Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Tuition: *
Credential: Diploma
Length: 10 0 month
Hours: Full-time
Delivery: Class-based
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Campus: Broadway Broadway
Program status: Under review.

This program is under review and is not currently open for applications. Please check back here for updates.

Program status: Under review

This program is under review and is not currently open for applications. Please check back here for updates.


What you will learn

A successful graduate of this Diploma can:

  1. Design lesson & unit plans appropriate to the language proficiency level, learning needs and goals of the learner/s using the fundamentals of effective instructional planning.
  2. Deliver language lessons according to best practice methodology using appropriate classroom management strategies and resources.
  3. Manage classroom climate/environment using principles of student-centred practice.
  4. Analyse learner’s English language proficiency using a language proficiency framework such as the Canadian Language Benchmarks.
  5. Prepare oral and written remedial feedback to learners about their language performance in a constructive and specific manner.
  6. Self-assess lesson/unit lesson planning and delivery for effectiveness in meeting teaching goals.
  7. Model correct usage of English grammatical structures and pronunciation.
  8. Exhibit a professional and responsible attitude with regard to administrative/teaching and collegial responsibilities.

What to expect

This program is offered in face-to-face mode, and has been designed to involve the student in a variety of learning environments and instructional delivery methods. Throughout the program, the student will participate in lectures, demonstrations, peer teaching, group teaching and activities, and individual practice teaching. There may be guest instructors, instructional videos and an opportunity to use computer and audio labs. There is a supervised practice teaching component.

Admission requirements


  1. Bachelor degree or equivalent
  2. 1st Year University English with a minimum ‘C+’ or equivalent
  3. 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
    • 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
    • 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.


  • This program is available to Canadian citizens and permanent residents. See program options for international students at VCC International.
  • Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous are strongly encouraged to connect with VCC’s Indigenous Education and Community Engagement team to learn more about VCC’s Indigenous Enrolment policy, application preparation/completion, program advising, and a range of other individualized services.
  • Applicants must be 16 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school. (Some exceptions may apply.)
  • Applicants must submit official transcripts and other documents as required by their course or program. Seats are offered to eligible applicants with completed applications, in order of application completion date (except for programs with competitive admissions). A complete application includes an application form, evidence of educational pre-requisites (e.g. transcripts), any required supporting documents (e.g. language proficiency, audition video), and the required deposit or fee payment. If you do not meet the requirements for the term applied, your application may be cancelled.

Missing prerequisites? Learn more about VCC's tuition-free academic upgrading or English as a Second Language (ESL) courses, or discover which university transfer options are right for you.

Recommended Characteristics

  • Demonstrated proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Personal experience with learning a foreign language
  • Motivated and disciplined
  • Interest in, respect for and experience with other cultures
  • Empathy and patience for those learning a new language and culture

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