Students Learn How to Teach English as a Second Language at San Diego State University

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The 130-hour Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language certificate program offered through San Diego State University is offering two sessions this summer that will help prepare novice instructors to live and teach English overseas.

Traveling and living overseas has been a valuable and meaningful rite of passage for generations of Americans. Facilitating the process for those interested in such an adventure has been very rewarding.

The College of Extended Studies at San Diego State University is offering a year-round teaching program for students who are interested in living overseas and earning money at the same time by teaching English.

The 130-hour Teaching English as a Second Language/Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TESL/TEFL) certificate program is offered through the American Language Institute (ALI), a division of SDSU’s Extended Studies. The program prepares novice instructors to live and teach English overseas.

There will be two sessions offered this summer: June 3 to 28 and July 8 to Aug. 2, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. The next night session will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, Sept. 10-Nov. 21, 6-9 p.m. Cost of the program is $2,725.

“Traveling and living overseas has been a valuable and meaningful rite of passage for generations of Americans,” said Van Hillier, assistant director of the ALI and course instructor. “Facilitating the process for those interested in such an adventure has been very rewarding.”

More than 150 graduates of the program have been employed in nearly 40 countries with the help of the ALI’s job placement assistance program, which combines a solid teaching foundation with hands-on practical classroom experience.

Hillier received his undergraduate degree at the University of California at San Diego and his Master’s at Rutgers University. He has been teaching since 1983. He has taught English at SDSU and Harvard as well as overseas in Saudi Arabia and Switzerland. He has also taught English as a Foreign Language courses in the U.S., Korea, Jordan, Japan, and Mexico.

For more information on the teaching program, email Rhillier(at)mail(dot)sdsu(dot)edu or visit the ALI website.

Extended Studies is an approved provider for this and many other “education to career” funding programs through San Diego Workforce Partnership, Military Spouse, and Veterans benefits. For more information concerning military benefits, email rturner(at)mail(dot)sdsu(dot)edu or call (619) 594-3047.

SDSU's College of Extended Studies reaches out to the greater San Diego community, the nation, and the world with a wide variety of lifelong learning classes, seminars, and certificate programs. Career advancement courses are offered in many areas of management, leadership, and quality improvement while self-enrichment courses range from accounting to web design. Additionally, the College offers more than 50 certificate programs, online courses, and many other learning opportunities. For more information or to register, call (619) 265-7378 (SDSU) or log on to http://www.neverstoplearning.net.

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