School of Education
TESOL: Teaching Vocabulary
Learn how to teach English vocabulary to English learners
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Overview

Does the process of teaching English vocabulary to speakers of other languages seem daunting to you? Through a series of four short lessons, this course articulates the essential principles of English vocabulary, which are foundational for teaching vocabulary. As you work through various activities in this course, you will learn to apply the knowledge gained to implement your own teaching vocabulary lessons.

At the end of this course, learners will:

1. Understand the relevance of vocabulary in English language teaching
2. Understand what English vocabulary is, and identify the words to teach
3. Recognize important aspects of English learning
4. Gain the confidence to implement vocabulary teaching principles

Teaching Vocabulary 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.

Not sure which TESOL track is right for you?
Check out our Frequently Asked Questions for more information

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
                Michael Lessard-Clouston
                School of Education

                About the Course Author

                Michael Lessard-Clouston aims to help equip students for a variety of careers that address language-related issues. Before coming to Biola in 2005, he served for 10.5 years as a professor of English and Language Education at Kwansei Gakuin University in Nishinomiya, Japan. His doctoral work was on second language education and literacy, and he is on the review boards for the Japan Journal of Multilingualism and Multiculturalism and TESL Canada Journal. Lessard-Clouston was founding editor of the International Journal of Christianity and English Language Teaching. He taught for two months at Universitas Pelita Harapan, in Karawaci, Indonesia, and enjoys music, Sunday afternoons, traveling and reading.

                About the Course Provider

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

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                Syllabus

                Welcome to Teaching Vocabulary. In this...
                Overview
                Course Introduction
                Video
                Course Overview
                Video
                Course pack Sample
                Misc
                Welcome to Lesson 2. In this lesson, Dr....
                Overview
                Important Research Findings to Inform Vocabulary Teaching
                Video
                Vocabulary Teaching Assignment
                Misc
                In lesson three, Dr. Lessard-Clouston discusses...
                Overview
                Vocabulary Teaching Options
                Video
                In this final lesson, Dr. Lessard-Clouston...
                Overview
                Vocabulary Teaching Wrap-up
                Video
                Vocabulary Teaching Assignment
                Misc
                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 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. This course contains everything you need to successfully complete it. 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.