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TESOL Training Course

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Summer 2015
May 26 – July 16, 2015
Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6:00-9:00 PM
Registration deadline: May 19, 2015

ELI Students

Course Description

Course Requirements
Participant Profile
Volunteer Opportunities
Jobs Abroad


Course Description

This intensive, non-credit semester long course is designed for professionals and recent college graduates who are interested in exploring the TESOL field as a future career opportunity. Course participants learn and practice a wide variety of methods and techniques for teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Participants explore best practices for teaching English as a second and a foreign language and learn how to create an effective, communicative language classroom for students of varied ages and levels. The course uses a practical, hands-on approach that includes classroom observations and practice teaching (microteaching). Participants:

  • Become familiar with traditional second language teaching methods and the newest trends in the field.
  • Explore the fundamental principles for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, and grammar in an ESOL classroom.
  • Develop and practice language teaching and classroom management techniques for teaching the English language to learners of all ages in the U.S. and abroad.
  • Examine the processes of language and literacy development in a communicative language classroom.
  • Explore options for using technology to enhance teaching and learning.
  • Discuss best practices in ESL/EFL assessment.
  • Develop cultural awareness and intercultural communication skills necessary for teaching a diverse population.
  • Develop class activities and clearly sequenced lesson plans that demonstrate best practices in TESOL.
The course is offered every fall, spring, and summer semester.

Course Requirements

TESOL Training Course participants will receive a certificate of completion based on attendance and demonstrated mastery of skills and course content. Successful completion is demonstrated through:

  • Active participation in all sessions
  • Attendance for at least 80% of course sessions
  • Completion of two outside observations and associated tasks
  • Successful completion of the lesson plan and microteaching (a grade of “C” or better)

Participant Profile

This course is an introduction to TESOL for those interested in teaching or tutoring with community-based ESL programs in the U.S., teaching English abroad, or volunteering for an organization that provides services to immigrants or other international populations. The course is also an excellent introduction to the field for those considering a career change and for recent college graduates and advanced undergraduates considering teaching English as a career option.

Course FeeAdult class

Tuition: $1,149.99 (face-to-face or online course)
Application Fee: $50 (non-refundable)
Note: tuition does not include the textbook for the course.  Before the course begins, the instructor will send students information about the required textbook.

Course Registration

Most prospective students have completed a bachelor's degree, although advanced undergraduates are also welcome to apply for the course. Basic computer skills are a prerequisite. Prior ESL teaching experience is not required.

Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis. Class enrollment is limited, so we suggest that you register as early as possible. The deadline to register is a week before the course start date. If the course is full, we can keep your application until registration begins for the next available class (fall, spring, or summer). If you must withdraw from the course after registering, see the refund schedule here.

To register, please mail, fax, or email your completed application and resumé to the ELI:

UMBC English Language Institute
1000 Hilltop Circle
University Center, Room 207
Baltimore, MD 21250
Fax: 410-455-1115

For additional information, please contact us at or 410-455-2831.

Frequently Asked Questions

1. For what type of teaching position may I expect to qualify upon completing this course?
This depends on a number of factors, including your prior professional experience and the types and academic requirements of positions for which you apply. Past course participants have found positions teaching English abroad, in community-based adult English programs, in adult literacy programs, and in volunteer programs.

2. Does completing this course qualify me to teach English in U.S. schools?
This is a non-credit course that does not meet the Maryland State Department of Education (MSDE) requirements for certification to teach ESOL in elementary through secondary schools. Students who wish to pursue public school teaching certification may wish to consider UMBC's graduate programs in TESOL (see #4 below).

3. Is job placement assistance provided during or after the program?
Students often learn about job opportunities through networking with each other and by being members of the ELI TESOL listserv.  Students will learn about TESOL professional associations and other resources for exploring a variety of career options. Program faculty and staff are always available to provide guidance and answer questions about the TESOL job market.

4. How can I learn more about the TESOL profession after completing the course?
UMBC has a strong reputation in TESOL Professional Training and works with teachers from all over the world. For further professional development, you may wish to consider UMBC's Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in ESOL or TESOL Master's Degree program. For more information about these graduate programs and about U.S. K-12 public school teaching certification in ESOL, see the TESOL Program website or contact graduate program director Dr. John Nelson.

Volunteer Opportunities

Students often wish to start gaining classroom experience after completing the TESOL Training Course. Many students begin as volunteers in a local adult education program, which is a wonderful way both to gain experience and to contribute to your community. If you are more adventurous, you may wish to travel abroad to teach. Below are several resources to begin your search for English teaching opportunities.



Teaching Opportunity

Esperanza Center
430 S. Broadway
Baltimore, MD 21231
T: 410-522-2668

Diana Siemer
ESL Teacher/Coordinator

Beth Awalt
Volunteer Coordinator

ESL: weekdays, evenings and Saturdays

Volunteer Training Provided



Contact agency


No formal curriculum. Teach survival skills and English for everyday life.




Teaching Opportunity

Baltimore City Community College’s Refugee Youth Project

Baltimore Resettlement Center
3516 Eastern Ave.
Baltimore, MD 21224

Brittany DeNovellis
Volunteer Specialist

After-school program: commit to 2 hours per week between 3-5:30 pm at various school sites around Baltimore (M-TH)\

Mentoring program: 2 hours per week, flexible time/day, locations vary

Volunteer Training Provided

Yes. Contact agency for dates


Email for an application.  Orientation, background check, and interview required.


Help refugee children with homework, English skills, and social assimilation into U.S. culture.




Teaching Opportunity

PROMISE Cyber School
9250 Bendix Rd.
Columbia, MD 21045

T: 443-812-3267

Hours vary: Sunday to Friday, 7:00 p.m. EST to 8:00 a.m. EST

Volunteer Training Provided


Application or contact Cher Ware


Must have web cam, headset, and quiet office space for teaching. Teaching degree not required.

Find Jobs Abroad

An Internet search will reveal a number of websites that advertise overseas teaching positions. Some popular sites are: