Below are descriptions of some relevant sources of information and services. A clickable version of this page at <URL here>.will be regularly updated.
Your first stop for career information.
An article by Daniel Dunkley, The Language Teacher Online, March, 1997
An informative review of the author's first experience with obtaining his M.A. degree via an online course. Ronald Chalmers has gone on to become the program director for homeroom.com
For those desiring a U.S.-based qualification, this appears to be the 'big kid on the block,' at least for the time-being. The program, conducted almost completely on-line, features weekly, scheduled synchronous on-line sessions with courses conducted by David Nunan, Rod Ellis and Ruth Wajnryb, all well-known TESOL names. There is both a certificate program and an M.A. program. Basically aimed at residents of Japan. The M.A. program requires attendance at two 2-day seminars per year in Tokyo.
Offers an "English Language Teaching Certificate." Separate courses may be taken on a non-credit basis for as little as $450. According to their information, "the program stresses communicative, student-centered learning and has a very practical orientation."
Sponsored by UCLA Extension and other schools. It advertises that "Lectures, coursework, assignments, questions, discussion, all take place at your convenience - online."
This version of the MA TESOL is the first postgraduate qualification in TESOL to be offered by computer conferencing. Students register part-time. In addition to the compulsory modules, and a selection of the optional modules, training is also provided in computer conferencing itself. Another version of this distance MA TESOL is offered by e-mail to a group of students from Israel.
The course is aimed at both teachers wishing to further their careers as well as those intending a mid-carerr change. "The course aims to train such teachers to an advanced level of professional competence in TEFL and to prepare them for careers throughout the world."
Boasts a unique library support system for it's distance learning program including access to on-line bibliographic services, a discussion list, tutorial and study support and dissertation supervision.
This organization claims to be the first to offer the OCR (Oxford, Cambridge RSA) Certificate in Teaching Foreign Languages to Adults, via the Internet." The full course costs £575.00 ($920.00).
Offers teachers the skills and knowledge required to transfer their traditional teaching skills to the on-line environment. Both synchronous and asynchronous methods (live chat vs. message boards or e-mail) of teaching are covered on the course.
Check out TESOL's Professional Development pages (URL above) for forthcoming TESOL Academies and online courses.
Offers online courses for teachers though not specifically for ESL, such as "Introduction of Hypermedia" and "Learning Theories."
Features a searchable database of online courses throughout the world.
Maintained by Kristina Pfaff-Harris, University of Nevada. Contains a lengthy listing of sources of employment information and regional surveys of the employment situation,
Maintained by Thomas Riedmiller of the University of Nebraska. An excellent collection of links and commentary.
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