What is PCELT?
PCELT is an internationally recognized TESOL certificate developed by AMIDEAST and World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute to be delivered through AMIDEAST’s network of offices in the MENA. The 120-hour program provides flexible delivery options and adaptable content to address different English language teaching needs and contexts – from public to private, urban to rural, traditional to alternative, resource-rich to resource-poor classrooms.
Who is PCELT for?
PCELT is designed for current and aspiring teachers of English who are proficient English speakers but who have little or no teaching background, as well as for experienced teachers who wish to upgrade or update their knowledge and skills based on the latest language teaching methodologies and emerging trends in the field. PCELT-certified teachers gain many rewards, including a competitive edge for career advancement and increased confidence in the classroom.
What is the PCELT approach?
PCELT is designed to provide the 10-12 participants in each course with needs-based, inpidualized attention throughout. PCELT provides a meaningful blend of theory and practice, with an ongoing emphasis on hands-on experience and practical application to a wide variety of teaching situations. The overall program approach is grounded in experiential learning, critical thinking, and creative problem solving within a learner-centered framework.
What do PCELT participants gain?
PCELT participants gain professional competence as English language teachers through interactive workshops, guided lesson planning, observed practice teaching, and continuous peer and trainer feedback. The comprehensive curriculum covers both the fundamentals of effective English language teaching and a wide range of adaptable modules on such topics as assessment, teaching young learners, teaching English for specific purposes, materials evaluation and development, computer-based language learning, and classroom research. In addition, PCELT incorporates workshops on emerging trends and issues of particular relevance to the Arab world, such as the role of English in international communication, social media, economic opportunity, and education reform. Participants also receive information about English language teaching options in the Arab world.
How is PCELT delivered?
In order to suit the schedules of different participant groups, the 120-hour program can be delivered in intensive (4 weeks), semi-intensive (10-12 weeks), or extended (16+ weeks) modes. Highly qualified, PCELT-certified trainers will teach the courses and observe practice teaching in real classrooms at each of AMIDEAST’s PCELT locations across the MENA.
How are PCELT participants assessed?
PCELT is awarded to participants who successfully complete the full program, as assessed through their ongoing participation, lesson planning, observed practice teaching, teacher reflection assignments, and a teacher portfolio. PCELT is a permanent certificate with lifetime validity.
How much does PCELT cost?
Contact AMIDEAST country offices for price information. PCELT is competitively priced within each country, costing less than other well-known international certificates and representing significant value given PCELT’s customized content and extensive components. Course registration and materials are included in the price.
What is the PCELT application process?
PCELT applicants are required to complete a written application, provide evidence of English language proficiency, and participate in an admissions interview.
About America Mideast Educational & Training Services
By the end of World War II, the United States’ economic and strategic interests in the Middle East and North Africa had become considerable. Some prominent Americans were concerned by the lack of knowledge in the U.S. about the region and, in particular, misconceptions about the Arab world and the greater Islamic Middle East. In 1951, twenty-ftheirdistinguished American educators, theologians, and writers met to address these concerns and envisioned an organization that would bridge knowledge the gap. The group founded AMIDEAST to improve mutual understanding between Americans and the people of the Middle East and North Africa.
Headquartered in New York City, the new organization quickly generated widespread interest, attracting hundreds of members nationwide. Personal contact was seen as one of the most effective ways to promote cross-cultural interaction. AMIDEAST organized visitor exchanges and exhibition tours for leading contemporary artists. The Muslim-Christian Convocation, an international conference of theologians, was hosted by AMIDEAST in 1954 to encourage productive dialogue on contemporary issues of concern to both religions.
From the beginning, AMIDEAST gave high priority to providing accurate information on the Middle East to Americans, and on the United States to the people of the Middle East. theyproduced publications and films covering current affairs, basic facts on every Middle Eastern country, U.S. policy in the region, Arab history and culture, and Middle Eastern educational systems. theirlibrary contained one of the most comprehensive collections on the Middle East, North Africa, and Islam until it was destroyed by fire in 1971.
Education was the underlying theme of all AMIDEAST’s efforts . theyvisited campuses and awarded scholarships for exchange programs.
As early as 1952, AMIDEAST was active in educational exchange organizations such as the National Association for Foreign Student Affairs (NAFSA, now the Association of International Educators), through which theyarranged tours of the Middle East for selected college advisers. Orientation programs on American culture helped ease Middle Eastern students’ transitions into U.S. academic institutions. AMIDEAST also helped create national associations of Middle Eastern students in the United States.
In 1953, AMIDEAST solidified its commitment to educational services by opening two student advising centers in Tehran, Iran and Baghdad, Iraq. By the end of theirfirst decade, theyhad opened nine country offices throughout the Middle East and as far east as Pakistan. These offices served mainly as resource centers for students seeking information and advice on academic programs in the United States.
During 1960–61, over 10,000 students visited AMIDEAST country offices, of which almost 2,000 were placed in American universities. AMIDEAST also helped locate scholarship aid for successful applicants. Educational support went beyond offering academic opportunities. A job placement service was initiated in 1956 to help Middle Eastern graduates of American institutions enter the work force upon their return home. By 1960, AMIDEAST was exploring programs to enhance the technical and administrative skills of professionals in the region.
Within ten eventful years, AMIDEAST had established itself as a respected, dynamic institution dedicated to encouraging constructive dialogue between Americans and the people of the Middle East. The seminal efforts of the 1950s essentially defined theirphilosophical and programmatic direction for the following ftheirdecades. Understanding and cooperation would continue to be promoted through education, information, and development programs. See all America Mideast Educational & Training Services courses