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Broaden your knowledge with a TESLA certificate from LAC Academy

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Business people at a seminar.
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The wonder of learning is that it is unbounded. This is just as true for educators as it is for students. Teachers of English for speakers of other languages (ESOL) who want additional specialized training and sharper skills should consider earning a TESLA certificate.

Literacy Assistance Center (LAC) Academy offers a specialized program resulting in a TESLA—teaching English as a second language to adults—certificate. LAC Academy’s TESLA program runs from Sep. 17, 2014, to Jan. 28, 2015, and the tuition is $1,850 (a six-month installment plan is available). Application deadline is Aug. 15. Rachel Smith, LAC Academy Administrator, is available to answer questions at

Whether an individual “is new to the field, has little formal qualifications, manages an ESOL program, or has taught ESOL primarily to children,” this certificate program will be useful. Several topics will be covered such as:

  • Assessment of the ESOL classroom
  • Methods and materials of communicative language teaching
  • Strategies-based instruction for teaching listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills
  • Syllabus design and lesson planning

The TESLA certificate program consists of 45 hours of in-person classes and 120 hours of online study and reflection. Then LAC places participants in a 35-hour teacher practicum. According to LAC, “graduates of this program have found positions in community organizations, university-based intensive English programs, overseas, and as independent tutors.”

LAC, a renowned nonprofit organization in Lower Manhattan, provides professional development opportunities for adult literacy practitioners. For more information about this, or other, LAC Academy certificate program, contact

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