Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Certificate (Online + Face-to-Face)
A certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is currently one of the most practical and versatile certificates in higher education. Designed for teachers in the U.S. and abroad, a TESOL certificate provides one with a competitive advantage to teach English to non-native speakers. The program prepares one to understand how languages are learned, how first languages and cultures of English learners affect learning styles, classroom interactions, and English language acquisition.
Timothy Bonner, Ph.D. Linguistics, has been a TESOL educator since 1994 and currently teaches certificate courses for Lehigh University. He is the former director of English as a Second Language at Lehigh University. His specializations are Second Language Acquisition, TESOL Principles and Practices, and Second Language Assessment. He conducts research, presents n the fields of TESOL and Applied Linguistics and has conducted training and seminars to Pre-K-12 teachers in Asia, the MIddle East and the U.S.
Dr. Bonner's research areas are mainly two areas of linguistics: 1) acquisition of English inflections by non-native speakers and how first language and input variations affect cognition and output of second language inflections; and 2)effects of the first culture and the first language on a learner's accuracy in second language assessments. His research and teaching are defined by his desire to improve language instruction and assessment in Culturally and Linguistically Diverse (CLD) students. As a linguist, he has a deep interest in learning languages and has studied Arabic, Korean and Chinese.