Peace Corps TEFL Certificate Validation

The Center for Applied Linguistics (CAL) is acting as an external consultant to the Peace Corps to review and validate the Peace Corps standards for a Peace Corps Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate. These standards will include the topics for the training modules; requirements for teacher trainers; qualifications of Peace Corps Volunteer participants; milestones, including assessment, practicum, and trainer recommendations, for certification; and final certificate requirements. The Peace Corps TEFL Certificate standards, which will be based on secondary school and university level TEFL programs, will be sufficiently flexible to later include elementary and middle school level programs, as well as non-university adult programs. A checklist will be designed for each component of the evaluation: training content, trainer credentials, structure and content of learning assessments, and Peace Corps trainee/Volunteer supervision. CAL will also assist the Peace Corps, as appropriate, to disseminate information about the certificate to academic institutions, language schools, and other appropriate institutions.

The Peace Corps will be consulting with Dr. Margaret Malone of CAL and Dr. Timothy Farnsworth of the City University of New York-Hunter on this project. These experienced professionals have more than forty years’ combined experience in TESOL teaching, pre- and in-service teacher professional development, teacher training, program evaluation, and assessment fields.

About the Peace Corps

As the preeminent international service organization of the United States, the Peace Corps sends Americans abroad to tackle the most pressing needs of people around the world. Peace Corps volunteers work at the grassroots level with local governments, schools, communities, small businesses and entrepreneurs to develop sustainable solutions that address challenges in education, health, economic development, agriculture, environment and youth development. When they return home, volunteers bring their knowledge and experiences – and a global outlook – back to the United States that enriches the lives of those around them. President John F. Kennedy established the Peace Corps in 1961 to foster a better understanding among Americans and people of other countries. Since then, more than 215,000 Americans of all ages have served in 139 countries worldwide.

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