What is TESL Canada?
TESL Canada is the national federation of English as a Second Language teachers, learners and learner advocates. It is a globally recognized certifying body for TESOL programs and instructors. For more information about TESL Canada follow the link.
What is TESL Canada Standard One and Two Certification?
TESL Canada Standard One certifies that the student has completed a university degree + 100 hours of classwork in methodology and theory + 20 hours in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum (10 hours of observation + 10 hours of practice teaching).
Level Two certifies that the student has completed a university degree + 250 hours of classwork in methodology and theory + 50 hours in a supervised adult ESL/EFL classroom practicum (30 hours of observation + 20 hours of practice teaching).
To learn more about the different levels of professional certifications, follow the link.
What is the difference between TESL, TEFL, TESOL and CELTA?
TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) all teach English to non-native English speakers. The only difference is TESL is for teaching in an English speaking environment whereas TEFL refers to teaching English where English not the first language. TESOL encapsulates them both. CELTA is the British equivalent to the TESOL.
What exactly is a TESOL (or TEFL/TESL) certificate?
TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. TESOL (or TESL/TEFL) teaches people whose first language is not English how to speak, listen, read and write in English.
Why do I need to be TESOL certified to teach English overseas?
A lot of countries require TESOL certification for their work visa. In the past, the ESL teacher training industry was unregulated, but things have changed. Employers are looking for qualified, certified teachers. By taking Selkirk’s TESOL program, you are assuring your employer that you are committed to the field and that you have as much invested in teaching overseas as they have in bringing you over to team for them.
Will Selkirk help me find employment when I finish the program?
Selkirk College’s TESOL program is not responsible for finding employment for its graduates. It will, however, provide guidance and recommendations to students about job searches. In addition, we are proud to offer the International Practicum course which provides opportunities for students to travel abroad and teach ESL at one of Selkirk’s partner schools. We can also provide you with alumni contact information for networking purposes.
What do Selkirk’s TESOL grads do when they finish the program?
Many of our grads go abroad – everywhere from Thailand to Columbia to Spain -- to teach English. Others choose to stay in Canada and teach ESL here in British Columbia to immigrants and refugees. Still others teach ESL for a while, decide they really do like teaching and then go on to get their degree in education. Our international students usually return home to their native countries to teach English there.
Can I get a job overseas with my Selkirk College TESOL Advanced Certificate or Advanced Diploma?
Yes! You can check out websites such as Dave’s ESL Café for more information about the types of jobs out there. Some countries, such as Korea, Japan or Middle Eastern countries additionally require you to have a university degree. Other countries/schools are looking for teachers who are native English speakers and/or who have taken a reputable TESOL course with a practicum.
Can I get a job in Canada with a Selkirk TESOL Advanced Certificate or Advanced Diploma?
The majority of private language institutes and colleges in Canada require you to have a university degree, but not all. Most schools require that you have completed a TESL Canada Certified TESOL course with a practicum.
Why should I take this course in-person when I could take it online?
We take education seriously. We believe that learning to teach takes time and practice. When leaving Selkirk’s TESOL program, students head out into classrooms across the globe with the necessary confidence to successfully teach ESL. Observing and teaching in Selkirk College’s English Language Program while completing the theory and methodology coursework at the same time is an ideal way to prepare oneself to be a classroom teacher.
Can I take part of the course online?
We currently do not offer any of our courses online. Come to the beautiful Kootenays for our 4-6 month program! Homestay or student housing options are available.
Can I do this program part-time?
We highly recommend that you take the program fulltime and complete it in the four month semester. However, it’s possible to take some courses one Fall and then complete the program in subsequent Falls.
Where can I live while I’m taking the TESOL program in Castlegar, BC?
Some spaces are available in the Residence on campus. We can also help you to find local accommodations in a homestay or room-for-rent.
Is it necessary to have teaching experience prior to taking Selkirk’s TESOL program?
Absolutely not. Our course is designed for anyone to complete. Our students have ranged in age from 21 to 75, and each person brings something different to the cohort. So whether you’re an experienced teacher or if you’ve never stood up in front of a class before, this course will meet your needs. We do, however, require some experience volunteering or working with children or adults in a formal or informal teaching capacity.