About this Specialization

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Demonstrate basic foundational principles, recognize second or foreign language learning theories, and design and plan lessons to teach English as a second or foreign language effectively. This specialization is the first of two specializations that make up the TESOL Certificate from Arizona State University. In this specialization, you will learn about the basic foundational principles of language acquisition and the basic techniques founded upon those principles. It will describe second or foreign language theories, and basic studies in second language acquisition and their pedagogical implications. It will elaborate upon basic design for lesson plans and provide access to professional resources. In the final Capstone Project, in collaboration with Arizona State University’s Global Launch, you will apply the skills you learned by designing a lesson plan which includes learning outcomes, assessments, materials, classroom management techniques and the learning activities themselves. When you complete this specialization, go on to the second specialization in order to complete your TESOL certificate experience!
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Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, Persian, Tamil...
Learner Career Outcomes
53%
Started a new career after completing this specialization.
33%
Got a pay increase or promotion.

Shareable Certificate

Earn a Certificate upon completion

100% online courses

Start instantly and learn at your own schedule.

Flexible Schedule

Set and maintain flexible deadlines.

Beginner Level

Approx. 6 months to complete

Suggested 5 hours/week

English

Subtitles: English, Arabic, Ukrainian, Chinese (Simplified), Portuguese (Brazilian), Russian, Spanish, Persian, Tamil...

There are 4 Courses in this Specialization

Course1

Course 1

Teach English Now! Foundational Principles

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6,522 ratings
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Course2

Course 2

Teach English Now! Theories of Second Language Acquisition

4.9
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3,898 ratings
1,127 reviews
Course3

Course 3

Teach English Now! Lesson Design and Assessment

4.9
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2,660 ratings
661 reviews
Course4

Course 4

Teach English Now! Capstone Project 1

4.9
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1,196 ratings
333 reviews

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  • When you enroll in the course, you get access to all of the courses in the Specialization, and you earn a certificate when you complete the work. If you only want to read and view the course content, you can audit the course for free. If you cannot afford the fee, you can apply for financial aid.

  • This course is completely online, so there’s no need to show up to a classroom in person. You can access your lectures, readings and assignments anytime and anywhere via the web or your mobile device.

  • This Specialization doesn't carry university credit, but some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • Time to completion can vary based on your schedule, but most learners are able to complete the Specialization in three to four months. After taking the second specialization, learners can earn a TESOL Certificate from Arizona State University.

  • Each course in the Specialization is offered on a regular schedule, with sessions starting about once per month. If you don't complete a course on the first try, you can easily transfer to the next session, and your completed work and grades will carry over.

  • Interest in English as a second or foreign language instruction. No prior teaching experience necessary.

  • We recommend taking the courses in the order presented, as each subsequent course will build on material from previous courses.

  • Coursera courses and certificates don't carry university credit, though some universities may choose to accept Specialization Certificates for credit. Check with your institution to learn more.

  • You are encouraged to take the second specialization. With these two Specializations, you qualify to take the final capstone project. Upon successful completion of the capstone, you will receive a TESOL certificate from Arizona State University. Such a certificate can help veteran teachers attain better employment, or new teachers to enter the field.

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