Algonquin College

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Teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language (Part-time)

Algonquin College

Faculty:Centre for Continuing and Online Learning
Field of Study:Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Lang./ESL Lang. Instructor
Course Based:Yes


The one-year Teachers of English as a Second/Foreign Language Ontario College Graduate Certificate program is designed to give you a theoretical and hands-on foundation to help you develop proficiency in English as a Second/Foreign Language methodology.

This program is officially recognized by TESL Ontario and TESL Canada and is available on campus or through synchronous online delivery.

Learn effective approaches to teaching, lesson planning, curriculum design and evaluation. Take courses such as Pedagogical Grammar, Educational Technology in Second Language Teaching, and Language Learning and Culture.

Apply your theoretical knowledge to real-life teaching. Begin the program by completing an Independent Learning Project that requires you to work one-on-one with an assigned English as a Second Language (ESL) student and complete a learner profile for them. Then, gain further practical experience by taking part in two practicum placements. You even have the option to pursue an overseas teaching internship.

Upon completion of this program, you receive an official TESL certification that enables you to pursue ESL teaching opportunities in Canada and abroad.


These courses are intended as guidelines. Speak to your guidance counsellor to see what courses are offered at your school.

    • An undergraduate university degree.
    • A successful interview with program coordinator.
    • Applicants may be asked to demonstrate their proficiency in spoken and written English.
    • Basic knowledge of word processing and Internet is required.
    Test Scores:
    • International English Language Testing System (academic or immigration) [min. 6.5] or Test of English as a Foreign Language (Internet Based) [min. 88]

    * We make every attempt to provide accurate information on prerequisites, programs, and tuition. However, this information is subject to change without notice and we highly recommend that you contact the school to confirm important information before applying.

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