Teaching English as a Second Language

For admission to the TESL certificate program, and before registering in TESL 300, TESL 310 and TESL 333, students must have completed either a bachelor’s degree or 60 credits at UFV or equivalent at a recognized post-secondary institution with a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher.

Applicants must satisfy the English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see English language proficiency requirement in the Admissions section of the calendar.

Why learn to teach English as a second language (ESL)?
Why earn a TESL certificate at UFV?
What type of career can I expect?
Will this program be of benefit to me as a teacher?
Are there opportunities for practical experiences?
Who will be teaching me?
Can I take TESL courses on an individual basis?
What do I need to get in?
Where is the program delivered?
When should I apply?
How is the program structured?
What are the program requirements?
How much will it cost?
Is there anybody I can talk with about my plans?

Why learn to teach English as a second language (ESL)?
Our global world is shrinking and today’s workplace is international. With Canada becoming increasingly multicultural, there are innumerable opportunities for trained professionals in Canada in both the public and private sectors. Opportunities outside Canada abound.

If you plan to travel, teaching ESL is a good way to finance and even extend your travel plans. Teaching is a superb way to immerse yourself in new cultures and to meet new people. If you plan to stay here in Canada, there are many teaching opportunities for qualified professionals. British Columbia has long been a destination for immigrants and while many know several languages, they may need to learn or improve their skills in English. If you are already a teacher or a community worker, this program provides you with the skills needed to teach English to those who speak other languages.

Why earn a TESL certificate at UFV?
UFV’s Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) certificate has a number of unique features. You can work towards your certificate while you are completing your bachelor’s degree, counting credits from the TESL certificate program towards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of General Studies, or other degree program at UFV.

Our TESL program is recognized by TESL Canada, the national organization for English as a Second Language professionals. As soon as you have completed the TESL program at UFV, you are then eligible to apply for Level II certification by TESL Canada.



What type of career can I expect?

The career opportunities are varied, with placements ranging from community services offices to teaching part-time evening classes for new Canadians or international students. If you choose to travel, you can use your TESL certificate to access many opportunities for short and longer-term teaching positions in a many countries around the world.

Will this program be of benefit to me as a teacher?
Yes, if you are already in the public or private education field, you will find these courses and this program practical and helpful to your current teaching situation.

Are there opportunities for practical experiences?
Yes, there is a practicum component following the TESL 300 and TESL 310 classes. This practicum component of the TESL certificate enables students to apply their studies of theory and methodology of second langage teaching in an approved ESL instructional setting. Students have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience in reglective practice, informed observation, and critical evaluation of classroom teaching and learning as well as developing knowledge and skills in lesson planning and classroom management. Students are required to submit their teaching unit plans and be observed and evaluated by the sponsoring instructor and university field supervisor.



Who will be teaching me?
‌UFV has highly-qualified and experienced TESL instructors who will teach you how to teach English to others. While studying, you will receive up-to-date, professional instruction by our qualified, experienced ESL instructors and you will receive valuable classroom experience in the supervised practicum.

Can I take TESL courses on an individual basis?
‌Yes, other than TESL 333, which is a practicum, all of the TESL courses can be taken separately with the instructor’s permission.

What do I need to get in?
To qualify for this program you must have completed 60 credits at UFV with a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher, or the equivalent at a recognized post-secondary institution.

Where is the program delivered?
UFV’s TESL courses are offered at the Abbotsford campus on King Road.

When should I apply?
If you are currently enrolled at UFV, there is no formal application process required. You must submit your graduation request form for the TESL certificate upon successful completion of the program requirements and at the same time as you submit your graduation request for your degree. If you are not currently enrolled at UFV, or you already have a degree, please contact Cheryl Isaac at at 604-854-4527, 1-888-504-7441, local 4527, or cheryl.isaac@ufv.ca 



How is the program structured?
‌The courses you will take in the TESL program are as follows:

Course #      Title
LING 101   Introduction to Language
LING 202    Language Acquisition
ENGL 209   The Structure of English
TESL 300   Foundations of TESL
TESL 310   Methodology in TESL
TESL 333**   Practicum*

* Two 100-level English courses (Engl 105-170) are also required.

You must also take two of the following approved courses to complete your TESL certificate. The courses in category one provide breadth in culture and communication. The courses in category two provide breadth in language and education.

Category One

  • Anthropology: 102, 130, 220, 490
  • Communications: 235, 345, 385
  • Criminology: 211, 311, 411
  • Child and Youth Care: 260, 360, 490
  • Economics: 352
  • English: 210, 214, 227, 245, 370, 371, 372, 374, 375, 376, 379, 490
  • Geography: 140, 443
  • History: 115, 235, 236, 261, 262, 385, 489, 490, 499
  • Kinesiology and Physical Education: 170, 268, 400
  • Latin American Studies: 100, 102, 200, 312, 402, 498
  • Media and Communication Studies: 110, 210, 212, 490
  • Philosophy: 220, 362, 364, 490, 491
  • Political Science: 190, 195, 230
  • Psychology: 250, 303, 325, 351, 367, 491, 493A, 493B
  • Religious Studies: 202
  • Social Cultural and Media Studies: 310, 363, 388, 463, 470
  • Sociology: 250, 333, 450, 490
  • Any related course with approval of TESL coordinator

Category two

  • Any ADED (Adult Education) course
  • Any EDUC (Education) course
  • Any ESL (English as a Second Language) course (must be
  • a qualified ESL student)
  • Any MOLA (Modern Languages) course
  • Any SLA (Speech and Language Assistant) course
  • Any TEP (Teacher Education Program) course
  • Any CYC (Child and Youth Care) course
  • Any ECE (Early Childhood Education) course
  • Any TESL course, for example TESL 302, TESL 303, TESL 304, TESL 305, TESL 311, not previously listed in the certificate program.
  • Any related course with approval of TESL coordinator

Once you have completed the program, you will then be eligible for TESL Canada certification. You are responsible for applying to TESL Canada for your certification.

What are the program requirements?

To be eligible for UFV TESL certification you must have:

  • Completion of degree program with cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher.
  • LING 101: Introduction to Language (three credits)
  • LING 202: Language Acquisition (three credits)
  • ENGL 105-170: Two 100-level English courses (six credits)
  • Two approved UFV courses with GPA of 2.67 or higher (six credits)
  • ENGL 209: The Structure of English (three credits)
  • TESL 300: Foundations of TESL (four credits)
  • TESL 310: Methodolodgy in TESL (four credits)
  • TESL 333: Practicum.



How much will it cost?
‌While it is always best to consult UFV’s calendar for up-to-date information, the fees for most TESL courses currently cost $400 to $600 each (based on 2011/2012 tuition). Books and materials will cost approximately $80 to $100 for each TESL course. The graduation fee is $25. Please keep in mind that all costs and fees may change.

Is there anybody I can talk with about my plans?
For further information, please contact Cheryl Isaac, Director of Continuing Studies at at 604-854-4527, 1-888-504-7441, local 4527, or cheryl.isaac@ufv.ca.




Last updated October 2013

 

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