Certificate in TESOL

American Alumni University (AUA) is happy to partner with World Learning and the SIT Graduate Institute, a leader in teacher education for over 50 years, to offer the SIT TESOL Certificate, an internationally recognized certification for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

The SIT TESOL course at AUA, Bangkok offers a hands-on, practical approach to learning and teaching. Working in small groups you will receive personalized trainer support and attention as you develop and reflect on your teaching skills. Successfully completing the course results in a teaching certificate that enables you to teach at language schools around the world.

The SIT TESOL Certificate

  • One month intensive includes: 130 hours of face-to-face workshop sessions. In addition, 30 hours of lesson planning, classroom observation, practice teaching, and guided feedback.
  • Practice teaching with real language learners (6 hours per participant)
  • Practice teaching is interleaved with workshop sessions, so participants go through a cycle of learning concepts and techniques, trying them out, and getting feedback on their teaching.
  • All trainers have a minimum of five years of teaching experience, an MA TESOL or equivalent, and have gone through a rigorous program through SIT to become licensed trainers.
  • Externally moderated by an assessor from SIT.

2019 Course Dates and Fees
Course Dates

  • January 9 – February 6
  • March 4 – March 29
  • August 7 – September 4

Timetable

  • 8:00 am – 5:00 pm (plus daily homework)

Program Fees
The course tuition is $1,600, which includes all fees, materials, and training.

Applications and payments that are received before May 31st, 2019 will receive a $100 discount (tuition = $1,500) for the August 2019 course.

Course at American Alumni University (AUA) in Bangkok, Thailand
Founded in 1952, AUA is non-profit organization that has 15 Language Centers across Thailand with 7 in the greater Bangkok metropolitan area.

AUA Chamchuri Square, Bangkok is the largest branch and home to the corporate offices. It is located at the Sam Yan MRT train station, and a short walk to the Sala Dang BTS train station. We are located on the 21st floor of Chamchuri Square, a large office building with an array of restaurants from a food court, to fast food, to fine dining. Also, there are banks and shopping in the building.

More about the SIT TESOL Certificate Course

Why the SIT TESOL Certificate in Bangkok?

  • Get an English Language Teaching qualification after just four weeks
  • Develop a set of teaching skills to use straight away in the classroom
  • Meet international people and explore Thai culture
  • Opportunity to live in the travel hub of Thailand

Approach
The innovative course curriculum was designed by SIT faculty, and is based on the ideas of experiential learning, building reflective skills and developing intercultural understanding. The course provides participants with professional knowledge and skills as well as tools for their own reflection and growth as teachers. Participants receive practical training through teaching demonstrations, lesson planning and analysis tasks, and practice teaching and feedback.

Course Modules
The course is broken down into 8 modules. Participants begin with an introduction to second language acquisition, adult learning theory, and general skills in teaching. The course then explores the following areas:

  • The Four Skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing)
  • Language Awareness (Vocabulary, Grammar, and Pronunciation)
  • Intercultural and Reflective Skills

More about the SIT TESOL Certificate Course

Why the SIT TESOL Certificate in Bangkok?

  • Get an English Language Teaching qualification after just four weeks
  • Develop a set of teaching skills to use straight away in the classroom
  • Meet international people and explore Thai culture
  • Opportunity to live in the travel hub of Thailand

Approach
The innovative course curriculum was designed by SIT faculty, and is based on the ideas of experiential learning, building reflective skills and developing intercultural understanding. The course provides participants with professional knowledge and skills as well as tools for their own reflection and growth as teachers. Participants receive practical training through teaching demonstrations, lesson planning and analysis tasks, and practice teaching and feedback.

Course Modules
The course is broken down into 8 modules. Participants begin with an introduction to second language acquisition, adult learning theory, and general skills in teaching. The course then explores the following areas:

  • The Four Skills (Speaking, Listening, Reading, and Writing)
  • Language Awareness (Vocabulary, Grammar, and Pronunciation)
  • Intercultural and Reflective Skills

Frequently Asked Questions

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Obtaining the SIT TESOL Certificate
Acceptance into the course is not a guarantee that a participant will receive the certificate. If a participant has not successfully completed or mastered any segment of the course, or has not completed the written work satisfactorily, the participant will not be awarded the certificate, but, if he or she attends the full course, rather will be awarded a Letter of Learning instead. If trainers decide that a non-native English speaker’s English skills are inadequate to teach advanced level students, the participant will not be awarded the course certificate, but rather will be awarded a Letter of Learning instead.

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Applicants should be 18 years and over and capable of doing college level work.

For non-native speakers we require a 550 TOEFL score (paper-based test). This would be a 240 on the computer-based TOEFL or 80 on the IBT

What people say about our trainers
Dr. Randy, SIT TESOL Certificate graduate, 2013:

“As an ESL teacher trainee under the SIT TESOL certification course in Berkeley, CA., I found that Mr. Puccini was very patient and in that crafted his feedback to each of us trainees with useful and practical details. His style of teaching had a non-critical touch that supported learning from our conundrums. Mr. Puccini’s superior teaching skills reflect his depth of knowledge as he organically shifts from developing comprehensive lesson plans to guiding us to think like an ESL student. His awareness of the needs for each individual student to excel is an attribute that is rare in the field of education.”

Debra, SIT TESOL Certificate graduate, 2016 and ESL teacher in California, USA:

“During my SIT TESOL certificate course, I had the opportunity to student teach several classes with Jeff Puccini as the observing trainer. Afterwards, the feedback sessions he led with me and the other student-teachers was an extremely valuable learning experience. It was facilitated as both a guided reflection session in which I could process what I thought went well and what needed work, as well as an opportunity to receive very practical teaching advice from an experienced teacher. It was extremely valuable to have the opportunity to reflect on my experience teaching, since this allowed me to become more aware of my strengths and weaknesses.

In addition, I learned a great deal from the Jeff’s feedback. I especially appreciated hearing his observations of the student responses to the lesson; an important piece which is difficult for a new teacher to observe in full while focusing on teaching new material for the first time. In addition, it was invaluable to be able to ask Jeff for concrete ideas about how to approach a topic or set up an activity more effectively. I always came away with some great suggestions based on his knowledge of best practices and years of experience teaching. The SIT style which combines personal reflection, specific feedback, and practical advice were invaluable to my process of learning how to be an effective teacher.”

Ching Yen, SIT TESOL Certificate graduate, 2013, and EFL teacher in Taipei, Taiwan:

“What more can you ask for?! As a teacher-trainer Jeff Puccini not only guided me step by step through my lesson planning and the processing stage after my teaching, he nurtured my ways of thinking and approaching a multicultural classroom and gave me HOPEFUL imagination of what I could become as a teacher. Jeff is an absolute embodiment of what he teaches: reflecting on experiences to learn from yourself! For example, as we biked to the train station after visiting his English class, our conversation was centered around what worked and what did not work in the class. At that time, reflection skill was not easy for me to grasp, not alone, to practice it, Jeff was so patient to guide me using different ways that I could engage in the reflective conversation. Jeff is not only a trainer to develop my professional skills in teaching, planning, and reflecting, he gave me so much confidence as a non-native English teacher that my non-nativeness is not a disadvantage but an advantage as I have been there and still there as an English learner. He helped me to dismantle my deficit mentality and nurtured my multi-competent identity that I could share my learning experiences with more learners like myself. I am forever grateful for this gift of transformation from Jeff and this has become my commitment to share this gift with my students. Thank you Jeff for nurturing me not only as a teacher but as a person!“

Greg, ANSI Certified Instructor, Michigan Laborers’ Training Fund:

“As a teacher/trainer, Jeff helped me to better understand the needs of students and to discover methods that helped to maximize their learning experience. The frequent opportunities Jeff gave me to discuss any issues or concerns, during frequent feedback sessions, were especially helpful in my development as an instructor. Jeff allowed me to walk down the path of instructor development, but he was right there holding the light and showing the way.”

Melisandra, SIT TESOL Certificate graduate, 2015

“As a teacher-trainer, Jeff Puccini taught me practical skills and a reflective approach to teaching and learning that I was able to use right away in the classroom. His deep knowledge of teaching and sense of humor made the the SIT certificate course a joy to attend and helped me develop the awareness to address my students needs at the linguistic, cultural and interpersonal levels.”