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TESOL Fall Schedule 2014

TESOL Spring Schedule 2015 - Registration begins December 4.

NOVA's TESOL Certificate Program prepares you to teach English as a Second Language by combining language acquisition theory with guided teaching practice from experienced instructors with advanced degrees.

NOVA's TESOL Certificate Program (120 hours) includes:

  • 102 hours of in-person teacher training in language acquisition methodologies, including student teaching demonstrations and a 2-day teaching practicum
  • Ongoing feedback & evaluation on student-teaching demonstrations
  • 18 hours of ESL classroom observation
  • Job placement assistance

Most students complete the program within one-to-two semesters.

TESOL Curriculum

TESOL Frequently Asked Questions

After completing this certificate, you are qualified to teach English as a Second Language to adults in an adult education setting, in a community-based program, or at a proprietary school in the U.S. or abroad. This program caters to individuals interested in a career change or seeking to refresh their skills.

Reminders: K-12 certification/licensure must be completed at a four-year institution. Higher education ESL requires a master's degree in addition to TESOL certification.

To earn NOVA's TESOL Certificate (120 hours), you must successfully complete the 10 required workshops and 6 elective workshops, plus 18 hours of documented ESL class observation.

A Certificate of Completion is offered at the end of the program.

To receive the certificate, you must attend 90% of the class hours for each workshop as well as completing all requirements set by the instructor, including teaching demonstrations. WDD's general refund policy applies to all TESOL courses. For refunds, please email

Students can special order the textbook from any campus bookstore if they don't have it on the shelf. Please place your order in advance of the Intro to TESOL class to complete the required reading.

Required Textbook: Teaching Adult ESL, Betsy Parrish
Required Reading for TESOL Certificate Program


  • High School completion
  • Non-native English speakers must provide English proficiency results via one of these placement tests:
    • Accuplacer Score of 300+ points and advanced writing/speaking skills
    • TOEFL Score of 60+ points in the IBT
    • ACLI Score at an intermediate level of written and spoken English, or equivalent.
  • Prior ESL teaching experience is not required.

Register for class by clicking on a blue workshop link below.

Required Workshops: (Complete all 10):
Introduction to TESOL
ELT Methodology
Assessing English Proficiency
Lesson Planning
Teaching Speaking & Listening
Teaching Reading and Writing
Teaching Grammar
Classroom Management
TESOL Practicum (2 days)
TESOL Review

Elective Workshops: (Choose 6):
Culture as Class Content
Materials Adaptation
Teaching Content ESL
Realia as Course Content
Teaching Entry-Level Students
Using Technology in ESL
Teaching Pronunciation
Teaching Vocabulary
Tutoring Adult ESL Students

To find out more about the TESOL Certificate Program, contact the American Culture & Language Institute, Parrish Hall (MP) Room 204, 6901 Sudley Road, Manassas, VA 20109 or via 703-257-6536 or email. Join our Facebook group.

Directions to TESOL Workshop Sites
Manassas Innovation Park (MIP)
Signal Hill (SH)
Alexandria Campus (AL)
Annandale Campus (AN)

TESOL Student Resources
Observation Recommendations for TESOL
ACLI Class Observation Request Form
FCPS Guidelines for Student-Teacher Observers
TESOL Observation Record
TESOL Certificate Program Checklist & Graduation Application