Course Outline

From ESL warm-up games and classroom management techniques to second language acquisition and teaching English grammar, our course covers a comprehensive range of teaching skills ensuring our graduates are well-trained, marketable ESL teachers.

    Day 1

  • Introduction to the Course/ Materials/Assignments
  • ESL Warm-Up Games and Exercises
  • ESL Icebreaker Activities
  • The Effective Learner
  • The Effective Teacher
  • Meeting the Needs of Diverse Learners in Your Classroom


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Day 1 - Additional Details
The first day of our course introduces teaching strategies and practices for effectively delivering content and material in an engaging, understandable, and memorable manner. Warm-up games and exercises are valuable lesson components to engage students, and ice-breaker activities help bring the class together to reduce shyness and inhibitions. The characteristics of effective teachers and learners are introduced as well as strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners in your classroom. Students will receive their course materials on this day.
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    Day 2

  • Introduction to Educational Theory
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Across Age and Proficiency Levels
  • Classroom Management Techniques
  • Lesson Planning
  • Living and Working Abroad
  • Cultural Sensitivity in the Classroom
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Day 2 - Additional Details
The second day of our course covers the latest educational and language acquisition theories, in addition to the cultural and adaptive aspects of living and teaching in a new culture. ESL teachers abroad are often asked to teach across several proficiency levels, and many teach students of a wide range of ages, from children and adolescents to adults. These diverse learners require special attention when teachers plan lessons. Our Course Instructors cover approaches, techniques, and lesson planning strategies for teaching across age and proficiency levels.
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    Day 3

  • Teaching English Grammar
  • Sample Grammar Lessons
  • Teaching Vocabulary Techniques
  • Teaching Speaking and Listening
  • Teaching Reading
  • Long Term Unit Planning
  • International Trends in ESL Teaching
  • Effective Cross-Cultural Relations
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Day 3 - Additional Details
The third day of our course focuses on how to teach speaking, listening, reading, grammar, and vocabulary skills to ESL students. Students of our course study important speaking and listening skills such as phonemic awareness, pace, stress, and accent. Grammar is often an area of concern for new ESL teachers, so special attention is paid to the structure and format of the language, both as a refresher for teachers and as an introduction to grammar teaching. The class also discusses instructor suggestions for creating interesting and effective communicative lessons and explores sample lessons for each language skill in detail.
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    Day 4

  • Multiple Intelligence Theory
  • Teaching Writing
  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Teaching Idioms, Expressions, Phrasal Verbs, and Slang
  • Organizing the Teaching Workload
  • Conflict Resolution Techniques
  • Teaching in a Multicultural Setting
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Day 4 - Additional Details
The fourth day of the course covers intelligence and learning theories as well as continuing with the specific ESL skills taught on Day 3. Multiple Intelligence Theory is covered in detail along with suggestions for creating language lessons that appeal to diverse intelligences. We explore and discuss sample lessons for teaching writing and pronunciation. Expressions, slang, and idioms are difficult language skills to master, so our Course Instructors give tips for teaching these skills, as well as organizational skills to assist teachers in maintaining an effective learning environment in a culturally diverse classroom.
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    Day 5

  • Lesson Coordination When Team Teaching
  • Testing and Evaluating ESL Students
  • Finding ESL Teaching Jobs
  • Writing Resumes and Cover Letters
  • Job Interviews for Teaching Positions
  • Pre-Departure Planning, Culture Shock, and Adaptation
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Day 5 - Additional Details
The fifth day of the course delves into the process of finding an ESL teaching position abroad. Resume writing and interview skills can be different for ESL jobs than for other forms of employment, so our Course Instructors provide strategies for creating effective resumes and tips for presenting yourself well in interviews for ESL positions. Once an ESL teaching position is secured, teachers living abroad must adapt to living in a new culture. Culture shock is a part of every overseas teaching experience, so the class discusses tips and strategies for recognizing and adapting to it, as suggestions for preparation before you travel abroad.
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    Day 6

  • Teaching Practicums
  • Instructor Feedback and Peer Evaluations
  • Effective Use of ESL Teaching Resources and Activities
  • The Globalization of the Job Market
  • Finding and Using ESL Teaching Resources
  • Wrap-up/Important Questions
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Day 6 - Additional Details
The sixth and final day of the course allows you to put what you have learned into practice. Each student must create and deliver an effective and engaging ESL lesson to complete the course. Our experienced Course Instructors will give detailed feedback on your lesson and delivery. There are a wide range of ESL textbooks and resources available for you to make use of in your ESL classroom; criteria for identifying and evaluating quality resources and suggestions for where to find them are discussed. Time is also set aside to wrap up the course and answer any questions you may have about teaching and living abroad.

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40-Hour Online Component
  • The Role of the Teacher
  • Applying Communicative Teaching Theory
  • Fundamentals of Language Acquisition
  • Creating Engaging and Educational Lesson Activities
  • Practicing Lesson and Unit Planning
  • Analysis of ESL Case Studies
  • Reviewing and Applying ESL Theories and Concepts
  • Comprehending Grammatical Structures
  • Common Grammatical Errors and Misconceptions
  • Teaching the Twelve Verb Tenses of English
  • Creative Grammar Activities to Stimulate Communication
  • Teaching Adverbs, Quantifiers, Gerunds, and Infinitives
  • Critical Evaluation of Grammar Lessons and Materials
  • Completion of a 100-Question Online Assignment
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40-Hour Online Component - Additional Details
The online component builds upon the practice and theories developed during the in-class portion of the Oxford Seminars Teacher Training Certification Course. Further developing these themes, the assignment will cover the role of the teacher within a communicative language classroom, along with practical considerations for effective and engaging lesson planning. The fundamentals of language acquisition, learning, and teaching are explored through case study analysis and an in-depth look at ESL theories and concepts. Grammar is the backbone of language; it provides the framework for communicative exchange. The online component delves into simple and complex grammatical structures, the twelve tenses of the English language, the parts of speech, as well as common grammatical errors and misconceptions. Through a critical evaluation of grammar resources and lessons, teachers will hone their understanding of English grammar and how to teach it through stimulating and engaging lessons, with a focus on the role of grammar in facilitating communication. The 100-question online assignment covers a wide range of teaching theory and is designed to promote continued learning and deeper understanding of English grammar and ESL teaching.
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