TESOL Methodology (K-12/HE)


Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages Methodology Course


TESOL International Association, formerly Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages, is the largest professional organization for teachers of English as a second or foreign language. It was founded in 1966, and is based in Alexandria, Virginia, in the United States
Founded: 1966
Headquarters location: Alexandria, Virginia, United States

About Course

Sep 7 – Nov 30, 2020
COURSE DATE: Sep 7 – Nov 30, 2020
DURATION: 6 weeks
COMMITMENT: 3-4 hrs/week
COURSE TYPE: Instructor-led

This self-paced course will share strategies for teaching, speaking, listening, reading, and writing to English learners of different ages and contexts.
The course is open now through November 30; you must enroll by November 20th to participate.

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This course provides learners with current methodologies for teaching English learners (ELs) of different ages and learning contexts. They will discuss and practice a variety of strategies and techniques for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). While exploring best practices for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing, including grammar and vocabulary, course participants will learn how to create an effective and communicative language classroom for all learners. They will examine what “best practices” means in the context of teaching English in the 21st century, where English is an international language, and use of English incorporates modern technologies


At the end of this course, you’ll be able to:

  • Compare and contrast traditional and modern second language teaching methods
  • Examine their current instructional strategies for ways to provide active, student-centered learning that helps develop learners’ self-efficacy and supports lifelong learning
  • Develop effective activities for listening, speaking, reading, and writing
  • Develop a lesson activity that incorporates critical thinking and problem solving skills (analysis, synthesis, evaluation, decision making, and creative thinking)
  • List learning style differences and the needs of diverse learners
  • Summarize the impact reflective teaching has on teachers’ perspectives toward teaching English and their classroom practice, as well as learners’ attitudes and motivations to learn English

Target Audience: Adult non-native English-speaking teachers of English and education professionals interested in professional development opportunities..

This course is offered as part of the Online Professional English Network, sponsored by the U.S. Departmetn of State with funding provided by the U.S. government and administered by FHI360.


Kati Milter


TESOL Instructor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Kati Milter, PhD, works at the University of Maryland Baltimore County.

She teaches EFL as well as graduate TESOL courses. She serves on the TESOL International team, where she is the coordinator of the TESOL Core Certificate Program. Her other activities include face-to-face and online teacher training and designing online courses.

Yuliya Schmaltz


TESOL Instructor, University of Maryland, Baltimore County

Yuliya Schmaltz, Ph. D, has worked in the field of higher education for over 15 years, part of which she worked in Kazakhstan and in Central Europe.

Her professional experience includes EFL, ESL, and teacher training. In addition to teaching, Yuliya’s expertise includes developing and maintaining program and course curricula.

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