SIT TESOL Syllabus

SIT TESOL Certificate

Course Syllabus

SIT TESOL Certificate Course Syllabus

The SIT TESOL Certificate Course consists of 8 modules. The first two,Learning and Teaching, explore the principles of adult learning and ways teachers can set up a classroom to facilitate the learning process.

Participants then go on to explore what are known as the “4 Skills” in TESOL: speaking, listening, reading, and writing. Although the “Grammar” module falls in the middle of the 4 skills, the focus on language awareness is a thread that runs through the entire course.

Finally, participants reflect back on all of the modules through the lens of cultural awareness, though, here again, attention is paid to inter-cultural dynamics throughout the course.

ModuleKey Questions
Learning
  • What factors affect adult learning?
  • What tends to help people learn?
  • What conditions often hinder learning?
  • What helps and hinders your own learning?
Teaching
  • What can a teacher do to be more effective in facilitating the learning process?
  • How can learning objectives affect teachers and students?
  • What are critical factors in managing a classroom?
  • How can teachers create a more learning-centered classroom?
  • What is the role of a group or community in an individual’s learning process?  How can learning in community affect individuals?
  • What does it mean to ‘reflect rigorously’ on teaching and learning? How can reflection help both learners and teachers be more effective?
Speaking
  • For language learners what does speaking involve?
  • How can we define speaking in the ESOL context?
  • What are ways of communicating effectively while speaking?
  • What types of activities can help students be more accurate and fluent in their speaking?
Listening
  • What do learners do as they listen in a foreign language?
  • How can we define listening in the ESOL context?
  • What skills and strategies can help students be more effective when listening to a foreign language?
  • What activities and strategies can teachers and learners do before, while, and after listening to more effectively understand and think about what they have heard?
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Grammar &
Language
Awareness
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  • What is grammar? What does it mean to know a word?
  • How can I research and prepare notes on the target language before I teach?
  • What is the difference between the form, meaning, and use of grammar and vocabulary?
  • What is the role of grammar terminology in the teaching/learning process?
  • How can teachers help motivate students to learn and use grammar effectively to communicate?
  • What types of activities and strategies can help learners become more confident and effective with grammar and vocabulary?
  • How can teachers sequence activities to promote learning?
  • What are different ways of responding to student errors and ways of providing positive feedback in the learning process?
Reading
  • What skills are involved in reading effectively in a foreign language?
  • What is your definition of reading?
  • What skills and strategies can help students be more effective when reading in a foreign language?
  • What activities and strategies can teachers and learners do before, while, and after reading to more effectively understand and think about what they have read?
  • How are the two receptive skills, reading and listening, similar and different from each other?
  • How do these similarities and differences affect the way we teach?
Writing
  • What does writing effectively in a foreign language involve?
  • What do students need to know and be able to do?
  • What activities and strategies can teachers and learners do at various points in the Writer’s Process to make writing more effective?
  • How are the two productive skills, writing and speaking, similar and different from each other?
  • How do these similarities and differences affect the way we teach?
Culture
  • What is culture in the context of teaching ESOL?
  • How can the culture of the learners and the teacher affect the learning process?
  • What strategies can help learners and teachers be more effective in situations involving intercultural communication?
  • What activities and approaches to culture can help foster respect and learning in the classroom?