Acadia TESOL Academy is the only professionally dedicated TESOL teacher training center in Kunming. Currently we offer both onsite and distance learning TESOL courses (120 Hour Certificate and 220 Hour Diploma) that will help you prepare (or advance) your career within the ESL industry.
All our TESOL courses are accredited in the United Kingdom and we are also institutional members of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language) and The College of Teachers UK.
120 Hour TESOL Certificate
This is our core certificate program. Over 4 weeks (120 total hours) we will cover a wide range of topics: Classroom Management; Lesson Planning; Teaching the Four Core Skills (Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking) as well as many others. The course also includes 20 hours of practicum and is taught by professional foreign TESOL trainers either onsite or via distance learning.
220 Hour TESOL Diploma
This is our advanced diploma program. Over 6 weeks (220 total hours) we will cover a range of advanced topics not available in the 120 hour certificate program. They are: Introduction to Linguistics (Lexis); Business English; Teaching with Limited Resources as well as many others. The course also includes 20 hours of practicum and is taught by professional foreign TESOL trainers either onsite or via distance learning.
We want to focus on the practicum component, since it is a vital part of our TESOL program. In many countries (such as Saudi Arabia, South Korea and many others), TESOL certificates or diplomas which were gained online or without a practicum aspect will not be accepted by employers. Therefore, if you choose to study onsite your practicum component will be administered within local schools in and around Kunming. If you take the distance learning option, you will have a choice of coming to our Kunming center for a 5 day practicum session or participate in online teaching arranged by us through our innovative online video chat software. Whichever format you choose, the practicum part will be specified in your official TESOL transcript which will make you a more desirable employee at many educational institutions both in China and overseas.
Please note that our Kunming center is open Monday to Saturday from 10:00 AM to 9 PM (Sundays off). Due to ongoing TESOL training sessions, we advise anyone who wishes to visit our center in person to make an appointment (by phone or email) at least a few hours prior to their visit.
For more details about courses, prices and current promotions, please visit our website.
Thought I'd write a quick review as non-one else has decided to do so. I graduated from the course in October and managed to find a job teaching at a local university straight away. I didn't have any teaching experience prior to taking the course and as I planned to get a teaching job in Kunming I wanted to know what I was doing when I walked into a classroom. The four week course went well, there was a lot of information packed into a short space of time but I came out of it feeling confident I could teach well. I've still got a lot to learn and I'm learning on the job as I go but this course gave me a great start in the teaching world. I would highly recommend the course to anyone considering getting a proper accredited TESOL certificate, particularly as I don't think there's anywhere else in Kunming you can do it. Beijing, Shanghai perhaps? I've also found out ways of actually earning decent money from teaching English. Who would have thought it!