The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL/TESL) certificate is a postgraduate 140-hour TESL Canada approved program. It consists of 120 hours of course work plus 10 hours of English as a second language (ESL) classroom observation and a 10-hour teaching practicum. All observations and practicum teaching are completed in ESL classes at Humber College. The TESL program is designed to be completed in one semester part time - however, students have the flexibility to complete the certificate at their own pace over two or three semesters.
The certificate is a hybrid program consisting of both in-class and online classes allowing students to take both at the same time. Upon successful completion of the TESOL certificate, students can apply to TESL Canada for certification. The TESL Canada certificate qualifies graduates to teach English as a foreign language (EFL) overseas and ESL in programs across Canada that do not require TESL Ontario or equivalent accreditation.
Students taking the Humber part-time TESOL program have the opportunity to volunteer as tutors in our English/Writing Centre at the North Campus. This will allow the TESOL student additional experience working with college ESL students outside the teaching practicum.
A Canadian university degree (or a degree with official Canadian equivalency)
Non-native speakers must demonstrate proficiency in the English language. Refer to tesl.ca on what tests and scores are acceptable for TESL Canada certification
To apply to the program, please send your current resumé to Venessa Hayles at firstname.lastname@example.org. Once received, you will be contacted to set up an interview. There is a $50 non-refundable application fee that must be paid at the time of the interview. Applications are accepted up until the start of classes.
FALL 2017 SCHEDULE
Start / End
TSOL 111 - TESOL Methodology
Monday & Wednesday
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Sep 18 - Oct 23
TSOL 112 - Introduction to Language
Sep 18 - Oct 23
TSOL 113 - Pedagogical Grammar
Monday & Wednesday
6:30 - 9:30 pm
Oct 30 - Nov 29
TSOL 114 - The ESOL Classroom
Oct 30 - Nov 29
TSOL 115 - Teaching Practicum
Sep 5 - Dec 15
Note:These courses do not qualify as General Education credit.
FULL-TIME POSTGRADUATE CERTIFICATE PROGRAM FOR PART-TIME TESOL GRADUATES
Humber’s Part-Time TESOL graduates can now fast-track towards a Humber postgraduate certificate in TESL with TESL Ontario accreditation. TESOL graduates need to complete an online bridging course in September allowing them to jump directly into Semester 2 of Humber’s full-time postgraduate TESL program (January – April semester). For more information, please contact Catherine Dunn at 416-675-6622, ext. 73085 or Irene Kosmas, ext. 79116.
This course provides students with knowledge and skills in English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) teaching approaches/methods/techniques, lesson and unit planning, materials analysis, selection and development, teaching of skills (reading, listening, speaking, writing and pronunciation), integration of skills, teaching of vocabulary and themes and computer-assisted language learning (CALL). Other topics include error correction and feedback techniques, assessment and testing approaches and standardized exams. This course combines theory and practice in the classroom and prepares students to teach in adult ESOL classrooms in a variety of contexts. While the course addresses historical issues and approaches, it focuses on current theory and practice, including the communicative approach.
This course provides students with an overview of the main features of human language, focusing primarily on the English language. Areas of study include the nature of language, linguistic variation and change, major models of linguistic description, phonology, morphology, syntax, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis.
This course provides students with introductory knowledge in the fundamentals of English grammar and English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) grammar. The focus of the course is to provide students with the solid grammar background needed to teach ESOL. Emphasis will be given to the specific grammatical items taught in a variety of English as a Second Language (ESL)/English as a Foreign Language (EFL) classes. In addition, the course focuses on the pedagogical aspects of teaching grammar, including lesson planning stages and the use of appropriate materials in grammar classes. Emphasis will also be given to in-class demonstrations of different grammatical items and student grammar micro-teaching sessions.
This course provides students with knowledge and skills in the principles of adult learner theory through a discussion of first and second language acquisition, factors affecting language learning, student language proficiency levels, needs and goals and learning styles and strategies. Students will deepen their intercultural awareness and communication skills and learn how to apply this knowledge to the development of appropriate English to speakers of other languages (ESOL) curricula for the relevant learner backgrounds. In addition, students will learn classroom management techniques for a variety of situations (e.g., multi-level, large classes, English as a Foreign Language (EFL), younger learners, etc.). The course will also include a focus on professional conduct and practice.
The Practicum component is an application of theoretical and practical aspects in an adult English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) setting. Each student is required to observe for 10 hours, prepare lessons and teach for 10 hours in ESOL classes. Students will be able to apply methods and techniques covered in the Teaching of English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) Methodology course to develop appropriate ESOL curricula, lesson plans and materials that reflect the ESOL learners' needs, goals and language learning abilities. This component prepares individuals to teach ESOL learners at various levels and in different types of programs and settings.
The Practicum course is an opportunity for future TESOL teachers to experience a real classroom environment with experienced ESL instructors. There are no scheduled class meetings in this course as TESOL students will be doing ESL classroom observations and practice teaching. However, they are encouraged to meet or contact the TESOL Coordinator for any questions or assistance required. All observations and practice teaching are done in Humber College ESL classes.