SIT TESOL Certificate

Impact stories from 2020

The SIT Graduate Institute at World Learning has a 55 year history of providing quality programs in teacher growth and development. The Institute for Collaborative Learning (I4CL), has been a licensed provider of courses from The SIT Graduate Institute since 2004. We have collaborated in offering face-to-face, blended and virtual courses and over 1800 educators from more than 20 countries have taken this course and received the certificate at I4CL (formerly known as Centro Espiral Mana).

World Learning's SIT TESOL Certificate Course at the Institute for Collaborative Learning is a 180-hour course that provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as well as tools for their own reflection and growth as teachers. The innovative course curriculum was designed by SIT faculty and is based on humanistic, experiential, and progressive teaching. The SIT TESOL Certificate is recognized worldwide.

The course provides practical training through teaching demonstrations, lesson planning and analysis, and practice teaching and feedback. Participants develop skills in teaching, speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and culture. The course begins with a brief look at second language acquisition through the experience of being a learner. Participants then examine specific teaching areas each day, which they apply in their daily practice teaching of adult ESOL learners. Participants gain skills in analysis through examining their lessons with SIT trainers.

The SIT TESOL Certificate focuses on three main areas:

Learning: Participants engage in a language-learning experience in order to explore the relationship between language learning, teaching, and aspects of second language acquisition from the point of view of the learner. This experience provides the foundation for the examination of teaching practices.

Teaching: Participants examine the theory and practice of planning, teaching, grammar, culture, and assessing lessons in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) through experiential activities, teaching demonstrations, discussions, lesson planning, materials development, and readings.

Classroom practices: Participants put their new knowledge and skills into practice through daily teaching sessions. Trainers observe and facilitate feedback sessions after these lessons. Participants learn to reflect on and assess their own teaching as well as to examine the teaching of their peers.

Note about our new, online version of the SIT TESOL Certificate Course

We have been teaching the SIT TESOL Certificate course for 20 years, but it has always been offered in a face-to-face format only. We have many years of teaching and facilitating in online learning environment. In 2019 we ran an online course in Communicative Language Teaching for 350 teachers in the Dominican Republic, in 2020 we gave a online course to 60 teachers in Nicaragua and in 2021, 130 Peruvian teachers are taking a course with us on leadership and communities of practice and 35 Costa Rican teachers will take TESOL certificate courses in teaching English in preschool and elementary school.

Because of the changes brought into our world due to the COVID World Learning has opened the opportunity to offer the course online and we are excited include the SIT TESOL Certificate Course in our online portfolio. We are excited about reaching a broader range of participants now that you can join us from anywhere in the world!

We are now able to offer the course with a minimum of 5 participants.

If you need dates other than the ones offered below please contact us!

Dates for upcoming online, intensive courses

(Monday-Friday 11 am -8 pm )

February 1-26, 2021

April 5-30, 2021

June 7-July 2, 2021

July 5 - 30, 2021

August 2-27, 2021

Dates for upcoming online, extensive courses

15 hours a week for 12 weeks

(Monday, Tuesday 6 -10 pm, and

either Thursday OR Friday 6-10pm for small group practice teaching)

March 8- June 4, 2021

June 14- - September 3, 2021

September 6 - November 26 , 2021

Courses can be run with a minimum of 4 people. If you need different dates or time, please contact us!

Course Goals & Objectives


By the end of the course, each participant will be able to plan, teach and evaluate an ESOL lesson using current theory from second language acquisition theory and their own experiences.


By the end of the course, each participant will be able to:

  1. Plan a lesson according to the framework provided.

  2. Write specific, measurable and achievable learning objectives for his or her students.

  3. Design experiences to help students encounter and clarify the meaning, form, use of language or language skill.

  4. Design experiences to help students remember, internalize and fluently use the target language and skill in real communication.

  5. Assess students’ progress in meeting the learning objectives.

  6. Describe and Assess their own teaching and make appropriate changes based on their own beliefs and current SLA theory.

  7. Develop confidence in his or her ability to teach ESOL.

Requirements for Receiving the Certificate

Each participant must:

  1. Attend all of the course sessions.

  2. Participate positively in all aspects of the course.

  3. Communicate effectively in oral and written English.

  4. Successfully achieve the goal and objectives of the course.

  5. Complete all student teaching requirements:

  6. Plan, teach and reflect upon 6-7 lessons

  7. Assess effectiveness of lessons

  8. Work effectively in a group

  9. Successfully complete all course assignments

Program cost is $2,500 (USD), which includes a $300 non-refundable application fee. The full payment is due no later than one week before the beginning of the course. If the candidate is not accepted or the course is cancelled due to low enrollment, the $300 deposit will be returned

Partial scholarship opportunities available for RPCVs & Americorp and educators teaching at public institutions in Latin America. Contact us for details.