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TEFLCertificateProposal.docx

  1. 1. 1 Proposal: Virginia Commonwealth University TEFL Certification Program Executive Summary This TEFL Certificate proposal outlines the rationale, design, resources and timeframe for implementation of a new non-degree program to be offered through the Global Education Office (GEO)’s English Language Program(ELP). The intent is to prepare individuals to work effectively and constructively with English language learners in overseas contexts. Rationale An increasing number of job opportunities in teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) abroad are available for English speakers with a Bachelor's degree and TEFL certification. A non-credit VCU TEFL Certificate Program could provide potential teachers with experience and training related to teaching English abroad, and could provide a foundation to start an international career. Since many individuals engage in the work of teaching English abroad without instructional preparation, they often and unintentionally do harm to both the learners and the field. This TEFL Certificate will ensure that VCU students and community members, who have VCU credentials, are helping and not harming language learners or focusing on their own self-interests as opposed to those of their students. The TEFL Certificate will extend the VCU brand internationally making it easier to recruit international students to study here in Richmond. A TEFL Certificate, not a state-sanctioned licensure, offers many advantages for VCU. Advantages and benefits include: ● Contributes to the achievement of the VCU Strategic Plan Quest for Distinction ○ Theme I, Goal 1d Ensuring high impact educational experiences for all students ○ Theme III, Goal 2 Leveraging the efforts of our students, faculty and staff to enhance, integrate and disseminate community-engaged scholarship, student service-learning opportunities and outreach ● Increased numbers of VCU undergraduate and graduate students studying and working abroad ● Increased numbers of international undergraduate and graduate students studying at VCU
  2. 2. 2 ● Strengthening outreach to the Richmond community at large by preparing individuals to work overseas or with non-native English speakers in the community ● Increased instructional support in the ELP classes through the practicum assistance of TEFL certificate students ● Opportunities for strengthening relationships with international educational partnerships Competition The other organizations and programs offering a comparable program in the Richmond area are few. The VCU School of Education offers an ESL Endorsement for K-12, which is an add-on licensure for the State of Virginia. The ESL Endorsement requires an initial teaching license in order to be able to teach ESL in Virginia. The ESL Endorsement prepares future teachers to work with English language learners (i.e., non-native English speaking residents, immigrants, and exchange students) in the American k-12 schools. Due to the differing academic contexts, needs of English language learners, and social environments, methodology varies considerably between ESL and EFL. Therefore, the TESL Certificate will serve VCU students who would like to teach outside of the US, and do not require a Virginia teaching license. Outside of VCU, the competition is comprised of for-profit businesses that provide short-duration teacher preparation programs which are costly, low quality and lack professional recognition. For instance, Oxford Seminars (https://www.oxfordseminars.com/city/richmond/) prepares individuals to work outside of the US. They charge $1195 for six 9-hour sessions (54 hours total) to span the breadth of the field of TESOL. Some online TEFL programs also exist. They are comparable in duration and price to the Oxford seminars. Colleagues in the field repeated decry the poor qualifications of individuals prepared in these programs. These programs lack an accreditation or consistency. For VCU students, they are difficult to vett in terms of quality. Furthermore, international schools prefer qualifications from American universities over these unaccredited for-profit businesses. Program Design Program Objectives
  3. 3. 3 At the conclusion of this program, learners will be able to… 1. articulate key principles of second language acquisition that guide their instructional choices 2. describe linguistic structures (lexical, phonological and grammatical) to English language learners in a comprehensible and supportive manner 3. employ various methods and techniques with differing levels of proficiency to aid in the development of English language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) 4. develop lesson plans and outline language curriculum 5. utilize current technologies and materials 6. reflect on their own performance and professionalismin order to continually improve 7. assess learners’ language learning baseline for placements and progress in courses 8. engage in interculturally sensitive communications with learners from differing cultural, religious, political and social differences Levels and Duration Two levels of TEFL Certification will be offered: Foundational and Advanced. Foundational TEFL Certificate ● 120 hours total o 6 week option: 20 hours per week o 4 week option: 30 hours per week ● 120 hours of module-based coursework will be comprised of: o 12 hours of on-site coursework o 76 hours of online coursework o 12 hours of online practicum experience o 20 hours of in-person practicum experience o Optional: Overseas practicum Advanced TEFL Certificate ● 240 hours total o 12 week option: 20 hours per week o 8 week option: 30 hours per week o 6 week option: 40 hours per week ● 240 hours of module-based coursework will be comprised of: o 26 hours of on-site coursework
  4. 4. 4 o 126 hours of online coursework o 24 hours of online practicum experience o 24 hours of in-person practicum experience o Required: Overseas practicum, 40 hours of practicum experience Cycle of Offerings Instructional Guidelines and Delivery Instruction ● Online courses taught by expert faculty with extensive experience in the field ● Course topics include teaching listening, speaking, reading, writing, vocabulary, grammar, pronunciation, classroom-based assessment, and cross-cultural communication ● Curriculum emphasizes Communicative Language Teaching, as well as the development of objectives-based, student-centered lessons Online Courses ● Online posted lectures and discussions: Self-paced and sequenced. ● Demonstrative videos focused on instructional practices ● Tasks, activities and projects built into modules for inquiry and discovery learning ● Blogging and weekly assignments, to include reports, reflections, sample lesson plans, resources and readings ● Online Community of Practice Module Topics Both the Foundational TEFL Certificate and the Advanced TEFL Certificate will span the range of content in the modules below. The Advanced TEFL Certificate will have more
  5. 5. 5 material and depth, which will require longer module engagement than the Foundational TEFL Certificate. Module 1: Overview to the Field of TESOL: Breadth, depth and professionalism Module 2: Knowing and Understanding our Learners: Intercultural differences, discourse and sensitivity Module 3: Understanding the Sound System of English; Teaching pronunciation Module 4: Pedagogical Grammar Module 5: Understanding Words: Forms, Meanings and Structures; Teaching vocabulary and spelling Module 6: Key Principles of Second Language Acquisition; Theory to practice; Teaching as research activity Module 7: Making Instructional Plans: Lesson and curricular planning and reflective practice Module 8: Contemporary methods and techniques; Integrating language skills and collaborative instructional practices Module 9: Appropriate English Language Teaching Materials: Finding, Sharing, and Creating Module 10: Managing Inclusive and Constructive Classroom Environments Module 11: Proficiency Levels and Differentiating Instruction: Gauging learners’ progress, providing feedback and making running records Module 12: Instructional Technologies to Facilitate Language Learning and Teaching Module 13: Evaluation Basics: Constructing tests, performance assessments and rubrics; Teaching as research activity Module 14: Professionalismand Working in International Contexts: Understanding education systems, work requirements and expectations; Working within teams (teachers and administration); Finding quality positions and handling visas, contracts, etc. ; and Navigating the expat experience TEFL Practicum ● On-site practicum--The on-site practicum will allow TEFL Certificate participants to observe, assist ELP teachers, learn to work with language learners and receive
  6. 6. 6 mentoring from expert TESOL professionals. Students will conduct in-class observations, participate in tutoring and conversation partners programs, and serve as teaching assistants in the VCU English Language Program (ELP). ● Online practicum--Students wishing to develop their skills in intercultural communication, facilitating conversation, teaching explicit information in oral communications and provided constructive oral and written feedback, will participate in the online practicum on conversational English. The Conversational English course is an online synchronous and asynchronous community designed to allow ELP learners and international partner institutions’ faculty and staff the opportunity to have additional oral language practice. TEFL Certificate students will initiate and facilitate conversations, engage learners actively and deeply in conversations and provide feedback on language constructs. ● Overseas practicum--The overseas practicum will offer students the next development steps along the path of becoming an experienced English as a Second/Foreign Language educator. Students will work in overseas practicum experiences at English language schools, not-for-profit organizations, universities or colleges or governmental educational programs to develop their teaching abilities. They will design curricula, make lessons, teach or assist the teacher (e.g., Assistant Language Teachers (ALTs) in Japan) and evaluate English language learners during this practicum experience. Program Evaluation Key assignments will be gathered in order to evaluate the TEFL certificate’s quality of instruction addressing the question, “Is this program achieving its instructional objectives?” The matrix of the modules where the objective will be emphasized and key assignments for measuring learners’ understandings and performance is listed below. Objective Module Assignment 1. articulate key principles of second language acquisition that guide their instructional choices Module 6 Module 8 -Theoretical stance paper and project -Teaching philosophy
  7. 7. 7 2. describe linguistic structures (lexical, phonological and grammatical) to English language learners in a comprehensible and supportive manner Module 3 Module 4 Module 5 -Pronunciation teaching video -Grammar mini-unit and video -Vocabulary and spelling mini-unit and video 3. employ various methods and techniques with differing levels of proficiency to aid in the development of English language skills (speaking, listening, reading and writing) Module 8 Module 11 -Integrated Skill lesson plans and video -Differentiated lesson plans 4. develop lesson plans and outline language curriculum Module 7 -Curriculum map -Lesson plans with objectives 5. utilize current technologies and materials Module 9 Module 12 - Tech infused lesson video -Pinterest board 6. reflect on their own performance and professionalismin order to continually improve Module 1 Module 8 Module 14 -Presentation describing field of TESOL -Teaching philosophy -Professional teaching portfolio -Letters of recommendation from faculty 7. assess learners’ language learning Module 7 -Curriculum map
  8. 8. 8 baseline for placements and progress in courses Module 11 Module 13 -Tutoring journal -Test, performance assessment and rubric 8. engage in interculturally sensitive communications with learners from differing cultural, religious, political and social differences Module 2 Module 10 Module 11 -Intercultural challenges and guidelines poster -Ideal classroom context presentation -Tutoring journal -Written feedback on ELLs’ papers TEFL Certificate students will also participate in a pre-program survey to measure their baseline knowledge of concepts that comprise the program objectives prior to beginning the program. Upon completion of the program, students will complete an exit survey that mirrors the pre-program survey. Results will be used to statistically gauge the students’ learning. All programmatic assessment data will be gathered and stored in a university-supported software program for longitudinal analysis and accreditation purposes. Human and Physical Resources Faculty The VCU English Language Program (ELP) faculty and administrative staff will provide the instructional expertise in TEFL pedagogy, while the ELP Tutoring Center and ELP courses will be utilized for the in-person practicum. Highly qualified guest lecturers will also be integrated into module coursework. Faculty may need to be allocated to teach these modules, so there may be a small increase in faculty accordingly.
  9. 9. 9 The new ELP Assessment Coordinator will participate in the instruction of modules as part of his/her workload. Physical Resources Online modules will be developed in Blackboard. A discussion platform will be identified and, if necessary, purchased for the community of practice and the online practicum. Classrooms in 912 West Grace Street will be employed for onsite meetings. Some technology, such as computers, screens , software and/or projectors may need to be purchased. Hardware purchases will be minimal. Some software for streaming online classes, conversational chat rooms, and program evaluation may need to be purchased. Overseas Practicum Sites International partnerships will be the sites for overseas practicum experiences as well as from the GEO Study Abroad experiences. Students may also opt for their own overseas practicum site, if they vett it themselves and prove the location to be safe and constructive. Costs will differ depending on whether international partnerships are utilized and if the student is domestic or international. Proposed Implementation Timeframe Spring 2016 ● Identification of 3 FTE faculty to assist in curriculum development and module instruction ● Development of TEFL certification curriculum and program calendar ● Advertise Fall 2016 cohort on GEO website, with applications accepted through August 2015 ● Advertise with international partnerships to increase international student and professional representation in the program Summer 2016 ● Set up online courses, purchase required equipment ● Advertise through monthly information sessions on VCU campus ● Schedule faculty and on-site experiences Fall 2016
  10. 10. 10 ● First cohort starts certification course, to include VCU seniors, Globe students, and non-VCU students ● August 25th 2016 program start date ● September 19th 2016 On-site practicum start date ● September 19th 2016 Online practicum start date ● November 2016 Overseas practicum start date ● December 2016 VCU TEFL certificates awarded January 2017 ● Evaluation of Fall 2016 cohort Projected Program Cost The populations who may be interested in this TEFL Certificate include current VCU domestic and international students, VCU alumni, and community members in the Richmond area. Internationally, there are many professional EFL teachers who may be interested in honing their skills. International students who wish to study English to Speakers of Other Languages are also a potential population. Therefore, the costs were calculated in the charts below to consider the domestic and international costs. Domestic Students and Community Members Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Foundational TEFL Certificate (120 hours) Advanced TEFL Certificate (240 hours) TEFL Module fees $2,500 $5,000 Estimated books and educational supplies $300 $500 Overseas Practicum Expenses (Flights, Housing, Insurance, Visas, N/A $2000-$4000
  11. 11. 11 Food, Personal items)* *Please note that your Overseas Practicum Expenses will depend on location and personal spending habits. International Students Fall 2015-Spring 2016 Foundational TEFL Certificate (120 hours) Advanced TEFL Certificate (240 hours) TEFL Module fees $2,500 $5,000 Estimated living expenses $4,400 $9,900 Estimated health insurance (required) $350 $785 University Student Health Services (on-campus medical facility) $98 $196 Estimated books and educational supplies $300 $500 Total you must show on bank statement $9,548 $20,181 Overseas Practicum Expenses (Flights, Housing, Insurance, Visas, Food, Personal items)* N/A $2000-$4000
  12. 12. 12 *Please note that your Overseas Practicum Expenses will depend on location and personal spending habits. This estimate is for a country other than the international student’s home. International students are encouraged to conduct their overseas practicum experience in their home country to save on costs.

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