School of Education
TESOL: Professionalism
Learn more about what it means to be an ethical and professional teacher within the TESOL world and how to prepare for job or volunteer opportunities.
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Overview

This course is designed to teach future educators in the TESOL world about what it means to be an ethical and professional teacher. You will have opportunities throughout this course to reflect on previously held beliefs and absorb new ones about your personal sense of ethics and values and how that will shape you within the classroom. This course will also guide you through the process of finding a job or volunteer opportunity wherever that may be and describe the type of training and preparation you need to be successful. Being a good English language teacher is not just a matter of knowing teaching techniques or something about the English language. It's also about having the disposition of a teacher and approaching the task (whether in a paid or volunteer position) as a professional. This module helps you know what that entails. For those just starting out in TESOL, it provides job search tools. For those ready to go deeper, it suggests ideas for teacher development.

Professionalism
is part of a series of courses that make up the TESOL Certificate, designed to equip learners with the essentials of teaching the English language, often in an informal, non-academic setting. This course can be taken individually or as a part of the Professional Certificate.

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Explore other TESOL Courses:

  1. TESOL: Essentials
  2. TESOL: Teaching Speaking
  3. TESOL: Teaching Pronunciation
  4. TESOL: Professionalism
  5. TESOL: Classroom Management
  6. TESOL: Teaching Grammar
  7. TESOL: Teaching Vocabulary
  8. TESOL: Course Design

By taking this course you will automatically earn credit toward Biola LEARN’s TESOL Certificate. Individual TESOL courses will transfer over should you decide to pursue the Certificate so you won’t lose your progress. Additionally, the price of TESOL course(s) you have purchased will be automatically deducted from the total cost of the Certificate. However, the Capstone cannot be purchased separately.

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      Instructor
      Kitty Purgason
      School of Education

      About the Course Author

      Dr. Kitty Purgason brings to her TESOL classes methodology, curriculum, materials and intercultural communication her years of experience living, studying, serving and teaching in India, Russia, Korea, China, Turkey, Turkmenistan, Mauritania, Indonesia, Kuwait, Oman, Tajikistan, Vietnam and Spain. She has received three Fulbright fellowships and the Biola Faculty Awards for Excellence in Teaching and Mentoring. She has been a U.S. State Department English Language Specialist. Her professional interests include methodology in local context and professional ethics.

      Dr. Purgason has presented on methodology and materials-related topics at more than 30 local, state and national TESOL conferences, and has spoken about TESOL at Urbana and other similar conferences. She is the author of Professional Guidelines for Christian English Teachers (2016), "Planning Lessons and Units" in Celce-Murcia, Brinton, & Snow (2013), "Classroom Guidelines for Teachers with Convictions" in Wong and Canagarajah (2009), and English Language Teaching in Theological Contexts (2010).

      About the Course Provider

      The Cook School of Intercultural Studies exists to equip students to communicate, live and work effectively in culturally diverse contexts to make disciples of all peoples and impact the world for the Lord Jesus Christ.

      Learn more about Biola's Linguistic and TESOL programs.

      Syllabus

      In this lesson, you will learn about what it...
      Overview
      Before Question
      Reflection
      Ethical Foundations
      Video
      After Question
      Reflection
      In this lesson, you will learn and look at...
      Overview
      Before Question
      Reflection
      Ethical Foundations - Biblical Principles
      Video
      After Question
      Reflection
      In this lesson, you will learn about teacher...
      Overview
      Before Question
      Reflection
      Professionalism and Teacher Values
      Video
      After Question
      Reflection
      In this lesson, you will learn about the...
      Overview
      Before Question
      Reflection
      Cultural Norms
      Video
      After Question
      Reflection
      Teacher Values Reflection
      Reflection
      In this lesson, you will be introduced to the...
      Overview
      Before Question
      Reflection
      Finding a Job/Service Opportunity Part I
      Video
      After Question
      Reflection
      In this lesson, you will utilize the knowledge...
      Overview
      Before Question
      Reflection
      Finding a Job/Service Opportunity Part II
      Video
      After Question
      Reflection
      In this lesson, you will learn about specific...
      Overview
      Before Question
      Reflection
      Professionalism & Teacher Development
      Video
      After Question
      Reflection
      Career Action Plan
      Reflection
      Recommended Resources
      Misc
      Course Evaluation
      Misc

      Course FAQ

      Each lesson is designed to take approximately 1-2 hours, depending on how deeply you engage the reflection and discussion questions. Since this is a self-paced course, the time it will take you to complete it will depend on the speed with which you want to progress through the course.

      No. The course contains everything you need to successfully complete the course. There are resources recommended at the end of the course that you are free to purchase if you wish to pursue further study on the course topic.

      Since the TESOL courses are self-paced, you will have no interaction with the professor(s). However, if you are planning to submit your course assignments to obtain the TESOL Certificate, we recommend that you save all your work in one document, which will be submitted at the beginning of the Capstone course. At that point, a professor in the TESOL department will evaluate your work and provide feedback.

      Learners who complete an individual TESOL course will receive a digital badge which signifies the development of a specific skill or competency. We partner with Accredible to provide digital badges that can be viewed digitally, downloaded, and shared to showcase your achievement. Add your badge to your LinkedIn profile, resume, email signature and more! For more information on how to access and share your badge, visit the Accredible knowledgebase.

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      Individual Courses:
      Biola LEARN offers a series of 8 individual TESOL courses designed for flexible study of specific topics relevant to TESOL teachers. If you are new to the world of TESOL, it is highly recommended you engage in the TESOL: Essentials course first. The courses available in this series are listed below in the recommended order of completion, however courses can also be taken in any order, as needed. 

      1. TESOL: Essentials
      2. TESOL: Teaching Speaking
      3. TESOL: Teaching Pronunciation
      4. TESOL: Professionalism
      5. TESOL: Classroom Management
      6. TESOL: Teaching Grammar
      7. TESOL: Teaching Vocabulary
      8. TESOL: Course Design

      Professional Certificate in TESOL:
      Biola LEARN’s Professional Certificate in TESOL is designed to equip learners with the essentials of teaching the English language, often in an informal, non-academic setting. As you work through 8 TESOL courses and a final Capstone, you will learn a variety of methods to aid in your teaching, and you will apply these methods to create your own lessons.

      By taking an individual TESOL course you will automatically earn credit toward Biola LEARN’s TESOL Certificate. You can switch from the individual track to the Certificate at any time without losing progress! To unlock the Capstone and complete all requirements for the Professional Certificate you will need to register for the TESOL Certificate. However, the price of the TESOL course(s) you have purchased will be automatically deducted from the total cost of the Certificate.