Practicum

Course Prerequisites

This course requires previous completion of:

  • TSL562H Transition to the Classroom
  • TSL563H1 Pedagogical Grammar
  • One of TSL560H TESOL Methodology: Teaching Listening and Speaking OR TSL564H TESOL Methodology: Teaching Reading and Writing.

Students who do not meet these pre-requisites will be removed from the course whenever it is discovered. There could be Fee or Registration implications.

Class Dates and Times

In addition to 50 hours of practice teaching and observing (individual schedules and locations to be determined in class), TSL566H1 classes will be held on the following five Thursdays, 6-9 pm (except where noted):

  • September 14
  • September 28
  • October 19
  • October 27*
  • November 16
  • December 7
  • December 8*

In the Winter Term classes will be held on the following six Fridays, 2-5 pm (except where noted):

  • January 12
  • January 26
  • February 2*
  • February 16
  • March 2*
  • March 9
  • March 23
  • March 30

* Indicates a program workshop. The topics, times and locations of the workshops will be confirmed at the beginning of each term and will be posted on Events section.

Students MUST attend the first scheduled class or contact the instructor (carolyn.cote@utoronto.ca) to explain their absence. Failure to do so will result in removal from the course.

All students enrolled in the Practicum must complete a criminal background check at least 10 to 12 weeks before the start of the course. This is the policy of the Toronto Catholic District School Board, the board in which our students do their practicum placements. Students planning to register in the Winter practicum should request their criminal check in September. Please see below for instructions.

Criminal Background Checks

You must have your Vulnerable Sector Police Check before:

  • you can begin volunteering in a publically-funded ESOL program. You will be asked to show your Police Clearance to the program coordinator or supervisor.
  • you can begin the Practicum (TSL566).  You are required to bring a COPY of your Police Clearance to the first Practicum class.

A Police Clearance confirms that you do not have any police record that would pose a threat to ‘vulnerable people’ including immigrants and refugees.  School boards (Adult Education), community/settlement centres, and many other programs for community-based English language learners require a valid Police Clearance (vulnerable sector) before they accept anyone as a volunteer or a Practicum student.

How do I obtain my Vulnerable Sector Police Clearance?

You have three options for obtaining your Vulnerable Sector Police Clearance.

These options are for those who live in Toronto (with a postal code beginning with ‘M’) although the process may be applicable to those living outside Toronto.  Please check with your local Police Services Headquarters about the fee and the delivery/pick-up process).

Important note:  For all three options, you need a hard/paper copy of the application form (8.5” x 14”/legal size format), which is available for pick up in class or at the TESOL Office.

Option 1:  Applications signed by a TESOL Office/Woodsworth College and submitted directly by the student to the Toronto Police Services.

  • Complete the application form (in 8.5” x 14”/legal size format). Bring it to class (TSL 562) or to the TESOL Office (119 St. George St, 3rd Floor) for an official signature.
  • Take the completed and signed application form to Toronto Police Services (40 College St.) OR to your local Police Services and request a Vulnerable Sector Police Check.
  • Be prepared to show two pieces of government-issued ID that confirm your name, date of birth, and address; one of them must include a photo for verification (e.g. driver’s license, health card, permanent resident card, passport, birth certificate, etc.).
  • In addition, you must bring a photocopy of all ID to the TESOL office at 119 St. George Street, 3rd floor (the photocopies will be attached to the application for submission to the TCDSB).
  • Pay the $20 fee with a money order or a certified cheque made payable to Toronto Police Services (or contact your local Police Services for instructions).
  • In approximately 2 weeks your Vulnerable Sector Police Check will be mailed to you at your personal address.

Option 2:  Applications sent from the TESOL Office/Woodsworth College to the Toronto Catholic District School Board for processing through Toronto Police Services.

Note:  this option is available only to those who live in Toronto (with a postal code beginning with ‘M’).

  • Complete the application form (in 8.5” x 14”/legal size format). Submit in class (TSL 562) or in the TESOL Office (119 St. George St, 3rd Floor).
  • When you submit your application, show two pieces of government-issued ID that confirm your name, date of birth, and address; one of them must include a photo for verification (e.g. driver’s license, health card, permanent resident card, passport, birth certificate, etc.). In addition, you must bring a photocopy of all ID. (The photocopies will be attached to the application for submission to the TCDSB).
  • Include a $20 money order or a certified cheque, made payable to Toronto Police Services.
  • Your Vulnerable Sector Police Check will be mailed to you at your personal address in six to twelve weeks.

Notes for Option 2:

  • The TESOL Office will forward all the applications received by the deadlines to the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) at 80 Sheppard Avenue East, Toronto.  The TCDSB processes the applications.
  • Any incomplete forms or incorrectly completed forms will be returned to the TESOL office.

Option 3:  Similar to option 1–faster and more expensive.

  • Complete the application form (in 8.5” x 14”/legal size format). Bring it to class (TSL 562) or to the TESOL Office (119 St. George St, 3rd Floor) for an official signature.
  • Take the completed and signed application form to Toronto Police Services (40 College St.) OR to your local Police Services and request an expedited Vulnerable Sector Police Check.
  • Be prepared to show two pieces of government-issued ID that confirm your name, date of birth, and address; one of them must include a photo for verification (e.g. driver’s license, health card, permanent resident card, passport, birth certificate, etc.)
  • In addition, you must bring a photocopy of all ID to the TESOL office at 119 St. George Street, 3rd floor (the photocopies will be attached to the application for submission to the TCDSB).
  • Pay the $65 fee with a money order or a certified cheque made payable to Toronto Police Services (or contact your local Police Services for instructions).
  • Police Services will contact you within 72 hours and ask you to pick up your police check.

Notes for Option 3

An expedited option is available for applicants who have a CLEAR record. This means applicants:

  • Have never been fingerprinted
  • Have never been charged with a criminal offence
  • Have never been convicted of a criminal offence
  • Have never received a pardon for a sexual offence
  • Gender/date of birth does not match to a pardon sexual offence
  • Have never been under investigation for a criminal offence

 

Special for those living outside Toronto:  The Program Coordinator in the TESOL Office (tesol@utoronto.ca) will provide a letter attesting to your enrolment in the TESOL Certificate and your need of a vulnerable sector police clearance if your local police service asks for an official letter.


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