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Teaching in Adult Education Programs

This is a required course in the TESOL certificate program.

Course Description

In this course, students will learn about the unique teaching context of adult ESL education programs and how to best serve the needs of adult learners. We will open with an introduction to the differences between first and second language acquisition and reflect on how this affects decision making when teaching adult language learners. We will consider the challenges of teaching in common types of adult ESL programs and ways to approach them. Through the TESOL Standards for adult ESL programs and other resources, students will learn about best practices in teaching adult ESL learners. This knowledge will be applied to evaluate texts and materials appropriate for teaching this particular audience.

Students may take either EDUC_X485.8 Teaching in Adult Education Programs or EDUC_X485.9 Teaching English Internationally to fulfill the requirement.

Please register for the course at least one week prior to the start date.

  • Details
  • $350
  • May 17, 2021 to June 06, 2021
  • Delivery Mode: Online
  • Reg#: 00099
  • ID/Units: EDUC X485.8  (1.00)
    ( Section 1 )
  • Quarter: SPRING 2021


Rachel Kraut, Ph.D., Second Language Acquisition & Teaching, is the Associate Director of Language Programs in the Glasscock School of Continuing Studies at Rice University. There, she helps oversee the intensive English program, ESL communication program, and all foreign language programs in addition to building new language programs online. She also serves as a site reviewer for the Commission on English Language Program Accreditation. Beyond language program management, Rachel has also worked as an ESL teacher, a consultant in language teacher professional development for public school districts, a content developer, and a teacher trainer in the U.S. and in China. Her research interests lie in two camps: language program administration and L2 applied psycholinguistics.

Textbook Information

Textbooks for your course may be purchased from any vendor or bookseller of your choice.

No textbooks are required for this course.

Meeting Schedule

EventDateDayStart TimeEnd TimeLocationRoom
START05/17/2021Monday------Online (Access Begins)---
END06/06/2021Sunday------Online (Access Ends)---