Program Details

TESOL Certificate Program at Woodsworth College, U of T

Please note that the Woodsworth College TESOL certificate is in the process of being permanently phased out.  No new students will be admitted to this program.

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.

The Certificate

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.

  • 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
  • Linguistics for Teaching ESOL
  • Transition to the Classroom
  • TESOL Practicum

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Please note that TESOL courses are offered in the Winter and Fall sessions only. No courses are offered in the Summer session.


Class format varies from course to course. Expect:

  • Lectures
  • 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.

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Please note that the Woodsworth College TESOL certificate is in the process of being permanently phased out.  No new students will be admitted to this program.