American Academy TESOL certificate is an online 160‐hour program exploring the theories, techniques and methods of teaching the four basic language skills; listening, speaking reading and writing.
The grammatical, lexical and phonetic systems of the English language are also studied with the end goal of understanding them enough to explain them.
The communicative approach is emphasized using integrated lesson planning. Inter-cultural awareness and competence are also included in the program.
■ To evaluate second language teaching approaches and methods in ESL/EFL.
■ To develop skills in integrating the four skills of listening, speaking, reading, and writing into effective second language instruction.
■ To examine the rules of the English language in the grammatical, lexical and phonetic systems.
■ To understand and practice language teaching methodology.
■ To prepare and deliver communicative English language lessons.
■ To know and use various teaching techniques.
■ To develop strategies for self‐awareness and reflective teaching
■ To develop inter‐cultural awareness and discuss the implications in the
Lesson 1 Leaners
The first lecture takes look at learners and focuses primarily on how age and proficiency affect how and what is taught. The differences between extrinsic and intrinsic motivation and their importance in the classroom is also discussed.
Lesson 2 Teacher
Lecture 2 explores some of the factors and qualities that can help make a teacher successful in a language classroom. The lecture concludes with a short discussion of the physical environment of the classroom, materials and classroom equipment.
Lesson 3 Classroom Management
Lecture 3 focuses on issues of classroom management and how to create ideal conditions for learning to take place. Some of the topics discussed include giving instructions, using the students’ first language and effective use of different seating arrangements.
Lesson 4 Grammar
Lecture 4 is the first lecture on a specific skill area, grammar. It gives the new teacher some tips on how to effectively introduce a new grammar point as well as how to balance presentation and practice of the grammar structures.
Lesson 5 Vocabulary
The skill area of vocabulary is introduced in Lecture 5. The necessary skills of dictionary use, pronunciation and activities that focus on helping students know and remember new vocabulary are covered in this lecture.
Lesson 6 Reading
Reading is covered in Lecture 6. Issues around planning reading classes as well as the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic reading and activities to support both are discussed in this lecture.
Lesson 7 Writing
Lecture 7 focuses on writing. It begins with some of the teaching principles that teachers can follow to make students better writers and finishes with an introduction to a sequenced writing activity.
Lesson 8 Speaking
Building student listening skills is the topic in Lecture 8. Some of the areas discussed include: the teachers role in a listening classroom as well as methods that can be used to bring an awareness to and focus on both stress and intonation.
Lesson 9 Listening
Lecture 9 discusses building learners’ listening skills. Suggestions and guidelines for creating useful listening activities are introduced, as well as ways to check student comprehension and an overview of using dictogloss and film in the listening classroom.
Lesson 10 Planning Lesson
The focus of Lecture 10 is lesson planning from developing lesson aims to scripting lessons and finally working through the planning of an actual lesson, including a discussion of procedures and materials.
Lesson 11 Error Correction & Assessment
The topics of the final lecture are error correction and assessment, the two kinds of feedback teachers often give their students. Also introduced are other methods teachers can use to gauge student progress as well as some ideas for teaching exam classes.