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TESOL Spring Schedule 2014

NOVA's TESOL Certificate Program prepares you to teach English as a Second Language by combining language acquisition theory with practical application. After completing the program, 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 is designed for individuals interested in a career change or seeking to refresh their skills. All workshops are held on Saturdays from 9:00am-4:00pm.

Included in the 120 hour TESOL Certificate Program:

  • 102 hours of in-person instruction in second-language acquisition methodologies, including a two-day student teaching practicum.
  • 18 hours of ESL classroom observation of current ESL teaching methodologies in practice.

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. Individual workshops may be taken without pursuing the certificate program.

To satisfactorily pass the class, you must attend 90% of the class hours for each workshop as well as completing all requirements set by the instructor, which may include microteaching. 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, BA/BS is often required for teaching in the United States.
  • Non-native English speakers should demonstrate adequate English proficiency via one of the following tests:
    • Accuplacer Score of 300+ points
    • TOEFL Score of 60+ points in the IBT
    • ACLI Score at an advanced level of written and spoken English.
  • Prior ESL teaching experience is not required.

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

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

To find out more about the TESOL Certificate Program, contact the American Culture & Language Institute Manassas at 703-257-6536 or email or contact Cynthia Hatch, Coordinator, TESOL Certificate Program at 703-530-3050 or email. Join our Facebook group.

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

TESOL Student Resources
Observation Recommendations for TESOL
TESOL Certificate Requirements Checklist
Application for TESOL Certificate Completion
FCPS Guidelines for Student-Teacher Observers
ACLI Class Observation Request Form