Certificate/Minor: Teaching English to Multilingual Students

Interested in teaching English to multilingual students abroad or in the US? Want to learn more about teaching and learning English? 

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Program Overview

College Writing Programs and Education have teamed up to offer a minor or certificate that can be earned by taking five of the following courses.

  • You can take all the courses in one summer, or you can spread them out over two or more summers.
  • Even if you aren’t pursuing a certificate, you are welcome to join any of these classes individually if you are interested.

Berkeley Educating for the 21st Century: Teaching English to Multilingual Students Minor/Certificate


All courses are online and asynchronous. Not all classes may be offered every summer.

Session A (May 20 - June 28, 2024)

COLWRIT 121: Issues in Teaching English Internationally

This course offers students an opportunity to consider relevant academic and professional issues related to the teaching of English internationally. Through readings, discussions, and assigned projects, students learn about principles of language policy and planning, linguistics, methodology, and assessment. These topics contribute to students' understanding of the theoretical and practical aspects of effective English.

COLWRIT 142: Grammar for English Language Instructors

This course covers the knowledge you need as a future instructor to explain English grammar to learners in your own classroom. You will gain an understanding of the structure of the English language, how other languages have influenced its development, and how to explain grammatical principles clearly so that learners from a variety of language backgrounds can understand.

EDUC C142 (online): Education in a Global World

What is globalization? What are the implications of living in a "global world" for education? How can education be used as a tool to promote global social justice and prosperity? In this course, we will address these and other related questions through collective reading assignments, class discussions, and online collaboration through our learning platform (bSpace or other) - one hour synchronous class/week required.

COLWRIT 143: Foundations of Teaching ESL/EFL

Learn about the fundamental principles and practices of English language education in both local and global contexts. This course covers theory and methods behind teaching reading, writing, listening, and speaking to diverse populations of English language learners in a variety of academic contexts.

Session D (July 01 - August 09, 2024)

EDUC W140A: The Art of Making Meaning: Educational Perspectives on Literacy and Learning in a Global World

This course combines theory and practice in the study of literacy and development. It will introduce sociocultural educational theory and research focused especially on literacy teaching and learning, and this literature will be examined in practice through participation in after-school programs. In addition, the course will contribute to an understanding of how literacy is reflected in race, culture, and ethnicity in the United States and how these symbolic systems shift in a digital world. This course satisfies UC Berkeley’s American Cultures requirement.

COLWRIT 144: Teaching English as a Second Language: Practicum

This course will provide students with an understanding of theories and practices in teaching English to students from multilingual backgrounds. Course topics will include reflective practices, teacher decision making, learner-centered classrooms, and general knowledge about language learning and cognition. Field experience will include working with learners in the practicum students' geographical areas, in collaboration with the practicum instructor and local instructors. Students will produce a portfolio of teaching plans, observation notes, and reflections.

NoteInstructor can assist with practicuum placement if students are not currently working with learners in an educational setting. 

COLWRIT 145: Creating Materials for English Language Education

This course will provide students with strategies and practice developing instructional materials and assessment tools in English language teaching in both local and global contexts. This course covers theory and methods behind choosing, adapting, and writing materials that are suitable for diverse populations of English language learners in a variety of academic contexts.

COLWRIT 146: Teaching Online in a Global Context

This course addresses the skills and knowledge needed as future instructors teaching English online in multiple contexts. Both the possibilities and limitations of online instruction will be addressed. The advantages, of course, include being able to reach a wider audience of learners than previously possible. However, we are still faced with limitations of technology, having to find new ways to engage students, and socio-economic differences in access to technology.

See more information on the Summer Sessions website.

Students will be offered a certificate upon successful completion of five courses. You can register through Summer Sessions.

Please direct questions about this certificate program to collegewriting@berkeley.edu