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Subject Code: ELI 317
Subject Title: Teaching English as a Second Language 1 (TESL 1)
Prerequisite: A university degree and fluency in English*
Academic Year: 2012 / 2013

*If the candidate completed university where English was not the medium of instruction for all courses, then an IBT TOEFL score of R-24, L-24, S-27, W-28 or an IELTS score overall of 7.5 with no score lower than 7 and an oral score of 8 or other proficiency tests recognized by TESL Ontario is required.

Successful completion of the course entitles students to a Certificate of Standing in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language 1.


ELI 317 is a six-week introductory course to the field of Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language (ESL/EFL). Participants receive over 140 hours of training including a minimum of 100 hours of classroom instruction plus 40 hours of class observation and practice teaching.
The course focuses on the communicative approach to language teaching/learning. Participants will be introduced to the basic principles and techniques of second/foreign language teaching and will apply them through classroom observation, practice teaching and lesson planning.

Modes of Instruction

  • Class Instruction
  • Pair and group work
  • Micro teaching
  • Classroom teaching
  • Video
  • Computer assisted instruction

Exit Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the learner

  1. is able to describe basic linguistic, cognitive and affective principles in ESL/EFL teaching and learning.
  2. is beginning to articulate a personal approach to language teaching based on the above principles.
  3. can discuss and apply basic principles underlying adult education.
  4. can prepare an effective lesson plan for a specified adult ESL class, integrating different language skills and using interactive techniques.
  5. can prepare and deliver a lesson in an ESL class, applying communicative techniques and activities.
  6. can discuss the place of Computer Assisted Language Learning in an ESL program and is familiar with current materials and resources in CALL.

Topics Covered

  • Linguistic, cognitive and affective principles of language teaching and learning
  • The communicative approach
  • Principles of adult education
  • Basics of English grammar and how to teach it
  • Basics of English pronunciation and how to teach it
  • Teaching the four skills
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Lesson planning
  • Classroom management
  • Evaluation
  • Computer Assisted Language Learning
  • History of ESL


Attendance in all classes is mandatory. Please make every effort to schedule personal commitments outside of classroom hours as absences may jeopardize your ability to successfully pass the course. Please contact both your instructors if an emergency arises and you are unable to attend class. A doctor’s note will be required if 3 consecutive classes are missed. Additional assignments will be assigned at the discretion of the instructors to make up for missed classroom attendance.


Term Work/Assignments

The due date for all assignments will be given in class. All assignments must be done satisfactorily in order to successfully complete the course. Students must achieve a minimum of 70% on each of the following: term work, final exam and practicum. All scheduled observations must be attended.

Term Work - 60% (grammar assignment: 20; 3 journals: 10; lesson plan portfolio 30)

Final Exam - 20%

Practicum - 20% (pre-practicum assignment & final report: 10; teaching evaluation 10)


Satisfactory (minimum 70% = SAT) Unsatisfactory (below 70% = UNSAT) Excellent (90%+ = EXC)

Required Textbooks and Materials

  • Li, X., Myles, J. & Robinson, P. (2012). Teaching ESL in Canada. Oxford University Press.
  • Scrivener, Jim. (2010). Teaching English Grammar. MacMillan.
  • One pair of standard headphones for use in the computer lab.

Exit Criteria

In order to obtain a Certificate of Standing, students must attend classes and scheduled practicum hours and demonstrate achievement of the subject objectives. Students must achieve a minimum of 70% on the term work, 70% on the final exam and 70% on the practicum.

Academic Regulations

Students are responsible for being aware of the College regulations. Please consult campus administration for the location of handbooks.

Student Appeals

Students must keep all assignments (including drafts and outlines) and exercises until they receive their final grade. No appeal will be considered unless a complete file is submitted at the time of the appeal.

If a student disagrees with the evaluation of an assignment or with a final grade, the student must first discuss the matter with the professor in an attempt to resolve the disagreement. If the matter is not resolved, the student should discuss the problem with the Coordinator of the TESL program. If the matter is still not resolved, the student should discuss the problem with the Director of the English Language Institute.

For further information on appeals, please see the appropriate section of the Academic Policy Handbook.

Discrimination/Harassment Policy

All students and employees have the right to study and work in an environment that is free from discrimination and/or harassment. Language or activities that defeat this objective violate the College Policy on Discrimination/Harassment and shall not be tolerated. Information and assistance are available from the Student Conduct Office.

Refund Policy

If you withdraw from the course any time prior to the fourth day of class, you will receive a refund less a $150 administration fee. After that time, no refund is given.


David Cowper-Smith
Program Manager/Faculty

Sept, 2012

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