Northwest Organization of Writers

TESOL Certification Program

(Formerly TEFL "Teaching English as a Foreign Language")

Learn To Write Journalism

(9-Step Online Program)

Class Overview

Earn your TESOL Certificate and for the necessary and important skills to teach English to students, teachers, and speakers of other languages. Native speaking English teachers with TESOL certificates are in high demand, especially in countries such as China, Vietnam, and Korea. Begin an exciting career teaching English with NOW certification!

Our curriculum is taught by experienced and highly qualified teachers. Our extensive 130-hour certificate program consists of TESOL Basics and TESOL Grammar, complimenting each another. Students begin with TESOL Basics and then take TESOL Grammar upon successfully completing the Basics course.

This program introduces important approaches and methods in the second language teaching field. In addition to six hours of classroom as part of the regular class sessions, students will also complete a eight-hour classroom observation/practicum working with ESL/ELL students on their own.

Course topics include:

  • Understanding learner factors, motivation, styles, and backgrounds
  • Cross-cultural awareness
  • Classroom Management: Including teaching across age groups as well as teaching in a multi-level classroom
  • Class observations and practicum: co-teach or assist in an ESL class
  • Effective teaching methods
  • Technology in the classroom
  • Assessment and testing
  • Different ways of developing a lesson plan
  • Interactive projects, videos, and guest speakers

Class Overview

The Northwest Organization of Writers (NOW) provides Journalism courses, freelance classes in association with state colleges, universities, creative writing courses, and on-site classes.

These learning courses cover all aspects of journalism and creative writing, and our postgraduate courses cover news, features, freelance, media law, broadcast and internet journalism.

Postgraduate courses can be taken as online courses or as attendance courses in San Francisco. Many students use our email course delivery so that all their work and assignments are delivered in this way. Distance learning, utilizing modern communications, allows student and teacher to work closely together, regardless of physical location.

NOW has been teaching journalism and creative writing for over 20 years - and unlike most 'schools' who offer distance learning courses, we are a real school, staffed by real journalists and writers who enjoy working with real students. We continue to lead the way in developing new and effective teaching methods. The result is demonstrated by the success of our students.

Although best-known for our teacher certification programs, many students are involved in writing - short stories, novels, children's fiction, movie scripts, and poetry. Writing well is a required skill for any journalist. Spring and Fall classes help students to explore a range of styles and formats to express themselves and earn certification.

Who Should Take this Class?

  • Native Speakers of English who want to work internationally teaching English
  • International students who are studying in the U.S. and want to teach English overseas
  • Current tutors and teachers of English language learners at tutoring centers and nonprofit agencies


  • BA/BS degree from English speaking country or permission of Director of Continuing Education.

Journalism is rapidly evolving into a world-wide global phenomenon but structure and rules with the written word remains as important to journalists today as it was in the time of Shakespeare.

NOW students at our Journalism School take a six-week writing course in the fall and Spring semesters. Courses include news writing, features, freelance writing. In the spring, students who wish to pursue writing careers can take a more in­-depth course such as literary journalism. Broadcast students can opt for classes that will help sharpen script­-writing skills.