TESOL Certificate

Certificate of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL Certificate)

The Certificate program, whether taught via online or hybrid platform, covers instruction in the following areas:

  • Foundations of TESOL
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Teaching Speaking and Pronunciation
  • Teaching Vocabulary
  • Teaching Grammar
  • Teaching Reading
  • Teaching Listening
  • Teaching Writing

The College of Education has adopted an internationally recognized program in English instruction pedagogy. It is recognized for its innovative methodology of English pedagogy with proven success at English instructional schools around the world.

The College of Education programs provide instruction to speakers of foreign languages to learn English fundamentals. Instruction will prepare students to learn English so that they may apply it in Education.

Program Description

The TESOL Certificate offers an intensive introduction to all areas of linguistics relevant to ESL/EFL students, morphology, phonology, and syntax.  By the course end, students will understand how linguistic theory relates to the pedagogy of teaching the four skills (reading, writing, listening, and speaking) to ESL/EFL students.


Program Learning Outcomes

Westcliff University wants to produce capable and knowledgeable students who manifest an understanding of work and careers and an ability to adapt quickly to the expectations of employers and the work environment. To this end we strive to realize the following set of Program Outcomes for all our graduates from the TESOL Certificate Program.

The educational outcomes for the TESOL Certificate Program are to:

  1. Identify principles of language pedagogy and the process of language acquisition and apply these principles effectively in various classroom situations.
  2. Employ knowledge of the English language system to assist English Language Learners (ELLs) in reading, writing, listening, and speaking.
  3. Demonstrate competency in using technology effectively and in creating lesson plans and other learning material for classroom activities.
  4. Demonstrate interpersonal skills while respecting cultural differences and valuing diversity.
  5. Illustrate flexibility and adaptability in planning and delivering lessons according to the needs and interests of ELLs.


Foundations of TESOL – This unit is an introduction to the history of TESOL, teaching strategies and practices, intended to effectively deliver content and material in an engaging, understandable, and memorable manner. The characteristics of effective teachers and learners are introduced as well as strategies for meeting the needs of diverse learners in the English Language Learner (ELL) classroom. Also included in this unit is an overview of effective lesson planning.

Second Language Acquisition – This segment provides an overview of second language acquisition. The course will cover the mechanisms of how language is acquired, including research on the critical period hypothesis of second language acquisition.

Teaching Speaking and Pronunciation – This section is an overview of the study of speech sounds as well as how they form patterns. A brief introduction to the International Phonetic Alphabet (I.P.A.) will also be covered in the course. In addition, this unit examines the application of phonetics and phonology to the teaching of pronunciation to ELLs.

Teaching Vocabulary– This week provides an overview of the study of word structures and rules. It focuses on content words and function words, morphemes, and rules of word formation. Additionally, this unit covers the teaching of vocabulary to ELLs.

Teaching Grammar – This module introduces the grammar of contemporary English and examines the pedagogical methods needed to teach grammar effectively. Emphasis is placed on sentence structure and identification of the various parts of speech.

Teaching Reading – This component examines the methods of teaching reading to ELLs. The course covers reading strategies that are sensitive and responsive to students’ needs.

Teaching Listening – This portion of the course examines core concepts and best practices in teaching listening to ELLs. It provides listening strategies and concepts that can be applied to the classroom in many different situations. 

Teaching Writing – This section explores approaches to teaching writing to ELLs which include: controlled and guided writing practice, types of writing, the mechanics of writing and the integration of the four skills. A variety of techniques for responding to student writing will also be covered.

The mission of the Westcliff University College of Education is to develop and prepare skilled and informed educators, scholars, and researchers who create responsible learning communities. The college focuses on excellence, theoretical knowledge, and integrity through the application of innovative processes, effective use of technology, and fosters the development of educational leaders and policymakers.