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7. What makes the SIT TESOL different from other teaching certificate courses?


  • Our curriculum is designed by the School for International Training (SIT) in Vermont, whose MA TESOL program has made them a leader in the ESL field. SIT is well-known and respected in the US and abroad for their. All of the trainers have been trained by SIT and meet their standards for qualifications and experience. SIT assesses every course in person to ensure the integrity of the certificate. Employers can rely on any potential teacher who is SIT-certified to be capable and well-trained.
  • The unique curriculum stresses the importance of the Experiential Learning Cycle. Unlike other courses which give you only individual “tools” for teaching, SIT introduces practical tools within the context of broader models of learning and teaching, encouraging teacher reflection and independent development. These frameworks show teachers how to continuously build their skills and knowledge, long after the course has finished.
  • The SIT course offers 130 hours of instruction. There is a lot of information introduced throughout the course, and all of it is essential. A shorter course simply cannot offer the same level of preparation.
  • Real teaching practice. SIT requires that participants teach a minimum of six hours to a real class of ESL learners. This hands-on experience is very important to employers and it makes the certificate more meaningful. Your earning the certificate means that your teaching has been evaluated and assessed and that you have not only been exposed to methodology but that you have proven you can use it effectively.
  • Small class size. We have a ratio of 6 participants to one trainer (with a maximum of 12 participants on one course). Each participant receives considerable individual attention and feedback from the trainers at every stage of instruction, from workshops to lesson planning to feedback on practice teaching.