During the ALCI’s 120-hour TESL/TEFL Certificate program, participants develop essential skills for teaching English Language Learners in a domestic or international context. The curriculum, presented by a team of ALCI master instructors, includes a historical overview of the theories and methodologies which have most impacted modern language-acquisition pedagogy, and “how-to” courses (focusing on instructional strategies for basic core skills). Participants receive ample opportunities for developing effective lesson plans and syllabi, practicing classroom management strategies, peer-teaching, and classroom facilitation. Participants must also demonstrate an understanding of the concepts covered in class through individual and group projects, as well as written reflections and quizzes. The 6-week summer course runs Monday through Friday on the CSUSM campus for a total of 20 hours per week, and the 15-week spring courses is offered Tuesday and Thursday evenings for 8 hours per week.
By the end of the 120-hour Certificate program, participants will: