Awarding Teacher Training Recognition

TESL Canada grants recognition of TESL Training Programs providing the designation as a TESL Canada Recognized Teacher Training Program. Recognition decisions are made based on a comprehensive review and assessment of the program. The assessment includes successive levels of review and includes a site visit (“inspection”) as a component of the five year recognition.

Practicum Hours for TESL Canada Standard Two Recognized Programs

Classroom Observation: 30 hours

Supervised individual practice teaching: 20 hours

The new practicum standard requires that Standard Two recognized programs extend the mandatory practicum hours from 20 (10 hours of classroom observation + 10 hours of supervised individual practice teaching) to 50 (30 hours of classroom observation + 20 hours of supervised individual practice teaching). 

The deadline for the implementation of the new practicum requirement of 50 hours is September 1, 2017.

TESL Canada board has also approved the policy that up to half of the observation and practice teaching hours may be done in online synchronous environment.

 

OVERVIEW OF STANDARDS

Name of Standard

Details of Eligibility

Professional Standard One

The Professional Certificate: Standard One is intended to recognize ESL/EFL educators who have completed an undergraduate degree and a Standard One TESL Canada recognized TESL training program.

The Professional Certificate: Standard One may be granted upon presentation of certified evidence of:

1)    Completion of an undergraduate degree at an accredited post-secondary institution, and

2)    Completion of a TESL Canada Recognized TESL Training  Program which includes:

a)    A minimum of 100 hours of theory and methodology and

b)    A supervised practicum of a minimum of 20 hours (10 hours of observation and 10 hours of teaching under the supervision of an instructor certified at a minimum of TESL Canada Professional Certificate: Standard One, Two, or Three with at least 2,000 hours of adult ESL/EFL classroom experience  or equivalent.)

c)     Up to half of the teaching hours may be completed in online synchronous* and asynchronous** environments, with no more than 25% of the total teaching hours completely online asynchronously***.

Note:  Item (2) may be part of an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Professional Standard Two

The Professional Certificate: Standard Two is intended to recognize ESL/EFL educators who have completed an undergraduate degree and a Standard Two TESL Canada recognized TESL training program.

The Professional Certificate: Standard Two may be granted upon presentation of certified evidence of:

1)    Completion of an undergraduate degree at an accredited post-secondary institution, and

2)    Completion of a Standard Two TESL Canada Recognized TESL Training  Program which includes:

   

a)    A minimum of 250 hours of theory and methodology and

b)    A supervised practicum of a minimum of 50 hours (30 hours of observation and 20 hours of teaching under the supervision of an instructor certified at a minimum of TESL Canada Professional Certificate: Standard One, Two, or Three with at least 2,000 hours of adult ESL/EFL classroom experience   or equivalent.)

c)     Up to half of the teaching hours may be completed in online synchronous* and asynchronous** environments, with no more than 25% of the total teaching hours completely online asynchronously***.

Note:  Item (2) may be part of an undergraduate or graduate degree.

Professional Standard Three

The Professional Certificate: Standard Three is intended to recognize ESL/EFL educators who have completed a Master’s/Doctoral degree in TESL or equivalent with a demonstrated background in adult education from a Canadian institution which is a member in good standing of Universities Canada, and a minimum of 50 hours in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum.

The Professional Certificate: Standard Three may be granted upon presentation of certified evidence of:

1)    Completion of a Master’s/Doctoral degree in TESL or equivalent from a Canadian institution which is a member in good standing of Universities Canada ,

2)    Demonstrated background in adult education, and

Completion of a minimum of 50 hours in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum (30 hours of classroom observation and 20 hours of teaching under the supervision of an instructor certified at a minimum of TESL Canada Professional Certificate: Standard One, Two, or Three with at least 2,000 hours of adult ESL/EFL classroom experience or equivalent.) Up to half of the teaching hours may be completed in online synchronous* and asynchronous** environments, with no more than 25% of the total teaching hours completely online asynchronously***.

OR

1)    The requirements of Professional Standard One or Two,

2)    Completion of a Master’s degree or PhD in a related field at an accredited post-secondary institution.

* Online synchronous teaching environment are web-conferencing platforms (such as Zoom, Adobe Connect, Google Meet, Blackboard Collaborate, YouSeeU, Big Blue Button) or 3D Virtual Worlds (such as Second Life or VirBELA), where instruction requires participation of learners in real time.

Teaching is an online synchronous environment must include some of the following teaching modalities:

  • Teacher-centred lectures/explanations
  • Student-centred activities such as pair and group discussions and tasks delivered through a breakout room function
  • Screen sharing of various media
  • Using audiovisual technology (e.g., for listening and watching comprehension activities)
  • Using the digital whiteboard and annotation tools
  • Providing feedback in real time
  • Classroom management (e.g., giving floor, managing class interaction, elicitation)
  • Using external polling and assessment tools (e.g., Kahoot!)

** Online asynchronous environments are Learning Management Systems (LMS, such as Moodle-based LMS like Edulinc, Edmodo, Brightspace, Blackboard, Canvas, Google Classroom).

Teaching is an online asynchronous environment must include some of the following teaching modalities:

  • Moderating an online discussion board
  • Creating learning objects and assessments and uploading them to an LMS
  • Providing asynchronous feedback on written work or recorded videos
  • Creating and posting pre-recorded lessons using video or multimedia presentation tools
  • One-on-one conferencing with students regarding aspects of their work

*** Until on-site ESL classes/programs reopen, in order to qualify for TESL program certification, all of the required in-class hours may be completed in online synchronous environments with the expected teaching modalities (see above).

 


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

 

 

TESL Canada Federation Recognized Teacher Training Program Application Forms

 

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Webinar: Cambridge Resources for Teachers

Time: July 29, 3pm Atlantic (Halifax)
Where: TESL Canada Zoom platform

Cambridge Assessment English strongly believes that effective preparation for language teaching and assessment depends on effective teacher support.  In order to meet teachers’ requirements and needs, Cambridge English has gathered a range of materials which are easy to access.  These resources are ready to use with learners, for both synchronous or asynchronous lessons.  Apart from downloadable resources, you can also choose from over 160 online activities to use with your learners on a computer, tablet or mobile phone. Participants will be introduced to online tools for writing practice with immediate feedback, to the teaching and digital frameworks and other new online resources. Enjoy!
Our key websites for educators:
www.cambridgeenglish.org
https://cambridgetogether.org/ 
 
Presenters:
Alberto Costa, Senior Assessment Services Manager Americas for Cambridge Assessment English, has worked as a teacher, teacher trainer and academic consultant for 30 years, having also worked as a course tutor for the teaching qualifications CELTA, ICELT and DELTA. He has been in Cambridge Assessment English for nearly 5 years and continuing professional development for teachers is one of his key interests
 
Rosalía Valero is Strategic Development Head Americas at Cambridge Assessment English. She manages education transformation activity in Americas, working with ministries of education and educational institutions and organisations. Rosalía’s expertise lies in English language teaching and training, professional development, and English Language Teaching management.
 
Please remember to register by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, please confirm the workshop time in your time zone. The presentation is at 3pm Atlantic (Halifax)
 

Pete Novak
Country Manager: USA/Canada
Cambridge Assessment English
295 Madison Ave NY, NY
Mobile: +1 -917-828-0366
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A webinar presenting online teaching platforms and challenges will be presented Wednesday June 24th, at 1:00 pm PT. To register, please e-mail This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The zoom link will be forwarded to you once you have registered. Please see below for a biography of the presenter and information about the workshop.

Biography Azin Ehsan 
Azin has been teaching English (ESL and EFL) for over 24 years now. Apart from General English, as a master’s holder in English Language and Literature as well as TESOL, she has also gained experience in EAP, ESP and exam preparation courses overseas. She has held workshops in many contexts on various TESOL issues, in both adult and young learner education. She has been working for DEA Canadian College since 2017.
Workshop
The present workshop discusses online teaching of ESL. It also provides a chance for participants to share problems, concerns and their unique experience regarding the most commonly used platform across Canada, i.e. Zoom. The workshop highlights the capabilities and shortcomings of the platform and welcomes any suggestions from the attendees to further improve the quality of future lessons. The attendees are also invited to pool their ideas and resources concerning their experience with other online teaching platforms.

Please remember to register by e-mailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Also, please confirm the workshop time in your time zone. The presentation is at 1pm PT.

 

 

The College of Education at the University of Saskatchewan is pleased to host a webinar later this month to provide teachers with more information on our Post-degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language Education (PDCEAL). This online certificate program is tailored to meet the learning and academic needs of practicing K-12 teachers and those in related professions who are seeking specialized knowledge and professional certification in the area of EAL education.

June 25, 11 am CST, hosted via WebEx

More information and registration details are available on Eventbrite.

Please share this information with those in your networks who may find it of interest.

 

 

Do you want to get paid to enjoy more playtime in your adult life? Teaching English to Young Learners (TEYL) is one of the most lucrative and secure teaching positions in the ESL teaching world.

This course is designed for English as Second Language (ESL) educators seeking professional development and who want to expand their existing teaching skill set to learn more about teaching young learners of English. Both theoretically and practically, students explore the needs and challenges of young learners in a language-learning classroom.

Join us in beautiful Castlegar, British Columbia for an exciting 2-credit, 36-hour course that includes a practicum and school visits. What better way could you spend $354.75?

This course is recognized by TESL Canada and can be put towards a TESOL Advanced Diploma. Please visit our website for further information and application details.

https://selkirk.ca/program/tesol

 

 

New online programs and courses from Continuing Studies at Assiniboine are meeting learners at home to expand their knowledge and skills where and when they can get the most from their experience. Alongside academic partners, Ed2Go and UGotClass, Assiniboine welcomes you to explore all of our online education opportunities.

Continuing Studies’ online programs and courses offer students education and training to benefit them in their career, prepare for a new one, or explore areas of personal interest. Explore the opportunities at http://assiniboine.net/learnonline

You can find the full release here.

UGotClass | Online Teaching Program
http://www.yougotclass.org/certificate/index.cfm/Assiniboine/Certificate-in-Online-Teaching

Ed2Go | Teacher Professional Development Courses
https://www.ed2go.com/assiniboine/SearchResults.aspx?CategoryId=1425%2c1426%2c1427%2c1428%2c1424&Sort=Name&CurrPage=1

 

 

The College of Education is pleased to host a webinar later this month to provide teachers with more information on our Post-degree Certificate in English as an Additional Language Education (PDCEAL). This online certificate program is tailored to meet the learning and academic needs of practicing K-12 teachers and those in related professions who are seeking specialized knowledge and professional certification in the area of EAL education.

May 21, 11 am CST, hosted via WebEx

More information and registration details are available on Eventbrite.

Please share this information with those in your networks who may find it of interest.

 

 

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