Our central principle at TESL@TFLI is that learning language, like teaching language, is an active process. We acquire language by understanding messages and through authentic usage, and we acquire teaching skills the same way. This works in our classroom and will work in yours.
Fun and Games with a Purpose
We can’t deny our TESL@TFLI students have a lot of fun, but it’s not just entertainment. Games are an engaging and memorable way to learn. How can a balloon help your students improve their pronunciation? How can common games like tic-tac-toe and bingo help students remember new language? How can simple board games improve newly learned grammar? TESL@TFLI has the answers.
Course Materials and Recommended Reading
The core text for the TESL@TFLI course is Learning Teaching, 3rd Edition, by Jim Scrivener. This textbook with DVD is included as part of the course. Additionally, TESL@TFLI students receive a complete portfolio of learning materials, lesson plans, activities, and additional reading materials. If you would like to learn more about the research and theory behind our methodology, we can recommend some additional texts:
While experienced teachers may do a great job with five minutes and the back of an envelope, getting to that point requires careful attention to imagining, structuring and planning what goes on in a classroom. Lesson plan preparation is one important part of the TESL@TFLI practicum experience. Of course, teaching those well-planned lessons in the classroom and learning from that experience is the most important part of the practicum.
Here are links to all the details of the TESL@TFLI Program.