SIT Graduate Institute

Brattleboro, VT | Washington, DC

Teacher Training and Professional Development Institute (TTI)

Continuing professional development designed for working professionals

SIT Graduate Institute, home of America’s oldest Master of Arts in TESOL program and developers of the SIT TESOL Certificate course, is proud to offer an online suite of professional development courses through our Teacher Training and Professional Development Institute.

These are practice-based courses intended to meet the real needs of teachers, presented in an accessible online format. Enjoy the freedom to join a course anywhere, with one of the leaders in teacher education and professional development.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

More information about these courses can be found in the sections below.

Teaching Grammar Communicatively

This practice-oriented course will interest English teachers wishing to explore innovative ways of presenting grammar to their students. The course enables teachers to design lessons in which they integrate grammar instruction in engaging activities that foster fluency, accuracy, and communication skills. Special attention is paid to the use of multimedia tools for communicative grammar learning.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

Integrating Critical Thinking and Culture in the EFL Class – NEW!

Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students to engage in authentic situations to develop the ability to navigate, explore, and articulate cultural boundaries and cultural differences. This course enables teachers to enhance their intercultural awareness and competencies. Using experiential learning as the organizational model, this course engages participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, and EFL textbooks to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process. Participants develop lessons plans that reflect their view of teaching critical thinking and intercultural competence using context-sensitive and age-appropriate materials.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

Teaching English to Young Learners

This practical, classroom-focused course gives teachers the skills and knowledge to successfully plan and implement lessons for young learners. Grounded in an exploration of the developmental stages of the child, the course offers participants opportunities to deepen their understanding of core challenges in the teaching of English to 5- to 12-year-olds. Participants explore a range of innovative techniques and strategies to support creativity and language learning appropriate to this age range, in the classroom and beyond.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

Early Grade Reading for English Language Learners

This is an anchor course on how young learners acquire print literacy in a second language. Participants identify challenges and opportunities experienced when working with learners who are still in the process of learning reading and writing in their home or first language. The course explores tools and processes to support and motivate young learners as they transition to reading independently in a second language.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

Course Details 

  • Cost $400 – 4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) / Professional Development Points (PDPs)
  • Eight weeks, 40 hours, with a minimum of five hours of work per week
  • Interactive material presented in a variety of platforms
  • Courses delivered by World Learning associated trainers
  • Assignments that allow teachers to experiment with new ideas in their own classes
  • Online discussion forums

4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) / Professional Development Points (PDPs); $400

This course is for the following types of educators:

  • Teachers with little experience in teaching grammar
  • Experienced teachers and teacher trainers who are interested in innovative ways of presenting grammar to their students
  • Teachers and trainers who believe grammar is about “tools, not rules”

Course Description

This practice-oriented course will interest English teachers wishing to explore innovative ways of presenting grammar to their students. The course enables teachers to design lessons in which they integrate grammar instruction in engaging activities that foster fluency, accuracy, and communication skills. Special attention is paid to the use of multimedia tools for communicative grammar learning.

Course Aims

In this course, participants will explore:

  • how to customize grammar instruction to meet students’ needs,
  • how to integrate grammar instruction with teaching language skills,
  • how to vary grammar instruction to cater for mixed-ability classes, and
  • how to use technology to enhance grammar learning.

Time Commitment

Eight weeks with participants spending a minimum of 5–6 hours online every week in order to complete the modules. It is important that participants log into the virtual learning environment regularly and evenly 3–4 times every week.

Assessment

Participants are assessed on a portfolio comprising homework tasks and a final assignment. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement for this and their participation in the course activities.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

4 Continuing Education Credits (CEUs) / Professional Development Points (PDPs); $400

This course is for the following types of educators:

  • Teachers who work with language learners in state and private language schools
  • Teachers working with language learners in international contexts

Course Description

Exploration of culture in an EFL setting requires helping students to engage in authentic situations in which to develop the ability to navigate, explore, and articulate cultural boundaries and cultural differences. The course enables teachers to enhance their intercultural awareness and intercultural competencies. Using experiential learning as the organizational model, this course engages participants in analyzing personal experiences, media, and EFL textbooks to develop the capacity to think critically about the cultural assumptions and viewpoints embedded in their teaching content and process. Participants develop lessons plans that reflect their view of teaching critical thinking and intercultural competence using context-sensitive and age-appropriate materials.

Course Aims

In this course, participants will:

  • develop an increased understanding of critical thinking, experiential learning and intercultural learning skills;
  • further develop their ability to learn and teach intercultural competence and critical thinking by practicing observation, inquiry, multiple perspective analysis, and self-reflection;
  • further develop their ability to learn and teach intercultural skills of active listening and empathy;
  • critically analyze EFL textbooks’ treatment of culture;
  • develop their own assumptions about the teaching of culture in their context and create lesson plans that integrate cultural learning and critical thinking; and
  • reflect on and critically analyze their lessons.

Time Commitment

Eight weeks with participants spending a minimum of 5–6 hours online every week in order to complete the modules. It is important that participants log into the virtual learning environment regularly and evenly 3–4 times every week.

Assessment

Participants are assessed on a portfolio comprising homework tasks and a final assignment. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement for this and their participation in the course activities.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) / Professional Development Points (PDPs); $400

This course is for the following types of educators:

  • English teachers currently working with or getting ready to work with young learners (ages 5–12)
  • Experienced teachers and teacher educators interested in exploring the young learner classroom

Course Description

This course offers participants the opportunity to enhance their understanding of the key issues associated with teaching English to 5- to 12-year-old learners. Designed to support participants’ building effective approaches and techniques appropriate to this age range, the course focuses on children’s developmental stages and explore how to make use of this information in planning teaching and working with young learners.

Course Aims

In this course, participants will:

  • build upon their existing knowledge of teaching ESL/EFL and learn how to adapt these skills to teaching young learners,
  • identify effective approaches and techniques appropriate to this age range,
  • explore options in scaffolding young learners’ development in each of the four skill areas, and
  • think about ways of promoting creativity in teaching young learners.

Time Commitment

Eight weeks with participants spending a minimum of 5–6 hours online every week in order to complete the modules. It is important that participants log into the virtual learning environment regularly and evenly 3–4 times every week.

Assessment

Participants are assessed on a portfolio comprising homework tasks and a final assignment. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement for this and their participation in the course activities.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs) / Professional Development Points (PDPs); $400

This course is designed for the following types of educators:

  • Teachers who work with primary school language learners in state and private language schools
  • Teachers whose students are simultaneously learning to read in their native or home languages and in English
  • Teachers of young language learners who are transitioning from non-reader to reader
  • Teachers of younger students who are dealing with letter and word recognition issues

Course Description

This is an anchor course on how young learners acquire print literacy in a second language. Participants identify challenges associated with students who are still in the process of learning reading, writing, and many other skills in their first or home language and who are often not aware of the need to learn an additional language. Participants explore tools and processes for motivating young learners to read and for supporting them to become independent readers.

Course Aims

In this course, participants will explore the following areas:

  • Core reading concepts
  • The role of oral language in learning to read
  • How to incorporate reading in a communicative classroom
  • How to select and/or create age-appropriate reading materials
  • How to make meaningful changes in teaching styles that will work in different contexts

Time Commitment

Eight weeks with participants spending a minimum of 5–6 hours online every week in order to complete the modules. It is important that participants log into the virtual learning environment regularly and evenly 3–4 times every week.

Assessment

Participants are assessed on a portfolio comprising homework tasks and a final assignment. Participants will receive a certificate of achievement for this and their participation in the course activities.

For more information, email us at trainingservices@sit.edu.

Radmila Popovic

Radmila Popovic is a senior education specialist in TESOL with considerable experience in designing and implementing teacher education programs and capacity development projects in transitional education systems. She holds a PhD in applied linguistics (University of Belgrade), an MA in TESOL (SIT Graduate Institute) and an MA in linguistics (University of Belgrade). She worked as assistant professor at the University of Belgrade. She ran teacher training and trainer training courses for the British Council in Serbia, Turkey, and Nepal and designed teacher training materials for Cambridge ESOL. Additionally, she served as chair of the TESOL Professional Development Committee and as a member of the ELT Journal Editorial Panel. At World Learning, she has been involved in education projects in Algeria, Egypt, the Republic of Georgia, Tunisia, and El Salvador. Her areas of expertise include teacher education, second language acquisition, teaching English to young learners, critical pedagogy, and online teaching.

Leslie Turpin

Leslie Turpin is an associate professor in the MA in TESOL program at SIT Graduate Institute. She is also the chair for SIT’s MA in TESOL low-residency program. After teacher-training in refugee camps in Thailand, Leslie began teaching in SIT’s MA in teaching programs in 1989. Her interests include refugee adjustment, cultural identity and memory, cultural and linguistic revitalization, reflective practice, classroom inquiry, teaching practice, literacy nonformal education, and teaching supervision. She received her PhD in integral studies at the California Institute for Integral Studies in 2004. Her research on intergenerational passing of cultural memory within a Laotian-American community led her to an exploration of the relationship between heritage culture/language vitality and the support of artists in a community. She has served as the tour manager for a Laotian-American folk opera troupe, Sau Sing Pin; she has also worked as the managing director of Sandglass Theater, an internationally acclaimed puppet theater, where she produced two international festivals. Leslie is a 1985 graduate of SIT’s MA in TESOL program.

Tuition for all courses is $400. Payment may be made via bank transfer, check, or credit card. All fees must be paid in full before courses begin.

Refunds

Full refunds (less $25 processing fee) are available before the course begins and up to five days after the first session. No refunds will be given after the fifth day.

Refund requests must be received by 5:00 PM Eastern Standard Time to be accepted on that day.