Program Overview

This one-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed to prepare students to teach English as a Second (or Foreign) Language in Canada and/or overseas.
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Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Graduate Certificate
30 weeks

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

International Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2023 September
2024 September

Your Learning Experience

This post-graduate program will cover topics such as integrating theoretical, pedagogical and practical applications for teaching English as a second or foreign language and meeting educational standards set by TESL Ontario. Additionally, this program includes courses to enhance professional and intercultural communication skills, knowledge and experience.

Career Information

Graduates of Fanshawe’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Intercultural Competence (TES2) post-graduate certificate program will be eligible to apply for accreditation by TESL Ontario. This is a necessary credential for teaching in government-funded language programs for adults in Ontario and Canada.  Students must also meet the other requirements stipulated by the governing body.

There are also many opportunities abroad with employers who are looking for teachers with a TES2 certificate. In addition, the intercultural competence component of this program will prepare graduates for employment with organizations that work with newcomers to Canada, such as settlement agencies, or to work abroad helping prepare people for intercultural experiences.


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 

Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Intercultural Competence (TES2) program:

Abroad ESL Teacher
Embrace an opportunity to change your life and the life of others by travelling to a different country to help teach English to children.

Adult ESL Instructor

Use module planning to prepare course outlines and daily lesson plans according to student needs.

Meet the Faculty

Claire Marin, PhD, OCELT

Claire has had an interest in language acquisition since starting to learn her second language as a teenager. She continued to study languages and linguistics in university and began to teach ESL while completing her Master’s degree in Linguistics.

Claire holds a PhD in Linguistics from Western University and is a certified TESL Ontario language teacher (OCELT) and teacher trainer. She has taught ELT, LINC and other ESL courses since 2003 and has been teaching EAP at Fanshawe College since 2010 where she is currently a full-time professor and coordinator in the English Language Institute. She has also taught linguistics courses at Western University and McMaster University.

Photo of Faten Abdelghany

Having the Intercultural Competence course in addition to the teaching related ones gives the program a higher value. Be ready to work hard; this is not an easy program. You will learn a lot that will not only help you to become a good English teacher, but also will help you to become a tolerant person who can successfully live in a multicultural society.

Faten Abdelghany
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and Intercultural Competence graduate

Academic School

Program Coordinator:

Ghazal Lotfi


Admission Requirements

A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
Acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above*

    *Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience. 

    For TESL Ontario and TESL Canada accreditation, applicants will need a three or four year degree. 

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years.  SDS Program Requirements.  
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10

Please note: in addition to the above, a KITE test and an interview with Fanshawe's English Language Institute may be required.

Recommended Personal Preparation

Recommended Personal Preparation

Traveling, working, or studying abroad provides opportunities to understand the challenges of functioning in other cultures. This experience helps those wanting to become teachers of English to speakers of other languages to relate to their students empathetically. Additionally, previous experience in teaching or training environments will be useful in the development of one�s own teaching philosophy and practice.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:

Group 1
This course provides a theoretical foundation in syntax, morphology, phonology/phonetics, sociolinguistics, intercultural communication, and pragmatics of English. Standard English and World English varieties will be covered. Students will also be introduced to the dominance/hegemony of English as a global lingua franca and critical pedagogy. Students will learn to apply theory learned to the development of curriculum, lessons, and assessment for adult second language learners across a variety of levels and contexts.
INDS-6002Intercultural Competence3
This course enables students to explore what it means to interact successfully with those from different cultures, by understanding the components of intercultural competence and reflecting on their own intercultural competence development. The course will facilitate students' acquisition of the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to produce effective and appropriate communication and behaviour in an intercultural classroom.
EDUC-6041Language Learning & Teaching5
This course provides an overview of key theoretical and practical issues in language learning, including first and second language acquisition; learner and cultural diversity; and characteristics of adult learners. A review of the history of language teaching methods is included. Students will learn how to plan outcomes, and develop learning activities and assessments for diverse learners in diverse settings using Canadian Language Benchmarks and the CEFR, including a focus on portfolio-based language assessment (PBLA) practices.
FLDP-6023Practicum: Observation0.8
Students will observe 20 hours and teach 6 hours under supervision in an adult second language context in Canada. They will reflect on aspects of observed classroom methods and experiences.
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Tuition Summary


Canadian Costs
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International Costs
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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.