ELECTIVE SUBJECTS – Certificate in TESOL
Students must select from two (2) of the following electives as part of the Certificate in TESOL.
Improve your employability and select electives in the areas that you wish to work.
Teaching Business English / TOEIC
The steady growth of international trade and global development is accompanied by a steady increase in the demand for English in the workplace. Adults worldwide are looking to gain higher scores on the TOEIC test (Test of English for International Communication – pronounced “toe-ik”) to advance in their careers and simply to stay competitive in the international marketplace.
The Teaching Business English elective will give you a solid grounding and understanding of types of business students, needs analysis, testing methodology, and business terminology. You will also gain a wealth of practical resources to use in the classroom with your Business English students.
Teaching English to Children
The large majority of ESL Teachers are introduced to the children’s classroom at some point during their careers. Children worldwide have seemingly limitless energy; with the necessary skills and tools, this energy can be channeled and utilised productively within the ESL classroom. English International’s Teaching English to Children Elective focuses on the methodology and strategies required to facilitate a successful English language environment. You will be introduced to many practical and fun ideas for your children’s classroom.
Teaching IELTS Preparation
The International English Language Testing System (IELTS – pronounced “eye-elts”) is designed to test and assess the English language ability of ESOL students who wish to study and/or work where English is the primary language. IELTS is recognised by universities, immigration authorities and organisations in Australia, New Zealand, Canada, the UK, and the USA. English International graduates interested in potential opportunities teaching EAP (English for Academic Purposes) classes are advised to undertake the IELTS elective, as it will provide practical knowledge and skills on the structure, preparation and materials utilised in planning and implementing a successful program for IELTS students.
Teaching English to Adults
ESL Teachers interested in teaching adults face unique challenges, such as language relevance, motivation, and group dynamics within the classroom. To ensure the students are continually engaged, the ESL teacher must implement certain strategies and ideas to maintain student interest and facilitate continued language improvement. English International’s Teaching English to Adults Elective is designed to provide you with information, skills and practical ideas to help you understand the language levels of your adult learners, and create a positive and productive learning environment.
Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL)
Computer Assisted Language Learning, or CALL, refers to using computers and technology in the ESL classroom to aid your instruction, and to also enhance your students’ learning. This elective will guide you through the history of CALL and show you how to harness the many multimedia and technology resources available to us in the 21st Century (such as virtual chat, bulletin boards, the Internet, and software), and how to make teaching English more interactive using these resources. Using computers adds a motivating and interesting component to the ESL classroom, and also gives students skills which are necessary in today’s world for work, for school and for pleasure. In addition to providing theoretical knowledge, this course will also outline how to implement the practical elements necessary to create lessons which incorporate technology to make your classroom a fast-paced and highly motivational language-learning environment.
EAP – English for Academic Purposes
English for Academic Purposes is an elective for those who would like to teach along more academic lines. EAP courses are run in language colleges and universities for students wishing to enter undergraduate or post- graduate studies at a university. EAP courses are usually highly structured, covering specific skills like academic writing, oral presentation and listening and note-taking.
Students in these courses have quite a high level of language ability, so interaction with the students is always rewarding for teachers. Motivation of the students is also high because they really need to develop academic skills for success at university. The English International EAP unit was developed by an experienced EAP teacher and comprehensively covers all a teacher needs to know in preparation for teaching an EAP course.