Course Description

In this course, participants learn the basics of student-centered teaching and how to plan lessons that integrate contextualized grammar instruction with the teaching of vocabulary and the four language skills (speaking, listening, reading, writing) as well as error correction and classroom management. The emphasis is on communicative learning. Participants are required to observe at least three hours of ESL classes and teach an ESL/EFL class for a minimum of 10 hours during the semester. Participants must find their own teaching positions; email elsc@newschool.edu for a list of possible teaching sites.

The days and times of the course are listed as 'TBA' because students can complete the weekly online coursework at any time. However, there will be several regularly-scheduled synchronous discussions online via video conference scheduled for Wednesdays 6:00 – 8:30 pm EST.

Learner Outcomes

  • How to design lessons based on the communicative approach to language teaching.
  • How to integrate various materials, techniques, and activities in your lessons.
  • How to approach assessing students’ needs and adapting activities to support a learner-centered environment.
  • How to use observation, reflection, and discussion as professional development tools.

Additional Information


  • Hands-on experience teaching English language learners (ELLs) and observing ELL classes.
  • Practical teaching techniques that can be applied in diverse settings.
  • Awareness of learning and assessment strategies associated with developing language skills.
  • Resources that offer support, flexibility, and variety.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates


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Section Title
Methods for Teaching ELLs
Aug 30, 2021 to Dec 17, 2021
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
CE Tuition non-credit $1,280.00 Click here to get more information
Faculty/Staff Waiver non-credit $1,280.00 Click here to get more information
Drop Request Deadline
Oct 03, 2021
Transfer Request Deadline
Aug 23, 2021
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