The ACE-TESOL certificate provides you with the basic tools, strategies, skills, and knowledge to be successful as an English language teacher.
- Emphasizes practical teaching skills by integrating the following course methodology: pair work, small group work, class discussions, teaching demonstrations, and micro-teaching to enhance each participant's learning experience.
- Updates its curriculum annually to reflect industry changes and to incorporate current language learning research.
- Offers highly experienced, professional, and energetic trainers to facilitate and motivate participants' learning.
- Provides a professional, internationally recognized English as a Second Language (ESL) teaching credential - TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Canada Standard One (Interim).
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- Undergraduate university degree (in any field) is required for certification, but is not required for enrolment.*
*Those in their final year of university studies may apply; however, once they have successfully completed the ACE-TESOL program, they may only seek TESL Canada Certification upon graduation with their university degree.
- Strong proficiency in English; applicants whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in English by providing a recent score on a standardized English language proficiency test that exceeds the score required for undergraduate admission to the University of Waterloo's Faculty of Arts.
*In order to complete the teaching practicum in Renison University College's undergraduate/graduate classes and all EAP courses, candidates need to demonstrate a higher language proficiency level than the students they will be teaching. Typically, this requires that candidates have an IELTS 8 or equivalent. Candidates with language proficiency levels below an IELTS 8 (but not below a 7) may be accommodated in other practicum placements at other locations or may find practicum placements of their choosing.
The classroom component consists of 100 hours of instruction and covers the following content:
- learning theory
- lesson planning
- classroom management techniques
- language assessment
There are two practicum options. Both practicum options are completed in authentic ESL classes.
- Option one - 20 hour practicum: 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of supervised teaching. The ACE-TESOL Certificate with 20-hour practicum, combined with an undergraduate degree (in any field) may be submitted for TESL Canada Certification.
- Option two - 10 hour practicum: 6 hours of observation and 4 hours of assisting an ESL teacher. The ACE-TESOL Certificate with 10 hour practicum may not be submitted for TESL Canada Certification.
Throughout the program, participants complete the following assessments:
- an observation report based on observing six hours of real ESL classes
- progress test
- achievement test
- lesson planning task
- evaluated micro-teaching
- lesson plan portfolio
NOTE: The program will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:45pm to 7:15pm and alternating Saturdays from 8:45am to 3:45pm with classes commencing on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 and concluding on Saturday, March 9, 2019.
Tues, Jan 8
Thurs, Jan 10
Sat, Jan 12
5:45 pm - 7:15 pm
8:45 am - 10:15 am
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7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
10:30 am - 12:00 pm
|Learning: Learning 2||
Teaching: Planning 1
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|Learning: Speaking 1|
12:00 pm - 12:30 pm
12:30 pm - 2:00 pm
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2:15 pm - 3:45 pm
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January 8, 2019 to March 9, 2019
NOTE: The program will run on Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5:45pm to 7:15pm and Saturdays from 8:45am to 3:45pm with classes commencing on Tuesday, January 8, 2019 and concluding on Saturday, March 9, 2019.
*NOTE: you are also required to purchase a textbook; the approximate cost is $50.00. The textbook can be purchased online.
The requirements for the TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard One (interim) are:
- completion of an undergraduate degree at an accredited post-secondary institution;
- completion of a TESL Canada recognized TESL training program or equivalent which includes:
- at least 100 hours of theory and methodology and;
- a supervised practicum of at least 20 hours
What is ACE?
ACE (Advance Consulting for Education) is Canada’s premier provider of English Second Language (ESL) teacher training. Renison University College is an ACE partner institution, offering ACE teacher training programs.
TESL/TESOL - What's the difference?
Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) is used mostly in Canada. Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is used mostly in other countries. Often these acronyms are used interchangeably.
ESL/EFL - What's the difference?
English as a second language (ESL) teaching refers to teaching English in an English-speaking country. English as a foreign language (EFL) teaching refers to teaching English in a non-English-speaking country.
How can I teach ESL to adults in Canada?
To teach ESL to adults in Canada, you may need to combine the ACE-TESOL Certificate and the ACE-TESOL Diploma program to maximize your teaching options in Canada.
The ACE-TESOL Certificate will provide you with the skills and training required to teach in most private sector language schools, private career colleges, privately funded ESL programs provided by community colleges and universities in Canada. With the Certificate you may choose to apply for TESL Canada Certification Standard 1 (interim) and/or apply for TESL Ontario Standard Membership.
Building on the Certificate program, the Diploma examines the theory that underpins the practice of ESL teaching and offers opportunities to master the practical skills you developed in the Certificate. The Diploma program will permit you to teach in both government-funded programs (LINC, OSLT, School Board ESL, etc.), and private schools in Canada. With the Diploma, you may apply for TESL Canada Standard Two (interim) and/or TESL Ontario-Ontario Certified English Language Teacher (OCELT) professional designation.
For more information on TESL Canada Certification Standards please see https://www.tesl.ca/certification/tesl-canada-professional-certification/2015-08-09-23-46-45.html and for more information on TESL Ontario Teacher Accreditation please see https://www.teslontario.org/accreditation.
Renison University College is not currently offering the ACE TESOL Diploma program, but for other locations offering the program please visit http://aceducation.ca/courses/the-ace-tesol-diploma/.
When does the observation and practicum take place?
Observations and practicums will take place in authentic English language classrooms through the duration of the training program. The scheduling of these are flexible, but it is important to note that most language classes take place during the regular daytime working hours and minor adjustments to your schedule may be required to accommodate and complete the observations and practicums efficiently.