The School of Teaching ESL
The School of Teaching ESL Programs
Working in cooperation with Seattle Pacific University, a fully-accredited university, TESOL training courses provided by The School of Teaching ESL allow learners to earn...
The School of Teaching ESL Reviews
In good hands with S-TESL
Submitted by Juchi - Janghowon South Korea | August 20, 2017
I took the Fall 2016 Intensive TESOL course with Denny Sargent. Both the course itself and the school's administration were outstanding. I felt like I got a ton of practical, useful knowledge to use in an ESL classroom. And when I did get into an ESL classroom (I'm an EPIK teacher now), it turns out I was right.
One thing I'm particularly thankful to Denny for is steering me (us) away from bad teaching habits like excessive teacher talk. I'm proud to say I know how to shut the hell up and let my students talk.
Unless things have changed hugely in the last year, you can expect to be in good hands. Plus, applying for Master's credit is easy--you should be able to get 12 credits towards a MA TESOL at SPU or other universities if they accept the credits.
Submitted by VSB - San Jose, CA United States | August 09, 2017
Fabulous training for teaching ESL. Fully prepared me to get into a classroom and "teach" with skills learned through S-TESOL. I took these month-long intensive classes while finishing my M.Ed degree at Seattle University in 2005. I have been teaching in an Intensive English program at community college in San Jose, CA for 10 years. Still using skills learned "back then"!
Great experience earning ELL endorsement
Submitted by Geoff Harper - Seattle Pacific University | August 08, 2017
I would not be the teacher I am today without the experience at STESL-Seattle. The teachers there are experienced, helpful, and motivated to help you reach your best potential. I am so thankful for the relationship with Seattle Pacific University. I was able to add the ELL endorsement to my elementary endorsement with the master's program there. SPU couldn't have chosen a better organization to partner with.
Submitted by Happy Student - Seattle United States | August 08, 2017
Great professors. Great students. Great program. Every person in the program tries to make it as good as it can be and I have no doubt it has helped prepare me for the real world of ESL teaching.
More than anything though, what makes this program so good is its laser-focus on preparing its students to find jobs and to become great teachers. It also helps that it has such a strong reputation world-wide and that so many of its students hold high level positions at so many schools.
I had heard nothing but great things before I began and all proved true. My only caveat is that you had better prepared to work hard for your grades because this program is not easy.
ESL teaching--a group experience
Submitted by Mary E. Turner - The School of ESL, Seattle Pacific University | July 29, 2016
There were many aspects of our spring intensive TESOL class that made it different and better from other classes I have taken. One aspect I most appreciated was how Denny, our instructor, worked to have us form supportive interpersonal relationships among class members, serving as an example for how we might do this with our own students. Every day he changed who we were sitting next to. He had us write illustrated biographies of each other, and these were assembled to make a booklet for each of us about our classmates. He had us work in groups, each time changing who worked with whom. He had students of varying abilities and experience in each group, so that we could help each other. When we designed lessons, we made copies for everyone in the class so we all left with sets of ready-to-use lesson plans. We each demonstrated teaching, with our classmates as our students. This was a powerful way to teach us how to build helpful, supportive relationships among students in a classroom, and our group photo taken on the last day of class is one that I treasure.