Course Aims

As a graduate of the Sol Schools International 4-week (Introductory) TESL Certificate Course, you can expect to know:

  • How to manage an ESL classroom
  • How to lesson plan with confidence (using a variety of teaching approaches) and be able to meet your Teaching Objectives, as well as your Personal Teaching Objectives
  • English grammar and ways to effectively teach a variety of grammatical points at different levels
  • Phonology (IPA chart), ways to teach pronunciation successfully (stress, syllables, intonation, etc.)
  • How to assess your students’ needs
  • How to motivate your students
  • How important Socio-Cultural awareness is in the ESL classroom
  • How to adapt to and accommodate different learning styles
  • Different ways to error correct
  • How to prepare your resume (when applying for ESL teaching positions), what to expect during an interview and what to ask in an interview


  • Methodology / Approaches: Grammar Translation, Audio-Lingual, Communicative Language Teaching, Total Physical Response, Natural and Direct Approach, Task-based Learning and Lexical Approach
  • Lesson Planning: ESA, Task-based, PPP, TTT and Situational Presentation. (5 lesson will be peer taught and taught in an ESL classroom)
  • Teaching Skills: Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing. Teaching grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation / intonation and slang / idioms
  • Grammar Tutorials: Parts of Speech, Count and Non-Count Nouns with Quantifiers, Verb Tenses, Modal Verbs, Conditional Sentences, Active Voice and Passive voice
  • Phonology and Pronunciation Workshops: IPA Chart, Vowels and Consonants, Manner and Place of Articulation, Word and Sentence Stress, Syllables, Intonation, Connected Speech (Assimilation, Elision)
  • Knowing Your Learners: Auditory, Kinaesthetic and Visual. Multiple Intelligences, Motivation, Communicating with Learners, Needs Assessment and Socio Cultural Awareness, Young Learners
  • Classroom Management: Role of the Teacher (Monitoring, Participating or Vanishing), Giving Instruction, Seating, Pair / Group / Solo Work, Eliciting Techniques, Concept Checking, Board Use, TTT vs. STT, Problems in an ESL classroom and solutions
  • Error Correction: Learn when and how to error correct. Fluency vs. Accuracy, Writing, etc.
  • Language Acquisition: First and Second
  • Activities, Techniques, Warmers and Fillers: Lexical Games, Storytelling, TV, DVD, Songs and Music, Computers and Internet, etc.
  • Employment Workshop: (during the last week of the course)
  • Observations: (On-site) 10 hours watching experienced International House classroom teachers in practice
  • Peer Teaching: Observation of peers
  • Supervised Teaching: (On-site and prearranged) 10 hours teaching ESL students. Post lesson feedback session
  • Assignments: 3 observation reports, 1 oral presentation and 1 essay

Student Evaluation

Participation 10%
Essay 5%
Grammar Presentation 5%
Five Lesson Plans 40%
Observation Reports15%
Final Exam 25%
Practice TeachingPass or Fail
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