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Teach English in Canada with a TESOL Diploma Recognized by TESL Canada

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.

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Helping Learners Become Independent

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

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Communicative Approach TESOL: Teaching Culture – Part I

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.

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Using Dictionaries

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.

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Teaching Large ESL Classes: Managing Class Discussions

Managing class interaction during a class discussion when teaching a large ESL classSometimes 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.

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Teaching Writing: Peer Editing

Teaching writing skills - peer editingTeaching 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.

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Group Work in The ESL Classroom

Grow work ESL classroom managementHaving 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.

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First Language Use in The Classroom

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

Can Non-Canadians Qualify For TESL Canada Certification?

Yes! Now, anyone who meets the following requirements qualifies for TESL Canada certification:

-Native speaker or valid proficiency score.

-University degree from Canada or equivalent.

-TESOL certificate from a recognized TESL Canada centre.

Ontesol’s online 250-hour TESOL Diploma is recognized for TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 certification once a supervised 20-hour Practicum is completed.  Take the course from the comfort of your home and then complete the Practicum at any ESL school in the world. TESL Canada is necessary for teaching English in Canada and is highly recognized in some of the strictest countries when it comes to certification, including Australia, Saudi Arabia, UAE, Vietnam, and anywhere in Europe (A EU passport is also required to teach in Europe). TESL Canada Professional Standard 1 is equivalent to CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL, while TESL Canada Professional Standard 2 courses provide over 270 hours of advanced TESOL training.

Difference Between UK, Canada, US TESOL Courses?

Good TESOL / TEFL / TESL courses are standard across the world. They cover grammar, phonology, and methodology.  Some courses include a Practicum module, others offer the option to take it after the TESOL course, and others do not offer this module at all.

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