Learn to teach English to non-native speakers and earn TESL Canada Professional Standard Two certification.
You can complete the Teaching English as a Second Language program in less than a year. All courses are offered online with multiple face-to-face sessions per semester, scheduled in the early evenings. Distance students can participate by using video conferencing.
Learn the latest techniques from experienced faculty and get valuable teaching practice both in class and during a supervised practicum.
You can take UFV’s TESL certificate program either after or while you complete a bachelor’s degree program.
| TESL 400
|| Foundations of Second Language Education
| TESL 408
|| Applied Linguistics in Second Language Education
| TESL 410
|| Teaching a Second Language
| TESL 420
|| Curriculum and Assessment in Second Language Education
| TESL 433
Second Language Education Practicum
See note below about the practicum placement fee
Note: In addition to tuition fees students are required to pay a $250.00 practicum placement fee.
View course descriptions on the UFV calendar
Completion of a degree program with a cumulative GPA of 2.33 or higher. Completion of courses listed in the program outline (above).
Eligibility for TESL Canada certification
Graduates of the UFV TESL certificate program are eligible to apply for the TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard Two, which is one of the top levels awarded by TESL Canada. Graduates are responsible for applying to TESL Canada for certification.
If you have completed a degree and successfully complete all five TESL courses, you can graduate in less than a year.
You may also choose to enter the TESL program while completing your degree.
Note: If you do not complete courses in the sequence they are offered, you have to wait a year until they will be offered again.
TESL grads can take advantage of exciting teaching opportunities both at home and abroad.
In British Columbia, there is a demand for ESL teachers to help new immigrants learn English. According to WelcomeBC, more than 40,000 immigrants arrive in BC each year, many of them in the larger urban centres of the province. In addition, more than 150,000 foreign students come to B.C. each year, many to study English.
ESL teachers find jobs in private and public schools, including colleges, high schools, and elementary schools. Employment opportunities also exist in community and friendship centres that welcome immigrants.
Teaching English as a Second Language can also open doors to teaching abroad, with a variety of opportunities available in Asia, Europe, and South America.
This program is open to international students.
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