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 2016 and Winter 2017 TESLA Certificate Program at no cost to all participants who are selected for this cohort.
Both Cohorts are now filled. If you are interested in TESLA for Fall 2017, please click on the button at the right.
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.
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Class session and Practicum dates
The information below is for reference only; Fall 2017 dates are not yet available.
Class sessions will take place primarily on Saturdays, followed by a 36 hour practicum described below.
Class meeting dates and times are:
Saturday, November 5 12:30 – 3:30
Saturday, November 12 and 19 12:30 – 5:00
Saturday December 3, 10 and 17 12:30 – 5:00
Saturday, January 7 and 14 11:00 – 5:00
Friday, January 20 10:00-5:00
Saturday, January 21 10:00 - 5:00
Sunday February 12 2:00 -5:00
Saturday, March 11 12:30- 3:30
The practicum will consist of two parts: The first section will consist of participating in the classroom of an LAC TESLA mentor-teacher for 16 classroom hours (plus a 45 minute pre- and post class discussion each day with the instructor). Participants must be willing to travel to the site (which may be anywhere within the five boroughs) and will need to be available on the following dates:
Saturday, January 28
February, 4, 11, 18, 25
An alternative weekday schedule may be available.
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. Practicum dates will take place between March 12 and May 15, 2017.
Note: selected applicants who are currently teaching in an ESOL classroom may be able to fulfill 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 a phone or 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.
Check back in Spring 2017 for dates of our next information sessions. All applicants are strongly encouraged to attend an information session.
Please contact Judy Trupin firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
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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