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“The TESOL certificate course at ILI was a fantastic investment in my teaching career. Not only did we learn all the necessary skills we needed in the classroom, we also were able to explore the business side of ESL and how to leverage our skills ethically in a global market. This course is the complete package.”
– Tony R., ESL Instructor, Baltimore Community College, and ILI TESOL graduate

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With a highly practical focus, ILI’s TESOL/TEFL Certification Program prepares and equips trainees for a career in teaching English as a Second Language both in the United States and abroad. This 120 hour course covers every aspect of teaching, from lesson planning to materials design, from acquiring sound theoretical knowledge in both the English language and methodology to job placement and career management.

5 reasons to choose TESOL at ILI

ILI is fully accredited by ACCET, the Accrediting Council for Continuing Education and Training. In a field where so many qualifications of varying quality are available, accreditation is your guarantee of professional recognition in a highly competitive field.

Extensive practice teaching with genuine foreign language students. The TESOL/TEFL Certification Program at ILI, unlike many other courses, allows trainees to consolidate and perfect their skills through practice teaching in both individual and group settings of students from all over the globe – of inestimable importance, albeit not always standard, in professional training in the ESL field.

A broad-based curriculum with a practical focus. ILI’s TESOL/TEFL Certification Program has a perfect balance of theory complemented by targeted practice. Among a host of other subjects, the course provides varied training in phonology, grammar and lexis, classroom management, instructional design and the application of technology in the classroom, in addition to extensive practice teaching and observation. ILI graduates emerge from our program as versatile, professional and equipped for the classroom from Day One.

Excellent career opportunities. ILI is pleased to assist its trainees in career development and job placement, thanks to a network of contacts with schools and recruiters amassed over a period of forty years. ILI continues to regularly recruit a significant number of graduates from the ILI TESOL course for its own centers, and the course includes counseling and guidance on résumé and interview preparation. ILI TESOL graduates also regularly profit from job postings either at ILI or from recruiters who are keen to hire ILI graduates.

Superb training conditions. The TESOL course is based at ILI’s new, spacious and well-appointed DC center, centrally located between Dupont Circle and Farragut North Metro stations. TESOL trainees benefit from numerous opportunities to observe ESL classes  and practicing instructors at ILI, DC’s most established language school,  and classes are scheduled at convenient times two evenings a week. ILI’s instructors are highly professional and accomplished, boasting years of experience in a complete range of ESL applications, both in the U.S. and abroad. TESOL trainees also receive ILI’s exclusive complementary materials, frequently cited in trainee evaluations as an added value of the course.  Upon request, the Certificate of Completion can mention the Continuing Education Units earned during the course (7.2 CEU’s).

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Michael Renalds has nearly fifteen years of experience in the field of ESL, both in the United States and in Asia. He has worked as a teacher, curriculum developer and teacher manager in a wide variety of settings.  In Asia, he taught a range of ages from kindergarten-age students to adults and for a variety of clients from corporations to test-preparation academies.  In addition to his overseas experience as a teacher, he was also a teacher manager, responsible for staff development, curriculum evaluation and teacher assessment.  At ILI, he has been an instructor in the institute’s Intensive English program and is responsible for curriculum development instructional design for other special courses.  Mr. Renalds has an M.A. in International Studies, is TESOL certified and has completed graduate-level Teaching of International Studies coursework and the Instructional Development Project.  He was also an undergraduate course instructor in International Studies at the University of South Carolina.

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Dates, Hours & Fees

The TESOL/TEFL Certificate Program takes place every 8 weeks, year round. Our session dates are:

  • September 3 – October 24, 2019
  • October 29 – December 19, 2019
  • January 6 – February 27, 2020
  • March 3 – April 23, 2020
  • April 28 – June 18, 2020
  • June 23 – August 13, 2020
  • September 1 – October 22, 2020
  • October 27 – December 17, 2020

Classes will meet every Tuesday and Thursday, and one Wednesday at course’ end,  from 6 pm to 9 pm (58 classroom hours) at our DC location close to Dupont Circle/Farragut North. Classroom observations, individual and group practice teaching outside of the class time, required reading, lesson, and materials preparation: 62 hours. Total hours per course: 120.

Cost of the entire program:   $1,750  (inclusive of classroom instruction, books and other course materials)

Next class is starting October 29 - register now!

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Schedule a free consultation with our instructor, Michael Renalds, via email or call our office at (202) 362-2505.