This graduate certificate program is designed to prepare students to teach English as a Second (or Foreign) Language in Canada and/or overseas.
The program covers topics integrating theoretical, pedagogical and practical applications for teaching English as a second or foreign language, meeting educational standards set by TESL Ontario.
Additionally, this program includes courses to enhance professional and intercultural communication skills, knowledge and experience.
This program meets the standards for training established by the Teachers of English as a Second Language of Ontario (TESL Ontario) organization. Successful graduates of this program will be eligible to apply for certification with TESL Ontario if they have met the other requirements stipulated by the organization.
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
INDS-6002 Intercultural Competence
EDUC-6041 Language Learning & Teaching
FLDP-6023 Practicum: Observation
Take one of the following courses:
FREN-3005, SPAN-3003, or COMM-6019
FREN-3005 Discovering French
SPAN-3003 Discovering Spanish
COMM-6019 Advanced Professional Communication
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
EDUC-6042 Teaching Grammar & Vocabulary
EDUC-6043 Teaching the Four Skills
EDUC-6044 Reflective Capstone
FLDP-6024 Teaching Practicum
INFO-6083 Computer Assisted Language Learning
Students will be enrolled in one of the following courses:
COMM-6032 or COMM-6034
COMM-6032 Professional Presentations
COMM-6034 Reading, Writing & Audience Analysis-Adv
Students must complete a minimum of 9 credits in this program at Fanshawe College to meet the program residency requirement and graduate from this program.
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A Two- or Three-Year College Diploma, or a Degree
An acceptable combination of related work experience and post-secondary education as judged by the College to be equivalent to the above*
Note:*Applicants may be required to submit a resume and cover letter that includes details of work experience.
English Language Requirements
Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:
A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements
Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 88 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 6.5 with no score less than 6.5 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 70 with no score less than 60 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 59, with test results within the last two years
A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 176 with no language skill less than 169, with test results within the last two years
An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 75% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 80% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 9 or 75% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 10
Please note: in addition to the above, a KITE test and an interview with Fanshawe's English Language Institute may be required.
Recommended Personal Preparation
Traveling, working, or studying abroad provides opportunities to understand the challenges of functioning in other cultures. This experience helps those wanting to become teachers of English to speakers of other languages to relate to their students empathetically. Additionally, previous experience in teaching or training environments will be useful in the development of one's own teaching philosophy and practice.
Applicant Selection Criteria
Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario.
Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full).
Achievement in the Admission Requirements.
There are a variety of programs that teach English to adult speakers of other languages in Ontario, in both the private and public sectors. Successful graduates of this program, if they meet all other criteria, will be eligible to apply for certification by TESL Ontario, a necessary credential for teaching in government-funded programs. There are also many opportunities abroad for employment, especially when a teacher has completed a college graduate certificate training program in Canada.
In addition, the intercultural competence component of this program will equip graduates for employment possibilities in organizations that work with newcomers to Canada, such as settlement agencies, or to work abroad helping prepare people for intercultural experiences.