Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a Second Language

QUICK FACTS

Credential:
Certificate

Duration:
3 semesters

How to apply

Start date:
September 

Location:
Online

Cost:
(Details)

FEATURES:

  • Graduates of the UFV TESL certificate program are eligible to apply for TESL Canada Professional Standard Two certification.
  • A practicum gives you an opportunity to practice your teaching skills in a supportive environment

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION

Learn to teach English to non-native speakers and earn TESL Canada Professional Standard Two certification.

You can complete the Teaching English as a Second Language program in less than a year. All courses are offered online with four face-to-face sessions per semester, scheduled in the early evenings and Saturdays. Distance students can participate by using video conferencing.

Learn the latest techniques from experienced faculty and get valuable teaching practice both in class and during a supervised practicum.

You can take UFV’s TESL certificate program either after or while you complete a bachelor’s degree program.

Courses
 NumberTitle
 TESL 400  Foundations of Second Language Education
 TESL 408  Applied Linguistics in Second Language Education
 TESL 410  Teaching a Second Language
 TESL 420  Curriculum and Assessment in Second Language Education
 TESL 433  Second Language Education Practicum

View course descriptions on the UFV calendar

Completion requirements

Completion of a degree program with a cumulative GPA of 2.67 or higher. Completion of courses listed in program outline (above).

Eligibility for TESL Canada certification

Graduates of the UFV TESL certificate program are eligible to apply for the TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard Two, which is one of the top levels awarded by TESL Canada. Graduates are responsible for applying to TESL Canada for certification.

If you have completed a degree and successfully complete all five TESL courses, you can graduate in less than a year.

You may also choose to enter the TESL program while completing your degree.

Note: If you do not complete courses in the sequence they are offered, you have to wait a year until they will be offered again.

CAREER EXPECTATIONS

TESL grads can take advantage of exciting teaching opportunities both at home and abroad.

In British Columbia, there is a demand for ESL teachers to help new immigrants learn English. According to WelcomeBC, more than 40,000 immigrants arrive in BC each year, many of them in the larger urban centres of the province.  In addition, more than 150,000 foreign students come to B.C. each year, many to study English.

ESL teachers find jobs in private and public schools, including colleges, high schools, and elementary schools. Employment opportunities also exist in community and friendship centres that welcome immigrants.

Teaching English as a Second Language can also open doors to teach abroad, with a variety of opportunities available in Asia, Europe, and South America.

ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

  1. Students are required to meet the English language proficiency levels required of all undergraduate students at the University of the Fraser Valley.
  2. For certification, students who apply to the TESL certificate program with a degree in a language other than English are required to meet one of the following requirements (as per TESL Canada requirement for students with a degree from a non-English speaking institution):
    • IELTS Academic 7, TOEFL 101, English 12 with 70% from a Canadian school
    • Permission of the department

OTHER ADMISSION CATEGORIES

This program is open for international students.

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Phone: 604-864-4621
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441 ext. 4621
Email: adulted@ufv.ca

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