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Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Credential: Ontario Graduate CertificateProgram Code: 09841Length: 2 semestersProgram Starting Between:  

Admission Requirements

Applicants must meet all the requirements below in order to meet minimum program eligibility. Meeting minimum eligibility requirements does not guarantee an offer of admission. Admission decisions will be available via MyHumber, or by email and mail. Admission decisions will not be released by phone.

Admission selection is based on the following 2 requirements:


  • Academic

    To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:

    • A bachelor’s degree
    • Non-native speakers of English applying to TESL should have a IELTS score of an overall minimum of 6.5 with no single test score below 6.0; a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 88 or above with a minimum of 22 in Reading and Listening, Speaking and Writing; and strong communication skills (see TESL Ontario teacher accreditation at teslontario.org for their specific requirements)

    Mature Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or other postsecondary school, and will be 19 or older as of the first day of classes. Humber will invite you for testing to demonstrate that you meet program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a mature applicant if they have not completed secondary school or attended postsecondary studies, and will be 21 or older as of the first day of classes. Mature applicants for degree programs will be required to meet course requirements at the U/M level or equivalent.

    College Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a college transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a college-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or college courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants must have an overall minimum grade point average (GPA) of 65 per cent in the program. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

    University Transfer Applicants

    Diplomas and Certificates

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility.

    Degrees

    An applicant is considered a university transfer applicant if they have completed some or all of a university-level credential. Humber may use a combination of secondary school and/or university courses and grades to determine program eligibility. Applicants are required to disclose and provide academic transcripts for all course work completed at the postsecondary level.

  • International Credit Evaluation

    Canadian citizens or permanent residents with international education are required to provide a WES or ICAS evaluation.

INTERNATIONAL ACADEMIC EQUIVALENCY

Admission equivalencies for Humber depend on your country of study. Please enter your location or choose detect my location to see the requirements for your country below.

Post-Admission Requirements

Once you have been accepted, and have confirmed your offer, you may need to complete a further set of requirements related to your program (Post-Admission Requirements).

Police Record Check

Students in the program are required to undergo a Police Record Check if they are involved in program or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons. Successful completion of the work placement is a requirement for graduation. Agencies that provide placement opportunities require you to have a clear Police Record Check. Your acceptance for placement is at the discretion of the agency. If you register in the program without a clear Police Record Check and, as a result, are unable to participate in the placement, you will not be able to graduate. The Police Record Check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter.

Fees

The 2018-2019 fee for two semesters was:

  • domestic: $6,246.42
  • international: $16,051.00

Fees are subject to change.

Scholarships

Humber offers a variety of scholarships each year.

Learn more >

Fees by Semester 

Fees by Semester

Semester 1Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,123.21$7,815.50
Tuition$2,663.43$7,355.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

 

Semester 2Domestic FeeInternational Fee*
Total$3,123.21$7,815.50
Tuition$2,663.43$7,355.72
Mandatory Non-Tuition$459.78$459.78
Lab/Materials$0.00$0.00
Co-op/Placement$0.00$0.00

*Plus Mandatory Health Insurance fee once per academic year: Fall start - $420 Winter start - $280 Summer start - $140

Pathways

Pathways are academic routes that students can take to move from one credential to another.

TRANSFER OPTIONS

Can't find a pathway? You can still get the credit you deserve from your previous education or your prior work or life experience.

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Contact Us

Program Specific Questions

Irene Kosmas, director
416.675.6622 ext. 79116
irene.kosmas@humber.ca
liberalarts.humber.ca

Admissions Questions

Domestic Students  

Phone: 416-675-5000
Email: enquiry@humber.ca

International Students  

Contact the International Centre

How To Apply

Applications to Humber are made through ontariocolleges.ca. Be sure to submit your application by the equal consideration deadline of February 1. You may apply after February 1, however, post-February 1 applications will be considered on a first-come, first-served basis depending on the availability of the space in the program. To check program availability refer to the Campus/Availability listing on Humber's program pages or ontariocolleges.ca.

Admissions Road Map >

Apply through Ontario Colleges >

INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS

If you’re an international student, you can apply directly to Humber via our International Centre.

Apply through the International Centre >

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Humber’s Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) graduate certificate program builds confident and knowledgeable teachers who have a full understanding of best practices in teaching English as a second language (ESL). Our innovative curriculum is based on the latest ESL teaching approaches, methods and assessment systems including the Canadian Language Benchmarks and the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR). You will be exposed to a wide range of theoretical issues including adult second language acquisition, learning theories, linguistics, the emerging field of teaching with technology, and portfolio-based assessment. More importantly, you will have the opportunity to immediately apply this learning through classroom observations, practice teaching and tutoring opportunities in Humber’s Writing Centre.

Faculty members are highly respected, dedicated professionals with graduate credentials in the field and extensive ESL teaching and teacher training experience.

 

Courses Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of the program, a graduate will:

  • Plan syllabi, modules, lessons, activities, and assessment that support all learners in achieving their learning goals, drawing on knowledge of language, curriculum, instructional context, while addressing learners' needs and interests.

  • Explain the central concepts and conventions of the English language, including linguistic systems, language skills (listening, speaking, read, & writing), organizational patterns, pragmatics, and strategic competence in order to plan effective learning experiences.

  • Select from a wide range of teaching resources (print, digital, and realia) and technological tools to best meet learners' needs and enhance learners' engagement and motivation.

  • Adapt various curricular models within a given teaching context, in order to determine most appropriate teaching approaches, and/or frameworks, supporting documents and resources.

  • Deliver clear, engaging language instruction- face to face, online, or blended- that applies context- appropriate teaching approaches, strategies, techniques, and digital tools and draws on knowledge of language and second language learning processes.

  • Reflect on ongoing professional development needs, through collegial discussion, action research, and dynamic interaction with learners in order to self-assess and challenge developing practice.

  • Implement context-appropriate methods of assessment to monitor learner progress and to guide both instructors and learner's decision-making.

  • Interact with colleagues and students in ways that show respect for their diverse background and experiences.

  • Apply the principles and theories of second language acquisition and adult education, which also include linguistic, psychological, and soci-cultural factors affecting language acquisition, to pedagogical decisions in ELT contexts.

  • Communicate clearly, concisely and correctly, in the written, spoken and visual form in ways that fulfill the purpose and meet the needs of the students, employers, and peers.

  • Seek and incorporate feedback, advice, and professional learning to continuously improve teaching practice.


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Work Placement

Students will complete a 50-hour graduated teaching practicum. Unlike many other institutions, our practicum is fully arranged and supervised, giving student teachers the time to focus on their learning and preparation. Students fulfill their practicum requirements in a variety of settings which may include:

  • Humber’s English Language Centre in the English for Academic Purposes program
  • Humber’s Continuing Education department, enhanced language training (ELT)-related programs
  • Adult ESL and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and community agencies.

Program Availability

START DATE LOCATION STATUS INTERNATIONAL STATUS
September 2018LakeshoreClosedClosed
September 2019LakeshoreOpenOpen

The Humber Advantage

Alumni Testimonial - Elisa Costantiello (2014)

"The TESL program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. After graduating from University, I wasn’t sure what career path to take, so I searched for a program that was both interesting and skill developing. The experienced and incredible faculty, as well as the useful content, was exactly what I needed to become a successful ESL instructor and I continue to use the skills and practices that were taught to me.

After I graduated from the TESL program, I was given the opportunity to teach in the Summer Language Program at Humber. This program opened the door, allowing me to continue working at Humber in the English for Academic Purposes program, as well as other post-secondary institutions.

I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to work with motivated English-learning students, and for my experience in the TESL program at Humber College."

Alumni Testimonial - Tracy Crewson (2015)

"I am deeply grateful to Humber for the well-rounded and thorough preparation I received for my new career path. The training I received in Humber’s TESL program was well worth the investment. I feel that I have entered this discipline well-rounded and knowledgeable in both theory and practice.  In fact, I have had colleagues tell me they are ‘jealous’ of the training I received, as many TESL programs do not include the practical elements that Humber does.

Only 2 months after graduation, I was hired to teach English to adult learners for the Hamilton-Wentworth School board. At the end of those 2 months, I was hired for a year-long position, and have been teaching full time ever since. Our program coordinator is impressed with the knowledge and ability of graduates from Humber, which speaks to the quality of Humber’s TESL program.

Not a week goes by that I am not reminded of what I learned at Humber and thankful for the skills I learned that allow me to teach ESL so capably. Humber’s TESL program and professors are of the highest quality and are highly recommended!"

Your Career

Today, approximately one billion people worldwide are learning English and by 2030, half of the world’s population is expected to speak English. Teach ESL in adult ESL programs in school boards, colleges and universities, and government-sponsored agencies across Ontario, as well as in private schools and academic institutions around the world teaching English as a foreign language. Career opportunities also include workplace ESL, academic ESL and ESL program administration in the public and private sectors.

In addition, each summer, select graduates are hired as ESL teaching interns in Humber’s highly regarded and dynamic international summer language program under the guidance of a mentor faculty member. Work placements may also be available in the Humber English Language Centre’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, in ESL courses in the Continuing Education department and in Humber’s Writing Centre.

 

Professional Accreditations & Recognition

This program is recognized by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and is approved and accredited by TESL Canada (Standard II) and TESL Ontario. Upon completion of the TESL program, graduates who meet TESL Canada and TESL Ontario criteria can apply for professional teacher accreditation from these regulatory bodies.

Additional requirements and/or costs may apply.

Note: The requirements for licensure are determined by the granting body, which is independent from Humber College. Students are encouraged to obtain the specific requirements directly from the granting body before enrolling.

Every attempt is made to ensure that information contained on this website is current and accurate. Humber reserves the right to correct any error or omission, modify or cancel any course, program, fee, timetable or campus location at any time without prior notice or liability to users or any other Person.

On June 29, 2018, the Provincial Government of Ontario announced the renaming of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development (MAESD) to the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities (MTCU). Both names may appear on this website.