Teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (13 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0925X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program, recognized by TESL Ontario and TESL Canada, provides teacher candidates with the theoretical foundations and practical techniques to help learners develop proficiency in English as a second language. The focus is on specialized knowledge and skills in the area of English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) methodology, teaching techniques, curriculum design and evaluation to prepare for a career in teaching ESL/EFL to adult learners. In addition, teacher candidates gain essential hands-on experience by completing two practicum placements, as well as an optional overseas teaching internship.

Potential local employers include: Ottawa-Carleton District School Board, Ottawa Catholic School Board, Algonquin College, La Cite, CEGEP de l'Outaouais, University of Ottawa, Ottawa Community Immigrant Services Organization, CultureWorks and other private language schools.

Bring Your Own Device (BYOD): Students are expected to have and use a laptop or mobile computing device when registered in this on-campus program. Hardware and software specifications required by each program are outlined at http://www.algonquincollege.com/byod. Mobile devices/laptops and supplies can be purchased directly from Connections, the campus store, at educational rates.

SUCCESS FACTORS

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have an excellent command of the English language.
  • Have good interpersonal and critical-thinking skills.
  • Understand and appreciate cultural diversity.
  • Have a basic understanding of computers and the Internet.
  • Have the ability to work with word processors.
  • Are enthusiastic about teaching.

Your Career

Domestic career opportunities for graduates include teaching English as a Second Language to adults in continuing education, government-funded community-based programs, colleges, universities and private language schools. International career opportunities include teaching English as a Second Language in elementary and secondary schools, postsecondary institutions and the private sector.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

The cost of books is approximately $600 for the program duration and can be purchased at the campus store. Some of the required textbooks are available as eTexts.

Admission Requirements

Program Eligibility
  • An undergraduate university degree.
  • A successful interview with program coordinator.
  • Applicants may be asked to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Basic knowledge of word processing and Internet is required.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:

  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) - overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each section, or
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service - Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.
Program Eligibility
  • An undergraduate university degree.
  • A successful interview with program coordinator.
  • Applicants may be asked to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written English.
  • Basic knowledge of word processing and Internet is required.

Applicants with International transcripts must provide proof of either:

  • TOEFL-Internet-based (iBT) - overall 88, with a minimum of 22 in each section, or
  • IELTS-International English Language Testing Service - Overall band of 6.5 with a minimum of 6.0 in each band.

Application Information

TEACHERS OF ENGLISH AS A SECOND/FOREIGN LANGUAGE
Program Code 0925X02PWO

Applications to full-time day programs must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements through:

ontariocolleges.ca
60 Corporate Court
Guelph, Ontario
N1G 5J3
1-888-892-2228

Applications are available online www.ontariocolleges.ca. A $95 fee applies.

Applications for Fall Term, Winter Term and Spring Term admission will be processed on a first-come, first-served basis as long as places are available.

Note: International applicants applying from out-of-country may obtain an "International Student Application Form" and instructions by logging onto the site or by contacting the International Client Service Officer at the address shown below.

For further information on the admissions process, contact:

Registrar's Office
Algonquin College
1385 Woodroffe Avenue
Ottawa, Ontario
K2G 1V8
Phone: 613-727-0002 or 1-800-565-4723
Fax: 613-727-7623
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Notes

  • Both the Full-time and Part-time programs are offered at the Language Institute on the Woodroffe Campus. Flexible delivery options are also available including hybrid and online delivery.
  • The Full-time program offering is completed in two consecutive terms, Fall and Winter. The Part-time program offering can be completed in three consecutive terms but must be completed within four years. Both include practice in adult ESL classrooms.
  • The Full-time courses are offered in the morning, Monday to Friday. The Part-time courses are offered in the evening, 6:30 p.m.-9:30 p.m., Monday to Thursday. Part-time students are permitted to take day courses, subject to seat availability.
  • Applicants with previous teaching experience in adult ESL or EFL are eligible for course exemptions through PLAR. External transfer of credit from similar academic programs is also possible. .
  • For more information regarding this program, visit our website.

Additional Information

For more information, please contact Coordinator Dmitri Priven at privend@algonquincollege.com or 613-727-4723 ext. 5018.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
TSL525072.0Methodology in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

TSL5250 Methodology in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

Students identify the characteristics of the adult learner, examine historical and current methods in second language teaching, explore the contexts of adult learning and teaching, and become familiar with the basics of designing and implementing lesson plans. Students also work with Canadian Language Benchmarks.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

TSL525145.0Language Learning and Culture

TSL5251 Language Learning and Culture

Students develop an intercultural perspective in teaching ESL. Students become reflective teachers by critically exploring how culture is reflected in language and discussing the relevance of their own and their students' culture for classroom teaching. The history and current state of multiculturalism in Canada is examined, as well as the role of English as an international language.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

TSL525260.0Pedagogical Grammar

TSL5252 Pedagogical Grammar

Students develop a basic understanding of the form, function and use of grammar terminology in today's English language classroom. In addition, students acquire basic knowledge of current grammar teaching methodologies and strategies to integrate grammar in the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students practise developing and implementing grammar-based lessons and explore various error correction techniques.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

TSL527472.0Introduction to Language and Language AcquisitionOn Campus
TSL527660.0Practicum I - Teaching English as a Second Language

TSL5276 Practicum I - Teaching English as a Second Language

Students observe an adult ESL classroom to enhance their understanding of teaching techniques in a field placement setting. Students may also participate in teaching through small group facilitation, one-on-one tutoring and marking, as well as other teaching-related activities.

Co-requisites: TSL5250

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL525320.0Independent Learning Project

TSL5253 Independent Learning Project

Students work one-on-one with an assigned ESL student and compile a learner profile based on the concepts covered in Methodology and/or Pedagogical Grammar.

Co-requisites: TSL5250 or TSL5252

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL001130.0Assessment and Evaluation in Second Language Teaching

TSL0011 Assessment and Evaluation in Second Language Teaching

Students learn the basic principles, procedures and techniques of assessing ESL students' language proficiency. As they practise the evaluation of learner performance in reading, writing, listening and speaking, students also explore alternative methods of evaluating language proficiency.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL525430.0Adult Literacy and Beginner EslOn Campus
TSL525545.0Teaching Reading and Writing

TSL5255 Teaching Reading and Writing

Students develop a greater understanding of ESL teaching methodologies by the adoption of techniques and strategies for integrating all language skills for the purposes of teaching Reading and Writing. Students also practise planning lessons and review the basic principles of materials development for Reading and Writing courses.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL525639.0Teaching Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

TSL5256 Teaching Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

Students enhance their understanding of ESL teaching methodologies by adopting techniques and strategies for integrating all language skills for the purposes of teaching Listening and Speaking. Students review the sound system of English and learn to design pronunciation activities. Students also practise planning lessons and review the basic principles of materials development for Listening and Speaking courses.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

Co-requisites: TSL5274

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL526030.0Curriculum Development in English for Specific PurposesOn Campus
TSL525842.0Educational Technology in Second Language TeachingOn Campus
TSL528260.0Practicum II - Teaching English as a Second LanguageOn Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TSL5250 Methodology in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

Students identify the characteristics of the adult learner, examine historical and current methods in second language teaching, explore the contexts of adult learning and teaching, and become familiar with the basics of designing and implementing lesson plans. Students also work with Canadian Language Benchmarks.

TSL5251 Language Learning and Culture

Students develop an intercultural perspective in teaching ESL. Students become reflective teachers by critically exploring how culture is reflected in language and discussing the relevance of their own and their students' culture for classroom teaching. The history and current state of multiculturalism in Canada is examined, as well as the role of English as an international language.

TSL5252 Pedagogical Grammar

Students develop a basic understanding of the form, function and use of grammar terminology in today's English language classroom. In addition, students acquire basic knowledge of current grammar teaching methodologies and strategies to integrate grammar in the teaching of reading, writing, listening and speaking. Students practise developing and implementing grammar-based lessons and explore various error correction techniques.

TSL5274 Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition

Students gain a basic understanding of various systems within language, such as phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, as well as psychological, social and historical aspects of language. Students also review second language acquisition theories and their relevance to classroom teaching.

TSL5276 Practicum I - Teaching English as a Second Language

Students observe an adult ESL classroom to enhance their understanding of teaching techniques in a field placement setting. Students may also participate in teaching through small group facilitation, one-on-one tutoring and marking, as well as other teaching-related activities.

Co-requisites: TSL5250

TSL5253 Independent Learning Project

Students work one-on-one with an assigned ESL student and compile a learner profile based on the concepts covered in Methodology and/or Pedagogical Grammar.

Co-requisites: TSL5250 or TSL5252

TSL0011 Assessment and Evaluation in Second Language Teaching

Students learn the basic principles, procedures and techniques of assessing ESL students' language proficiency. As they practise the evaluation of learner performance in reading, writing, listening and speaking, students also explore alternative methods of evaluating language proficiency.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

TSL5254 Adult Literacy and Beginner Esl

Students use appropriate techniques and develop curricula for Adult Literacy programs and for beginner levels of ESL. Topics include the teaching of basic skills in reading, writing and survival communication to beginner learners.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

TSL5255 Teaching Reading and Writing

Students develop a greater understanding of ESL teaching methodologies by the adoption of techniques and strategies for integrating all language skills for the purposes of teaching Reading and Writing. Students also practise planning lessons and review the basic principles of materials development for Reading and Writing courses.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

TSL5256 Teaching Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation

Students enhance their understanding of ESL teaching methodologies by adopting techniques and strategies for integrating all language skills for the purposes of teaching Listening and Speaking. Students review the sound system of English and learn to design pronunciation activities. Students also practise planning lessons and review the basic principles of materials development for Listening and Speaking courses.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

Co-requisites: TSL5274

TSL5260 Curriculum Development in English for Specific Purposes

Students develop a further understanding of ESL teaching methodologies through the exploration of current teaching contexts in English for Specific Purposes (ESP). Students explore content-based instruction in language courses and participate in the development of ESP curricula for existing language programs in Canada and abroad.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

TSL5258 Educational Technology in Second Language Teaching

Students develop an initial understanding of how to use technology in the ESL classroom. By critically evaluating their fit with various educational technologies, students enhance their knowledge of teaching methodologies. Topics such as teaching with language learning software, online language learning applications, Blackboard, other learning management systems and social media and 3D Virtual Learning Environment are explored. Students also practise designing teaching materials using online tools.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

TSL5282 Practicum II - Teaching English as a Second Language

Students practise their teaching skills in an adult ESL classroom in a field placement setting.

Pre-requisites: TSL5276