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Teach English as a Second Language with VGC International College’s TESL Certificate Program
teach english as a second language with vgc international college’s tesl certificate program

Teach English as a Second Language with VGC International College’s TESL Certificate Program

About the TESL Certificate program

The TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) Certificate program at VGC International College is an educational pathway for students to effectively teach English to non-native speakers. Individuals can teach abroad or locally, and can be international students themselves who will return to their country to start their TESL career. Students will learn about the pedagogical theories, strategies and approaches used to explore various language teaching methodologies, and train to enhance their ability to engage English language learners. 

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Program information

  • Credential: Certificate (PTIB Approved)
  • Length: 4 weeks (total of 105 hours)
  • Delivery: In-person instruction on-campus
  • Hours: Monday to Friday — 8:45 a.m. to 3:25 p.m. (PST)

What you’ll learn

Students in the TESL Certificate program will learn about:

  • Learning and teaching: background and theory
  • Practical methodology: teaching skills and systems
  • Language awareness 
  • Observations 
  • Practicum 

These areas of study will be segmented throughout the week, with core classes occurring from 8:45 a.m. to 3:25 p.m., and study labs occurring between 3:40 p.m. and 4:40 p.m.

Assessment of students’ progress is broken down into the following categories:

  1. Observation tasks and reports – x6
  2. Mini presentations – x4
  3. Midterm exam – Week 2
  4. Final exam – Week 4

Program objectives

Upon successful completion of the program, students will be able to: 

  • Plan, design, and deliver ESL lessons that provide learners of various levels with the necessary skills, tools and knowledge to learn English
  • Give and receive practical feedback to and from peers
  • Reflect on learning experiences, personal teaching methods, and act on feedback for ongoing improvement

Admission requirements

Admission requirements for international students are as follows:

  • Complete high school or be a mature student of 18 years and older
  • Achieve the following scores:
    • IELTS – 5.5 (Academic) or
    • TOEFL – Level 70 or 
    • VGC – Level 6 (Upper Intermediate) or 
    • Pass the VGC placement test
  • Pass an admissions interview

Future career opportunities

TESL program graduates have a range of career paths available, both domestically and internationally. One primary avenue is to become an ESL (English as a Second Language) or EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher. These educators often work in language schools, community colleges, private language institutes or international schools. They facilitate language learning for non-native speakers, helping them develop proficiency in listening, speaking, reading and writing. 

Other opportunities include:

  • Working in adult education programs to help adult learners who are seeking English language skills for personal or professional development
  • Working in the corporate sector to help foreign employees obtain communication skills needed in professional settings, such as presentations, meetings or email correspondence
  • Working in government programs and agencies to support English language learning among immigrants, refugees or individuals seeking to integrate into a new community

Sources: VGC International College – TESL

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