Course Summary
Credit Type:
Self-paced. 12 weeks (60 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Lower-Division Baccalaureate 3 foundations in ESOL methods and practice


This is a reading and viewing-based course on effective, current theory and methods for teaching English online to adult speakers of other languages with emphasis given to teaching learners living in countries where English is not the dominant language - an English as a foreign language (EFL) context. While the emphasis is on methodology, other aspects of online English language teaching, such as applicable theories in linguistics and education, will also be addressed. At the end of the course, participants are expected to be able to produce plans and analyses which demonstrate understanding of the principles illustrated.

Learning Outcomes:

  • identify the basic requirements for teaching English online and associate them with employer requirements
  • describe the attributes of online learners and the implications in the online classroom
  • differentiate and amend instructional strategies to use in the online classroom
  • develop lesson plans appropriate for the online classroom that integrate second language learning acquisition theories with education theory
  • explain the rapid use of technology and its application as an education platform to learn English

General Topics:

  • Introduction to teaching English online
  • Second language acquisition theory and methods
  • Teaching English online to students, adults and children
  • Tools and technology for the virtual classroom
  • Lesson planning, administration, and assessment
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Case Studies
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Learner Presentations
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Presentations
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials