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TESOL — Online and in Oaxaca, México


Oaxaca, México

Oaxaca, México

TESOL Program – Online and in Oaxaca, México

I am thrilled to be a part of a collaboration between Santa Fe Community College and Language Institute for Sustainability and Transformative Education @ Oaxaca for teachers of students who speak languages other than English.

TV interview with more about the TESOL program specifics, students, and what you will experience in Oaxaca—immersing yourself in the language and culture of your students by living with a family, exploring outlying villages on the weekends, experiencing the vibrancy of the culture, languages, and people, and learning how to create academic and socio-cultural success for emergent bilingual students.

(Behind the scenes of the interview—Clearly, I had to wear a bright scarf to convey the vibrancy of the culture, people, languages, and land of Oaxaca!)

Teachers can now earn a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate in as few as two semesters through online courses, coupled with professional language and cultural immersion through LISTO (Language Institute for Sustainability and Transformative Education) summer intensive classes in Oaxaca, Mexico. Teachers have a unique opportunity to immerse themselves in the ancient and magical city of Oaxaca, while taking coursework and earning credits through Santa Fe Community College. In this Institute, teachers engaged in high-quality second-language pedagogy, intensive language training, and rich artistic, cultural traditions found in Oaxaca. Teachers meet for instruction Monday through Thursday, with long weekends to explore outlying villages, vibrant with contemporary and indigenous foods, textiles, pottery, and music. There are homestay or independent apartment housing options.

Oaxaca - Papel Picado

Oaxaca – Papel Picado


LISTO is a national model for training teachers to further develop cultural competencies and understand and engage English Language Learning students.


The purpose of LISTO for Teachers is to expose teachers to traditional cultures of Mexico to discover the cultural richness of the Spanish-speaking peoples of this hemisphere while engaging in effective second language pedagogy.


The Mission of LISTO is to bring teachers together in a language and cultural immersion program in Oaxaca, Mexico, to promote cultural understanding and build bridges with students upon their return to the United States.

Interested in earning your Bilingual Certificate? Earn 3 credits toward your Bilingual Certificate and participate in the month-long Spanish immersion program. Spanish credits can be earned as well, and a variety of Spanish levels are offered to meet your needs.

Why Oaxaca?

LISTO for teachers is based in and around Ciudad de Oaxaca, México, in a state with over 500 municipalities and 40 distinct languages in the southern part of Mexico, home to the spicy chocolate mole sauce, dances such as the Guelaguetza, traditional handmade clothes, black pottery and hand-woven rugs. Oaxaca is known for the vibrancy of the cultures and traditions of indigenous peoples. The people of Oaxaca are proud of their traditions, and still preserve them after 500 years of colonization and modernity. Near the city of Oaxaca are the ancient ruins of Monte Alban, coffee, banana and agave plantations, and numerous villages known for crafts such as woodworking or pottery.

Monte Albán

Monte Albán

Women of Oaxaca


We hope you will join us:

Specifics and Details about the Program


Contact information:

Tourimex - Oaxaca

Tourimex – Oaxaca

Cara Esquivel
Program Coordinator
(505) 603-1235

Santa Fe Community College
Dawn Wink
Director, Department of Teacher Education
(505) 428-1347

Bethany Muller, PhD
SFCC Teacher Education, Assistant Professor
(505) 428-1749

Silver City, NM

Silver City, NM

WRITERS: The upcoming Write and Retreat in Silver City, New Mexico (February 19 – 22) will be a time of deep writing, deep retreat, and deep friendship.

Author: Dawn Wink

Dawn Wink is a writer and educator whose work explores language, landscape, wildness, beauty, and imagination.

10 thoughts on “TESOL — Online and in Oaxaca, México

  1. Wow Dawn,

    This is pretty awesome! I wish I had the chance to take it.


    • Hola Renato! How wonderful to hear from you. Yes, I wish you were going to be there, too. This will be your kind of program! Thanks so very much for taking the time to connect. Muchos saludos!

  2. Way to go, Dawn! This sounds like an excellent program. And with you involved, it’s bound to succeed. Good luck!

  3. Love this, Dawn! Congratulations on enriching others of another culture and becoming part of it for self-enrichment. Wonderful!

    • Mary Jo, thanks so very much! We have high hopes for this program and experiences. I know that I will learn as much as my students. Thanks so much for taking the time to connect.

  4. Hey Dawn, Happy New Year! I’m excited about this. Please let me know when there are financial aide opportunities to access for the program. Thanks and take care, Barbara Z

    • Hey Barbara, Happy New Year to You! Yes, working on those financial opportunities now. I’ll keep you posted, as things (hopefully) develop! Looks promising. Big hugs, Dawn

  5. Oh, my! If I were 20 years younger and still teaching. The closest I ever came to something like this was teaching in a school where 97% of the kids were (and still are) native Spanish speakers and many of our kids were from Oaxaca . I earned an endorsement in ELL which doesn’t even come close to this kind of experiential learning. Dawn, I am sure you will have a full class and a fantastically wonderful experience with this terrific course.

    Hugs, Lindy

    • Dear Lindy, I thought so much about you with this! I’ll make sure and write about it and take loads of photos, so that you will be there with us in spirit. Oaxaca is a part of Mexico that I’ve always wanted to experience and have never been. How wonderful that you taught so many kids from Oaxaca. I look forward to learning as much as my students. I will be thinking about you when there!
      Huge hugs,

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