Do you want to teach English abroad or in Canada? IGK’s TESOL Diploma is TESOL Canada Certified, which allows graduates to work at any language school in Canada as well as abroad!

Teacher training course with 100 hours of classroom instruction and a 20-hour supervised practicum.

TESOL Methodology topics include: The communicative approach, being a good teacher and learner, children versus adult learners, student levels, lesson planning, describing language, teaching grammar, teaching reading, teaching writing, teaching speaking, teaching listening, teaching pronunciation, ESL games and activities, classroom management, textbooks and materials development, assessment and testing, teaching English for special purposes.

Why earn a diploma in TESOL from IGK?

On graduation, learners will be able to:

- Describe the historical development of English as a World Language.

- Select the features of historical language teaching methodologies that are still useful today.

- Explain the differences between a teacher-fronted language class and a communicative one.

- Define Communicative Competence, its differences from Linguistic Competence, and why the former is important to Communicative Language Teaching.

- Plan lessons with activities catering to different Learning, Cognitive and Personality styles.

- Be able to find, assess and apply learning materials suitable to the needs of each lesson and the need of the learners.

- Describe why the unique aspects of adult learners make Andragogy different from Pedagogy

- Describe and demonstrate the elements of good classroom management.

- Observe ten hours of classroom teaching by an experienced teacher and comment on what has been observed through observation tasks.

- Plan and deliver ten hours of classroom teaching to an ESL class showing competent lesson planning, classroom management and technique, engagement with, moment-to-moment response to, and formative assessment of, the learners.

Courses: 100 hours of instruction + 20 hours of practicum (10 hours of classroom observation & 10 hours of practice teaching)
Week 1

Day 1 – Methodologies Past and Present

Day 2 – Classroom Management

Day 3 – Lesson Planning

Day 4 – Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening

Day 5 – Teaching Receptive Skills: Reading

Plus 4 hours classroom observation

Week 2

Day 6 – Teaching Vocabulary

Day 7 – Teaching Across Age and Proficiency Levels

Day 8 – Techniques, Textbooks and Materials

Day 9 – Technology in Language Learning and Teaching

Day 10 – Teaching Speaking: Phonology

Plus 6 hours classroom observation

Week 3

Day 11 – Teaching Speaking: Dialogues, etc.

Day 12 – Teaching Writing

Day 13 – Teaching Writing

Day 14 – Teaching Grammar

Day 15 – Teaching Grammar

Plus 4 hours practice teaching

Week 4

Day 16 – Language Assessment

Day 17 – Classroom-Based Assessment

Day 18 – Teacher Development

Day 19 – Employment Preparation

Day 20 – Employment Preparation and Wrap-up

Plus 6 hours practice teaching

TESOL Diploma FAQs

1. Completion of Canadian Secondary School (Grade 12) or equivalent

2. IELTS 7.0 or equivalent

In order to graduate from the International Gateway Kelowna TESOL Program, students must achieve a grade of 64%, or C+, in the course.

The practicum component of the TESOL Program consists of:

- 10 hours of directed ESL class observations of an experienced ESL instructor

- 10 hours of observed practice teaching of a class of ESL learners

- Lesson preparation

- Feedback and critique of your lessons by your sponsor teacher

Practicum lesson observation and practice teaching will be done on-site at International Gateway Kelowna and at local private ESL schools. Up to 50% of practicum hours may be completed online, according to TESL Canada standards.

IGK is actively hiring new graduates from this program!

Graduates with our TESOL Canada Recognized diploma can find countless opportunities to work in Canada and abroad!