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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 nine 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

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

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Program Requirements

Program Information

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

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

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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.

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For program information, call the Information Centre at 519-748-5220 ext 3656.

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Program Courses

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Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
TESL8200 TESL 001: Foundations for English Language Learning
Description: In this course, the nature of language, current theories of language learning, first and second language acquisition, and cultural models will be studied. Learning styles as they impact language learning will be analyzed and applied to various language learning contexts. Students must be accepted in the TESL program prior to registering for this course.
Hours: 55
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
TESL8210 TESL 002: Foundations for English Language Teaching I
Description: This course presents an overview of language teaching methodology. Students are introduced to the four 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. Students will analyze standardized tests and develop strategies for effective assessment in the classroom. Students must be accepted in the TESL program in order to register for this course.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Details
TESL8220 TESL 003: The Structure and Sound of English I
Description: This course introduces students to the grammatical structures and sound system of English taught at beginner, intermediate, and advanced proficiency levels. Topics include a brief overview of the English tense system, the characteristics of the English sentence, the segmental and supra-segmental features of the English sound system, including techniques for presentation and practice of individual grammar and pronunciation points, and inductive/deductive approaches to teaching grammar and pronunciation. Students are required to teach a grammar or pronunciation lesson and provide feedback to their peers.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites:
CoRequisites:
Closed
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 grammatical structures of the English language in more depth and apply contrastive analysis to pinpoint the influence of ESL learners' first language on their communication in English. Contrastive analysis will also be employed to identify the effect of first language sound systems on pronunciation of English. A range of techniques for the effective teaching of pronunciation will be integrated into an overall lesson planning framework.
Hours: 60
Credits: 4
Pre-Requisites: TESL8200, TESL8210, TESL8220, TESL8230
CoRequisites:
Closed
TESL8260 TESL 007: Teaching the Four Language Skills
Description: This course examines theoretical and practical issues in teaching reading, writing, listening, speaking and vocabulary at the beginner, intermediate and advanced levels, including principles and techniques for giving feedback. Students are required to 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: This course provides students with the opportunity to both observe and teach in adult ESL classrooms. Students observe for 20 hours and teach for 10 hours in one or more ESL classes for adults. Students will plan and select resources appropriate for the class under the guidance of their mentor teacher.
Hours: 35
Credits: 2
Pre-Requisites: TESL8200, TESL8210, TESL8220, TESL8230
CoRequisites:
Details

Annual Delivery Schedule

Teaching English as a Second Language, Online Delivery #1008
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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