Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate

  • Want to travel abroad and teach English?
  • Want to teach English as a second-language in Canada, but aren’t sure where to start?
  • Looking for an internship or work opportunity in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)?
  • Looking for a professional certification such as a TESL Canada accredited TESL/TESOL/TEFL?

If you have answered yes to any of these questions, this program is for you! Champlain College’s TESL Certification program is built on TESL Canada standards and ensures that our graduates will be able to excel as ESL teachers on a global stage.

Start date: October 16, 2017
End date: March 29, 2018
Schedule: Mondays & Wednesdays from 6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. (6 hours/week) – 100 hours total
Practicum: 6 sessions of 3 hours each – TBD – 20 hours total
Format: Face-to-Face and *Online

*Students may register for and participate in this course at a distance. Distance students will be responsible for securing practicum sessions with accredited language schools in their area in order to be awarded the certificate.

Information Session

September 27, 2017 – 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Program Objective

This program provides students with an opportunity to become certified English as a Second Language instructors based on TESL Canada requirements. Students will have the chance to study contemporary modes of instruction, master the English grammar set, practice their in-class instruction skills, learn to become course designers, incorporate IT into their classroom activities, develop a reflective practice in the teaching of ESL, and finally, apply for TESL Canada certification should they be eligible to do so (see https://tesl.ca for more information on requirements).

The program is composed of three (3) separate courses: Mastering the English Language, How to Teach English as a Second Language and the TESL Practicum 1. The first two courses (100 hours) provide students with both a theoretical background and cutting-edge teaching and learning approaches. The last course provides students with a practicum component (20 hrs) in which students authentically practice teaching real ESL students, locally at Champlain College, or externally as an internship. By program’s end, students will have targeted potential employers and will be ready to start teaching both domestically and internationally.



Mastering the English Language
40 hours
This course provides students with an opportunity to master the English language both in concept and practice. The main goals of this course are to provide future ESL teachers with a complete working knowledge of the English grammar set as well as basic instructional strategies to get started teaching. Other goals include the examination of regional differences in language use, the development of the ability to effectively explain linguistic notions and approaches to teaching and learning the four language skills (Speaking, Writing, Reading and Listening)
Pre-requisite:  None
STARTS: Oct. 16, 2017
Tuition: 350$
This course provides students with an opportunity to examine and commit to approaches in the teaching and learning of English as a Second Language. Students will have the opportunity to analyze and choose contemporary modes of instruction, analyze instructional theories and their efficacy, develop lesson plans and materials, assess student learning needs and apply appropriate classroom management and assessment techniques. The main goal of this course is to prepare students for their practicum.
Pre-requisite:  TESL-001-LA
STARTS: Jan. 8, 2018
Tuition: 450$
This course provides students with an opportunity to teach real ESL students in an academic setting and complete the program of study by meeting the 20-hour practicum requirement. Students will apply all of the concepts and procedures they have previously learned in peer- and teacher-reviewed lessons as well as in real ESL classes. A major goal of this course is to develop a reflective practice in future ESL instructors in regards to instructional theories, technologies and individual beliefs. Furthermore, students are encouraged and supported in securing internships with other institutions in order to meet the practicum requirement.
Prerequisite: TESL-002-LA  
STARTS: Mar. 6, 2018
Tuition: 350$

Learning Outcomes

  • Explain English grammar, syntax, phonology, morphology, idioms and exponents;
  • Apply pedagogical and andragogic best practices in the teaching of ESL;
  • Facilitate student learning and development;
  • Analyze student learning styles, goals, needs, prior-learning, culture and identity;
  • Evaluate the progress of ESL students using accurate metrics and effective feedback;
  • Apply instructional strategies that target the four language skills (speaking, writing, listening and reading);
  • Create course plans and didactic materials for the teaching of ESL;
  • Apply professional conduct, and classroom management;
  • Develop a reflective practice and a desire for continuous professional development;
  • Explore job leads as well as domestic and foreign employers.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must have a Quebec Diploma of Secondary Studies or a High School Leaving Certificate or have received instruction deemed sufficient by the College. In addition, candidates who are non-native speakers of English must prove their linguistic proficiency by submitting official documentation for one of the following English proficiency tests before starting this course.

English Proficiency Tests Minimum Score Required
TOEFL Computer: 213 / paper: 550
TOEFL & TWE or Writing Score on CBT 5
TSE 55
iBT 80 overall with a minimum of 20 in each area
IELTS Academic 6.5 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each area
MELAB 85 with a speaking score of 4
CanTEST Listening, reading, writing 5, speaking 4.5
CAEL Band 60 overall with a minimum of 60 in subtests
English Canadian High School Certificate Minimum of 70% overall in English 12
Completed undergraduate degree from an English university NA
Common European Framework C1
Canadian Language Benchmarks CLB 9 in each area

Program Cost (Subject to change)

$1, 150.00 for tuition

$100.00 for books (approximately)

$100.00 – $200.00 for parking (if required)