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i-TESOL - Custom Training for International English Teachers

With the i-TESOL – Custom Training for International English Teachers, the Humber English Language Centre offers a customized and intensive professional development program for internationally trained teachers to improve their skills in English and teaching concurrently. Our curriculum is geared toward teachers teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL) and teachers using English as Medium of Instruction (EMI). Humber’s English Language Centre has been proudly supporting teachers from different countries, such as South Korea, China, and Colombia, in their professional development over the years.

The focus of the program is on practical, student-centered teaching skills for 21st century language learners with an emphasis on communicative needs.

Teacher trainees will also have opportunities for classroom observations and teaching assisting.  Additionally, there is a focus on conversational English practice in the tutorials. The course concludes with an authentic materials project evaluation.

It consists of:

  • Courses in methodology, pedagogy, linguistics and ESL grammar knowledge
  • Specialized workshops with Humber experts in areas of marketing, leadership, business administration, hospitality, media etc.
  • Social-cultural activities and weekend excursions for a full immersion experience into Canadian life

Customize Your Studies

Our program can be tailored to the duration and learning goals for each group:

  • Flexible program schedule (i.e. 3–6 weeks). A minimum of 3 weeks is recommended so that participants can maximize their exposure to English language teaching in a way that ensures a noticeable difference in language proficiency and teaching in English
  • Flexible arrival and departure dates
  • Flexible class size. A minimum of 10 participants to form a cohort is recommended
  • Customized socio-cultural activities and excursions based on participants’ interests
  • Competitively priced group rates

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this program, learners will be able to:

  • Select, adapt or design diverse materials, activities, tasks and resources appropriate for individual learning goals and lesson objectives
  • Teach a class with an awareness of different needs, learning styles, learners’ backgrounds and previous learning experiences
  • Engage and motivate learners from a diverse background in learning

To prepare, plan and effectively teach EFL learners, participants will be able to:

  • identify and state appropriate outcomes/objectives for individual lessons
  • sequence activities to achieve lesson outcomes/objectives
  • select, adapt or design material, activities, tasks and resources appropriate for the lesson (including on-line and other technology based resources) with regard to copyright requirements
  • identify and apply the procedure of a lesson
  • ensure balance, variety and a communicative focus in materials, tasks and activities incorporating a variety of classroom management techniques
  • use appropriate terminology for the teaching of skills and subskills
  • collaborate with co-participants in the planning of lessons and selection or relevant materials in workshop sessions
  • reflect on and evaluate on own teaching practices and suggest modifications for future plans

To demonstrate professional proficiency as teachers, participants will be able to:

  • teach a class with an awareness of the needs and interests of the learners
  • teach a class with an awareness of learning styles, learners’ backgrounds and previous learning experiences
  • provide clear contexts and a communicative focus for all language components in the classroom
  • select class, group and individual activities appropriate to the lesson type
  • select appropriate teaching techniques in relation to the content of the lesson
  • monitor the learning process to ensure that lesson objectives are met
  • manipulate materials, resources and technical aids to enhance learning
  • provide clear instructions for tasks and activities
  • manipulate a variety and range of questioning techniques for the aim of elicitation and the verification of comprehension
  • provide learners with effective feedback on tasks and activities
  • reflect upon own teaching strengths and weaknesses in different teaching situations in a journal in response to feedback from co-participants and teacher trainers
  • compile a workshop portfolio

Contact us for the program’s weekly content outcomes or we would be happy to work with you to modify or design a specialized curriculum to meet your group’s needs.

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Sample Weekly Schedule

sample weekly schedule

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Student Status

Teacher trainees will be given a Humber student card and student number, which will grant access to Humber’s on-campus services, such as the Humber Library, Writing Centre, Athletic Centre, Health Centre, Student Commons and computer labs.

International students will be able to participate in this intensive program with only a visitor visa.  A full study permit is not required due to the length of stay. 

Graduation Certificate

The teacher trainees will receive an official Humber Certificate of Completion and Report detailing the teacher training course content.

Campus and Residence

Courses are offered in our historic cottages that have been retrofitted with state-of-the-art classroom equipment at the Lakeshore campus, on the shores of the Lake Ontario.

Humber Lakeshore Campus

  • Humber Lakeshore Campus is comprised of historic buildings called cottages that have been retrofitted with state-of-the-art classrooms situated in the west end of Toronto, on the shores of Lake Ontario
  • Home to more than 10,600 full-time students (Humber has 3 campuses with 31,200 students in total)
  • Library and a variety of eating establishments
  • Lakeshore commons featuring airy, open common areas and workplaces with computer labs and multi-media production suits and art gallery and cafeteria
  • Next to Colonel Samuel Smith Park, scenic hiking, walking and biking trails along a peninsula on Lake Ontario providing access to the waterfront, and to several rocky beaches with panoramic views of the lake and city downtown or for birdwatching and fishing.
  • Close to cultural attractions including the Air Canada Centre, CN Tower, Rogers Centre, clubs, theatres, the Royal Ontario Museum, the Art Gallery of Ontario, Ontario Place and Harbourfront

Watch our video for further images and stories about Humber Lakeshore Campus

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Learners will be accommodated in suites that are fully furnished and contain two separate bedrooms which share a kitchenette and washroom.

Lakeshore Residence Information

  • residence is located right on campus, just steps from classes, facilities and public transit
  • safe and secure: 24-hour reception desk with monitored entrance
  • fully air-conditioned
  • local phone service, utilities and internet access included in rooms (you need a cable to connect)
  • Free WiFi services are available in the lounges and common kitchen and all over the college campus.
  • laundry facilities (you may purchase either $5 or $10 worth of time on the washers and dryers. You must purchase your own laundry soap)
  • Humber monitors to answer questions, lend support, and assist with activities
  • Each suite accommodates two people and features:  a small kitchenette with a microwave, refrigerator and sink, a washroom with a shower, two separate bedrooms with double beds

Click here to further discover about living in our residences

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Fee and Costs

The program fee is based on the total number of participants and length of stay in the program. The fee for a standard 3-week program is approximately: $2,920* per student. *Fees may vary with customized programs and are subject to change. 

The fee includes:

  • Tuition
  • Mandatory College administration fees
  • Curriculum design
  • Insurance and airport pick-up/drop off
  • Accommodation (single room in a shared dormitory, on-campus residence)
  • Full-board meal plan
  • Orientation and graduation ceremony
  • Access to all Humber services

Other costs: applicable costs associated with optional cultural activities and excursions can be paid once at Humber based on group or individual interest.

Contact Us

Please contact Irene Kosmas, Acting Director, English Language Centre for inquiries.

Email: irene.kosmas@humber.ca

Phone: 1.416.675.6622 ext. 79116

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