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Overview

TESL is a part-time program that prepares individuals to teach English language skills to adult learners enrolled in a variety of ESL or EAP programs. It is designed for both experienced and novice teachers.

A TESL (Teacher of English as a Second Language) Certificate, which includes all of the theoretical and methodology courses, as well as student observations of qualified experienced ESL teachers in a classroom environment and practice teaching in an ESL class under the supervision of a qualified experienced instructor.

Did you know that Seneca's TESL program has the lowest tuition of all the GTA providers?

The part-time Seneca TESL certificate program is recognized by TESL Canada and TESL Ontario.

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Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the TESL program will be prepared to teach English as a Second Language (ESL) to adults in Canada as well as in programs offered overseas. Graduates teach in college and university ESL, EAP programs, community ESL, adult ESL with the school boards and private schools.

Entry Requirements

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*TEFL students who have concurrently enrolled in TSL203 and who have not finished TSL204, may enroll in TSL205 which is a TESL certificate course, provided they have been admitted into the TESL module.

Prerequisites

It is your responsibility to ensure that program requirements and course prerequisites as outlined are met. Prerequisites are included for your academic protection. Knowledge of the prerequisite material is assumed by your instructor and instruction will proceed accordingly. Students lacking prerequisites not only jeopardize their own ability to succeed but present unnecessary interruption. If you lack appropriate prerequisites (or Transfer Credit for the prerequisite course) you may be asked to withdraw or transfer to a more appropriate course with the risk of academic/financial penalty.


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Curriculum

Curriculum

TSL200
Understanding and Explaining Grammar
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Prerequisite(s):

English Assessment. A minimum score required in both ESL079 and ESL934/EAC149. Please see "English Assessment and Placement" for registration details for this assessment.

This course offers students the theory and practice required to explain grammar form and function to the adult ESL learner.




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TSL201
Linguistics
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Prerequisite(s):

English Assessment. A minimum score required in both ESL079 and ESL934/EAC149. Please see "English Assessment and Placement" for registration details for this assessment.

This course presents students with an overview of the foundations in syntax, morphology, phonetics/phonology etcetera and the applications of such to the adult ESL learner.




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TSL202
Culture and Society / Social Foundations in ESL
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Prerequisite(s):

English Assessment. A minimum score required in both ESL079 and ESL934/EAC149. Please see "English Assessment and Placement" for registration details for this assessment.

This course examines cultural and sociolinguistic issues affecting language learning.




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TSL203
Second Language Pedagogy
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Prerequisite(s):

TSL200 and TSL201

Corequisite(s):

Recommended: TSL205

The methodology of second language teaching is crucial to the success of the adult learner. The methodology of teaching ESL students in different skills areas such as conversation, listening, reading and writing is discussed.




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TSL204
Principles of Evaluation
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Prerequisite(s):

TSL200 and TSL201. TSL203 is recommended, but is not a formal prerequisite.

Acquiring skills in the evaluation of students' work is critical to becoming a successful teacher. This course teaches students the principles and tools of ESL assessment and gives students practical guidance on using and developing tasks for different language skills.




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TSL205
Practicum
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Prerequisite(s):

Students may begin the observation practicum after the successful completion of TSL203 or while concurrently taking TSL203 if they are eligible for the TESL module (see calendar for details). This practicum must be completed within two semesters. There is a mandatory orientation session. Contact the coordinator for details.

This practicum involves 30 hours of observation of instruction and learning in the ESL classroom. It gives students the opportunity to observe different ESL classes and levels, ESL classroom dynamics, a variety of learning and instructional styles and techniques, and practical teaching skills such as classroom management, instructional methods and strategies, time/content/material management, and instructional language. This practicum must be completed within a two-semester time frame.




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TSL206
Practicum - TESL
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Prerequisite(s):

TSL200, TSL201, TSL203, TSL204, and TSL205

This practicum gives students valuable experience as well as an opportunity to actively participate in teaching a class, utilizing all the principles that have been taught in previous TESL courses. Students must complete all specified courses before beginning Practicum I. There is a mandatory orientation. Please see the calendar for the date of the orientation.




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TSL207
Practice Teaching Practicum 2
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Prerequisite(s):

TSL200, TSL201, TSL202, TSL203, TSL204, and TSL205

This practicum is similar to Practice Teaching - Practicum I. It allows the student to gain additional teaching experience in a different ESL class/stream/level. This practice teaching practicum may be completed in the same semester as Practice Teaching - Practicum I.




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The TESL certificate provides hands-on experience through a practicum that consists of both an observation and a supervised teaching component. Each course provides background on important theoretical issues and practice in the application of these issues to language teaching. This program is approved by TESL Ontario and TESL Canada. Students must complete all courses in the TESL programs to be eligible to apply for the TESL Ontario Certificate as well as the TESL Canada Certificate.

Graduation

If you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a Certificate, Diploma or Degree you must inform the Registration Office by completing a Request to Graduate form and paying the fee. Forms are available at the Registration office and online.

Certificates and diplomas are issued twice a year: Fall (October) and Spring (June). Request to Graduate forms must be received no later than July 31 (for Fall Convocation), November 30 or March 31 (for Spring Convocation).

Minimum Performance for Graduation

Students will only be eligible to graduate with a Seneca College certificate or diploma if they have maintained an overall good standing in their current program of study. Students in degree programs will be eligible to graduate when they have obtained an average of C (2.5 GPA) in courses in the main field of study, and an average of C (2.0 GPA) in all other courses.

Testimonials

Marilyn Church

Through my TESL training at Seneca College, I have been introduced to a wealth of theoretical knowledge and provided with opportunities for the practical application of that knowledge. The instructors are highly experienced and deliver the curricula using efficient, hands-on teaching models rich in student participation. The Observation and Practicum courses are well designed and extremely helpful.

I was delighted to learn so much useful stuff, easily applied in the classroom. I am an experienced teacher, having already completed my Bachelor of Education and taught in the public school system. I was at first hesitant to start yet another teacher training course in order to obtain my TESL certificate. But I have become a much more resourceful and self-confident instructor of English as a result of Seneca's TESL programme.

Danielle Mercier

Seneca's TESL program gave me the confidence and skills needed to be an effective Teacher of English as a Second Language and also to be a better overall communicator. The program's focus on English grammar fundamentals helped me improve my writing tremendously. The interactive and engaging approach of the instructors made learning the complexities of the English language fun, and I try to implement this same approach when I teach. The program's focus on cultural awareness helped me further understand and appreciate diversity and communicate more effectively cross-culturally with students, customers and co-workers. The program's practicums and observations provided hands-on, experiential learning, and during these placements, I learned many best practices and techniques that I still use to this day in my classroom. I would recommend the TESL program to anyone who wants to improve their overall communication and refine their teaching of the English language.

Andrew Vance

Teaching English as a Second Language was a later career choice for me, and I wanted a program that was both well-regarded in the profession, and was rigorous in its curriculum. Seneca was the clear choice on both counts. It offered a thorough grounding in theory and a well-managed practicum component that prepared me to step into a full-time teaching job even before I graduated.

For me, teaching English has proved to be a great fit for my personality and skill set. Since graduating, I have moved into teaching TOEFL and IELTS test preparation, am a distance education instructor for the federal government's LINC program and am also an English proficiency examiner. None of these positions would have been obtainable without the solid grounding that I received in the Seneca College TESL program.

Program Contacts

Marianne Tang
Part-time Program Assistant
Marianne.Tang@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22536


Karen Miller
Program Coordinator
Karen.Miller@senecacollege.ca
416-491-5050 ext.22826


Information Session

New students are invited to attend an information session.