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TESOL Certificate (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Vancouver Community College’s TESOL Certificate program is an intensive program consisting of a balanced curriculum of both the theoretical and practical aspects of teaching English, as well as a supervised teaching practicum. This program is recognized for professional certification (Level 1) by TESL Canada..

Program Status:
Accepting applications

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Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
February, May, October 6.5 weeks Certificate Broadway Full-time

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Complete a VCC application first. If you require further information and/or assistance please call 604.871.7000, ext. 7258, or email tesol@vcc.ca.


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Program Description

Program Description

This intensive 6.5-week program has been designed to involve the student in a variety of learning environments and instructional delivery methods. Students participate in lectures, demonstrations, group work, micro-teaching sessions and lesson presentations. There is a supervised practicum.

English requirements for this program indicate the need for demonstrated proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills.

This program is recognized for professional certification (Level 1) by TESL Canada.


For additional information, please contact:

English as an Additional Language (EAL) Department
School of Access
Vancouver Community College
1155 East Broadway
Vancouver, B.C.
V5T 4V5
Phone: 604.871.7000, ext. 7258

Email: tesol@vcc.ca

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.

As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.

Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.

Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.
  • Bachelor degree or equivalent
  • 1st Year University English with a minimum ‘C+’ or equivalent
  • Applicants whose first language is other than English, who are presenting foreign documents, must achieve the following scores on one of the following English language proficiency tests:
    • A minimum score of 88 on the internet based TOEFL with no score lower than 22, or
    • A Band 6.5 or higher on the International English Language Testing System (IELTS – academic stream) with no band score less than 6.0 with a minimum score of 6.5 on the speaking and listening band, or
    • A minimum score of 145/200 on the VCC English Language Assessment Test with minimum scores as follows: Listening: 27/30; Speaking: 27/30; Essay: 17/20; Reading: 50/70. The ELA score must be free of a pronunciation recommendation.

    Recommended Characteristics:


    • Solid academic background with an excellent standard of spoken and written English
    • An awareness of the English language and approaches to teaching
    • An understanding of cross-cultural values and beliefs
    • Experience in working or volunteering with people of other cultures
    • Experience in learning a second language or volunteering in an ESOL (English to Speakers of Other Languages) class
    • Warmth, empathy and a desire to teach and help others learn English
    • Self-disciplined and motivated
    Note: Applicants who present a degree from a recognized post-secondary institution without an English course may be considered for admission by approval from the Department/Program area.

Fees and Other costs


Application Fee $35
Tuition Fee $2,342.52
Student Union Fee $29.77
College Initiative Fee $30.21
U-Pass Fee $82
Other Costs
$22.22 - Graduation Fees
$93.70 - Campus Resource Fee - Level 1/td>


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Fees are approximate and subject to change without notice. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made. The application fee is non-refundable. Fees are refunded according to the refund policy. For further clarification, see withdrawals and refunds information page.

Info Sessions

Info Sessions

Expand your opportunities. Become qualified to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) in Canada and abroad.

VCC is a recognized leader in this field.

TESOL Diploma - (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

Date Day Time Room Location
July 5, 2017 Wednesday 6 - 7 p.m. 3566 Broadway Campus, Building A, 3rd floor
July 12, 2017 Wednesday 11 a.m. - 12 p.m. 3566 Broadway Campus (Building A, 3rd Floor)
August 30, 2017 Wednesday 11 - 12 p.m. 3566 Broadway Building A 3rd Floor
August 30, 2017 Wednesday 6 - 7 p.m. 3566 Broadway, Building A, 3rd Floor


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Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Term 1

(TESO 1274) Intensive TESOL Training
course schedule schedule
10.0 credits
(TESO 1275) TESOL Practicum
course schedule schedule
2.0 credits