Teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language

Ontario College Graduate Certificate (13 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 0925X02PWO Academic Year: 2014/2015


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

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

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within four years.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have a good command of the English language.
  • Have good interpersonal skills and critical-thinking skills.
  • Understand and appreciate cultural diversity.
  • Have a basic understanding of computers and the Internet.

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 and universities, and private schools. International career opportunities include teaching English as a Second Language in elementary and secondary schools, post-secondary 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.

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.
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent; OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older without an OSSD).
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 from non English speaking countries must provide proof of proficiency in English (IELTS, CANTEST, TOEFL or equivalent).

Application Information

Applications for this program must be submitted with official transcripts showing completion of the academic admission requirements via ontariocolleges.ca

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

Applications are available online. 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.

International applicants applying from out-of-country can obtain the International Student Application Form or by contacting the Registrar's Office.

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: 613-727-7632
Email: AskUs@algonquincollege.com

Notes

  • Both the Full-time and Part-time programs are offered at the Language Institute on the Woodroffe Campus.
  • The Full-time program offering is completed in two consecutive terms, Fall and Winter.
  • The Part-time program offering must be completed in four years. Both include practice in adult ESL classrooms.
  • 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 NameWinter
TSL525072.0Methodology in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

TSL5250 Methodology in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

Students learn about the characteristics of the adult learner, cover historical and current methods in second language teaching, explore the contexts of learning and teaching, and learn 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 CultureOn Campus
TSL525260.0Pedagogical Grammar

TSL5252 Pedagogical Grammar

Students develop a basic understanding of the form, function and use of the major grammar points of the English language. They become familiar with grammar terminology used in today's language classroom. They also acquire basic knowledge of current grammar teaching methodologies, as well as ways to integrate grammar for teaching the four skills. Students practise developing and implementing grammar-based lessons and explore various error correction techniques.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL527472.0Introduction to Language and Language Acquisition

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.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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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. They 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 ProjectOn Campus
TSL001130.0Assessment and Evaluation in Second Language TeachingOn Campus
TSL525430.0Adult Literacy and Beginner Esl

TSL5254 Adult Literacy and Beginner Esl

Students learn to use appropriate techniques and develop curricula for Adult Literacy programs and for beginner levels of LINC. Topics include teaching the basics of reading, writing and survival communication skills to newcomers to Canada.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL525545.0Teaching Reading and Writing

TSL5255 Teaching Reading and Writing

Students develop a further understanding of ESL teaching methodologies through following techniques and strategies for integrating all language skills for the purposes of teaching Reading and Writing. Students also practise planning lessons and review 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 PronunciationOn Campus
TSL526030.0Curriculum Development in English for Specific Purposes

TSL5260 Curriculum Development in English for Specific Purposes

Students develop a further understanding of ESL teaching methodologies through exploring current teaching contexts in English for Specific Purposes (ESP). Students gain understanding of content-based instruction in language courses and take part in developing real ESP curricula for existing language programs in Canada and abroad.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL525842.0Educational Technology in Second Language Teaching

TSL5258 Educational Technology in Second Language Teaching

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

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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TSL528260.0Practicum II - Teaching English as a Second LanguageOn Campus

COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

TSL5250 Methodology in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language

Students learn about the characteristics of the adult learner, cover historical and current methods in second language teaching, explore the contexts of learning and teaching, and learn 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. They become reflective teachers by critically exploring how culture is reflected in language. They also discuss the relevance of their students' and their own culture for classroom teaching. They examine the history and current state of multiculturalism in Canada, as well as the importance of English as an international language.

TSL5252 Pedagogical Grammar

Students develop a basic understanding of the form, function and use of the major grammar points of the English language. They become familiar with grammar terminology used in today's language classroom. They also acquire basic knowledge of current grammar teaching methodologies, as well as ways to integrate grammar for teaching the four skills. 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. They 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 ESL student from the Language Institute or a postsecondary college program. They 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 basic principles, procedures and techniques of assessing ESL students' language proficiency. They practise evaluating students' performance in the four skill areas. Students also explore alternative methods of evaluating language proficiency.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

TSL5254 Adult Literacy and Beginner Esl

Students learn to use appropriate techniques and develop curricula for Adult Literacy programs and for beginner levels of LINC. Topics include teaching the basics of reading, writing and survival communication skills to newcomers to Canada.

Pre-requisites: TSL5250

TSL5255 Teaching Reading and Writing

Students develop a further understanding of ESL teaching methodologies through following techniques and strategies for integrating all language skills for the purposes of teaching Reading and Writing. Students also practise planning lessons and review 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 through following 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 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 exploring current teaching contexts in English for Specific Purposes (ESP). Students gain understanding of content-based instruction in language courses and take part in developing real ESP curricula for existing language programs in Canada and abroad.

TSL5258 Educational Technology in Second Language Teaching

Students develop an initial understanding of how to use technology in the ESL classroom. They enhance their knowledge of teaching methodologies through critically evaluating their fit for various educational technologies. Students explore such topics as teaching with language learning software, online language learning applications, Blackboard, other learning management systems and social media and 3-D Virtual Learning Environment. They 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