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