TESL Canada sets the standards for professional teacher training in Canada and recognizes programs delivered by private TESOL institutes, colleges, and universities. TESL Canada accreditation is required to teach English at language schools in Canada. Few ESL schools hire teachers who are not TESL Canada certified for a full-time position.
What is independent learning?
Independent learning is:
Reflective: students think about what they have learned and what it means
Connected: students make connections between what they are learning, what they know already, and what they experience in the world outside the classroom
Self-directed: students do not wait for the teacher to tell them what to learn- they are read to create learning experiences on their own
Teaching culture is an integral part of teaching a language. They are intricately woven together. In order to communicate clearly and effectively in any language, learners must have knowledge of the language’s vocabulary, grammar, when and how to use them appropriately (function), and the corresponding body language. Students also need to be able to read and make accurate assumptions about the other person’s meaning by evaluating his/her verbal and non-verbal cues. When one is gauging the appropriateness of language and behaviour, culture must be considered. It would be impossible to explain, for example, how to talk to a potential employer without talking about both the language and its culture.
A good dictionary is very helpful for studying a language. It helps students with meaning, spelling, grammar, and pronunciation. It is a good idea to use a dictionary which shows all aspects of a word so that students can see how the word is used, and which uses the IPA (International Pronunciation Alphabet) to show how the word is pronounced. Always encourage your students to use an English-English dictionary, especially at a pre-intermediate level and above.
Sometimes it can be difficult in large ESL classes to get students to speak up and participate in class discussions, so teachers will often have students form smaller groups for speaking activities. There are occasions, though, when a whole class discussion can really take off if students are enthusiastic about a topic and are eager to participate.
Teaching writing skills can be boring because writing is traditionally a lonely, isolated pursuit; however, the ESL writing class offers many opportunities for collaboration whereby both students and the instructor can work together at various stages of the writing process.
Having students work in groups offers many advantages. Group work can increase the amount of practice available to each student and help to individualize instruction. Furthermore, group work can create a more relaxed learning environment and motivate learners by involving them personally. Perhaps most importantly in terms of SLA, group work can facilitate learner interaction, providing learners with access to the linguistic input they need in order to advance their language skills.
Many ESL instructors implement an “English Only” policy in their language classrooms, and there is strong rationale for this policy. Obviously, we want our learners to take advantage of every opportunity they get to develop their language skills, and the language classroom is a controlled environment where there should be a focus on using English as much as possible. Read more
Ontesol is one of the few TESOL/TEFL institutes that has a contract with EPIK, South Korea’s Ministry of Education national English program, to supply them with qualified teachers.
Applications for the next term will be considered starting on October 2011. Only those who hold a TESOL certificate or Diploma from Coventry House International, Ontesol, TESL Canada, ACTDEC (100 hours and up), Trinity CertTESOL, or CELTA are eligible to apply.Please note that a university degree is also required and applicants must be native speakers, citizens of South Korea, or have completed their studies at a native-speaking country from grade 7 up to the university level.
To apply, you can request an application form via email, or send us a message through the contact form.