• Context and Culture in English Language Teaching

  • English Linguistics

  • American English Pronunciation

  • Modern English Grammar

  • Teaching Reading, Writing, and Vocabulary

  • Methods of Teaching ESL 

  • Language Learning Strategies and Curriculum


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Saturday workshops are held five times during the semester. Lunch is provided. On two Saturdays, students meet from 9:00 - 12:00, on two Saturdays from 9:00 - 2:30, and on one Saturday from 9:00 - 5:00. The Saturday face-to-face workshops with the instructors are a compulsory component of the program. Applicants should make sure they can attend these Saturday sessions before enrolling into the program.


We meet in the McKimmon Center, which is on the corner of Western Blvd. and Gorman St. at 1101 Gorman St. in Raleigh.  


Directions to the McKimmon Center: https://mckimmoncenter.ncsu.edu/mctc/directions




The Internship consists of 30 hours - 20 hours observing and 10 hours teaching. The observations will give you the chance to sit among ESL learners at various levels, and the teaching will allow you to try out the strategies that you learned. There are a number of ESL sites in the Raleigh area and the program coordinator will work with you so that you can intern in a class that fits your schedule. If you live outside of the Raleigh area, you will need to look for internship sites near you. In the first on-campus workshop, you will be given all of the forms that you need to complete the internship, including logs for observation and teaching.

Students will be placed in one or two ESL classrooms based on their availability and location. Interns are encouraged to observe a variety of levels of ESL before they begin their teaching. The ESL teachers ("cooperating teachers") will fill out an evaluation of two lessons. A third evaluation will be done by either the ESL Program Director or the ESL Program Coordinator toward the end of the internship. There will also be an observation summary form for each of the classes observed.

Internship Partner Sites include:

The Summer Institute in English at NCSU
The Intensive English Program at NCSU
Raleigh Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources - Cultural Outreach and Enrichment Program
The Center for the Global Learner at Durham Tech
Church World Service in Durham



The TESOL Certificate program is made up of three components - online courses, Saturday workshops, and an internship - that complement each other to give students in-depth training and teaching experience that fits a variety of schedules and lifestyles.

"As someone who works a full-time 'day job,' it was great to get this material in a regulated, self-paced way."

"The Saturday sessions brought the material to life and let students learn from each other."

"Not only do I feel more confident in my capacity to teach, the internships allowed me to prove it to myself."