The TESL Training program is a part-time evening program that leads to accreditation by TESL Ontario, the organization that oversees standards held by Teachers of English as a Second Language in Ontario. Most schools that provide government-sponsored ESL training to adults in Ontario require TESL accreditation. Fanshawe College offers a part-time program consisting of five classroom courses and two practicum courses, offered throughout the year in the evenings. The classroom courses are actually 'blended' courses, which means that three of your six weekly hours per class are spent online, sometime throughout the week. You can start at the beginning of any term and it takes at least 14 months to finish all courses. TESL Ontario requires proof of a Bachelor's degree and English proficiency. These requirements can be explored in detail on their website: http://www.teslontario.net/accreditation/languageinstructor.
For students not interested in formal TESL accreditation, Fanshawe College offers the opportunity to take the five classroom courses to receive a Declaration of Academic Achievement. This abbreviated version of the program is known as the Fanshawe TEFL program: https://www.fanshawec.ca/tef1.
Level 1 Credits EDUC-1057 Understanding & Explaining Grammar 3 This subject offers students the theory and practice required to explain grammar form and function to the adult ESL learner. EDUC-1056 Linguistics 3 This subject presents students with an overview of the foundations in syntax, morphology, phonetics/phonology and the applications of such to the adult ESL learner. EDUC-1055 Social Foundations in ESL 3 This subject examines cultural and sociolinguistic issues affecting language learning. EDUC-1054 Second Language Pedagogy 5 The methodology of 'how to teach the ESL student' is discussed and students have an opportunity to demonstrate their acquired skills in a classroom setting. Understanding the principles of English grammar is an integral part of this course. EDUC-1053 Principles of Evaluation 3 Acquiring skills in the evaluation of students' work is critical to becoming a successful teacher. This subject teaches students the principles and tools of ESL assessment and gives students practical guidance on using and developing tasks for different language skills. EDUC-3006 Practicum 1-TESL 0.8 This practicum involves 10 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of other instructional 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. Placement hours and course assignments must be completed within the term of registration. EDUC-5001 Practicum 2-TESL 0.8 This practicum involves 10 hours of classroom instruction and 20 hours of other instructional 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.
Student Success Stories:
Prior to participating in the TESL program, I had taught English as a Foreign Language in Saudi Arabia for twelve years. Upon returning to Canada, I wanted to obtain my TESL Ontario accreditation in order to begin teaching English to adult learners. Although I had a wealth of experience, I found great value in both the theory and practicum courses. During the practicum courses, I was able to gain experience in a variety of field settings, including English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC). Based on my participation in the program and the accreditation it granted, I am now teaching within a LINC program as well as supply teaching in the EAP setting at a private organization.
What We Offer
Fanshawe College Continuing Education has a graduate certificate program, Career Development Practitioner, which provides academic theory and hands on training to new practitioners and people currently working in the career, employment, and rehabilitation fields. This program is delivered by Jason Russell, PhD, whose teaching and research has focused on employment and workplace issues including labor relations, the sociology of work, labour market analysis, the impact of work and employment on communities, technological change, outsourcing, and the adjustment of displaced workers to new occupations.
If you have been thinking of pursuing college teaching, teaching English as a second language internationally, being an educational assistant or even coaching Fanshawe College Continuing Education has courses or programs to help you turn those thoughts into a career.
The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:
- Review current theories and formulate a personal philosophy of second language teaching.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the systematic organization of the English language, including the major subsystems of phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics.
- Compare the acquisition processes of first and second language learning.
- Demonstrate an ability to prepare communicative activities to illustrate and reinforce lesson content.
- Design lesson plans appropriate to the goal specific situations identified in the course.
- Describe basic sociolinguistic concepts and their relevance to teaching English.
- Conduct practical research into cultural variation in the context of language acquisition.
- Explain the principles and function of language assessment.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the steps involved in classroom language test design.
- Evaluate and choose teaching resources appropriate for different curriculums and ESL programs.
- Evaluate the role and approach of an interactive language teacher.
- Discuss and demonstrate classroom management techniques and approaches.
- Choose and develop different assessment techniques pertinent to the level of the students and the relevant skill.
- Discuss the observation of English as a Second Language classes from several methodological perspectives.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship of the student and the teacher within the context of various approaches to teaching English as a Second Language.
- Demonstrate an awareness of strategies and techniques for applying relevant ESL pedagogical principles to the ESL classroom.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the time/content/material management that is needed in the ESL classroom.
- Demonstrate an awareness of the characteristics of effective "teacher talk".
- Demonstrate an awareness of the difference between the presentation of curriculum material to beginner levels and the presentation to advanced levels.
- Independently deliver well planned lessons, following relevant ESL pedagogical principles, to an English as a Second Language class.
- Design lessons and deliver curricula, following relevant ESL pedagogical principles, to adult English as a Second Language classes.
- Utilize a variety of teaching styles, techniques, materials and carricula.
- Demonstrate an awareness of his/her strengths and weaknesses as an ESL instructor and demonstrate plans for further professional development.
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