Online ELT Certificates

Online ELT Certificates

Education is changing rapidly and dramatically with learners accessing global education online. AUA’s Professional Learning Department is excited to offer new, innovative opportunities for online training in English language teaching.

These online certificate courses have been developed through our internationally recognized partnering institution, SIT Graduate Institute/World Learning. All courses are moderated by a licensed teacher-trainer.

Course Dates

  • Teaching Writing – 8 weeks – rolling admission
  • Teaching one-on-one – 8 weeks – rolling admission
  • Becoming a Teacher Trainer – 8 weeks – TBD
  • Teaching Young Learners – 8 weeks – TBD

Course structure

Our cohort based courses include 2 main components: online tasks and practice teaching. The online tasks include watching videos, posting to discussion forums, reading articles, and Zoom meetings. The practice teaching includes practical activities in which you experiment with techniques/activities in your own teaching context. In every course, an expert trainer guides your learning experience by facilitating discussion, sharing ideas, and responding to your questions. Because of the experiential nature of our online courses, they are learning opportunities for both new and experienced teachers of English.

Overview of courses

Teaching Writing

This practical course is designed to develop your skills in Teaching Writing. The online modules will develop your knowledge about effective techniques when working with learners to improve their ability to write, and you will also have the opportunity to try out activities with your students with trainer support and feedback. In addition to being guided by an expert trainer through the entire learning process, you also get to share and reflect with other learners as they explore and implement the course content.

Main components:

  • Four online units to complete, each of which is organized around one main reading. Tasks include posting responses to the reading and replying to classmates responses.
  • During the course, participants will also be asked to videotape themselves facilitating a writing activity for their students. There are two videotaped lessons, lasting 20–40 minutes. Before and after each lesson, participants meet online with the course trainer to discuss aspects of planning, teaching, and reflecting.

Note: this certificate course is designed for participants who have a context in which to practice the writing activities. Certification requires timely completion of all assignments, as well as two videotaped submissions demonstrating a writing activity with students.

Becoming a Teacher Trainer

Skilled teacher trainers have abilities in a number of areas, for instance content expertise (i.e. language awareness), teaching methodology, reflection, curriculum design, lesson observation, and supportive feedback. This course focuses specifically on developing your knowledge, skill, and awareness for delivering experiential training workshops. You will see how delivering workshops is similar to teaching students in some ways, and different in other ways. Developing these training skills has the benefit of improving one’s teaching skills. By the end of this course, you will be prepared to successfully facilitate workshops in your school, at Thai TESOL, or beyond.

Teaching one-on-one

Many people find themselves in the role of “English tutor,” for instance for a child, relative, neighbor, or friend. However, simply having “good” English does not guarantee that you will be able to help someone else improve their English. This course provides a framework for thinking about teaching one-on-one. Whether you have been tutoring for a long time, or have only thought about doing it, this course will help you be a more effective tutor. You will have the opportunity to watch videos of an experienced AUA teacher trainer demonstrating tutoring techniques with real students. Also, you will get the chance to plan a sequence of activities that you can use in your tutoring. By the end of this course, you will have ideas and tools to help others improve their English skills.

Teaching Young Learners

Looking to develop your skills in teaching children so that learners not only improve their English skills but also have fun while doing it? Whether you are a new or experienced teacher, this course offers practical ideas and materials to develop your knowledge and skills in teaching children ages 6 – 12. You will learn about the characteristics of young learners, including their social and emotional needs and how to create optimal conditions for learning. The course will also include strategies about how to manage a classroom and create dynamic lesson plans. You will finish the course with a clear understanding of who young learners are, the teaching approaches that best meet their needs, and a variety of techniques and strategies to design engaging activities and lessons that you can use right away.

Teaching Teenagers

Adolescence is a period of great change, and English language teachers often struggle with how to best support this dynamic population in their learning needs. This course aims to develop both your teaching knowledge and your practical skills for teaching English to teens, and also focuses on the strategies you can implement to foster and support motivation in students. It will cover a variety of topics and teaching methodologies important to consider when teaching teens, such as using technology in the class, cooperative learning, and project based learning. Coming from a student centered learning approach, you will also learn how to scaffold and guide the language learning process, manage a classroom of teenagers, and plan and facilitate engaging lessons and activities for adolescents.

Registration & Payments

  • 5,000 baht per course

Certification requirements

  • Completion of all task within 8 weeks