Strand 3. Candidate Standards

The Standards for Short-Term TEFL/TESL Certificate Programs are divided into three strands of standards. The Candidate Standards describe what candidates should know and be able to do upon completing the training program.

3.1. Language

Language as a System of Communication: Candidates understand that language is a system of communication and are knowledgeable about the components of language.

First and Second Language Acquisition and Development: Candidates understand first and second language acquisition.

3.2. Culture

Connections Among Culture, Language, and Learning: Candidates understand what culture is, what the role of culture in instruction is, and that language and culture are inseparable.

3.3. Instruction

Planning Instruction: Candidates plan for effective instruction and assessment of ELLs, which fosters the language development of all students.

Implementing Instruction: Candidates provide effective instruction to ELLs that fosters language development and meets the needs of all students.

Using Instructional Resources: Candidates use resources that will support their ELLs’ English language development and incorporate the technology that is available to the candidates.

3.4. Assessment

Assessment Theory: Candidates understand the purpose of assessment and the types of assessment instruments as they relate to the diverse strengths and needs of ELLs

Assessment Practices: Candidates assess ELLs’ language skills and communicative ability using a variety of assessment practices.

3.5. Professionalism

Professional Learning and Growth: Candidates understand the importance of classroom research and professional growth opportunities as they relate to professionalism in the field of TESOL.

Professional Ethics and Behavior: Candidates understand the role of professional ethics and behavior as they relate to professionalism in the field of TESOL.

Other Strands

Strand 1. Organization and Program Management Standards
Strand 2. Curriculum and Instructor Standards