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Our Online TESL Diploma program is designed for individuals who do not live near an in-class program, are working and / or have a limited schedule, or just want to study at their own pace. This program consists of 10 short modules, plus a practicum, that must be completed in sequence.
The TESL Diploma Program is designed for people wishing to pursue a career in Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) to non-native English speakers. The national accreditation body in Canada for these programs is TESL Canada.
Graduates of the TESL Online Diploma Program are eligible to apply for the TESL/TESOL Canada Professional Standard One Certificate. This is the basic standard for ESL teachers in Canada, both in private and public school programs. In addition, TESL/TESOL Canada certification is a requirement for all
teachers in member schools of Languages Canada.
After registering for this program, students are given the textbook and direct access to a tutor. The program consists of 10 modules. Each module has two files, a PDF file of readings to supplement the text book, and a Word file of questions and exercises. These files will be emailed to you. The assignment (Word) file must be completed and returned to your tutor for marking and comments.
All exercises must be completed and submitted by email before starting the next module. There are ten modules and a practicum which must be successfully completed to graduate from this program.
The practicum component consists of 10 hours of observing TESL Canada-certified teachers, and solo-teaching for 10 hours.
There is no attendance requirement for the TESL Online Program. This program is self-paced.
Learners are expected to remain active and in communication with their online instructor. Learners must complete all ten modules within 1 calendar year of registering for the program.
• This module will familiarize learners with the history and evolution of language-teaching methodologies and how they contributed to the dominant methodology in the ESL/EFL language teaching industry
• Learners will also understand the importance of applying principles of Communicative Language Teaching with the emphasis on creating a learner-centered, communicative and interactive classroom environment
• Introduces learners to the theory and practice associated with the cognitive, socioaffective and linguistic principles
• This module will familiarize learners with all types of formative and assumptive assessment suitable for ESL learners
• The major test and question types are covered as are the optimum reasons and times for assessment as well as validity, practicality and reliability in formal assessments
• Learners will consider the concepts of career-long professional development and of the teacher as a socially responsible actor in the context of worldwide education
• The practicum for all TESL / TESOL programs consists of 10 hours of observing TESL Canada-certified teachers, and solo-teaching for 10 hours
• For practicums not completed in Sprott Shaw College, we also provide a form to ensure the sponsor teacher is certified by TESL Canada
• This module will familiarize learners with distinguishing differences between teaching various age groups and proficiency levels
• This unit explores specific factors to consider when teaching adults, teenagers and children, as well as differentiating among beginner, intermediate and advanced levels
• Learners will also acknowledge the differences in using specific techniques in classroom management, instructional aids and verbal instructions
• This module will familiarize learners with the importance of designing a well-organized and concise lesson plan whether for adult or young learners’ needs, interests and proficiency levels
• Learners will understand the importance of selecting, rejecting, adapting and supplementing material that is relevant and appropriate to their students’ levels and the lesson objectives
• This module also examines, additionally, the differences between manipulative and mechanical techniques and meaningful and communicative techniques
• This module will familiarize learners with concepts relating to classroom interaction, the roles of the interactive teacher and useful and efficient way of using pair/group work in an ESL classroom
• This module will familiarize learners with how to apply classroom management guidelines to help them teach effectively
• Learners will identify ways to improve their teaching method and or re-examine their current one
• Learners will also become familiar with the varieties of learning, cognitive and personality style, tests
• This module will familiarize learners ways to encourage ESL students to speak by understanding some of the more common issues which make speaking difficult
• Learners will acquire specific principles for teaching oral skills used in and out of the classroom.
• This module also discusses types of classroom writing performance and some of the unique difficulties involved in learning to write effectively
• This module will familiarize learners with the use of specific listening techniques and foster awareness of pronunciation and other common listening problems
• Learners will understand the difference between bottom-up and top-down processing and other strategies for reading comprehension
• Learners will be able to provide an effective step-by-step lesson plan by following specific listening lesson guidelines
• This module will familiarize learners with the importance of incorporating the four skills in every lesson to create a more natural learning process
• Learners will explore how to design balanced, theme-based lessons involving Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing
• This module will familiarize learners with guidelines for teaching grammar both deductively and inductively
• Learners will appreciate the value of integrating focus on form in a communicative language curriculum and understand the effectiveness of using appropriate grammar focused techniques to create an interactive classroom environment
• Learners will also be able to provide an effective step-by-step lesson plan by following specific grammar teaching guidelines