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.
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:
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"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."
"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!"
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.
TESL Canada (Standard II) and TESL Ontario
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.
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.
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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.