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Program structure

This full-time graduate diploma can be completed in eight months, and features a blend of on-site, online and experiential learning.

The majority of courses will be held at our downtown Oshawa campus location and will include self-directed online components. Additionally, at least two courses will be taught fully online in our virtual classrooms, giving you valuable first-hand experience in online language teaching and learning.

In addition to over 270 hours of coursework, you will complete at least 50 practicum hours in a TESL Ontario approved language classroom: 30 hours of observation plus 20 hours of teaching.

This diploma program is completed in two full-time terms (September - April) with the following courses:

Term 1

TESL 100 - Foundations

TESL 101 - Methods 1

TESL 102 - Teaching Components 1

TESL 103 - Mobile Teaching and Learning*

TESL 104 - Professionalism

TESL 105 - Practicum 1

Term 2

TESL 201 - Methods 2

TESL 202 - Teaching Components 2

TESL 203 - Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education*

TESL 204 - Reflective Practitioner

TESL 205 - Practicum 2

*Fully online courses

TESL 100 Foundations

This course provides an introduction to Education Theory, Communication Theory, Linguistic Theory and Language Structure. It will serve as an overview that provides the context for all other learning in this program. It is a prerequisite for all other courses, and must be taken prior to or concurrently with other courses. It will consist of 12 hours of Education and Communicative theory, 12 hours of Linguistic Theory and Concepts, and 12 hours of Language Structure studies.

TESL 101 Methods 1

This course is the first of two Methods courses. It includes an in-depth exploration of past, current and emerging approaches to language teaching (nine hours), and the development of course and program planning skills (nine hours). Students will learn the skills and strategies required to develop their teaching of reading, writing, speaking and listening with English-language learners. Socio-linguistic theories and approaches such as task-based learning and communicative language learning will form the foundations for classroom activities.

TESL 102 Teaching Components 1

This course presents instructional strategies related to the four skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening) with a focus on receptive language (12 hours). Course content also includes a 12-hour focus on developing grammatical, vocabulary, and textual competencies; as well as 12 hours dedicated to designing language learning assessments (journals, portfolios, presentations, feedback and error correction).

TESL 103 Mobile Teaching & Learning

This fully online course introduces a number of themes related to computer-assisted language learning (CALL). Topics include: software apps and digital tools; tandem learning/social media; virtual classrooms; virtual reality (Second Life); multimedia resources; digital literacy in language learning; fully online and blended learning; building an online community; and one-to-one online teaching.

TESL 104 Professionalism

This course focuses on elements of professional standards and growth as established by TESL Ontario. Topics include: understanding the job market; networking; professional conferences and journals/publications; publicly funded language and settlement centres; and private language schools.

TESL 105 Practicum 1

This course provides students with an overview of the interconnected nature of planning, instruction, assessment and managing student needs within a classroom. Topics from Methods 1 and Teaching Components 1 will be contextualized as part of orientation and reflection with respect to a 25-hour practicum placement that is embedded within the course. This course consists of 11 one-hour in-class sessions, 15 hours of observation in a TESL-approved classroom, and 10 hours of supervised teaching (five of which can be online if desired). (Responsibilities of students during their practicum will be discussed in the in-class sessions.)

TESL 201 Methods 2

This second of two Methods courses will develop teaching and assessment strategies at an in-depth level. Course content includes nine hours of teaching skills (classroom management, individualized instruction, error correction, and interactive skills), and nine hours of placement and exit testing (CLB, CEFR, TOEFL, IELTS). Students will continue to develop the skills and strategies required to effectively teach reading, writing, speaking and listening with English-language learners. The course will also focus on managing continuous intake classes and multi-level classes.

TESL 202 Teaching Components 2

This course presents instructional strategies related to the four skill areas (reading, writing, speaking, listening) with a focus on productive language (12 hours). Course content also includes a 12-hour focus on developing pronunciation, textual competencies, grammar, vocabulary, as well as 12 hours dedicated to progress assessment.

TESL 203 Socio-Cultural Contexts of Education

This fully online course is an introduction to language as a context-dependent social phenomenon. Students examine how various contexts and social factors such as age, gender, social class, accents, status, setting, audience and topic influence linguistic choices, with special attention to multilingual contexts. Other topics include language attitudes, linguistic discrimination and global Englishes (emerging localized or indigenized varieties of English).

TESL 204 Reflective Practitioner

This course builds on the content of TESL 104 (Professionalism) to further explore elements of professional growth, e.g. action research, developing a growth mindset, and membership in communities of practice. Students will explore the concept of ‘teacher as researcher’ and learn the fundamentals of inquiry, data collection and analysis, and sharing findings.

TESL 205 Practicum 2

This course provides students with an in-depth exploration of the interconnected nature of planning, instruction, assessment, and managing student needs within a classroom. Topics from Methods 2 and Teaching Components 2 will be contextualized for program/lesson planning in the 25-hour practicum placement that is embedded within the course. This course consists of 11 one-hour in-class sessions, 15 hours of observation in a TESL-approved classroom, and 10 hours of supervised teaching (five of which can be online if desired). (Responsibilities of students during their practicum will be discussed in the in-class sessions.)

Our TESOL diploma program includes two 25-hour practicum placements—one in each term. Students will be placed in an approved English language classroom for adults with an associate TESL-certified teacher. Each practicum placement will consist of 15 hours of observation and 10 hours of supervised teaching. The practicum hours will take place throughout the term, and will be arranged around students' course schedules. Potential placement sites include Ontario Tech University’s English Language Centre, EAP partner schools and LINC programs. In keeping with the growing demand for online English teachers, the practicum teaching hours will include opportunities to teach English language learners in an online setting.