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 April 14, 2020

To TTP Managers and Directors, 

After much consultation and discussion, TESL Canada would like to present to you the results of the three motions that were passed at the recent emergent TESL Canada Board meeting. In order to address concerns of TTPs and their current students during this current health crisis, the following decisions have been made to facilitate TTP completion:

  1. Until on-site ESL classes/programs reopen, in order to qualify for TESL program certification, the minimum number of f2f classroom observation and practice teaching hours for Standards 1, 2, and 3 will be: 

Face-to-face/in-class teaching     40% 

Online synchronous                        20% 

The maximum number of online asynchronous hours will be 40% of the total number of observation and teaching hours (see asynchronous options in point #3). The total observation and teaching hours remains the same: 10 + 10 for Standard 1 and 30 + 20 for Standards 2 and 3.   

 *This would facilitate certification for students whose practicum was interrupted by the health crisis.  

  1. Create a TESL Canada provisional certificate that would be awarded based on coursework completion only (no practicum requirement). This certificate will be valid for 1 year from the time of issue and be exchanged for a full certificate once a candidate submits proof of their practicum completion. 

*This would facilitate certification for students who were not able to complete their practicum because of the health crisis. This provisional certification may allow people to secure interim employment or supply teaching.  

  1. The following are acceptable online asynchronous practicum activities: 
  • Classroom observation: watching recorded classes with reflection. 
  • Practice teaching: delivery of content (e.g., moderated online discussions related to readings, videos or podcasts, submission of work with feedback loop, prepared voice-over PowerPoint presentations) via online learning management systems such as Moodle, Brightspace, Blackboard, or Canvas; and evaluated micro-teaching demonstrations. 

Thank you for responding to the survey and taking part in the zoom consultation sessions. We appreciate your insights and input. All the best to you at this challenging time.

Paula Kristmanson, TESL Canada President

Dmitri Priven, TESL Canada Standards Committee Chair





March 23, 2020

Hello TESL Canada Members,


We realize that this is a very busy and unsettling time for everyone right now. TESL Canada certainly recognizes this reality and will strive to continue regular communications with our membership. Additionally, we will do our utmost to keep our services running smoothly. To this end, before sending any documentation via Canada Post, could you please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for instructions. 

At this time and as spring approaches, we are pleased to be able to offer you another issue of TESL Canada Connects newsletter. Sadly, many provincial partners have had to make the tough decision to postpone or cancel their spring professional learning events. We hope to be able to fill the gap in face-to-face meetings and conferences by offering additional webinars. We were very fortunate to have had two webinars already this winter- one by Scott Douglas on vocabulary and another by Amea Wilbur related to trauma-informed teaching. We are so grateful to both of them for these excellent sessions and for this amazing service to colleagues in TESL Canada. We are hoping to have another webinar for April which will be announced shortly— stay tuned! If you would like to share your expertise with your TESL Canada colleagues via webinar, please do not hesitate to contact us. 

Again, our thoughts are with all of our members as worries about health abound. It is not an easy time for teachers and students- we are being called to be both resilient in disposition and innovative in teaching and learning. We are hopeful that better health news is on the horizon. 

Wishing you all the very best. Please take care and stay well. 

Paula Kristmanson, TESL Canada President

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