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Courses & Programs - TESOL Certificate Program (1 week)

The TESOL Certificate Program is designed for students who wish to teach English as a second or other language outside the United Sates. The program provides an introductory overview of ESL theory and teaching techniques. This non-credit program would be particularly suitable for prospective Peace Corps Volunteers and current UMaine students or others wishing to live or travel outside the United States.

TESOL Certificate Programs are taught by instructors with experience in English Language Teaching overseas and in the US. When possible, certificate students are offered hands on practice working with international students both as practice teachers and also as conversation partners or small-group tutors. By the end of the program, Certificate students have a principled base to start a TESOL experience in another country.

TESOL “Plus” is a companion program to the TESOL Certificate Program. It offers students a flexible way to complete up to 100 hours with a practicum experience observing classes and working with teachers at the IEI. Certificate Students are offered a hands on practice working with international students as practice teachers, conversation partners and/or small group tutors.

Program Topics may include:

  • Language Acquisition Theory
  • An overview of Communicative Language Teaching
  • The Learning Styles of English Language Learners
  • Schema Raising
  • Storytelling Techniques
  • Classroom Management Strategies
  • Conducting a Needs Analysis
  • Planning Assessment
  • Adapting Classroom Materials for Specific Contexts
  • Living and Teaching in Another Culture

Upcoming Dates:

  • November 9-13, 2015


  •  TESOL Certificate Program – $545 (fee & materials — does not include accommodations)
  • TESOL “Plus” Practicum Experience – 100 hours of practical work in the field (open to holders of the IEI TESOL Certificate)

Teaching Opportunities:

The IEI is actively seeking teachers for programs in Taiwan (Fall 2015).  Students with a Bachelor’s degree plus the IEI TESOL Certificate will be considered as priority candidates. For further details, contact Chris Mares  (

To Apply to the TESOL Certificate Program:

Print and send a TESOL application to:

Intensive English Institute
5732 Hannibal Hamlin Hall
The University of Maine
Orono, ME 04469

*Full payment is due one week prior to the start of the program.*

If you have received enrollment confirmation and would like to pay with a credit card click here.

For further details, please contact Chris Mares directly:

*The  IEI TESOL Certificate Program is non-credit.  The certificate itself is not to be confused with ‘certification’ as understood by the State of Maine Department of Education.

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