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Teaching English as a Second Language 1 (TESL 1)

Subject Code: ELI 317
Prerequisite: A university degree and advanced fluency in English*

*If education has been completed outside of Canada, candidates must present proof of Canadian equivalency of degree and proof of English Language Proficiency equal to TESL Ontario standards.

Successful completion of TESL 1 entitles students to a Seneca Certificate of Standing in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language 1.  Program outcomes for TESL 1 meet the standards set by TESL Canada for TESL Canada Standard 1. Graduates seeking TESL Canada Standard 1 certification must apply directly to TESL Canada. Graduates of TESL 1 are eligible to take TESL 2.


ELI 317 is an introductory course to the field of Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL). Participants receive a minimum of 100 hours of classroom instruction, 30 hours of guided classroom observation, and 10 hours of supervised practice teaching. The training, which focuses on the communicative approach, equips participants with the basic principles and techniques of second/foreign language teaching needed to teach adult learners.

Modes of Instruction

  • Lectures / demonstrations
  • Classroom discussions
  • Individual/pair/group work
  • Micro teaching, i.e. demonstration lessons
  • Individual consultations
  • Technology enhanced instruction
  • Guided observation and mentoring