TESL Teacher Training Certification Course

Choose between our on-campus or online course options and receive a TESL Canada Certification.

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What is TESL Canada Certification?

A TESL Canada certification will not only allow you to Teach English as a second or foreign language across Canada, but it is a sought-after designation worldwide. TESL teachers enjoy the ability to travel anywhere in the world and create a sustainable lifestyle. The life of an English teacher can be deeply rewarding and fulfilling. Our teachers are day in and day out captured by the smiles and success of their students. Teaching English is a career move that can open doors you never knew existed.

The purpose of the TESL Canada certification is to promote excellence in the teaching and learning of English as a Second Language (ESL) across Canada by promoting professional certification standards that are recognized in all provinces.

The TESL Canada National Professional Certification Standards benefit educators by helping ensure that:

  • TESL training and ESL teaching experience are recognized as the main professional benchmarks of Canadian ESL educators.
  • Teaching credentials are recognized not only from province to province but by virtue of their national status from country to country.
  • Credentials are recognized by international students when they compare faculty at post-secondary schools and in language institutes across Canada before their arrival in Canada. As a result, programs that hire qualified professionals will attract more students.

Program Options

Both programs are recognized by TESL Canada. Students who successfully complete one of our programs and have a degree may apply for TESL Canada’s Professional Standard Level One certification.

On-campus 120 hour TESL certification program

4 Weeks (120 hours) + Practicum

***This program is full and next intake is Fall 2023***

Check the online certification program below

Online 120 hour OnTESL certification program

Runs for 12 weeks + Practicum, self-paced course (start after registration and payment received).

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Why TESL Teacher Training?

Taking part in inlingua Victoria’s TESL Teacher Training Certification Course is a worthwhile investment for those looking to teach English as a Second Language (ESL). With the ESL industry valued at a multi-billion dollar rate, it is no surprise that this course stands out amongst its peers. The four-week intensive course and practicum helps aspiring teachers develop the knowledge and skills required to lead an English class, making them well-prepared and highly sought after. By securing the TESL certification, participants are opening up opportunities to live and work anywhere around the world – such as Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom – and receive competitive salaries. In addition, they gain hands-on experience with diverse classroom settings while engaging with students of all ages. 

Course Requirements & Methodology

Admission Requirements

Students applying for the TESL Certification Course must prove that they meet the following requirements. Both international and domestic students may apply for this course.

Admission requirements if you have English as a First Language

  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking university in any field


Admission requirements if you have English as a Second Language

  • Proof of one of the following Language Proficiency Tests:
    • IELTS Academic (Overall 7 with a minimum of 7 in each skill area)
    • TOEFL iBT (Overall 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking, and 27 in Writing)


  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking university in one of the following countries: Canada, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cameroon, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat, Nigeria, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Saint Kitts-Nevis, St. Lucia, St.Vincent, Seychelles, Sierra Leone, South Africa, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.


If a degree is from another country, the applicant must provide the following documents:

  • Proof of one of the following Language Proficiency Tests:
    • IELTS Academic (Overall 7 with a minimum of 7 in each skill area)
    • TOEFL iBT (Overall 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking, and 27 in Writing)



Course Methodology

(1) Classroom instruction

  • Interactive lectures and activities outline the theory for each module.
  • Students will be asked to prepare several peer-teaching sessions.
  • Evaluation is based on homework, assignments, exams, and participation.

(2) Practice teaching

  • Under supervision of a mentor teacher, after an initial period of observation, students will be required to teach ESL classes. Students will progress gradually from observation through assisting the mentor teacher to teaching the ESL class for an extended period of time.


The course is offered in two formats:

  • On-Campus: The material is presented in a traditional in-class setting with interaction between the teacher and students. ESL is a highly dynamic field and communication is a key aspect.
  • Online: The material will be presented in the form of downloadable resources, online discussions, online group work, peer teaching practice, and reading assignments.


Depending on the student, there will be around 2 hours of homework that needs to be done every day. The homework includes readings, planning, completing case studies, lesson plans, and written assignments.

Online: Inlingua Victoria will provide a TESL tutor to help you along your journey. You may schedule an appointment every week with the TESL tutor for up to 1 hour. Your TESL tutor will watch your practice lessons, give feedback, conduct tutorials, and answer questions about the content or course. Most students find that one 30-minute session is adequate for them. You may also talk to our TESL tutor outside of your scheduled appointment on our online chat board.


On-Campus: Students are marked on their in-class participation, homework completion, and test scores.

Online: The material will be presented in the form of downloadable resources, online discussions, online group work, peer teaching practice, and reading assignments.


There are two parts to the practicum. The first part is the classroom observations. After several weeks, student teachers will be given the opportunity to observe live inlingua Victoria classes. Students may choose to watch the classes online, or come to the school and watch them in person. With each course that you watch, you must also submit an observation log. In total, each student is accountable for observing 10 hours of classes.

The second part of the practicum is in-class teaching. During this period of time, student teachers are assigned a sponsor or mentor teacher who will guide them and give feedback about the lessons that they conduct in their class. This part of the practicum is the most important and rewarding part of the whole course.

Upon graduation, a student teacher who passes the course will receive the inlingua TESL certification and be eligible to apply for a TESL Canada standard 1 certificate.


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