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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

College of Lake County
Program overview
4 semesters
Diploma / certificate
Scholarships available
Start dates
Fall 2021

Spring 2021

Summer 2021

Program description

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This certificate is intended for current teachers, native or non-native speakers, who wish to expand their professional opportunities and to enhance their teaching skills by adding a TESOL Certificate to their portfolio and for college graduates and/or first time teachers interested in teaching English in a non-English speaking country; as well as for professionals interested in applying their skills in the field of English language teaching. Additionally, CLC offers courses for ESL approval/endorsement.

Admission requirements

To qualify for unconditional admission to these programs, students must provide evidence that they have attained a certain level of knowledge in the arts and sciences through previous learning.

Evidence may be provided by observing the following procedures:

  1. Successfully complete the admission requirements.
  2. Submit either a high school transcript or a student profile report from the American College Testing (ACT) Program

International Students test scores required for placement in college level classes:

For the College’s academic college-level programs, students must verify their language proficiency by:

  • a minimum score of 153 on the Language Skills section of the College of Lake County Academic Proficiency Test
  • a minimum TOEFL score of 527 on the Paper Based Test, 197 on the Computer Based Test, 71 on the Internet Based Test
  • ELI Accuplacer score of 320 or higher
  • 6.0 – Academic Format – on the IELTS
  • ELS Language Centers, Completing Level 112

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the website.

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Program content

First Semester

  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Linguistics and Society
  • Grammar for English Language Teachers

Second Semester

  • Introduction to General Linguistics
  • Methods of Teaching ESL

Third Semester

  • Theories of Teaching ESL and Bilingual Education
  • Phonetics and Phonology for English Language Teachers
  • Assessment of the English Language Learner

Fourth Semester

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Practicum

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the website for more information.

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for Spring 2021 (per credit hour):

  • In-district: $125.00
  • Out-of-district: $322.00
  • Out-of-state and international residents: $436.00

For more information about tuition fees, please visit the website.


Upon successful completion of the program (30 credit hours) students will be awarded a TESOL Certificate. 

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About this institute

College Lake County

College of Lake County

The College of Lake County (CLC) is a comprehensive community college committed to equitable high-quality education, cultural enrichment and partnerships to advance the diverse communities it serves. CLC is located in Grayslake, Illinois, 45 minutes northwest of Chicago, Illinois. There...

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College of Lake County

19351 West Washington Street
60030 Grayslake Illinois
United States of America (USA)

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