courses





I. Course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certification Course

II. Objectives

The TESOL Certificate Course will provide the most essential knowledge and skills necessary to teach the English language to speakers of other languages overseas. Different from existing the traditional Teaching English as a Foreign Language Programs which primarily train instructors to teach English overseas, this TESOL Certificate Course will educate teachers to address the linguistic, theoretical, and practical aspects of teaching English to speakers of other languages with a focus on the learning styles, goals, and needs of the individual learner.

III. Description

The Midwest Education Group (MEG) offers a certificate program in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Four weeks of training and a practicum provide the required knowledge in language, theory, culture, and classroom teaching of English abroad.

IV. Programs Offered

International TESOL Online Course

120 hours or 150 hours (with optional 30 hour Practicum) 

Students will acquire knowledge and skills in:

  1.  Language teaching and learning context
  2.  ESL teaching philosophy, methodologies, and methods
  3.  Teaching language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  4.  Teaching language elements: grammar, vocabulary, and pronunciation
  5.  Language testing and assessment
  6.  Classroom management and learner motivation
  7.  Teaching practice
  8.  Professional development

​Practicum Option 

If you are presently or were formerly involved in ESL teaching, tutoring, or volunteering, we can work with you to add a Practicum component to your certificate. Your instructor will work with you individually and prompt you to reflect on your teaching experience. The practicum component is assessed on a pass-fail basis, and successful completion of the component will result in the adding of the Practicum distinction to your certificate.

Assessment Standards:

Students must complete 10 quizzes, submit 30 assignments, conduct 1 course project, and participate in 50 classroom discussion topics. These discussions are considered as classroom participation.

Module 1: Introduction to TESOL and Learning Context
This module introduces trainees to the field of TESOL and related concepts, teaching methods and approaches, and develops the trainees’ ability to understand and analyze learner needs and the learning environment from both the position of a learner and a potential ESL/EFL teacher.

Module 2: Teaching Language Elements
This module develops the candidate’s awareness and understanding of the intricacies of the English language by examining words and meaning, phonetics and phonology, language functions, and grammar rules and systems. Candidates will be prepared to analyze specific aspects of language and to describe these aspects and elements using appropriate terminology. In addition, this module focuses on how to teach these language systems to ESL/EFL learners through a review of various communicative teaching strategies and techniques.

Module 3: Teaching Language Skills:
This module introduces the candidate to the four basic language skills (listening, speaking, reading and writing) and key strategies and techniques to teach these skills in an integrated context.

Module 4: Lesson Planning:
This module focuses on the planning, evaluation, and revision process of lesson planning. Trainees will learn the principles of student-centered lessons and how to select, structure, sequence, execute lessons that focus on grammar, vocabulary, and the four language skills (listening, speaking, reading, and writing). Candidates also learn how to choose, adapt, and create appropriate materials for integrated use with the lesson.

Module 5: Selections and Evaluations of textbooks and Teaching Materials.

This module describes the selections and evaluations of textbooks, materials, visual aids, and using computer and software to teach EFL.

Module 6: Classroom Techniques and Management

This module exposes the candidate to essential techniques needed to successfully execute lessons and successfully manage students throughout the lesson. The candidate will learn how to address critical classroom management issues such as resolving conflicts, grouping students, and developing strategies for teaching a multi-level class. Finally, the candidate will learn about different forms of assessing learners.

Module 7: Testing, Assessment, and Evaluation

This module describes testing, assessment, and evaluation in ESL/EFL classroom

Module 8: Professional Development

In this module, the candidate will learn the ways in which to develop as a reflective ESL/EFL practitioner, both in terms of self-evaluation and through the process of evaluation conducted by others. In addition, this module provides a survey of professional organizations and ESL/EFL publications. The candidate will also learn ways to locate resources for researching, identifying, and preparing for the various employment opportunities within the TESOL field. Students will be able to build a teaching EFL/ESL portfolio, resume, TESOL professional network and employment, as well as to provide course feedback. 

International TESOL Professional Certificate
Teacher Training 60 hours (refresher)

  1. Teaching ESL Methodologies and Approaches
  2. Introduction to Teaching ESL/EFL Skills and Elements
  3. Learning Assessment and Feedback
  4. Lesson Planning and Classroom Management
  5. Computer Assisted Language Learning
  6. Learner Motivation and Autonomy development

V. Program Accreditatiom

Our course is accredited by the Illinois Board of Higher Education, as well as the International Higher Education Accreditation Board. Your certificate will be recognized in the US and globally, and your employers can always call MEG and our accrediting bodies to verify the authenticity of your certificate.

VI. Student Performance

Students must maintain a 60% average or better in the TESOL course work and complete the practicum with a grade of Pass in order to receive the TESOL certificate.

VII: Resource Access

The TESOL certificate course will use resources currently available in the market and used by other TESOL programs. Within our online system, you will have access to literature and online resources that are staples in the fields of: Linguistics, Second Language Acquisition, and Teaching ESL: theories, principles, and practice. You can always store these materials for future use, when you embark on your teaching adventures.