Dr. Ofelia Nikolova, Interim Head, Department of Modern and Classical Languages
Room 128, West Hall

This online certificate prepares majors from any discipline to pursue teaching opportunities with English Language Learners (ELLs) in corporate settings and in private language schools in the United States and internationally. It combines a theoretical foundation in second-language acquisition with practical experience. No previous background in linguistics is required for admission. Some background in a second language is recommended. It may be combined with any degree program.

The courses are designed to accommodate different needs and learning styles through computer-based, online instruction using synchronous and asynchronous multimedia tools: Wimba voice boards, virtual classrooms, and online social environments such as Second Life. These approaches allow for flexibility in scheduling for students. Students will be trained in using all necessary technology and supported throughout the course by faculty.

This stand-alone certificate is available for students who are not currently enrolled at Valdosta State University, subject to application and successful admission. International students must demonstrate competence in English by meeting the TOEFL score prescribed by university admissions.

Selected Educational Outcomes

Students will

  1. demonstrate an understanding of how to apply second-language acquisition theories, principles, and current research in creating instructional materials and in assessing ELLs.
  2. demonstrate an understanding of the role that language transfer plays in teaching and learning processes with ELLs in order to plan lessons that address possible interference between English and other languages.
  3. identify suitable ESOL assessment tools, administer assessments, and develop instructional materials to address specific literacy challenges of ELLs.

Requirements for the Online Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

ESOL 4010Applied Linguistics for ESOL Teachers 13
ESOL 4020Cultural Perspectives for ESOL Teachers 13
ESOL 4030Methods and Materials for Teaching ESOL 13
ESOL 4040Assessing English Language Learners3
ESOL 4050Teaching English Grammar for ESOL3
ESOL 4060Theory and Practice in Second Language Acquisition3
Total Hours18

 A grade of “C”or better is required in each course.