The Selkirk College TESOL program offers both Canadian and International students an opportunity to gain TESL Canada Professional Standard Two certification to teach English as a second or additional language. With the growing global demand for qualified English language teachers in both domestic and international schools, both the TESOL Advanced Diploma and TESL Canada certification are highly desired qualifications.
Canadian and International student teachers work side-by-side to explore the fundamental theory and practice of language acquisition. Because students also learn and participate within a dynamic English Language Program at the college, they are exposed to a wide variety of language learners and learning styles.
Selkirk College offers two options for TESOL training: an Advanced Diploma and Advanced Certificate option.
TESOL Advanced Diploma
This four month program is recognized by TESL Canada. Students who meet the degree qualifications can obtain Professional Standard Two status with TESL Canada. International students must meet the language proficiency requirements of TESL Canada to obtain TESL Canada certification. Students are required to complete all 252 hours of class and course work and also the 42 hours (minimum) of practicum teaching, observations and seminar work.
The program includes course work in the areas of second language acquisition theory and linguistics, curriculum design, materials development, intercultural communication, classroom management, multi-media resources and assessment. The program consists of 21 hours a week of classes and practicum. Practice teaching within the Selkirk College English Language Program provides students with concrete experience.
TESL Advanced Certificate
The TESOL Advanced Certificate program requires a minimum of two years of post-secondary education and a proven advanced level of English. The Advanced Certificate program is a four month program that includes all the course work required in the TESOL Advanced Diploma program, except for the Practicum experience. Instead of the practice teaching component, students complete observations of language teaching classes and participate in the Practicum Seminar. The TESOL Advanced Certificate program does not meet all the requirements needed to apply for TESL Canada recognition.
If students who have completed the Certificate program wish to complete the practicum component and convert their Certificate to an Advanced Diploma, they can do so within one year and with the approval of the TESOL Program Supervisor. There is a small additional charge for this additional teaching experience.