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Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language

Learn to teach English as a second language, make lesson plans, and classroom management skills with this free course.

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English opens doors, from business, to travel, to starting a life in a new country. No wonder over 1,125,000,000 have learned it as a second language! If you can teach English, you can gain a secure and meaningful career anywhere in the world. With this free course, you’ll learn all you need to become an in-demand English teacher, from key classroom management skills to the theories and practice of Teaching English As A Second Language [TESL].





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This free TESL course guides you through the essential learning theories and practices needed to be a TESL instructor. It first describes the most important adult learning theories in use today and how to utilise these theories in an ESL lesson. You will then learn about the five stages of Second Language Acquisition and how to facilitate these stages in your classroom, so that you can gain directly practical knowledge backed up by accepted theory.

Next, the course details the needs of adult ESL learners, the learning styles of students, and describes the activities and exercises that improve students’ English language abilities. Finally it explains how to prepare for and conduct a lesson. This will include how to create a lesson plan, in particular grammar lessons that meet the needs of ESL learners. You will then receive a strong set of guidelines and advice for how to manage a classroom and hold tests that meet required standards of validity and reliability.

There are millions of people, including in English-speaking countries, who don’t speak English but really want to. The ability to teach this language will not only be a major career boost for yourself, but also a meaningful contribution to the lives of so many others. Students everywhere want to start their journey into the English-speaking world, and by taking this course you can help get them there. So use the motivation that got you this far and keep going!


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Learning Outcomes

After completing this course you will be able to: - Describe adult learning theories and utilise these theories in an ESL lesson; - Explain and utilise language teaching methods in ESL instruction; - Describe the five stages of Second Language Acquisition and facilitate these stages in ESL lessons; - Explain and employ ESL classroom management strategies; - Create effective ESL lesson plans; - Deliver ESL grammar lessons that meet the needs of ESL learners; - Create effective assessments that meet required standards of validity and reliability;


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