TSL206 - Practicum - TESL

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Subject Title
Practicum - TESL

Subject Description
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 subjects. Students must complete all specified subjects before beginning Practicum I.

Credit Status
This is a required credit in the TESL Certificate Program.

Learning Outcomes
Upon successful completion of this subject the student will be able to:

1. Independently deliver well planned lessons, following relevant ESL pedagogical principles, to an English as a Second Language class.

2. Design lessons and deliver curricula, following relevant ESL pedagogical principles, to adult English as a Second Language classes.

3. Utilize a variety of teaching styles, techniques, materials and curricula.

4. Demonstrate an awareness of his/her strengths and weaknesses as an ESL instructor and demonstrate plans for further professional development.

Cheating and Plagiarism
Each student should be aware of the College's policy regarding Cheating and Plagiarism. Seneca's Academic Policy will be strictly enforced.

To support academic honesty at Seneca College, all work submitted by students may be reviewed for authenticity and originality, utilizing software tools and third party services. Please visit the Academic Honesty site on http://library.senecacollege.ca for further information regarding cheating and plagiarism policies and procedures.

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office at student.conduct@senecacollege.ca.

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities
The College will provide reasonable accommodation to students with disabilities in order to promote academic success. If you require accommodation, contact the Counselling and Disabilities Services Office at ext. 22900 to initiate the process for documenting, assessing and implementing your individual accommodation needs.

TSL203, TSL 204, and TSL205(Observations) 
Before beginning this practicum, the student must attend a mandatory orientation session.

Topic Outline

Mode of Instruction
This supervised practicum consists of 10 hours of practice teaching and 20 hours of other instructional activities in an ESL classroom.  It also includes 6 in-class hours to discuss and reflect on the experience. 

In order to begin practice teaching, students must attend a mandatory orientation session to discuss the practice teaching process and the schedule. Lessons are prepared and delivered through a consultation process with an assigned faculty member (mentor).  The mentor evaluates the student on a number of criteria pertaining to second language pedagogy. 

During the practice teaching practicum, the students must follow the guidance and instruction of the mentors at all times. Lesson plans must be presented to the mentor at least one class in advance.  Lesson planning and delivery and any classroom interaction must follow the appropriate ESL pedagogical principles. Any student not following these requirements will not be permitted to continue practice teaching and will not receive a successful grade.

Prescribed Texts

Reference Material

Required Supplies

Promotion Policy

Grading Policy
A+ 90%  to  100%
A 80%  to  89%
B+ 75%  to  79%
B 70%  to  74%
C+ 65%  to  69%
C 60%  to  64%
D+ 55%  to  59%
D 50%  to  54%
F 0%    to  49% (Not a Pass)
EXC Excellent
SAT Satisfactory
UNSAT Unsatisfactory

For further information, see a copy of the Academic Policy, available online (http://www.senecacollege.ca/academic-policy) or at Seneca's Registrar's Offices.

Modes of Evaluation
Grading is based on the following marking scheme:

Practice Teaching Components (Practicum Evaluation 75%
Reflective Paper 25%

Assignments are due at the beginning of the class on the dates specified.  Begin your assignments early in anticipation of unforeseen problems that may arise in your work or personal life.  Should extenuating circumstances arise, please contact your instructor immediately, prior to when your assignment is due, so an appropriate course of action can be established.  Late assignments may be subject to a penalty of up to 10% per week and will not generally be accepted beyond two weeks after the assignment due date.

Students must attain a grade of at least 60% to pass the course. 


Approved by: Sandra Noble