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Teaching English as a Second Language (Part-time)

Credential:
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
1008
School:
Language and Communications Studies

About the Program

This online program is designed for students who wish to teach English as a Second Language in Canada and/or overseas. The two-part program consists of 340 hours of academic study in eight courses. Each course provides background on key theoretical issues and practice in application of these issues to language teaching. The program includes two supervised teaching practicums. Part 1 is recognized by TESL Canada (Standard I). Part 2 is recognized by TESL Canada (Standard II) and by TESL Ontario.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements

Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

Program Requirements

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at www.conestogac.on.ca/admissions/forms

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

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Graduate Opportunities

100% of 2007-2008 graduates found employment within 6 months of graduation.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: http://www.workingincanada.gc.ca

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
OHS1320 Safety in the Workplace
Description: This course focuses on developing awareness and skills for the student to safely manage and conduct him or herself within a variety of employment settings. Through the nine units of the course, participants will have the opportunity to enhance their understanding and knowledge of General Health and Safety guidelines, including WHMIS, Fire Safety and Workplace Violence. The unit on Accessibility for Ontarians with Disabilities Act will instruct the student on the requirements for Accessible Customer Service and Integrated Accessibility Standard Regulations. General information on Safe Driving, Privacy of Information and Hand Washing will be addressed as well. The course also provides participants with critical information regarding their insurance coverage (WSIB or other) while employed. As well as guidelines to follow in the event of an injury. Participants will receive a printable Record of Completion upon successful conclusion of this course, in order to demonstrate awareness of safe working practices to their employers.
Hours: 14
Credits: 1
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
TESL8200 TESL 001: Foundations for English Language Learning
Description: This course provides an overview of key theoretical and practical issues affecting language learning. The nature of language, first and second language acquisition, and diversity among learners will be explored, as will the impact of culture, the needs and characteristics of adult learners, and the role of assessment in learning. Course concepts, addressed through interactive learning tasks, will prepare students for informed decision making in the adult language classroom.
Hours: 55
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
TESL8210 TESL 002: Foundations for English Language Teaching I
Description: This course presents an overview of language teaching methodology. Topics will include four language skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking and the focus area of vocabulary development. Students will learn core techniques for teaching the four skills and for planning effective lessons in various contexts using a wide range of materials and resources. Students will analyze standardized tests and develop strategies for effective formative and summative assessment in the classroom. Students will teach a skills-based lesson and develop an assessment tool to measure learning of the skill.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
TESL8220 TESL 003: The Structure and Sound of English I
Description: This course provides students with an introduction to the grammar and pronunciation of English taught at beginner, intermediate, and advanced language proficiency levels. Topics will include an overview of the English tense system, the characteristics of the English sentence, and the segmental and supra-segmental features of the English sound system, including techniques for presentation and practice of individual grammar and pronunciation points within a context relevant to adults in a variety of settings. Students will identify inductive/deductive approaches to teaching grammar and pronunciation and will teach a grammar and a pronunciation lesson and provide feedback to their peers.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
TESL8230 TESL 004: Observation/Practicum I
Description: During this observation/practicum, students will observe and teach in an adult English as an additional language classroom. For the 15 hours of observation, students will observe and report on teaching techniques, classroom management practices, strategies for fostering and celebrating cultural diversity, and the relationship between curriculum context and learning practices. During the 10 hours of teaching, students will plan, select resources, and present lessons appropriate for the class under the guidance of their mentor teacher, and reflect on their own teaching practice.
Hours: 25
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites: TESL8200, TESL8210
Details
TESL8245 TESL 005: Foundations for English Language Learning and Teaching II
Description: In this course, students will trace the history of language teaching methods in relation to the current practice of teaching English as an additional language to adults. Students will learn how to plan program and unit outcomes for a variety of settings based on curriculum development principles and practices using such curriculum resources as The Canadian Language Benchmarks. Students will develop both formative and summative tools to assess language proficiency and achievement within a variety of curriculum settings, including a focus on portfolio based language assessment practices.
Hours: 45
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: TESL8200, TESL8210, TESL8220, TESL8230
CoRequisites:
Closed
TESL8250 TESL 006: The Structure and Sound of English II
Description: This course builds on the foundations of The Structure and Sound of English I. Students will study complex grammatical structures and pronunciation features of the English language and identify strategies for overcoming first language interference in learning English as an additional language. A complex framework for the effective teaching and assessment of grammar and pronunciation will be integrated into the lesson planning process.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: TESL8200, TESL8210, TESL8220, TESL8230
CoRequisites:
Details
TESL8260 TESL 007: Teaching the Four Language Skills
Description: This course examines the theoretical and practical issues involved in effective reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary use for adult language learners. Students will develop an integrated framework of practices for teaching the four language skills at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, including principles and techniques for feedback and assessment. Students will teach a reading/writing and a listening/speaking lesson and provide feedback to their peers.
Hours: 50
Credits: 3
Pre-Requisites: TESL8200, TESL8210, TESL8220, TESL8230
CoRequisites:
Details
TESL8280 TESL 008: Observation/Practicum II
Description: During this observation/practicum, students will observe and teach in an adult English as an additional language classroom. For the 15 hours of observation, students will observe and report on the use of learning strategies, the relationship between socio-cultural context and lesson content, strategies for providing feedback, and other teaching and learning practices. During the 10 hours of teaching, students will plan, select resources, and present lessons appropriate for the class, and reflect on their own teaching practice.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: TESL8200, TESL8210, TESL8220, TESL8230
CoRequisites:
Details
Annual Delivery Schedule
Course Code Course Title Winter Summer Fall
TESL8200 TESL 001: Foundations for English Language Learning
X
X
TESL8210 TESL 002: Foundations for English Language Teaching I
X
X
TESL8220 TESL 003: The Structure and Sound of English I
X
X
TESL8230 TESL 004: Observation/Practicum I
X
X
X
TESL8245 TESL 005: Foundations for English Language Learning and Teaching II
X
X
TESL8250 TESL 006: The Structure and Sound of English II
X
X
TESL8260 TESL 007: Teaching the Four Language Skills
X
X
TESL8280 TESL 008: Observation/Practicum II
X
X
X

Note: This schedule is for planning purposes only and is subject to change.

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Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.

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Program Contact

Classroom delivery: Liliana Pereira, lpereira@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 3751

Online delivery: Shirley Nequest, snequest@conestogac.on.ca, 519-748-5220 ext. 3759

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