Teaching English as a Second Language

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To effectively participate in this program, students must have reliable Internet access and meet these device requirements.

Program description - September 2022

Do you want to make a difference? Do you want to teach English as a second language? Become one of Conestoga's grads, teaching and managing ESL programs throughout Ontario.This 340-hour program includes applied in-class and practicum experience and is recognized by TESL Canada (Standard II) and by TESL Ontario.Graduates of the Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) graduate certificate gain the knowledge and skills for successful English language teaching through active learning and 50 hours of observing and teaching.Practicum placements occur in community-based programs such as Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) and/or within English for Academic Purposes (EAP) settings at college or university, preparing students for today's world of English language learning and teaching in Canada or abroad.Conestoga's teaching faculty are passionate educators who bring extensive credentials and English language teaching experience across a variety of English language programs.Conestoga's TESL program meets and exceeds the standards of TESL Canada and TESL Ontario. Part 1 is recognized by TESL Canada (Standard I). Part 2 is recognized by TESL Canada (Standard II) and by TESL Ontario.The program is offered full-time in class or part-time online.

Program details

Code: 1008
Delivery: Full-time
Length: 1 year
Start: September 2022
Campus: Waterloo
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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Tuition & fees

Tuition and fee details for the 2021-2022 year are listed below. Books and supplies are additional. Tuition and fee details for terms starting September 2022 and later will be available Spring 2022.



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Financial assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website. For more information, please visit OSAP & aid.

Awards & scholarships

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Delivery sequence - September 2022 - Waterloo

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