Teacher of English as a Second Language/ Foreign Language

New this year! Learn to teach ESL/EFL in the comfort of your home through a synchronous online delivery option! This program is available entirely online synchronously (except for the practicum placement) through a web-conferencing platform. High speed internet and a headset/webcam are required for this option.

For complete program information, please follow these links:
Full-time program
Part-time program

For further information about these programs, please contact Dmitri Priven, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 5018 or privend@algonquincollege.com.

Prepare for your career

At the Algonquin College Language Institute, you learn the specialized knowledge and skills in the area of teaching English as a Second Language/Foreign Language (TESL/FL) methodology, instructional techniques, syllabus design and evaluation to prepare you for a career in teaching ESL/FL to adult learners. Special emphasis is placed on integrating cutting-edge technology into language teaching

Both the full-time and part-time programs are offered at the Language Institute on Woodroffe campus. The full-time program is completed in two consecutive terms, fall and winter. The part-time program must be completed in four years. Both include practice in ESL classrooms.

This Ontario College Graduate Certificate program, recognized by TESL Ontario and TESL Canada, provides you with the theoretical foundations and practical techniques to help develop proficiency in teaching English as a second or foreign language.

In addition, you gain essential hands-on experience by completing two practicum courses, as well as an optional overseas teaching internship.

Career opportunities for graduates may include ESL/FL teachers in continuing education or community-based programs and business and industry trainers, in Canada and abroad.

Success Factors

This program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have a good command of the English language
  • Possess critical-thinking skills
  • Have good interpersonal skills
  • Understand and appreciate cultural diversity

Awards and Recognition

2013 IELA International e-Learning Award (Honourable Mention)  for Teaching in 3D Multi-User Virtual Environments http://www.ielassoc.org/awards_program/about_IELA_awards.html

2013 Capital Educator Award  Dmitri Priven, Program Coordinator (Finalist) http://www.onfe-rope.ca/programs/capital-educators-awards

2016 IELA International e-Learning Award (Honourable Mention)  for “Blended Synchronous Delivery of ESL Teacher Training Programs”  http://www.ielassoc.org/awards_program/past_winners.html



Algonquin College is my Alma Mater. It was my first choice among many schools when I decided to study overseas. I believe Algonquin gave me a great education and a most impressive Canadian experience.

I came to Canada from China in 2010 to continue my studies in the Canadian higher education system. I graduated from Algonquin College in 2011 with my TESFL (Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language) certificate. In June 2013, I got my Masters of Education with a specialty in Second Language Teaching from the University of Ottawa.

While at Algonquin, I was able not only to get a great education but also to gain practical experience in teaching and related areas. I worked as an information assistant at the Student Counseling Office, and was responsible for answering questions about school services and for providing service and support to international students. At the same time, being a peer tutor at Algonquin’s Peer Tutoring Centre gave me a great chance not only to help other international students with their English but also to understand their culture. I also was a sales representative at a Canadian Tire Financial Office, which helped me in dealing with culturally diverse populations. I gained excellent communication skills there. Upon graduation from the TESFL program, I became a volunteer in the LINC program at Ottawa Carleton District School Board, where I came to know people from different countries and studied their culture and learned Canada’s immigration policies as well as student services. In October 2013, after obtaining my 3-year work permit, I was hired as an ESL Instructor at Algonquin College Language Institute.  All in all, I have benefited a lot from Algonquin, so I would recommend the TESFL program to all international students.

Minyi Zhang, ESL Teacher, Algonquin College Language Institute


The adult non-credit ESL/LINC program of the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has collaborated with the TESL/FL Program at Algonquin College through the Applied Research program to engage the students of the Curriculum Development course in a live project.  We have had several curricula developed under this collaborative model.  We are able to establish and standardize our curriculum for unique courses that we offer and the Algonquin students engage in a live project that is connected to the community, enhances our programming and provides them with hands on experience in developing a curriculum while learning.  This is definitely a win-win situation.

Most recently, the TESL/FL students have developed an ESL for Active Living Curriculum which is for a course for immigrant senior citizens that engages them in improving their language skills in areas that are important and meaningful to their integration and well-being in Canada.  Units include topics related to healthy eating, active living, services for seniors, and volunteerism. The curriculum incorporated the elements of Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) that we as language providers are using.  This was our fifth curriculum developed by this team.

We strongly urge other language providers to engage in this project as a means of establishing curricula for specific language courses which in turn helps you to build your program capacity.  The quality of the work is excellent and I commend Dmitri Priven, Program Coordinator of the TESL/FL program at Algonquin College for taking the initiative in creating this course and this wonderful opportunity for the future ESL instructors and also for the benefit of our ESL/LINC programs in Ottawa.

Shirley Graham
Education Officer, ESL/LINC/LBS
Continuing Education, Ottawa Carleton District School Board
October 2016

More testimonials of TESL students who have done teaching internships abroad

If you require accommodation please contact the Centre for Students with Disabilities:

Phone: 613 727-4723 ext.7683
TTY: 613 727-7747
Email: csd@algonquincollege.com