TESL/TESOL Certificate

Start date: Fall 2021

End date: TBD

Information session: via ZOOM

Schedule: Monday & Wednesday 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm

    • TESL Canada LogoWant 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?
    • 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 recognized by TESL Canada and ensures that our graduates will be able to excel as ESL teachers on a global stage.

    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. There is a $250 surcharge for distance students.

  • 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 LanguageHow to Teach English as a Second Languageand 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.




    TSL-001-LA : 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

    Tuition: 450$

    TSL-002-LA  : HOW TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A            SECOND LANGUAGE                

    60 HOURS

    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:  TSL-001-LA

    Tuition: 450$

    TSL-003-LA  : TESL PRACTICUM 1              

    20 HOURS

    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: TSL-002-LA  

    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 Lang Proficiency Tests Score – Program Trainees
    TOEFL iBT Overall 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking and 27 in Writing
    IELTS Academic Overall 7 with a minimum of 7 in each skill area
    Or completion of an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking university  in one of the following countries: Canada, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cameroon, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nigeria, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Saint Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.
  • Cost

    $1,250.00 for tuition $100.00 for books (approximately)

    $100.00 - $200.00 for parking (if required)

    For students who register for the distance option, a 250$ surcharge applies.

    Further details

    Fee Payment

    Fees must be paid at the time of registration. This can be done by cash, INTERAC, VISA or MASTERCARD.


    There is a fee of $6.00* per day or you can purchase a special parking pass for the month, semester, or year. You must provide your license plate number in order to purchase your parking pass. Parking passes will be sold at the beginning of classes. No refunds on tickets or parking passes.

    *Subject to change

    Course Cancellation/Refund Policy

    • 100% for courses cancelled by the College.
    • 100% for withdrawal requests received before the first scheduled class.
    • 50% for withdrawal requests received before the second class.

    There is no refund for non-credit courses cancelled after the second class.

    All requests for refunds must be made in writing (emails are accepted) and will be considered effective the date they are received by Continuing Education.

    Note: Please allow at least three (3) weeks for the processing of your refund request.

    The College reserves the right to cancel courses for administrative reasons such as insufficient enrollment. Students who have registered for a course which has been cancelled will be informed. They may select another course or have their fees refunded.

  • Technical Requirements

    A student must have the following in their possession, to participate:

    • A computer
    • A webcam
    • A microphone