Certificate in Second Language Acquisition

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 The Certificate in Second Language Acquisition (SLA) is a new program offered by the Center for Language Study (CLS) in collaboration with the Yale Teaching Center (YTC). This program is separate from the Certificate of College Teaching Preparation (CCTP) offered by the YTC and is specifically designed for Yale graduate students in departments of language and literature to provide a comprehensive training program in second language acquisition and language teaching methodology.  Students in language and literature departments who are currently enrolled in the CCTP may either complete that certificate or transfer to the SLA Certificate. The SLA Certificate will provide a solid foundation in second language acquisition, language teaching methodology, and applied linguistics. The SLA certificate program builds on existing resources and training opportunities available from the YTC and the CLS and covers both the theoretical principles and the practical pedagogy training that is essential for a career in a language-related field.

Upon completing the SLA Certificate, you will:

  • understand key concepts from SLA theory
  • be familiar with task-based and communicative approaches to L2 teaching and be able to integrate these into your teaching practice
  • have completed a language teaching portfolio documenting your college teaching experience and philosophy, in a format that can be used in academic job applications

 
Students enrolled in a PhD program in the Yale Graduate School of Arts and Sciences are eligible. At this time, post-docs, visiting scholars, and students in master’s degree or professional school programs are not eligible for participation in the SLA Certificate Program. The program is best undertaken by students just starting their teaching years, although we may be able to accommodate those in later years.

Program Requirements

(for details, see the SLA Certificate Completion Instructions):

  1. Teaching at Yale University
  2. Observing others teaching (5)
  3. Being observed while teaching (3)
  4. Training and development:
    • CLS Pedagogy Workshop;
    • Fundamentals of Language TeachingAdvanced Fundamentals of Language Teaching seminars;
    • Principles of Language Teaching and Learning (LING 564 graduate seminar);
    • Professional development activities (10);
    • Portfolio workshop;
  5. Teaching Portfolio or e-Portfolio
  6. Reflective narrative on your experiences
  7. Exit Interview
  8. Optional: Teaching video

For further information, please contact Nelleke Van Deusen-Scholl or Suzanne Young.

To register for the certificate, click here.