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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Diploma
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Diploma

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Diploma

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  • Level:Postgraduate Certificate/Diploma
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

  • Proof of successful graduation from a degree or diploma program from a recognized institution
  • OR Proof of completion of at least two years of post-secondary education with an average of C+. 
  • Evidence of prior work or volunteer educational experience, preferably with second language learners, and/or course work in education is desirable
  • An interview (in person or via Skype)
  • A resume
  • A letter of intent
  • Completed application form and application fee.  To apply download application form.
  • Proof of English Language Proficiency.

English Requirements

Applicants who have completed most of their education in a language other than English, must provide evidence of

  • a minimal TOEFL score of 213 (CBT),
  • or an IELTS score of 6.5 (with no band score lower than 6.0),
  • or have completed the Selkirk Advanced English Language program and English 051 with a C+ or higher average.

Course Information

The Selkirk College TESOL Advanced Diploma program is for students interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language either domestically or internationally. Classes are offered in one intensive semester of study, during which time students gain both theoretical and practical knowledge in teaching language. Upon completion, students are eligible for TESL Canada Professional Certification.

The program includes course work in the areas of second language acquisition theory and linguistics, curriculum design, materials development, intercultural communication, grammar, phonology, classroom management, multi-media resources and assessment. In addition to the 18 hours a week of class time, students observe and teach in one of Selkirk College’s multicultural ESL classes on the same campus. TESOL students also have the opportunity to participate in language partnerships with ESL students and gain work experience as ESL tutors.

There are two program options:

TESOL Advanced Diploma

Students complete 250 hours of methodology coursework plus a 20-hour practicum which includes 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of practice teaching in one of Selkirk’s skill-based, multicultural ESL classrooms.

Students who hold a degree and meet the qualifications for Selkirk’s TESOL Advanced Diploma program are eligible for TESL Canada Professional 1 Certification.

For those interested in TESL Canada Professional 2 Certification, Selkirk College offers an Extended Practicum (usually 8 weeks) which includes an additional 20 hours of observation and 10 hours of teaching in one of Selkirk’s skill-based, multicultural ESL classrooms.

TESL Advanced Certificate

Students complete 14 credits (250 hours) of methodology coursework, but they do not participate in the Practicum component. This program does not meet all the requirements needed to apply for TESL Canada recognition.

If students who have completed the Advanced Certificate program and wish to complete the practicum component and convert their Advanced Certificate to an Advanced Diploma, they can do so within one year and with the approval of the School Chair. There is an additional charge for this added teaching experience.

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Semester 1

  • Course, Name, , Credit
  • TSOL 101, Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners, , 3
  • TSOL 103, Teaching Listening and Speaking, , 3
  • TSOL 105, Teaching Reading and Writing, , 3
  • TSOL 107, Topics in English Language Learning, , 1
  • TSOL 109, Teaching Pronunciation, , 2
  • TSOL 110, Practicum Experience and Seminar, , 4
  • TSOL 112, Grammar for Teachers, , 2
  • TSOL 100, Teaching English to Young Learners *, ,
  • TSOL 120, International Practicum *, ,
  • TSOL 121, Extended Practicum *, ,
  • TSOL 122, Visiting Practicum *, ,
  • TSOL 123, Practical Studies in TESOL*, ,
  • Total, 18

Course Descriptions

  • TSOL 101 - Introduction to Teaching English Language Learners
  • TSOL 103 - Teaching Listening and Speaking
  • TSOL 105 - Teaching Reading and Writing
  • TSOL 107 - Topics in English Language Learning
  • TSOL 109 - Teaching Pronunciation
  • TSOL 110 - Practicum Experience and Seminar
  • TSOL 112 - Grammar for Teachers
  • TSOL 100 - Teaching English to Young Learners *
  • TSOL 120 - International Practicum *
  • TSOL 121 - Extended Practicum *
  • TSOL 122 - Visiting Practicum *
  • TSOL 123 - Practical Studies in TESOL*
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