Build a solid linguistics foundation for how people acquire a language.

This 30-hour online course uses a modern-grammar approach to language. We will explore the elements of language structure: word/sentence formation, sounds of languages, and creation of meaning.


Format: Online

Hours: 30

Credits: 3 CEUs

When: Aug. 14 - Sep. 10

Cost: $450 + textbook

Other topics include the history of languages and process of language development, dispelling of myths about language and an exploration of language differences, commonalities and dialect variations. The course provides a base of knowledge for teachers entering into curriculum and instruction for internationals acquiring English (or any other language).

This course, which requires the student to purchase a textbook, includes presentations, interactive study, reading and writing assignments, Internet activities, exercises in applied linguistics, and completion of the linguistics component of the portfolio. The course can be taken as an individual study or as one of the four modules of the Global TESOL Certificate Program. 

Who Should Attend?

  • Individuals interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages
  • Teachers, instructors or trainers
  • Au pairs
  • Translators

Individuals who are interested in gaining proficiency with younger learners in public school teaching settings should visit the UGA College of Education's Graduate Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The College of Education program can lead to teaching certification in public schools.

Course Information

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Course Date: 
Monday, August 14, 2023 to Sunday, September 10, 2023
Course Date Info: 

Once-a-week live, online office hours with the instructor will be held on Thursday evenings from 5:30 - 6:00 p.m. ET for four weeks. Participation in these sessions is optional.

Course Format: 
Course Fee(s): 

$450 – Single module plus textbook

Textbook must be purchased by the student

Sarah Anne Shope, PhD, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in teaching English to other languages. She has been active in developing and facilitating Global TESOL training courses and programs, and her area of expertise includes applied linguistics, issues of culture, methodology for teaching English as a second language and/or as a foreign language, and creative professional writing. As a professional writer, Shope has considerable commercial, literary and academic publication credits.