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The TFL Certificate and TFL Specialization programs provide intensive training specifically for teaching foreign languages.

These programs are offered as a specialization for students currently enrolled in the Institute’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and International Education Management degree programs, and as a stand-alone certificate for nondegree students.

Overview

The certificate program is designed as a stand-alone course of study for nondegree students. It begins in the fall semester and takes two semesters to complete.

The specialization program is designed for Middlebury Institute students who are pursuing a Master of Arts in TESOL and who want to add a TFL specialization to their course work so that they are also eligible to teach a foreign language. Students pursuing a Master of Arts in International Education Management can also choose to add a TFL specialization to their course work to provide broader professional expertise and additional career avenues in language education and curriculum design.

Curriculum

Certificate

The 17-credit TFL Certificate consists of the following courses:

  • Language Analysis (3 credits)

  • Principles and Practices of Language Teaching I (4 credits)

  • Principles and Practices of Language Teaching II (4 credits)

  • Language Structure/Pedagogy (4 credits) or Pedagogical Grammar in Foreign Language Education (4 credits, spring semester only)

  • Electives (2 credits)

Sample elective courses:

  • Teaching of Reading

  • Teaching of Writing

  • Mobile-Assisted Language Learning (MALL)

  • Language Program Administration

Specialization for TESOL students

The 14-credit TFL Specialization for TESOL students consists of the following courses:

  • Language Studies (4 credits)

  • Pedagogical Grammar in Foreign Language Education (4 credits, spring semester only)

  • Second Language Acquisition (1 credit Directed Study)*

  • Language Assessment (1 credit Directed Study)*

  • Principles and Practices of Language Teaching I (1 credit Directed Study)*

  • Sociolinguistics (1 credit Directed Study)*

  • Electives (2 credits)

*The Directed Study credits are typically taken after completing the course and include a project that is related to the course area and focused on teaching a foreign language (e.g. for Principles and Practices of Language Teaching I, students might design a foreign language curriculum.)

Specialization for IEM students

The 15-credit TFL Specialization for IEM students consists of the following courses:

  • Principles and Practices of Language Teaching I (4 credits)

  • Principles and Practices of Language Teaching II  (4 credits)

  • Language Analysis (3 credits)

  • Pedagogical Grammar in Foreign Language Education (2 credit Directed Study)*

  • Electives (2 credits)

*For the Directed Study, students register for and attend all class sessions of Pedagogical Grammars in Foreign Language Education and complete selected assignments.

Next Steps

Current students contact Dr. Kathi Bailey.

Prospective students contact your enrollment advisor with questions and submit your online application.