[lg policy] New Certificate in TESL at UT San Antonio

Francis Hult francis.hult at UTSA.EDU
Wed Sep 23 23:58:20 UTC 2009

The University of Texas at San Antonio 
Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies 
is pleased to announce its new Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (CertTESL) program.  
The certificate provides specialized training for beginning a career in English language teaching in the US or abroad, exploring a career change, adding specialized training to current professional skills, or teaching English in retirement.  No prior training in language teaching or linguistics is required.


Practical, hands-on courses offer a general foundation in methods, techniques, and strategies for teaching English language learners of all ages.  The program places a special emphasis on teaching English in multilingual settings, preparing teachers to offer socially responsible and linguistically appropriate lessons to help students develop strong intercultural communication skills.



The CertTESL consists of 15 credit hours (five graduate courses), which students may take at their own pace.  The certificate can be completed as quickly as within a calendar year.  


The program of study includes three fundamental courses that all participants take: Foundations in Second Language Acquisition, Listening and Speaking in Second Language Programs, and Internship in English as a Second Language.  In addition, students can tailor the certificate to meet their specific career goals by choosing among a wide variety of courses in two areas: language teaching methods and literacy.



Approaches to Second Language Instruction (ESL 5053)

Foundations in Second Language Acquisition (ESL 5013)

Computer Assisted Language Learning (ESL 5073)

Listening and Speaking in Second Language Programs (ESL 5043)

Second Language Reading and Writing (ESL 5033)

Family and Adult Literacy in Language Minority Communities (ESL 6043)

Internship in English as a Second Language (ESL 6943)



The Department of Bicultural-Bilingual Studies also offers a Master of Arts degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA-TESL).  For more information about the MA program, please visit:

http://bbl.utsa.edu/programs/MA_TESL/index.htm <https://ruby1604.utsa.edu/exchweb/bin/redir.asp?URL=http://bbl.utsa.edu/programs/MA_TESL/index.htm> 


Applications are being accepted now for Spring 2010.  For more information about applying to the CertTESL or the MA-TESL program, contact Ruben.Arciniega at utsa.edu <mailto:Ruben.Arciniega at utsa.edu> 

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