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School of Teaching ESL

Preparing YOU to teach English as a Second Language

School of Teaching ESL

School of Teaching ESL

Preparing YOU to teach English as a Second Language

The S-TESL Four-Week Intensive course leading to the TESOL Certificate works well for people who are motivated to learn and can commit to full-time study for one month. Courses are available year-round (see schedule), but you'll want to start planning now as registration deadlines are strict. Classes meet from 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday at our center in North Seattle (see map).

The course consists of four core classes:

  • Foundations of English Language Teaching (ELT 5530),
  • Methods of English Language Teaching (ELT 5531),
  • Grammar in English Language Teaching (ELT 5532),
  • Materials and Resources in English Language Teaching (ELT 5533).

A 3.0 GPA is required to earn the Seattle Pacific University Post-Bachelor's Certificate in TESOL.

Under certain guidelines, the credits earned may be applied to the WA State ELL Endorsement (for public school teachers) and/or protected for graduate status for a master's degree. Please contact us for advising.

Courses are available year-round (see schedule), but you'll want to start planning now as registration deadlines are strict. Classes meet from 9am-3pm, Monday-Friday at our center in North Seattle (see map).


The school of ESL begins to accept registrations for each quarter on the following dates:

  • FALL : August 10
  • WINTER : November 10
  • SPRING : February 10
  • SUMMER : May 10


  • Evening, Online, and One-Week Intensive: One week prior to start date
  • Four-Week Intensive: Two weeks prior to start date

Late registration accepted under certain circumstances. Please call the office at 206-781-8607 for information. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

Optimal time for registration is one month prior to the class start date as classes often fill. Intensive classes require the completion of a pre-course task, so it is advisable to register as early as possible.


ELT 5530 is offered year-round in a six-day intensive format. Jumpstart! is the first six days of the Four-Week Intensive that may be taken separately from the rest of the four-week course. Students who complete the Jumpstart complete ELT 5530 - Foundations of English Language Teaching and earn three credits towards their TESOL certificate. Available on a space available basis.

  • March 9 - March 16, 2015
  • April 13 - April 20, 2015
  • May 18 - May 25, 2015

We walk the talk!

All classes reflect the school's pedagogical approach which recognizes the needs for both fluency and accuracy in a second language. Classes establish general guidelines; students apply these guidelines to specific teaching situations. Classes are task-based and project-oriented. There are no in-class tests. We believe people learn by doing. Our teaching models the way we want you to teach.

How does S-TESL prepare you for actual teaching?

Our program is project-based. You will be designing, practicing, and leading activities for EnglishLanguage Teaching in every class. Your teacher educators will help you develop as a teacher by:

  • guiding you through varied language development activities and materials from the very first day of class to the last day of class.
  • examining and discussing activities as to howthey would appear differently in different language classrooms. This helps yousee how activities can be tweaked for widely diverse teaching situations
  • giving you thorough preparation to make in-classdecisions (theory, methods, activities, materials, student-variables,administrative pressures).
  • giving you micro-teaching opportunities to help you practice your face-to-face teaching in a supervised environment.Micro-teaching is often required in a job interview so this experience prepares you for that as well
  • giving you opportunities to provide peer feedback which further helps you develop your own teaching skills
  • giving you the knowledge and skills to function as a professional.
  • requiring a minimum of six hours of field experience in an ESOL classroom. See

What is Micro-Teaching?

“Micro teaching isorganized practice teaching. The goal is to give instructors confidence,support, and feedback by letting them try out among friends and colleagues ashort slice of what they plan to do with their students. Ideally, microteaching sessions take place before the first day of class, and are videotapedfor review individually with an experienced teaching consultant. Micro teachingis a quick, efficient, proven, and fun way to help teachers get off to a strongstart.”

~ Derek Bok Centerfor Teaching and Learning, Harvard University

How to Micro-Teach

As many as six teachersfrom the same or similar courses can participate in a single micro-teachingsession. While one person takes his or her turn as teacher, everyone else playsthe roles of students. It is the job of these pretend pupils to ask and answerquestions realistically. It is the job of the pretend teacher to involve his orher “class” actively in this way. Such a scenario typically runs for five toten minutes. When finished, the person conducting the class has a moment or twoto react to his or her own teaching. Then everyone else joins in to discusswhat they saw that they especially liked. Finally, the group may mention just afew things that the practice teacher might try doing differently in the future.

Preparing to Micro-Teach

Most instructors providemicro-teachers with scenarios to prepare in advance. If not, think of a fewminutes of material that you especially would like to make sure your studentsunderstand by the end of your next class. As always, you should not only planout how to treat the subject matter, but also give some thought to how you aregoing to present yourself, manage the class, and involve the students. Thereare, of course, many different ways of teaching a given lesson well. That iswhy participants find that, along with what they learn from their ownexperience practice teaching, they can also pick up many helpful ideas fromobserving fellow micro-teachers.

Rationale for Micro-Teaching

  • You get experience before peers, which can be asafer environment.
  • You can present just a small part of a lesson.
  • More can be covered because there is not thepressure to present all parts of a lesson.
  • You can be stopped. You can start over. You canend in the middle of an activity.
  • Micro teaching can provide structured evaluationand feedback which will focus on your strengths and weaknesses.
  • You benefit from your colleagues’ micro-teachingas well as your own.
  • No ESL students are harmed by your first teachingattempts.
  • Micro-teaching is often a required part of thehiring process.

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There are many good, practical courses leading to a certificate in teaching English. In fact, there are literally hundreds to choose from around the world. But how many earn post-bachelor's credit from a respected university?


Most overseas employers require a BA + a certificate that reflects at least 100 hours of TESOL instruction. Inline with the best certification courses around the world, the TESOL Certificate offered at S-TESL reflects 120 hours of instruction.


All students must complete a minimum of six hours of field experience in the ESOL classroom teaching real language learners under formal assessment conditions.


We have tracked our students to over 55 different countries on their journey to teach English. Our numerous graduate testimonials are proof that students were pleased with their education at S-TESL.


S-TESL classes will equip you with an array of practical and dynamic ESOL activities and techniques backed up by sound educational theory and methodology.

As a student at S-TESL, you experience a variety of methods firsthand. Very competent staff place emphasis on being engaged in the classroom and provide many tricks of the trade to help you as a future ESOL teacher. Courses are dynamic, practical, and inspiring.

Halley Swenson

The employment seminar toward the end of the program was fantastic! We learned how to put our resumes together, how to write a cover letter, how to apply and interview for a job, and more. I still refer to my take-home packet from time to time.

Nathan Everett

I am so glad I found you, S-TESL! This course is really the whole package. When you graduate from this school, you get so much more than just a certificate or endorsement.

Sara Hoffman

Opening Hours:

Monday - Friday: 9am - 6pm

Saturday: 10am - 2pm

Sunday: Closed