A bachelor’s degree is highly recommended but not required for TESL@TFLI enrollees. Applicants are accepted from a wide variety of educational and experiential backgrounds. All TESL students must be capable of performing university-level work.
Students should be prepared to devote adequate time to the course, both in and out of class. Fall and spring sessions are designed to accommodate people who work full-time, with classes held from 6-9 p.m. Spring sessions meet on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays and have ESL practice teaching on four Saturdays. Fall sessions meet on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays and have ESL practice teaching on four Saturdays. Students should be prepared to spend an additional 5-10 hours per week on reading and preparation for classroom assignments. This homework requirement increases during the practicum weeks to approximately 15-20 hours of out-of-class preparation.
Summer sessions require a full-time commitment for four weeks, with classes from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday and ESL practice teaching on four Saturdays. The homework and out-of-class preparation obligation is approximately 15-20 hours per week.
Class attendance is mandatory. Students who are absent from any portion of the course may be placed on probation and may not receive a certificate. Students must obtain passing grades on all assignments and on practice teaching to remain in good standing and receive a certificate.
Students must have access to a computer and an Internet connection and have basic word processing, Internet and email skills.
Successful TESL students are well-organized and know how to manage their time efficiently and prioritize their obligations. Of course, enthusiasm, creativity, stability, love of people, and love of learning are also excellent qualities in TESL students.
The TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) is mandatory for non-native speakers of English. Students must achieve a score of at least 85 on the TOEFL iBT or an overall band score of 6.5 on the IELTS in order to be considered for admission to TESL@TFLI.
Students may be asked to complete a pre-enrollment interview and/or exam.
Students must complete, sign and submit a registration form, including an essay, a CV, and two letters of reference.