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Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language

The purpose of this program is to provide teacher training in English as a second or foreign language. The intensive three-week program provides instruction in the most current techniques and strategies for teaching English as well as opportunities to teach and tutor international students on the Concordia campus. Student who complete the program receive an internationally recognized official TESL certificate.


Introduction to ESL Teaching
Introduction to ESL Teaching provides an overview of the latest theories of second language acquisition, methods, and teaching philosophies.

ESL Teaching Methods
ESL Teaching Methods explores traditional and innovative methods of teaching English to non-native speakers.

Teaching the Four Skills
Teaching the Four Skills provides practical suggestions and methods for teaching reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

Classroom Practicalities
Classroom Practicalities examines lesson planning, classroom management, and assessment and testing.

The Role of Grammar in ESL
The Role of Grammar in ESL: In addition to providing students with a thorough review of English grammar, this course also covers the latest theories on the role of grammar in language learning.

Electives: Each term there will be courses that specialize in a particular area of ESL teaching such as pronunciation, teaching children, designing ESL programs, teaching low literacy populations, and understanding cross-cultural values.

Practicum gives students the opportunity to apply the theories and techniques they learn in their classes. Students will observe various ESL classes and get hands-on experience teaching non-native English speaking students.


Tuition/fees: $1300
Books: $50.00
Program Dates for 2015: June 22 - July 10

On campus housing is available. The cost of housing is approximately $165-$200 per week, depending on the type of room. To request campus housing, please download the summer housing contract and submit it with the TESL application form.

How to Apply

This course is offered as continuing education. To apply, students need to complete the TESL application form, the essay describing their goals and objectives for taking this course, and a $200.00 deposit, paid by check or cash. If you are paying by check, please make the check payable to Concordia University.

Students who have deposited and need to cancel their application, will receive a full refund if they withdraw 30 days before the start of the program. If it is less than 30 days, students will receive a refund of half of their deposit.

For more information:
Linda Rountree, Director International Studies
Concordia University
2811 N.E. Holman
Portland, Oregon 97211
(503) 493-6248