Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (TESLA) Certificate
Thanks to the generous support of the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council, and the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Literacy Assistance Center is pleased to offer its Fall 2017 and Winter 2018 TESLA Certificate Program at no cost to all participants who are selected for these cohorts.
Please read the information below carefully before applying. We will keep the application open until September 15th, or until 100 applications are received.
The TESLA certificate program provides in-depth training in teaching English to adult speakers of other languages. The course serves as a rigorous foundation for anyone:
• considering a career teaching English to adult speakers of other languages (ESOL) in New York City
• already teaching ESOL without formal training or qualifications
• wishing to develop an additional specialization in teaching ESOL to adult immigrants
Objectives & Outcomes
In this program, participants gain a solid foundation in the theories of teaching ESOL to adults as well as hands-on application. 45 hours of classroom-based learning provide opportunities to put theories into practice and receive support and guidance from the instructor and peers. 120 hours of online learning enable participants to reflect on assigned readings and material presented in class. Both components prepare participants for the culminating experience: a 36-hour internship in an actual adult ESOL classroom. By the end of the course, participants will be able to create and deliver evidence-based English language instruction for adult speakers of other languages.
Topics covered include:
Class session and Practicum dates
Class sessions will be followed by a 36 hour practicum described below.
Class meeting dates and times are:
Wednesday, September 27 10:00-1:00
Wednesdays, October 4, 11 and 25 10:00 – 2:30
Wednesday, October 18 9:00 - 5:00 (BEST Plus Training)
Wednesday, November 1 10:00 – 2:30
Wednesdays, November 8, 15 and 29 10:00 – 4:30
Wednesday, December 6 10:00 – 5:00
Wednesday, December 20 10:00-1:00
Wednesday, January 17 10:00-1:00
Class meeting dates and times are:
Saturday, December 9 12:30 – 3:30
Saturday, December 16 12:30 – 5:00
Friday, January 19 9:00 - 5:00 (BEST Plus Training)
Saturdays, January 6, 13 and 20 12:30 – 5:00
Saturdays, February 3, 10 and 17 11:00– 5:00
Saturday, March 10 12:30 - 3:30
Friday, April 13 12:30- 3:30
Fall 2017 between Jan 2 and March 30, 2018.
Winter 2018 between March 15 and May 30, 2018.
Participants must be willing to travel to the assigned site, which may be anywhere within the five boroughs .
The practicum will consist of two parts: The first section will consist of participating in the classroom of a mentor-teacher for 16 classroom hours (plus pre- and post- class discussion each day with the instructor).
Part two of the practicum will consist of a team of two TESLA participants leading 20 hours of classroom instruction and reflecting on their experience in an online forum.
Note: selected applicants who are currently teaching in an ESOL classroom may be able to fulfill part of their practicum requirement within their current classroom with the permission of the instructor.
Participant Expectations and Eligibility
All prospective applicants must:
• Submit a completed application
• Complete an in-person interview
• Submit a professional reference
Potential applicants are also strongly encouraged to attend an information session.
TESLA participants must attend all in-person sessions, participate in online forums, complete all required activities and assignments, and complete a teaching practicum as described above.
What recent graduates are saying about TESLA:
"The TESLA experience at LAC was a thoroughly practical one. As I begin teaching I apply the concepts and methods I learned at LAC in each and every lesson."
--Donna Wolfe, now teaching at Lehman College
"Before I started TESLA, I mostly taught out of a book and used activities I learned at staff meetings…The TESLA program helped me acknowledge those aspect of my teaching that were working and offered me concrete suggestions to become a more effective teacher."
--Chris Vasquez , teaching at Union 1199 and the New York Public Library’s ESOL program
Judy Trupin has been an ESOL adult educator for more than 25 years, and has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, trainer, and administrator. She has taught all levels of ESOL from basic literacy through advanced. She is passionate about working with English language learners, ESOL teachers and continuing to improve her own teaching practice.
Currently, Judy is the lead ESOL professional developer for the LAC and has been teaching the TESLA certificate program since 2009. A nationally certified trainer for the BEST Plus assessment, she holds New York State K-12 ESOL certification and an M.S. in Teaching ESOL.
Attend an Info Session
We will hold information sessions on Friday, August 4th at 10 am. RSVP required. Our second session is Weds., Aug 23 at 10 am. Click on the date you'd like to register for
Apply for TESLA
Due to anticipated high demand, early application is encouraged.
Please click the button below to access the TESLA application.
The LAC Academy's online learning platform, Moodle, offers participants the opportunity to build on their digital literacy skills. Skills covered in Modules 1, 2, and 4 of this assessment are particularly important in an online learning environment. Each module begins with very basic tasks, but stick with it, they get more challenging! Assess your Digital Literacy skills here