Strand 2. Curriculum and Instructor Standards

The Standards for Short-Term TEFL/TESL Certificate Programs are divided into three strands of standards. The Curriculum and Instructor Standards provide guidelines to programs for developing or selecting a curriculum and procedures for providing instruction.

2.1. Curriculum, Instruction, and Assessment

Curriculum: The program has a written curriculum with goals, objectives, and learning outcomes.

Instructional Approaches and Materials: The program’s goals and objectives guide the choice of instructional approaches and materials.

Curriculum Development and Review: The program has a formal, written plan for development and ongoing review and revision of the curriculum.

Candidate Assessment: The program has effective formative and summative assessment procedures to determine candidates’ achievement of learning outcomes.

2.2. Instructor

Instructor Qualifications: Instructors have a TESOL knowledge base and skill set relevant to the courses they teach and demonstrate proficiency in English.

Instructional Skills: Instructors understand the connections between theory and practice and value the role of culture in language teaching and learning.

Professional Development: Instructors engage in professional development activities to remain current in the field of TESOL.


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Organization and Program Management Standards
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