Teach English in Canada or around the world!
inlingua Victoria’s 120 hour TESL Certificate program is an intensive program consisting of a balanced curriculum of both theoretical and practical components of teaching English. There is a supervised teaching practicum that offers a hands on learning opportunity to complete your training. This course is for anyone who would like to pursue a career in Teaching English as a Second Language to non-native English speakers.
This program is recognized by TESL Canada. Students who successfully complete this program and have a degree may apply for TESL Canada’s Professional Standard Level One certification.
The TESL Certification Course includes 100 hours of intensive and comprehensive instruction in ESL methodologies, lesson planning, resources and job search skills. Student teachers also complete a 10-hour classroom observation and a 10-hour teaching practicum with ESL students from around the world who are attending our English Language Courses in Victoria. The practicum component is for eligible students only, and takes place after the 110 hours have been completed.
Within the inlingua network, we use our exclusive inlingua teaching method. The method allows students to speak English, practice the language and progress very quickly. Our materials are researched and created by our Pedagogical Department in Bern, Switzerland. Over 500,000 students learn English and other languages with us every year at inlingua campuses worldwide. The materials are constantly updated to stay abreast of developments in the teaching field worldwide.
Duration: 4 Weeks (120 hours) + Practicum
Format: 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.
Delivery: Students are marked on their in-class participation, homework completion, and test scores,
Homework: There is one or two hours of homework every night. Homework includes reading assignments, class planning and worksheets.
Practicum: The observations and practicum are typically done in class, but up to 50% of the practicum can be done online.
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.
(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.
Course Selections TESL Certification Program
- Monday to Friday from 9:00am – 1:30 + 1 hour of online study per module
- 4 weeks* in length
- *Practicum component takes place after the 4 weeks have been completed (for eligible students only)
Day 1: Introduction to ESL: Getting Started
Day 2: Methodologies: Past and Present
Day 3: Classroom Principles / Learning Styles and Strategies
Day 4: Teaching Different Age Groups and Proficiency levels
Day 5: Lesson Planning
Day 6: Essential concepts in Grammar/ Form focused instruction
Day 7: Teaching Grammar Lesson Demo
Day 8: Grammar Lesson Peer Teaching
Day 9: Teaching Reading
Day 10: Teaching Listening
Day 11: Improving Lesson Planning and Delivery
Day 12: Initiating and Sustaining interaction in through group work
Day 13: Teaching Speaking / Conversation: Promoting automaticity
Day 14: Peer teaching conversation or Listening
Day 15: Teaching Writing
Day 16: Identifying the various lessons; role of teachers and techniques
Day 17: Curriculum Design / Testing
Day 18: Professional Development – How to love what you do
Day 19: Preparing to get hired as an ESL
Admission Policies and Requirements
Students applying for the TESL Certification Course must prove that they meet one of the following requirements. Both international and domestic students may apply for this course. There are two certification options: with TESL Canada Certification, and without TESL Canada Certification (inlingua Certification only).
The Professional Certificate: Standard One may be granted upon presentation of or certified evidence of:
1) Completion of an undergraduate degree at an accredited post-secondary
2) Completion of a TESL Canada Recognized TESL Training Program which
a) A minimum of 100 hours of theory and methodology, and
b) A supervised practicum of a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours of observation and 10 hours of teaching under the supervision of an instructor certified at a minimum of TESL Canada Professional Certificate: Standard One, Two, or Three with at least 2,000 hours of adult ESL/EFL classroom experience or equivalent.)
c) Up to half of the teaching hours may be completed in online
Note: Item (2) may be part of an undergraduate or graduate degree.
Lilla’s career in TESL training began at Victoria International Academy in 2010. Prior to this, she taught ESL in Italy for two years which sparked her interest in teaching ESL to foreigners. Upon her return to Canada, she enrolled in the University of British Columbia where she received her bachelor degree. Several years later, she received her TESL diploma and began teaching ESL for a number of years, where she discovered her passion for teaching. During this time, she utilized the CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) method which allowed her to create useful, interesting and fun lessons while still focusing on lesson objectives. Lilla’s dedication to teaching grew even further when she decided to focus on the teacher training field. Today, Lilla is extremely committed to teaching TESL in the most effective, engaging and innovative way so that she can continue to help and inspire future teachers to become dedicated, passionate and knowledgeable individuals throughout their ESL careers
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I was encouraged by Lilla to pursue a teaching opportunity overseas in Taiwan, and she provided me advice for my interview well after my course was complete. This led me to teaching in Taiwan, South Korea and now currently a Masters of Education based off of my teaching experiences overseas. Without Lilla, I may not have had the courage to achieve my dreams.
We as students were always active participants in every class, there was never a time where I didn’t feel engaged and invested in the course. It is almost as though the course is taught the way we should teach an ESL course—lots of student involvement and lots of stimulus.
The classroom size was great for the course, with fewer than 10 students. Lilla could provide individual attention when it was needed. The course prepared me well to teach small classes aimed at adults at the lower-beginner to intermediate level and I was comfortable during my practicum as a result.