ASU Global Launch achieves milestone 100,000 enrollments in online TESOL certification course

October 15, 2020

In the wake of the pandemic, many U.S. institutions were forced to reimagine the way education is administered online. 

At Arizona State University, online learning has lived alongside traditional learning models for almost 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 Language Educator Nick Velde interacts with students online Global Launch English language educator Nick Velde interacts with students online. Download Full Image

Part of Global Launch’s arsenal of online programs and courses is the award-winning Teach English Now! (TEN!), a 150-hour TESOLTeaching English to speakers of other languages certification course hosted on the Coursera platform, which has helped more than 2,800 learners from around the world achieve an online TESOL certificate.

This September, Global Launch’s Teach English Now! TESOL certification course surpassed 100,000 online learners for the first time.

“We are honored to see that so many people have access to our certificate program," said Dianna Lippincott, Global Launch’s assistant director of innovation. "Some learners are beginning a new career, while others are already teachers and are improving their craft to impact the future of their students. We continually hear remarks that learners thought online learning would be difficult at first, but find that they enjoy learning in this modality and the community that is built in the courses and sustained through social media.” 

Shane Dixon, Teach English Now!’s primary instructor, attributes collaborative teaching efforts and engaging content to the success of TEN!

“We have more than a dozen TESOL professionals who were willing not only to teach, but to act out visual stories that illustrate major ESL (English as a second language) principles," said Dixon. "For example, participants will watch our educators teach reading and writing through the framework 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 listening and speaking in technology through the theme of the movie ‘The Matrix.' The storytelling aspects of these courses help participants not only enjoy our courses, but give learners strong metaphorical links that improve the 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 career benefit and 25% reported actual pay increases or promotions after completing the online course and earning their 150-hour TESOL certificate.

According to learner Patricia T., “I've taught for decades and learned principles I've never heard before. Teach English Now! was my first online class, 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 thoroughly enjoyed this course.”

For more information about the Teach English Now! 150-hour online TESOL certification or for more information about online English language programs at ASU, contact Global Launch at

Samantha Talavera

Asst. Director, Global Marketing and Executive Communications, Global Launch


New Edson College partnership opens doors for qualitative research around recovery and exercise

October 15, 2020

Editor’s note: This story was written in collaboration with The Hope House.     

Arizona State University’s Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation has entered into a five-year partnership with The Hope House, an addiction rehab center in Scottsdale, Arizona, to expand treatment services while providing high-quality research opportunities for graduate students. Hayley Avino and brother Jeremy Plummer inside Plummer's Florida-based group fitness center. Edson College Doctor of Nursing Practice student Hayley Avino (left) and her brother, Jeremy Plummer, inside his Florida-based group fitness center. Avino is leading the first project as part of a new partnership. Download Full Image

The partnership will give students enrolled in the advanced nursing practice track of the Doctor of Nursing Practice (DNP) program at Edson College the ability to work alongside clinicians at The Hope House and conduct research on a variety of addiction treatments.

To begin, two doctoral nursing students, Hayley Avino and Courtney Routson, will spend the fall 2020 semester providing mindfulness, physical exercise and healthy living classes to The Hope House patients three times a week. 

These sessions will expand on the dual diagnosis program currently in place at The Hope House, intended to help patients deal with mental health problems alongside addiction.

Avino and Routson call their program The DREAMER Project: Defying Relapse through Exercise and Mindfulness to Extend Recovery. 

Prior research has shown that exercise and mindfulness practices are likely to positively impact sobriety and overall mental health, but there has been little concrete evidence around the subject. The nine-week program seeks to change that. 

“We’re looking to build the academic foundation that supports the positive impacts group fitness has on sobriety,” said Avino. “There’s been a lot of anecdotal evidence, but we want to provide a high-quality project to point to.” 

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Hayley Avino

Avino’s motivation behind the project goes beyond overall community health. Her brother, Jeremy Plummer, struggled with addiction for a number of years and took part in a variety of treatment options with marginal success. However, after incorporating group fitness and mindfulness into his daily routine, Plummer was able to attain sobriety and remain in recovery.

In honor of her brother’s accomplishments and the real-world effects Avino has witnessed in relation to exercise and addiction, Avino launched the DREAMER project with The Hope House on Sept. 27, 2020 — her brother’s four-year sobriety date.

“I just want to give people the same opportunity that Jeremy had, and I want to implement it early in their recovery,” Avino said.

Launching this project during a pandemic was both challenging and, it turns out, necessary.

COVID-19 has had a heavy impact on many Arizonans, and Brenna Gonzales, clinical director at The Hope House, says it has led to a significant increase in substance abuse and the need for addiction treatment in Arizona. 

“I would say about 75% (of patients) that are coming in right now are specifically citing COVID as a catalyst to seeking treatment,” Gonzales explained. 

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Brenna Gonzales

With the influx of patients and the need to adhere to public safety guidelines, Avino and Routson altered their program to be delivered virtually. The duo designed the program to be broken into three, three-week courses in order to treat as many patients as possible. 

Each patient will participate voluntarily and take the WHO Quality of Life abbreviated assessment before and after completing their three-week session. This assessment was developed in the early ’90s and is widely considered the standard for measuring substance abuse management.

While Avino and Routson’s focus is on exercise and mindfulness, DNP students who come after them are not pinned down to these and can choose alternative treatment paths they are interested in exploring.  

“Future students may develop programs on nutrition, aftercare or even something as cutting-edge as virtual reality treatment,” said Gonzales.

Avino said letting go of the DREAMER Project when she graduates next May will be tough because it is so personal, but she knows it will be in good hands.

Amanda Goodman

Senior communications specialist, Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation