The 15-week Online Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) program offers students the opportunity of developing a solid pedagogical foundation through instruction in the following areas:

    1. Language teaching methodology
    2. Listening
    3. Speaking
    4. Reading
    5. Writing
    6. Pronunciation
    7. Vocabulary
    8. Grammar
    9. Discourse
    10. Content-based instruction
    11. Using coursebooks
    12. Computer-assisted language learning
    13. Learning styles and strategies
    14. Learner autonomy in the classroom
    15. Classroom-based assessment
    16. Cross-cultural communication


Also, in order to assist you allocate your time, the course guide contains a weekly breakdown. It is a suggestion only, but one that students are advised to adhere to as closely as possible to keep up with the demanding schedule of the course. Below is an example:

Weekly Study Format:

150 min. video lecture & PowerPoint presentation (watching video, reviewing PowerPoint, taking notes, reflecting on notes)

150 min. background reading
120 min. preparation of responses to discussion questions and tasks
90 min. discussion board
30 min. online quiz

9 hours total per week

Duration: 15 weeks x 9 hours per week = 135 hour course

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The following documents are required for admission:

  • Application form
  • One recent passport-size color photograph
  • Official English language proficiency test score report if you are a non-native English speaker (mail original*)
  • Official transcripts.† (mail original*)
  • Official transcripts documenting at least one course in each of the following: accounting, finance and economics.†††† (mail original*)
  • documenting a minimum of 5 years of work or teaching experience in a relevant area of business††††
  • Resume ††
  • Brief Statement.††
  • Resume documenting a minimum of 4 years experience in some aspect of TESOL (teaching, teacher education or publishing).+++
  • An outline (1,000 words) of the possible research that the applicant envisions undertaking for the dissertation that demonstrates his/her research experience and abilities. +++
  • Three reference letters (on letterhead with contact information) attesting to personal and professional qualifications. One reference must be from each of the following:+++
    - A recent employer.
    - A TESOL professional who can attest to the applicant’s potential as a doctoral student.
    - A member of the academic faculty where the applicant completed his/her MA.

†††† DBA Only
††† Ed.D TESOL Only
†† MA TESOL or MFA Only
† Not applicable to TESOL/TEYL Certificate Programs


*scanned copies are accepted to expedite application process while waiting for originals to arrive in the mail


Documents can be uploaded as part of the online application form, emailed to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or posted in the mail to the address in Step 5. The complete list of Entrance Requirements for each program can be found here.





The objectives of the TESOL Certificate program are:

  • To introduce TESOL theory, research and practice to relatively inexperienced or unqualified teachers that is accessible and that is supported by a wide range of teaching materials, teaching ideas and classroom extracts
  • To encourage self-direction on the part of students through the provision of follow up resources and ideas
  • To develop the necessary knowledge, attitudes and skills to enable those students who desire it to go on to higher study
  • To present content through a range of print, audio and video media
  • To foster the development of higher level thinking skills such as the critical evaluation of pedagogical materials

Upon successful completion of the TESOL Certificate program, students will be able to:

  • discuss some of the research findings that have influenced language teaching methodology.
  • create instructional sequences that incorporate the pretask, task, and follow-up cycle.
  • demonstrate familiarity with a range of techniques for teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, pronunciation, and grammar.
  • demonstrate familiarity with cultural patterns at the linguistic, behavior, and content levels, and discuss how cross-cultural (mis)communication occurs.
  • design and edit language teaching dialogues and other spoken materials so that they are natural and realistic and focus more on discourse.
  • understand how different forms of content-based instruction apply to different student populations and instructional settings.
  • devise ways to adapt or supplement an activity for a specific group of learners by introducing supplementary material.
  • explain the importance of consciousness-raising activities, receptive activities, and productive activities when teaching about language differences.
  • explain how Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL) can be used as whole class and small group activities.
  • identify major learning styles and strategies and explain why they are important considerations in second language teaching.
  • organize a project or series of classroom activities so that the students make choices and decisions about their learning.
  • develop classroom assessment tasks that are linked to learning outcomes.

Teaching English to Young Learners Textbook by David Nunan

Title: Practical English Language Teaching

Author: David Nunan
Publisher: McGraw Hill Companies
Published: 2003
ISBN-10: 0072820624
ISBN-13: 978-0072820621



"Practical English Language Teaching" offers a thorough yet practical overview of language teaching methodology for teachers and teachers in preparation. The principles outlined in each chapter are richly illustrated with vignettes and extracts from real classrooms so the reader can see what the principles "look like" when realized in classroom teaching. The book is divided into three sections: Exploring Skills, Exploring Language, and Supporting the Learning Process.Critical areas of language teaching are comprehensively addressed with a specific focus on practical techniques, strategies, and tips. World-class specialists like Neil Andersen, Kathleen M. Bailey, Mary Ann Christison, and David Nunan offer a variety of perspectives on language teaching and the learning process. Reflection questions invite readers to think about critical issues in language teaching while Action tasks outline strategies for putting new techniques into practice. Thoughtful suggestions for books, articles, and Web sites offer resources for additional, up-to-date information. Expansive glossary offers short and straightforward definitions of core language teaching terms.


The text is available from the Anaheim University Online bookstore.

Also available as an e-book. Click here for instructions.