TESOL Certificate Program at Woodsworth College, U of T
TESOL (TESL+TEFL) at The University of Toronto
Since 1972, the University of Toronto has offered specialized academic and professional preparation to individuals interested in teaching English to second language learners, specifically adults. The TESOL program (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) considers both TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language, e.g. teaching recent immigrants to Canada) and TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language to non-English speakers abroad). As such, graduates can work both here in Canada and overseas.
Graduates earn a post-baccalaureate certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from the University of Toronto. Students who successfully complete the program convocate with the rest of the Woodsworth College students and receive an official certificate from the University. Graduates can teach English to adults both here in Canada (in privately and publicly-funded institutions) as well as in a variety of institutions overseas. The TESOL certificate is an official UofT program and is accredited by both TESL Ontario and TESL Canada.
The program consists of eight semester-length courses and over 300 hours of course work. Taken full-time, the course can be completed in a minimum of 8 months beginning in September. Students can also take it on a part-time basis.
- Introduction to Language
- TESOL Methodology: Teaching Listening and Speaking
- TESOL Methodology: Teaching Reading and Writing
- Theoretical Issues in Second Language Teaching and Learning
- Pedagogical Grammar
- Planning ESOL Courses
- Transition to the Classroom
- TESOL Practicum
Class format varies from course to course. Expect:
- Group work: discussion, problem-solving, text analysis
- Peer teaching: in small groups
- Presenting: to class or within a group
- Blended learning
- Experiential learning
- Practicum teaching
Program assessment varies from course to course and includes:
- Academic assignments and tests
- Tasks: poster presentations, syllabus & lesson planning, peer teaching, resource searches and reflections.
- Projects: volunteering (with a conversation group, assisting in a classroom, tutoring literacy learners)
- Classroom teaching
TESOL students complete a 50-hour practicum that includes observation (30 hours) and supervised, assessed teaching (20 hours) in an ESOL classroom with adult immigrant and refuge adult learners.
Upon completion of the practicum, successful TESOL students will be able to teach ESOL to adult learners in an effective and professional manner.
In the course ‘TSL562H1 Transition to the Classroom’ prior to beginning the practicum, TESOL students:
- Participate in a four-hour observation in an ESOL class with adult international learners.
- Observe excellently produced videos of immigrant-based classes
- Volunteer with either immigrant/refugee or international ESOL learners
More than 260 hours of course work to ensure familiarity with:
- The basic concepts and conventions of English language systems (grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary), discourse structures and pragmatics, as used to communicate through speaking, listening, reading and writing.
- Current research on language learning, curricular models, intercultural communication and assessment models.
- A variety of curricular models, planning frameworks, teaching approaches, pedagogical practices, and assessment procedure
- A range of teaching approaches, styles, strategies, and feedback techniques.
- The nature of adult learning and the factors affecting adult language acquisition.
- The diverse socio-cultural-economic communities that constitute an ESOL class and the potential effect of these complex factors on learning.
- Teaching contexts in Canada and internationally, and the influence of instructional context on content, curriculum and approach.
- The attributes of a professional TESOL instructor: collegiality, cultural sensitivity, enthusiasm and curiosity.
- The importance of a reflective practice and ongoing professional learning.