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Self-Study: Teaching & Assessing Adult Learners

“It was excellent! I'm taking so much away about teaching adults.”

Moisés Alcántara

Are you new to teaching adult multilingual learners of English or do you want to expand your expertise in teaching adult learners?

In this 60-hour self-study course developed by English language teaching experts, you will learn appropriate methods and techniques for teaching language skills, vocabulary, and grammar to adult learners and understand which assessments to use to measure your learners' progress.

Take the course at your own pace, when and where it's convenient for you! Receive a digital badge and certificate when you complete it.

Read about our Registration & Return Policy.


Type Rate
TESOL Member US$290
Global Member US$150
Nonmember US$400

In this course, you will learn:

  • The principles of adult education.
  • Techniques and methods for teaching language skills, vocabulary, and grammar to adult learners in ESL and EFL contexts.
  • Assessment approaches and tools to evaluate student learning.

Upon completion of the course, you will be able to:

  • Discuss the types of activities that support adult learners’ language acquisition.
  • Identify the key elements of effective adult ESOL instruction.
  • Use different types of assessment tools for evaluating learners’ proficiencies in various skill levels.

The course is divided into six modules, each with several tasks and a culminating activity:

Module 1: Overview of Adult ESOL Instruction

Module 2: Reading & Literacy

Module 3: Listening & Vocabulary

Module 4: Speaking & Pronunciation

Module 5: Grammar

Module 6: Writing

Note: Self-study courses do not count toward the TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP). 

Register and begin at any time! Self-study courses offer you the flexibility to learn at your own pace, when and where it fits your life.

Participants have three months from the time of enrollment to complete the course.

Teaching & Assessing Adult Learners is designed for current or prospective teachers and administrators looking for a better foundation in teaching adult learners.

This self-study course allows you the flexibility to learn at your own pace.

TESOL online courses are asynchronous, which means that you can log in at any time.

You should plan to spend approximately 10 hours in each module for a total of 60 hours.

Each module includes a variety of learning materials, including PowerPoint guides, video clips describing the objectives and goals for each module, readings, and quizzes. You must score 80% or higher on each module quiz before moving on to the next module.

When you finish the course, you will receive a certificate of completion listing the hours of professional development you spent on the course and a digital badge.

All course materials are available on TESOL’s online course platform. Cost for the materials is included in the registration fee.

Questions? Contact us.
Self-study courses are nonrefundable.

After completing this course, consider taking one of our other self-study courses or our shorter TESOL ME modules!

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