Teacher Training Schools

USA - Ohio - Kent
By:Kent State University - Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language & MATESL

Undergraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
With the world’s growing demand for individuals who speak English, the demand for people who can teach English has grown rapidly over the past few decades. We here at Kent State would like to prepare you through offering our TEFL certificate program, which is designed to immerse you within another culture while at the same giving you the structure and support that will allow you to succeed as you learn to Teach English as a Foreign Language.

Program Options

Students must complete the teaching practicum in Dresden, Germany to obtain the TEFL certificate.

Option 1: Full-Semester Program in Dresden (Spring, Summer)

Gain valuable experience as an English teacher by conducting morning classes in the Dresden city schools and once-a-week evening classes within the Dresden community.

Augment your teaching skills by taking all or some of the required TEFL coursework at Technische Universität (TU) Dresden as if it were a satellite KSU campus. Classes will be taught in English by KSU instructors.

Experience a semester abroad immersed in another culture and learn how to synchronize one's lifestyle with new surroundings.

Dresden is a very charming city; students will easily become attached to it and after a few months the city will feel like a European home.

Option 2: One-Month Practicum in Dresden (Mid-May through Mid-June)

All required TEFL coursework must be taken at KSU prior to arriving in Dresden.

Accelerated teaching practicum in which participants will work in the Dresden schools and community five days per week.

Required Courses

To complete the 18 credit hour TEFL certificate program, students must

Complete six hours of classwork designed to supplement students' knowledge of the English language.
Eng 31001 Grammar
Eng 31003 Linguistics

Complete six hours of classwork designed to supplement students' ability to teach English to others.
Eng 31007 TESL Pedagogy I
Eng 41002 Computers in L2 Teaching

Complete six hours of practicum sessions in students' teaching skills will be practiced, observed, and refined. The practicum must be completed in Dresden, Germany. For more information see the TEFL Program Options above.
Eng 41092 Practicum I
Eng 41192 Practicum II

TEFL Course Descriptions

Teaching Practicum
While in Germany, whether you are taking the 4 week summer program or the full semester program, you will be primarily exposed to hands-on training through observations, assisting, and actually teaching. In your Practicum I and II sessions,
- You will observe and assist English instructors at either an elementary school, middle school, or high school in the Dresden area.
- You will observe an English class at Technische Universität (TU) Dresden.
- You will teach your own community course at a local company or in a small village near Dresden called Bärnsdorf. You will observe some of your peers' teaching and they will observe you.

Master of Arts in Teaching English as a Second Language:
The MA in teaching English as a second language (TESL) trains students to teach effectively while drawing on a solid theoretical foundation. Students gain relevant experience through supervised practicums and have the opportunity to teach in a variety of ESL/EFL contexts. The degree requires demonstrated proficiency at the intermediate level or above of one foreign language. The MA TESL offers two concentrations: 1) TESL and 2) TESL Teachers. The MA TESL prepares students to teach in a variety of ESL/EFL contexts, from literacy and adult education programs in the US to international teaching positions. The MA TESL degree requires 36 credits of coursework and students complete a capstone project with options of a 1) thesis, or 2) portfolio or exams. The MA TESL Teachers is a 48 hour program of study (including student teaching) preparing teachers for state licensure in Ohio and teaching in early childhood, primary, and secondary education.

Admission to the MA TESL
In addition to general requirements for admission, applicants are required to submit scores on the Graduate Record Examination (general test only) or the TOEFL (for international applicants), three letters of recommendation, and a one- to two-page statement of purpose. Apply to the Program.

Our program represents a unique, communication-based approach to TESL. Graduate students receive strong grounding in language theory while also developing the interpersonal skills necessary to provide intensive instruction to ESL students.

Degree Requirements:
There are three requirements for the TESL MA:

Thirty-six hours of coursework drawn from several fields, including linguistics, English grammar, second language acquisition, language teaching, sociolinguistics, cultural studies, and computers in language teaching.
A Final Portfolio, Final Exam, or a six-credit thesis. Each student receives hands-on training and works closely with faculty in the preparation of the student’s choice of a professional portfolio, culminating exams, or thesis.
Foreign Language Requirement. Students must demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in a foreign/second language prior to graduation. International Students (non-native speakers of English) can use English for this requirement; others must document completion of intermediate or advanced foreign language courses, or they can complete a language exam in the department and demonstrate intermediate level knowledge of a second/foreign language.

There are several requirements for the MA TESL Teacher's Concentration:
Forty-eight hours of coursework drawn from several fields, including linguistics, English grammar, second language acquisition, language teaching, sociolinguistics, cultural studies, computers in language teaching, curriculum design, standards-based instruction, and literacy in education.
A Final Portfolio or Final Exam. Each student receives hands-on training and works closely with faculty in the preparation of the student’s choice of a professional portfolio or culminating exams.
Foreign Language Requirement. Students must demonstrate an intermediate level of proficiency in a foreign/second language prior to graduation. International Students (non-native speakers of English) can use English for this requirement; others must document completion of intermediate or advanced foreign language courses, or they can complete a language exam in the department and demonstrate intermediate level knowledge of a second/foreign language.
Admission to Student Teaching in Education Health and Human Services.
Completion of state mandated tests (Praxis I and II).
Student Teaching.
Assistantships

Graduate Assistantships are available on a competitive basis and are limited to two years of study. As Graduate Assistants, most graduate students in the TESL program serve as ESL instructors and tutors. Limited opportunities for research assistantships and non-teaching fellowships are also available. Stipends are competitive and include a waiver of tuition and fees.

Additionally, students have the opportunity to teach abroad at one of several partner institutions in Japan, Germany, and Turkey, or to teach during our Intensive Summer Program.






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