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Basic TESOL Certificate Course

Now free access to all members!   Study each public video lesson and do the quiz for each section. Members who get 70% on each quiz get a certificate and letter of completion from us.   Want to use your mobile phone or tablet - take the non-flash version HERE. 

Testimonials from some of over 2,000 previous graduates here.  Members will be notified of upcoming webinars related to the topics. 

See recommended readings and support material for each unit below. Please contact us upon completion just in case we missed getting some quiz results.
Good Luck!


List of Readings for Modules 01-14


General Readings and Resources  


Broad Overview Articles and Resources

** Additional readings and resources for this course, sorted by module HERE. 


1. Contextualizing Language

Language teachers need to be able to help students understand the language by contextualizing - providing context to help support understanding and learning. Learn how. 


Additional Readings and Resources     1 contextualization.pdf      transcript1.pdf


2. Building Language Awareness

The goal of education is creating self-directing, autonomous learners.  Building language awareness is crucial to this. Learn how to do this in your classroom.


Additional Readings and Resources        2. language building.pdf - transcript2.pdf


3. Integrating Skills

The 4 skills of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing are described and teachers are shown how to integrate them into a full lesson/unit. 


Additional Readings/Resources 3. integrating skills.pdf - transcript3.pdf



4. Pair and Group Work

Language is a social skill and needs to be used and learned in a social context. Learn how to do this by setting up activities with pairs and groups of students. 


Additional Readings and Resources 4. Pair and group work.pdf  transcript4.pdf


5. Learner Feedback

Learners need to be given feedback so they may know what they are doing wrong and self - correct, improve. Learn techniques and guidelines for effectively giving students feedback. 


Additional Readings and Resources 5. learner feedback.pdf - transcript5.pdf


6. Classroom Management

Classroom management skills are described and teachers given guidelines on how to properly manage large numbers of students, often the norm in English language classrooms. 


Additional Readings and Resources 6. managing large classes.pdf     transcript.pdf


7. Learning Strategies

Discover how students learn and what strategies they use to acquire language and become fluent speakers. 


Additional Readings and Resources 7. learning strategies.pdf - transcript7.pdf


8. Authentic Materials

Real language materials are important to use in the language classroom. Examples of these are provided and teachers are shown how to modify the materials to help students understand "real" language. 


Additional Readings and Resources 8. authentic materials.pdf - transcript8.pdf



9. Critical Thinking Skills

Students learn language by using it.  Teachers need to promote activities for using language that foster student thinking skills and creativity. Learn how. 


Additional Readings and Resources 9. creative thinking.pdf     transcript9.pdf


10. Alternative Assessment

Assessment should be continuous and day by day, not only summative. Assessment is for the benefit of the learner, not just the teacher. Learn how to assess formatively and ongoing. 


Additional Readings and Resources 10 alternative assessment.pdf    transcript10.pdf


11. Individual Learner Differences

Learn how learners differ and how you can differentiate your curriculum and let each learner learn in their own way. 


Additional Readings and Resources 11. learning styles.pdftranscript11.pdf


12. Younger Learners

Teaching young learners is different than teaching adults. Learn techniques and principles for helping young learners learn English. 


Additional Readings and Resources 12. young learners.pdf   transcript12.pdf


13. Practicum / Peer Review

Teachers develop best when in an open classroom and learning from peers. Get some tips on how to learn from your colleagues. 


Additional Readings and Resources 13. peer observation.pdf    transcript13.pdf


14. Teacher: Reflective Teaching

Thinking about your teaching is important. Learn some important facets on how to become a reflective practitioner. 


Additional Readings and Resources 14. reflective teaching.pdf         transcript14.pdf


15. Using Educational Technology

Technology is here with us and it is important for teachers to use it in lessons. Learn some important ways and considerations for using technology in teaching. 

Visit the presentation HERE and then take the quiz.


Additional Readings and Resources


16. Final Thoughts

Being a great EFL teacher will take time and patience. You've learned a lot about what it takes through this course and which will help you along the way.

Read the document:  Advice On Being A Great EFL Teacher and watch this concluding video about What Makes A Great EFL Teacher.

Think of your own qualities and which of these you already do well. Then think of what you can add to your teaching and classroom of the future.     Good luck and congratulations on finishing the course!

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Comment by Ellen Pham on March 30, 2009 at 5:15pm
WOW David, vast resource! I don't have time to go through it all today :D, but it looks quite wonderful, a very dedicated project from the people at the University of Oregon : ). Oregon is a good place to pull these programs from- dedicated to best practices, without the politicization that I hear about from other states. One note, the first link I clicked, Film in the Classroom, did not link to that article.

I'm looking forward to going through these materials, anticipating that I will learn a lot. Many ESL methods relate directly to the elementary classroom, and vice versa. I hope other teachers can find the time to investigate too... I've popped it into my toolbar, I'll keep plugging away at it!

Comment by ddeubel on March 30, 2009 at 11:10pm
Yes, agreed Ellen. I just wanted to promote these that have got no action on their site. Also will be making quizzes and activities for each module. Stay tuned.

Yes, also will have to cull some of the links and I'll be adding some others too that I think are appropriate. If anyone has a recommended link for any module - please post here ! and I'll put it up if it is appropriate....

Comment by Mehjabeen Rahman on April 3, 2009 at 7:37am
Hello David...
This is really good... lots of resources to go through! Thx for this wonderfully done work !

Comment by ddeubel on April 4, 2009 at 1:44am
Thanks Mahjabeen - stay tuned. I continue to add and delete links/content. I'll be putting up a moodle shortly where those wanting to take the course can register and do assignments to get their certificate. I'll be asking for some teacher trainers to help! but also a good resource for prof. development, isn't it?

Comment by Mehjabeen Rahman on April 4, 2009 at 9:41am
That's a very good idea David ! we're with you..
Comment by Ellen Pham on April 6, 2009 at 7:09am
Ok, I'm just going to be blunt now as I review the materials : )

Effective EFL Teacher - very nice intro, great music, lively, pulls in interest to the course, enough substance, but not too much for an intro. In other words, provides a healthy, beneficial focus for the class.

Graphic Organizers: - Nice, everybody likes some handy graphic organizers : ). Also, everythingesl ia a helpful, user-friendly site for new teachers to browse.

Teacher's Handbooks - It looks like a nice collection, but some of the pdf files come up as damaged when I try to view or download. I can't view the first three you list, then some work in the added lists, I'll check again tomorrow after a restart : ). Are these supplemental readings? Are they the best books available in these areas? The reason I push this is that it is a lot to ask of a student to read an academic book on teaching. Some people eat this kind of writing up, but most of us find it dry and have to push ourselves to get through it. If you can sincerely say, I think you will feel grateful you have read this, it is the best material I have found in this area, then, if I trust your judgment, I will make the effort to read it. Without this personal endorsement, I am likely to just skim.

TESOL course Handbook - file damaged. Cannot download or view.

1st video, Principles and Practices - H.D. Brown, not effective. Dated presentation, it seems like the professor is not really saying that much. If I'm taking his course in real life, I have to sit through it. If I'm in control on the computer.... : )

Contextualizing Language - module video- the example of the elementary classroom is so cute! I might argue with the teacher that monkeys scratching does not necessarily indicate that they are fighting, and the author might have (probably) actually meant scratching, but those kinds of things happen all the time when you are teaching on your feet. I think it just needs to be pointed out again and again to teachers our.... propensity to be the expert and just plow through our statement when it is questioned, especially when we are conducting a whole class lesson and feeling the pressure to move it all along and get to our goal... and we have to watch out for that, and make ourselves take a few extra seconds to consider what the students are saying and why they are saying it... it's like giving ourselves wait time! But it was a delightful and constructive activity, I wanted to sing too, and a good example for teachers-in-training to study. With the 2nd classroom, it was not as clear to me exactly what the activity was about, but the students were actively engaged with improvising in English, good. In the 3rd classroom I was just impressed with the language level of the students, wow! And again, it was a student centered activity, very nice.

I browsed the first paper that went along with the video, I'll get to the rest next time : ).

Comment by ddeubel on April 6, 2009 at 10:55pm
Hi Ellen,

Lots of info. you've added! First, I'll say that everything is preliminary and everything will be cut or might stay. Right now just getting info. there and then will do the vetting. But there will be a big distinction between the information here and what people will do for the certifcate. This here is like a catch all, place. Get lots of information. However the certificate will focus on the videos (in the player), the assignments/quizzes I build and 2 articles from each module/category. That's all. The rest is for reference. That will mean redesigning the page to show this - that will come!

So when you say "I think you will feel grateful you have read this, it is the best material I have found in this area, I agree and will leave that for the 2 articles for each module as part of the certificate.

The handbooks should work, download. They are excellent for beginning teachers and chalk full of simple but effective activities. what I also like is that they are good for non native speaking teachers - the language is accessible. The other TESOL course book is for reference only. I think I'll toss it .

I like the videos too and think they can be used effectively in training. They are only 12 min. in length, perfect for getting the essential information across....that's why I'm using them and bringing them back to life.... Although a big too much "esl", the actual classroom footage is great and not stilted and unreal like so much material I've seen.

Thanks for the info. and I'll be keeping everyone updated and getting more feedback on the main forum in the near future. World wasn't built in a day!

Comment by Ellen Pham on April 7, 2009 at 6:34am
Maybe it's not the right time for me to go through it with a fine toothed comb :D I should be trying to add valuable material, but I don't have any : ( ... oh well

Ning is acting so hinky lately... I'm still having trouble downloading the first three teacher's handbooks, but I got the second one to load... after it almost froze my computer! I'll keep working on it. Hey David, do you think the fat videos would fit here? Though not directly about EFL, I can't think of a more important piece for teacher prep!

Comment by Susana Gilmore on December 15, 2009 at 6:58pm
I'm a private English teacher from Argentina. I've been teaching for 15 years , mainly adults. I have found this material really useful and it has helped me refresh many concepts I have already studied during my teacher training course

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Comment by James on September 21, 2011 at 5:22am
Just love this series. I can always watch each video several times and love to share them with other FTs in my school.

Comment by Safaa Prince Ali Mohamed on April 13, 2015 at 3:27pm

Glad to have finished all the 16 modules & the video tests and learned from the most succesful practices around the world. Hope to receive a certificate & a letter of completion soon.

A big thank you ddeubel for the resourceful resources!


Comment by ddeubel on April 13, 2015 at 3:31pm

Hi Serene,

I'll check your progress/quizzes today and send out the certificate and letter of completion. Hope more members take advantage of the course, or just return for the readings/links when they have time. Thanks for letting me know you've finished. 

Comment by Safaa Prince Ali Mohamed on April 13, 2015 at 4:03pm

Oodles of thanks, ddeubel for your prompt reply.

Please I'd like to have my name written like this: Safaa Mohamed because Serene is a nick name.


Comment by ddeubel on April 14, 2015 at 3:51pm

Serene, certificate and letter sent. Congrats on your completion of the course. 

Comment by Safaa Prince Ali Mohamed on April 15, 2015 at 4:15pm

Hi ddeubel,

Would you please tell me where you sent my certificate and letter of completion? There is nothing in the email.

Comment by ddeubel on April 15, 2015 at 6:02pm

My apologies. I didn't hit the send button and found it in my drafts. Just sent it now upon seeing your message. Thanks for your understanding. 


Comment by Safaa Prince Ali Mohamed on April 15, 2015 at 6:37pm

I do appreciate your swift reply, David.

I received them. A big thank you.  

Comment by Lawrnce J Colvin on June 15, 2015 at 6:50am

Hello Dave:

Thank you for sending the certificate today. I really enjoyed the course. 

Have a nice week. The start of my week is off to a good start here in Kyiv, Ukraine/

Larry Colvin

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