Study TESOL in Vermont at Saint Michael's

TESOL Diploma Program

Established in 1996, the Saint Michael's College Diploma Program is an intensive, four-week summer professional training program for teachers and prospective teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages.

Program highlights include:

  • The opportunity to earn 6 credits of advance standing toward the Saint Michael's College MATESOL program
  • On-campus housing available

Diploma students can live on our picturesque Vermont campus while completing 120 hours of combined theory and hands-on preparation. The program is ideal for both new entrants to the TESOL field and for working teachers seeking to update their methodology. Graduates work in language institutes, schools, and colleges in the U.S. and abroad.

We invite you to join the Saint Michael's College community next summer. Enrich yourself personally and professionally, while experiencing the many recreational and cultural opportunities our region offers. We look forward to seeing you on campus!

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Application materials for the summer 2014 session are now available and are due April 15. Applications will be reviewed collectively following the submission deadline.

Classroom observation and reflection - 30 hours

Diploma students observe classes with experienced teachers in Saint Michael's Intensive English Program.

Courses - 90 hours

Introduction to TESOL Methodology

This course presents the current approaches and methods used by teachers in the ESOL/EFL (English to Speakers of Other Languages/English as a Foreign Language) classroom.Teachers will learn the principles of language and learning behind each of the methods, as well as the role of the learner and teacher in each method.Each method will then be applied to specific materials that can be used in the classroom. Topics include language acquisition, language learning theories, learning styles, language teaching techniques, error correction, and English language testing.This course will also address possible careers in the TESOL field and how to search for TESOL jobs.

Teaching and Assessment of Integrated Skills

This course presents a variety of techniques and strategies for teaching reading, writing, listening and speaking skills for ESOL/EFL (English to Speakers of Other Languages/English as a Foreign Language). Participants are encouraged to examine options for presenting and practicing these skills as well as to design classroom activities that reinforce several skills at the same time. The course also provides an opportunity to develop an awareness of personal teaching styles, enabling participants to select activities that motivate both teacher and student. Topics include developing reading, writing, listening, and speaking skills; pronunciation; choosing and using resources; and assessing language using rubrics.

Basic Grammar for Teachers of English

This course introduces the participants to English grammar for the field of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). Participants will explore the grammar of the English language including analysis and usage of grammar, as well as specific challenges for learners of English. Participants will examine grammar points as both teachers and learners, and learn strategies and techniques for addressing grammar in the classroom. Topics include parts of speech, sentence structure, verb tenses, article usage, prepositions, and teaching grammar in the classroom.

Integrated Teaching Practicum

 This course provides an opportunity for students to prepare for and practice teaching a real class with multicultural students. Students will explore lesson plan development, focusing on creating appropriate objectives and assessment of learning for specifically targeted classes of various ages and levels. By the end of the Practicum students will have completed 8 hours of classroom experience and be able to develop effective lessons, feel comfortable and confident in front of a class, and teach successfully with appropriate instructional skills and behaviors. Topics include lesson and thematic unit planning, classroom management, teaching practice/peer teaching, and consultation/feedback after teaching.

The TESOL Diploma Program is a non-credit program. However, successful completion of the Program and capstone project will allow up to 6 credits of advance standing toward Saint Michael's MATESOL program. MATESOL applicants must have a bachelor's degree and at least 3.0 GPA.

Upon successful completion of the program, students receive a formal letter reflecting each student's strengths in coursework and teaching. This serves as a reference for teaching applications. Students may also use the job listings we post for positions available around the world. Diploma Program graduates are now working in Asia, Europe, and Latin America.

"Through the Diploma Program I made a lot of great connections, which I will cherish forever. The teachers and staff of the TESOL program are incredibly invested in the learning and development of each student, as well as the class as a whole. I also really enjoyed working and teaching in groups and feel blessed to have had such a well-rounded and fun group of people to share this journey with.

The TESOL program helped absolve my uncertainty [about my future career path], and it lead me to discover something that I am truly passionate about. I can genuinely say that this has been an enriching and life-changing experience for me. I would highly recommend the TESOL program to anyone looking to pursue careers in education and serving others."

Katie Wry, Diploma 2013

"Seeking travel and adventure for retirement, I decided to enroll into the Diploma Program in 2013. This was the best thing I had done since my graduation with an M.B.A. fifteen years earlier. I especially enjoyed the daily interaction with classmates and active feedback from teachers, as well as the opportunity to teach international students. I commend St. Michael's College for its depth and breadth, and recommend it to anyone seeking a unique and vibrant experience."

Stephen Simkovits, Diploma 2013

"As a current English major at Grove City College with a passion for other cultures, I decided to take the Diploma Program in 2013 in order to gain the experience necessary to teach overseas! I thrived in the close community created by the professors and grew so much through the teaching experience in the Intensive English Program. I feel well equipped to teach ESL and would highly recommend this program to anyone interested in English and other cultures!"

Kelsa Battig, Diploma 2013

". . . the Diploma Program seemed the perfect opportunity for me to learn more about teaching English to speakers of other languages and allowing me to get my feet wet in the field of TESOL before truly deciding if this was a career choice I wanted to pursue. The Diploma Program not only introduced me to the basics of teaching methodology, managing a classroom, and putting together a lesson plan, but also gave me the chance to execute these skills through practicum, where I was given the chance to actually teach English Language Learning classes . . . I highly recommend Saint Michael's Diploma Program. You never know, like me, this could be just the push in the right direction that you need to get started."

Lauren G., Diploma 2010; MATESOL 2013

". . . I had a great experience and got exactly what I wanted out of the program: a solid interest in TESOL. I really enjoyed the one-on-one practica with the IEP students. They had a genuine interest in learning, and I had a genuine interest in both teaching them English and learning more about their culture at the same time. I love the Diploma Program and feel that it's definitely an opportunity that cannot be passed up if you have even the smallest interest in TESOL!"

Shauna H., Diploma 2010

Want to know more?

For questions about the TESOL Graduate Programs, inquire online or contact:

Dr. Elizabeth O'Dowd, TESOL Programs Director
eodowd@smcvt.edu
802.654.2276

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