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TCCP Course Work

Part 1. Foundations Course

The first online course provides the general theoretical and practical knowledge needed for prospective and newly practicing English as a second language (ESL) teachers. It familiarizes the participants with theoretical and practical aspects of language, language learning, teaching methodology, and classroom practice. This course comprises six one-week modules, covering the following topics:

Theoretical Base: An Introduction to the Knowledge Base of TESOL
Week 1: Introduction to Language
Week 2: Introduction to Language Learning
Week 3: Introduction to Language Teaching
Practical Application:  An Introduction to the Practice of TESOL
Week 4: Understanding the English Language
Week 5: Facilitating Language Learning
Week 6: Preparing Lessons

Part 2. Specialty Course: Teaching Adult or Young Learners

Participants choose one of the following courses:

Teaching Adult Learners
This course offers you an overview of instructional strategies used to develop adult language learners’ vocabulary, grammar, speaking, pronunciation, listening, reading, and writing skills.  By assembling an e- portfolio of your best work in the class, you will attest to your ability to incorporate the instructional strategies and techniques discussed and practiced in this course into your own classes, and to identify the research that supports your instructional choices.
Week 1: Overview of Adult ESOL Instruction and Planning the Adult ESOL Course
Week 2: Reading and Literacy
Week 3: Listening, Vocabulary, and Digital Resources
Week 4: Speaking and Pronunciation
Week 5: Grammar
Week 6: Writing and Portfolios
Teaching Young Learners
This course will provide you with a basic understanding of the various practices and research that are used in a young learner classroom. The first half of the course looks at theoretical aspects of young learner development and language acquisition/learning. The second half looks at practical knowledge that English teachers need to design lessons and manage a young learner classroom. The course also explores assessment approaches and tools to evaluate students’ learning. This course also comprises six one-week modules and covers the following topics and language skills:
Week 1: Child Development
Week 2: Language Acquisition and Learning
Week 3: Instructional Approaches to Teaching Young Learners
Week 4: Young Learners in an English Language Classroom
Week 5: Monitoring Student Learning and Assessment
Week 6: Planning for Learning
Please note: Due to the number of applications, we are unable to change your specialty course selection after you have registered for the TCCP.

TCCP Instructors

Sheila Corwin has been a teacher trainer for various online international certificate programs, most notably in the USA, England, and  Mexico. Currently living in Italy, she leads second language acquisition courses including an intensive 20-hour Weekend TEFL in Florence. Sheila holds a master's degree in TESOL from the Monterey Institute of International Studies - California, USA and a doctorate in Educational Psychology from California Coast University, where she presented her dissertation: Toward the Development of a Model Program to Promote an Engaged, Student-Centered Classroom for English Language Teachers in Italy.

Mira Malupa has been in the TESOL profession for 20 years. Her doctorate in education with TESOL concentration and master’s degree in TESOL are from Alliant International University-San Diego. She holds an RSA/Cambridge CELTA certificate from St. Giles International-San Francisco. Her research interests include teacher discourse, teacher cognition, oral language proficiency assessment, and computer-assisted language learning (CALL). Mira serves as a member of the TESOL Professional Development Committee. 

Joanna Rodiki is a trained primary school teacher and EFL teacher and teacher trainer. She has a Masters in Applied Linguistics or Language Teaching from Southampton University U.K and a doctorate in the Teaching of Modern Languages from the University of Surrey Roehampton, U.K. Her areas of interest include teacher training, online teaching, foreign language teaching, material design, curriculum development, and implementation of information and communication technology in Education. 

Evelin Suij-Ojeda holds a Ph.D in Education and two Master’s degrees: MA of Arts in Teaching English and MA of Education in Spanish Reading and Writing. She has been working as a Spanish/English teacher, teacher trainer and ELT consultant for the last 21 years not only in Valencia, Venezuela but also abroad, specifically in England and The Netherlands. She has been an active member of VenTESOL since 1999, starting as a regional representative and organizing several successful events ever since. She was VenTESOL president 2013-2015. Currently, she holds the past-presidency, acting as an advisor for this teachers’ organization. Her interests include blended learning curriculum development, teaching ESL and EFL to different age groups, written corrective feedback, ESL / EFL creative writing and reading.

Deborah Kennedy
is a senior consultant at Key Words, a small woman-owned consulting business focused on adult communication skills development, language teacher training, and advocacy for adult education. A specialist in language for specific purposes, she has directed programs and taught courses in English as an additional language to adult learners at all levels from basic/beginning to university preparation. Now retired from her position as the associate vice president for adult English language education at the Center for Applied Linguistics, she is currently president of the National Coalition for Literacy, which advocates for a quality, integrated adult education system in the United States. Ms Kennedy holds a Master’s degree in TESOL from American University and certificates in online teaching (Quality Matters) and developing an online teaching program (TESOL International).
If you have any questions about the TCCP, please email