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Feb. 22, 2017TESOL course

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

 By Laura


Are you a K-12 Educator who has students whose first language is not English?  Are you interested in teaching in any setting, domestic or international, where the first language is not English?  MSU Billings has created a one-year, 12-credit graduate certificate program in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) that will begin June of 2017.  Applications are being accepted now through April 1 and space is limited to only 12 students. 


This program will allow individuals to acquire the knowledge and pedagogical strategies unique to working with English language learners.  In the course of one year, students will take four courses: two in the summer months, one in the fall and one in the spring semester.  Each course is 8 weeks in length (except for the last course, which is 10 weeks) and are hybrid, meaning there will be three mandatory face-to-face meetings at MSU Billings, with all other instruction taught online.  During the summer, face-to-face meetings for both courses will occur back-to-back on Fridays and Saturdays.  During the fall and spring, courses will be on Saturdays.  All meetings will take place from 9 am until 4 pm.  If coming from out of town, housing and meals will be available on campus for an additional fee.


Students will participate in the program as a small cohort of approximately 12, under the direction of three highly qualified MSU Billings instructors – Dr. Anita Prabhakar, Dr. Carol Lombard, and Dr. Elena Petroska.


Dr. Anita Prabhakar is the Program Coordinator of TESOL and an instructor in the Office of International Studies.  Anita received her Doctor of Philosophy in curriculum and instruction with a specialization in TESOL from Barry University, Miami Shores, Florida.  Other degrees include Master of Philosophy in English Language Education from English and Foreign Languages University, Hyderabad, India, Master’s of Arts in English (TESOL) from Central Institute of English and Foreign Languages, Hyderabad, India, and Bachelor of Science in Botany, Zoology, and Chemistry from Osmania University College for Women, Hyderabad, India.


Dr. Lombard is a part-time instructor at Montana State University Billings in the Department of English, Philosophy and Modern Languages.  Carol is a PhD graduate with specialization in linguistics and Research Fellow from the Unit for Language Facilitation and Empowerment at the University of the Free State in Bloemfontein, South Africa.  She also holds a Master’s of Art degree with specialization in Sociolinguistics, an Honors Bachelor of Arts degree in General Linguistics, and a Bachelor of Arts degree in English and Linguistics – all from the University of South Africa.


Currently Dr. Petroska is an MSU Billings adjunct faculty member who has taught a number of courses in the Department of English and Modern Languages in the College of Arts and Sciences. She is a tenured professor at the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Macedonia. Elena earned her Ph.D., Master’s of Arts, and Bachelor of Arts degrees from the University of Ss. Cyril and Methodius in Skopje, Faculty of Philosophy, Department of Macedonian and South Slavic Languages in Skopje, Macedonia.


To learn more about the program, associated costs, and a full list of dates visit our website at