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Enhance your bachelor's degree with a Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate. This undergraduate certificate will provide you with specialized knowledge of English language fundamentals. You'll learn the relationship between language and culture, communication across cultures, and how to approach the teaching and assessment of English as a second language (ESL). The TESL certificate at ODU is available to undergraduate students and non-degree seeking professionals, including teachers who wish to prepare for adding an ESL endorsement.
Access course materials online from any location. Many classes don't have a scheduled meeting time, so you can fit class into your personal schedule. The instructor may schedule assignments and exams at specific times. All courses follow ODU's regular academic calendar.
An introduction to the grammar of mainstream English. Primary focus is on analyzing English sentences, including study of parts of speech, phrases, clauses, and sentence types. Prerequisites: Six credit hours of general education composition courses, junior standing or permission of the instructor.
A survey of topics in English linguistics. Topics include the sound system, the structure of words, the ways in which words and phrases form meaningful utterances, the structure of conversations, differences between spoken and written English, language acquisition by children, language variation, and language in its social context. Prerequisites: 6-hour general education composition requirement or permission of instructor.
This course is designed to provide students with the background and tools necessary for teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) at the K-12 or secondary level. The course is divided into three modules. In the first module, students will study the major theories of language learning, focusing primarily on current methods for language learning and teaching. In the second module, attention will be focused on designing a course including consideration of both program goals and students? needs. Finally, the third module addresses practical application of teaching methods through a focus on designing activities, lesson plans and developing assessment tools. Prerequisites: Grade of C or better in ENGL 110C and either ENGL 211C, ENGL 221C, or ENGL 231C.
Students entering the Undergraduate Certificate program in Teaching English as a Second Language should meet the minimum university admission requirements (Undergraduate Admission)
Six credit hours of general education composition courses, or permission of the instructor
If you are not pursuing a bachelor's degree at ODU, you will apply as a non-degree seeking student
Current ODU students should talk to their current academic advisor about adding this certificate to their studies
Estimated rates for the 2022-23 academic year. Rates are subject to change. Anyone that is not a current Virginia resident will be charged non-resident rates. That includes international students.
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