TESOL Workshop

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January 19-21, 2018

  • Friday, January 19th from 6:00pm to 8:30pm (online)
  • Saturday, January 20th from 9:00am to 5:00pm (in person)
  • Sunday, January 21st from 10:30am to 4:30pm (in person)

Registration Deadline: Friday, January 12th at 5:00pm

Early registration fee $300 (Register by Monday, January 8th at 5:00pm)Regular registration fee $325 (Register by Friday, January 12th at 5:00pm) 

April 13-15, 2018

  • Friday, April 13th from 6:00pm-8:30pm (online)
  • Saturday, April 14th from 9:00am-5:00pm (in person)
  • Sunday, April 15th from 10:30am-4:30pm (in person)

Registration Deadline: Friday, April 6th at 5:00pm

Early registration fee $300 (Register by Monday, April 2nd at 5:00pm)

Regular registration fee $325 (Register by Friday, April 6th at 5:00pm)

The TESOL Workshop is an intensive three-day, fifteen-hour introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages that is offered during the academic year. Through small, practical, hands-on sessions led by experienced TESOL professionals (both in person and online), participants will learn essential skills for teaching English in US and international contexts. Upon completion of the workshop, participants will receive a certificate

Section topics include: 

  • Teaching Sounds and Structures of English
  • TESOL Teaching Methods & Approaches  
  • Principles of Second Language Acquisition
  • Developing Materials for ESL/EFL
  • Planning Lessons & Classroom Management
  • Language Assessment
  • Technology in Language Teaching
  • Employment in the TESOL Profession 
  • Current Topics in Educational Linguistics

General Information

 The TESOL Workshop is ideal for those who are:

  • Interested in teaching English throughout the world
  • Considering a career in TESOL
  • Teaching or tutoring learners of English

Past participants have included graduate and undergraduate students planning to teach abroad, international aid workers, missionaries, college writing instructors, professionals working in international companies, human resource managers, individuals considering a mid-career change to TESOL, elementary and secondary school teachers, and community tutors of English language learners. 

TESOL Master's Students should NOT register.
We are an Act 48 approved provider.


Register early and save! The reduced fee for early registration is $300. Regular registration is $325.

Participants must also purchase a collection of workshop readings and materials (available at Campus Copy Center, 3907 Walnut Street Philadelphia PA 19104). The estimated cost is $55. The readings will be available shortly before the start of each class.


Each workshop is limited to sixteen participants. Registration will be accepted on a rolling basis until the workshops are filled after which applicants will be wait-listed.



Siwon Lee is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She also received her master’s degree in TESOL at the University Pennsylvania. Siwon is an instructor in the Educational Linguistics division at Penn GSE. In this role, she has provided training for pre- and in-service teachers in English grammar instruction, language teaching methods, and second language development. She is also the founder of Engineers’ English Club, a student organization that offers academic speaking classes for graduate students in engineering and natural sciences. The organization has served as a practicum teaching site for student teachers studying TESOL at Penn GSE, and Siwon mentors them through ongoing classroom observation. Besides teaching ESL/EFL, she has taught Korean in various educational settings. Her research focuses on language education policy and planning in community-based Korean heritage language schools and the development of communicative repertoires among transnational, multilingual youth. 


Andrea Leone-Pizzighella is a Ph.D. candidate in Educational Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania. She also holds an M.S.Ed in Education Policy from the University of Pennsylvania. She began teaching English to speakers of other languages in 2008, and has since taught in both the United States and in Italy. She has taught Italian and ESOL in university and adult education contexts in the United States, as well as English for specific purposes in Italian language schools and English via Content and Language Integrated Learning in Italian secondary schools. She has been a teaching assistant in online and traditional courses about Classroom Discourse and Interaction, and has conducted professional development for English teachers in Italian secondary schools. Andrea is interested in language ideologies about standard and non-standard language in school settings, as well as how students learn to perform their knowledge in classroom settings. Her dissertation explores these topics in Italian secondary schools.


What is the purpose of this workshop?

The workshop is an introduction to basic principles of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It is designed to provide participants with an overview of key topics in the field of TESOL as well as hands-on experience with basic pedagogical skills needed to begin working effectively with English language learners in in the US and abroad. 


Will I be able to get a job right after the workshop?

Jobs are available around the world for people with all levels of training. There are jobs you can obtain right after the workshop and others that would require additional training. We do not offer any job placement; however, we devote an entire session of the workshop to training and employment where we discuss these issues as well as show you where to find jobs at different levels. 


Will the certificate be accepted by employers?

Employers vary greatly in the expectations that they have about training and experience. Some employers require little training or teaching experience while others may demand higher levels of training and greater teaching experience. The certificate you will receive upon meeting the workshop requirements will indicate that you have completed introductory training. If you plan to use this training to obtain a specific job, it is advisable to check with potential employers to find out if this is the level of training they expect from job candidates. 


Will I be certified to teach in other countries at the end of this workshop?

There is no standard international certification for teaching English abroad. There is a wide variety of training  for which one receives 'certificates'. These certificates indicate  different kinds and certain amounts of training. There are introductory workshops like ours as well as more extensive programs which may include 100+ hours of training. Beyond those courses, there are diploma programs and master's programs. 


Will I be certified to teach ESL in public schools at the end of this workshop?

Teacher certification varies from state to state. It usually requires substantial coursework at the university level in addition to at least a bachelor's degree. Our intensive workshop does not lead to US teacher certification, though the training you receive in the workshop would certainly help you work effectively with English language learners of all ages (including K-12). Penn does offer a course of study for certified teachers who wish to obtain the ESL specialist credential. Current teachers who wish to gain more insight into working with English language learners are welcome to participate in the TESOL Workshop, though the workshop alone is not equivalent to the ESL specialist credential. 


Can I teach in the US?

There are a number of private organizations (community centers, human resource departments, church groups, immigration support services, etc.) in the US which cater mostly to adult language learners. Like private teaching institutions abroad, these organizations have varying expectations about training and experience. There are job (and volunteer) opportunities in such organizations for people with different levels of training. 


The TESOL Workshop is held in historic Philadelphia, PA at the University of Pennsylvania and hosted by the Educational Linguistics Division at the Graduate School of Education. State-of-the-art classroom facilities outfitted with the latest educational technology are used. 

Food and Lodging

Participants are responsible for their own food and lodging during the workshop. Several hotels are conveniently located near the University of Pennsylvania campus including the Inn at Penn and the Sheraton Hotel. Additional information about other accommodations near the University can be found here

A diverse selection of restaurants and food trucks are located on or near the campus for easy access to meals and quick snacks during breaks. 


Many major international and national carriers fly to Philadelphia International Airport. A taxi from the airport to the University costs between $20 and $30. Public transportation is also available through SEPTA on the R1 Rail Line. 

Amtrak and the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Regional Rail both service Philadelphia 30th Street Station located near the University. 

In Philadelphia, the #21 bus runs along Walnut Street (west bound) and Chestnut Street (east bound), stopping at 38th and Walnut near the workshop location. The Market Street subway (blue line) runs east-west along Market Street, stopping at 40th, 34th (University of Pennsylvania), 30th, 15th, 13th, and 11th Streets. The fare is $2.25 (exact change required) or one token for both bus and subway. For detailed travel information including maps, schedules, and other routes visit SEPTA online.


Metered street parking is available. Visitor parking is also available in the following location:

Walnut 38 Garage
N.E. corner of 38th & Walnut Sts.

Sunday - Saturday
6:30 a.m. - midnight

Hourly Parking:
Credit Card only at all times

$10 for the first hour; $2 each additional hour, $29 maximum. Rate applies from 6:30 a.m. to midnight.
$17 before 9:00 a.m., depart by 5:00 p.m.; after 5:00 p.m., depart by midnight

Penn Museum Garage
Corner of South Street & Convention Avenue

Sunday - Saturday
6:00 a.m. - 11:00pm

Flat Rates
Credit Card only at all times
Weekend Rate: $12


To access the registration form, click here or send an e-mail to gsetesolwkp@gse.upenn.edu.

For more questions, please contact gsetesolwkp@gse.upenn.edu.