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October 15, 2020

As a result of the pandemic, many American institutions have been forced to rethink how education is administered online.

At Arizona State University, online learning has coexisted with traditional learning models for nearly 10 years, and at Global Launch, ASU’s English language learning and academic preparation unit, students have been learning online since 2015.

Global launch English teacher Nick Velde interacts with students online.
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Part of Global Launch’s arsenal of online programs and courses is the premium Teach English now! (TEN!), a duration of 150 hours TESOLTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages certification course hosted on the Coursera platform, which has helped over 2,800 learners around the world to obtain a TESOL certificate online.

In September, Global Launch’s Teach English Now! TESOL Certification Courses surpassed 100,000 online learners for the first time.

“We are honored to see so many people gaining access to our certificate program,” said Dianna Lippincott, Deputy Chief Innovation Officer of Global Launch. “Some learners are starting a new career, while others are already teachers and improving their craft to impact the future of their students. We continually hear remarks that learners thought online learning would be difficult at the beginning, but we find that they enjoy learning in this modality and the community that is built in the courses and supported by social media.

Shane Dixon, lead instructor at Teach English Now!, credits collaborative teaching efforts and engaging content to the success of TEN!

“We had more than a dozen TESOL professionals who were ready to not only teach, but also stage visual stories illustrating the major principles of English as a Second Language (ESL),” Dixon said. “For example, attendees will watch our educators teach reading and writing through the setting of ‘The Wizard of Oz’, as they watch Dorothy, played by global educator Jessica Cinco, encounter different reading obstacles and famous characters. along the way. Similarly, participants learn to listen and speak in technology through the theme of the film “The Matrix”. The storytelling aspects of these courses not only help participants enjoy our courses, but give learners strong metaphorical connections that enhance memory recall of important principles.

Based on a survey of Teach English Now! participants, 49% of learners started a new career, 50% reported a tangible professional benefit, and 25% reported actual salary increases or promotions after completing the online course and earning their 150-hour TESOL certificate.

According to learner Patricia T., “I taught for decades and learned principles I had never heard of before. Teach English now! was my first online course, but I was able to easily follow and retain the information and visualize how I will apply some of the new techniques I learned. The peer assignments were thought-provoking and it was beneficial to see what my peers in the class had to say. I really enjoyed this course.

For more information on the Teach English Now! 150 Hour Online TESOL Certification or for more information on online English programs at ASU, contact Global Launch at