Apply the skills and reflect on the knowledge you acquire through the program’s coursework in your own classroom under the guidance of a TESOL expert.
After the initial summer session, you will meet with your supervisor to develop a plan for the practicum period based on your goals for the interim year.
What really impressed me about my supervisor was the way she brought compassion to her work. She assured me that in her role as supervisor she was not here to judge me, but to serve my learning. I hadn't had an experience like that before. Every teaching evaluation I'd ever had was just that: an evaluation .… Through SIT’s style of education, I've found a new way to do things, and I am excited about the possibility of assisting and serving new teachers in the way that [my supervisor] served my learning.
The practicum site is your place (or places) of employment following the first summer session. Your teaching load must consist of at least five hours a week of classroom English language teaching, for a minimum of eight months. You must be the primary teacher, and the minimum class size is five students.*
The practicum is intended to be a time of significant professional growth and reflection and a time for you to experiment with new skills, attitudes, knowledge, and awareness in your own classroom with mentorship from your SIT supervisor.
The practicum provides a way for you to evaluate your teaching competencies, for your practicum supervisor to assess strengths and weaknesses, and for you and your supervisor to determine areas for improvement and growth. You will communicate regularly throughout the year with your supervisor in a variety of ways: telephone calls, emails, and reports.
At a predetermined time during that year, an SIT faculty member will spend a number of days with you — wherever you are in the world — to observe your teaching. During this period, you will have the full attention and support of your supervisor, who will work with you to enhance your teaching and advance your goals as a teacher. The onsite observation is intended to be an intensive, highly productive period of engagement and observation.
This personalized onsite mentorship is a core element of the program.
*Other arrangements must be approved in advance by the MA in TESOL program academic chair.