Teaching ESOL to Adults with Limited Literacy (TEALL) Certificate
With the support of the Office of the Mayor, the New York City Council, and the Department of Youth and Community Development, the Literacy Assistance Center offered the TEALL Certificate Program at no cost to all participants who were selected for 2019-20.
Due to constraints imposed by the pandemic, the TEALL course was not offered in 2021-22. The information below is from the 2019-20 course, and it is purely for your reference. Click here to be informed about future TEALL courses.
This certificate program provides insight into the needs of adult English Language Learners who have minimal first language literacy. The course addresses questions such as:
Participants attend 27 hours of in-person classes, in addition to 80 hours of study and reflection online as part of a professional community of practice.
Course Objectives & Outcomes
By the end of the course, participants will be able to identify the needs of literacy learners and will be able to create evidence-based instruction for learners in both literacy and multi-level English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) classrooms. The course features a range of activities including classroom discussion, hands-on activities, and observations of ESOL literacy classes, as well as an online component that allows participants to reflect on assigned readings and material presented during in-person meetings.
To receive a certificate in this course, participants must attend all in-person sessions, participate in online forums, and complete all required activities and assignments. One component of the course will be developing and implementing a project with their ESOL literacy learners. Those not currently teaching literacy learners will be assigned to co-teach in a literacy level classroom for 15 to 20 hours.
Admission to this program is by application. It is open only to individuals who
Class Sessions - Saturdays
March 21, 2020 11:00 - 3:00
March 28, 2020 11:00 - 3:00
April 11, 2020 11:00 - 3:00
April 18, 2020 11:00 - 3:00
May 2, 2020 11:00 - 3:00
May 16, 2020 10:00 - 5:00
Note: The LAC is offering two courses this Spring, Advanced Strategies in ESOL and TEALL. Applicants may only apply to one of these two programs.
William Linn is the ESOL Specialist and Coordinator of ESOL Certificate Programs at the Literacy Assistance Center. In addition to leading ESOL professional development and curriculum design projects, he has co-facilitated the LAC’s Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (TESLA) course, the Foundations of Adult Education course, and the Teaching English to Adults with Limited Literacy (TEALL) course. William has also taught English Applied Linguistics at the SIT Graduate Institute where he received his MA in TESOL in 2011. Will holds a certificate in Compassionate Communication for Language Teachers from the Institute for Collaborative Learning in Costa Rica. He started teaching ESOL at community organizations in 2008 and became a licensed ESOL teacher educator in 2015.
To learn more about the content of the TEALL course, please contact William Linn at Willl@lacnyc.org.
Info about TEALL
Please click the button below to be informed about future offerings of the TEALL course.
The TEALL course involves significant online coursework. If you would like to assess your digital skills, please click the link below to access a free diagnostic tool. It’s an easy way to identify areas for improvement so that you can enhance your skills in preparation for the online component of this course.