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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!

Find more videos like this on EFL CLASSROOM 2.0

Comment by Dimitrios Komvos on October 12, 2017 at 3:08pm

the document Tips On Being A Great EFL Teacher  is missing :(

Comment by ddeubel on October 12, 2017 at 3:15pm

Let me check today and I'll get it up there ...   Also sending out a pile of certificates to those who recently completed the course .... 

Comment by ddeubel on October 12, 2017 at 3:25pm

I updated the link -  find and read HERE

We have a full page of resources and readings on "Being a better teacher". 

Comment by Dimitrios Komvos on October 12, 2017 at 5:20pm

Thank you!

Comment by Joshua Cielo on August 18, 2018 at 12:10pm

Wow! This is so awesome! I made a folder and saved all the course info. What a wealth of great recources. I feel very lucky to have found this community, Thanks David and all other co-creators!!! I will continue to pass on and share EFL Classrom. I hope to go to Poland next month and get a chance to continue my learning and hands on teaching for 3 weeks to get a second certificate or diploma in TEFL.

There is some crazy stuff with ShockWaveFlash and compatibillity.

"The Shockwave plugin is built on NPAPI and all current browsers have dropped support for this plugin API in support of PPAPI. Adobe couldn't see a business case for updating the plugin to PPAPI, so they have discontinued it. It is officially end-of-life and the current version is the last one ever."
for more about this read this link which I quoted a comment from above;

I used my laptop, and phone in chrome, then to finish the last part worked in Firefox (thank God)
Aloha and thanks again!

Comment by ddeubel on August 18, 2018 at 1:43pm

Hi Joshua,

Sorry just getting my coffee in me this morning and owe you an email from yesterday. 

With the quizzes on this page, easiest option is the following for a browser (won't work on a phone).

1. Download the quiz. Right click and "save as" or just click and then click "Keep". Not dangerous!

2. Download the free GOM player and install on your computer .  

3. Play in the Gom player and fill in your name and email address to email the results.

4. Keep studying! 

There is a non-flash version with the same material and quizzes HERE. Register and study there if you don't want to use the flash quizzes. 

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