Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (TESLA) 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 plans to offer the TESLA Certificate Program at no cost to all participants who are selected for 2021-22 .
Please read the information below carefully before applying. The application will be open until August 15th, or until 50 applications are received. Early submission is strongly encouraged.
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 42-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 sessions and Practicum dates
Class sessions will be followed by a 42-hour practicum described below.
Class dates and times
Friday, September 13 9:30 - 12:30
Fridays, September 20 and 27 10:00 – 2:30
Friday, October 11 1:00 – 5:30
Friday, October 18 10:00 – 2:30
Friday, October 25 10:00 – 4:30
Friday, November 8 10:00– 4:30
Friday, November 15 10:00-5:00
Friday, November 22 10:00- 5:30
Friday, December 6 10:00 – 1:30
Friday, December 13 9:00 – 1:00
Friday, January 3 9:30 - 5:00 (BEST Plus Training)
Friday, January 17 10:00 - 1:00
Most classes will take place at 405 Lexington Avenue. This year, we are offering only one section of the TESLA course.
All practica will take place between January 21 and April 30, 2022.
Participants must be willing to travel to the assigned practicum site, which may be anywhere within the five boroughs.
The practicum will consist of two parts:
Part one will consist of participating in the classroom of a mentor-teacher for 18 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 24 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 and their agency supervisor.
Participant Expectations and Eligibility
All prospective applicants must:
• Attend an information session (to be held remotely via Zoom)
• Submit a completed application
• Complete an interview (to be held remotely via Zoom)
• Submit a professional reference
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 program was excellent, particularly in that it provided so much modeling of activities that we could bring to our own classrooms. The program offers not only a theoretical framework, but concrete strategies to create dynamic and engaging lessons for our students ."
--Elizabeth Kane, teaching at Queens Community House
"Participating in the TESLA program has been incredibly beneficial to myself as an educator, my organization, and most importantly to my students. The skills, techniques, and theory I learned from the program have enabled me to create more effective and fun lessons. The programming offered by the Literacy Assistance Center is an invaluable NYC resource, and I strongly encourage all those with an interest in adult education to take advantage of the offerings, especially the TESLA program."
--Paul Tynan McKenney, teaching at Arab-American Family Support Center
Judy Trupin, Senior ESOL Fellow, was previously the director of ESOL certificate programs at the Literacy Assistance Center. She continues to work with the LAC, sharing her expertise on curriculum development and research-based strategies for teaching ESOL. Judy has been an ESOL adult educator for nearly 30 years, and has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer, trainer, and administrator. She has taught all levels of ESOL from basic literacy through advanced. Judy is a nationally certified trainer for the BEST Plus assessment, holds New York State K-12 ESOL certification and an M.S. in Teaching ESOL, and is a certified yoga instructor.
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 is one of the two facilitators of the LAC’s Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults (TESLA) course and the Foundations of Adult Education course. William received his MA in TESOL from the SIT Graduate Institute in 2011, where he also taught English Applied Linguistics. He started teaching ESOL at community organizations in 2008 and has worked in teacher education since 2015.
Attend an Info Session
All TESLA applicants MUST attend an information session - registration required. Our first information session will be on July 16th at 4:00 pm. Click here to register.
A second session will be held on July 29th at 10:30 pm. Click here to register.
Apply for TESLA
Due to anticipated high demand, early application is encouraged.
Please click the button below to access the TESLA application.
Advanced Strategies in TESOL
The Literacy Assistance Center will offer Advanced Strategies in TESOL in 2022. Open to those who already have a TESOL/TESLA certificate or degree. For more information, click the button below.