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Program(TESL)Teaching English as a second Language Program

LocationVancouver Campus
Duration120 Hours (20 hours practicum)
CertificationTESL Canada as Professional Standard Level 1

Method of StudyFull Time

Program Description

The objective of the TESL program at UCCBT Vancouver is to provide participants with the hands on experience, theory, and training to become fully qualified English as Second Language teachers in Canada or abroad.

This program is recognized by TESL Canada. Students who successfully complete this program and have a degree may apply for TESL Canada’s Professional Standard Level One certification.

Course Outline
Week1 Adult Education, Learning Theories, Teaching Methodologies, Canadian Language Benchmarks
Week2 Class Management, Lesson Planning, Curriculum Development, Testing and Assessments
Week3 Teaching Grammar, Lesson Simulations, feedback, Games and Activities
Week4 Teaching Speaking, Class Observations, ESL Industry and Teaching Writing
Week5 Teaching Reading, Professional Development, Lesson Simulations and Teaching Listening
Week6 Practicum Class Instruction and Teacher Trainer Instruction
Career Opportunities

Upon completion of the program you will be qualified to teach English as a Second Language in Canada and Abroad.

Second Language programs are offered in the private and public sectors. Teaching opportunities exist in the following areas within Canada.

Language Schools: The most popular locations are Vancouver, Victoria, Calgary, Toronto and Montreal; however there are programs in many other centres.

Universities and post-secondary institutions: Most Canadian universities and post-secondary institutions have attached language programs.

ELSA (LINC): Government sponsored programs for new immigrants are run in every Canadian province.

Tutoring: Either on your own, or with an agency, there are always openings for ESL tutors for non-native speaking school children

A 20 hour practicum is a requirement to pass the course. The practicum will be done in real classes monitored by your sponsor teacher. The practicum will involve the student teacher to cover the different skill areas of teaching English. Feedback will be given by both the sponsor teacher and practicum supervisor.
Admission Requirements
All students of UCCBT are required to meet our standard admission requirements. (link to admissions page)

All applicants for the UCCBT Teaching English as a second Language Program in Vancouver are required to meet the following admission requirements.

  1. 1. Grade 12 equivalent or mature student status (at least 18 years of age)
  2. 2. Language proficiency in the language of instruction

        English Language Proficiency is demonstrated by either
  • A score of at least 80% on the Upper Career College of Business and Technology Entrance Exam;
  • A TOEFL score of 557/220/83, IELTS score of 5.5 overall or a TOEIC score of 750 +; or
  • An English language program completed at one of the following schools through an articulation agreement;
    • Study English in Canada: Completion of General ESL Level 7
    • Pacific Gateway International College: Completion of the English Communication Program
    • Cornerstone Academic College: Completion of the Real Speaking Program
    • King George International College: Completion of the Foundation of the ESL Level 4 program.
Start Dates
January 18
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May 9
July 4
August 29
October 24
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Please contact us at 604-568-8098 between 9:00am – 5:00pm to talk directly to a member of our staff or to book an information session to find out more about this and the other programs offered by UCCBT Vancouver.