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Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

The non-credit Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is a mini-program that comprises four (4) 30-hour courses (12 CEUs) that may be taken separately or concurrently. It is aimed at the professional development of adult educators as well as primary and secondary school ESL teachers who are non-native speakers of English. As part of their professional development, teachers will refine their English language skills, explore Canadian teaching methods, approaches, and practices, have professional and social exchanges with their Canadian counterparts, experience Canadian culture, and participate in professional development workshops and practise teaching sessions in English.

The McGill Certificate in TESOL is subject to McGill University’s highest standards of excellence and is comparable to similar certificates such as the CELTA offered by Cambridge University, and the Certificate in TESOL offered by Oxford Seminars. Its aim is to provide state-of-the-art and internationally recognized training in the Teaching of English as a Second Language.

This program is open to groups as well as to individuals.


Required Courses:

CEGL 402 Effective Oral/Written Communication for Teachers (3 CEUs)
This course deals with the semi-specialized language needed by non-native English-speaking teachers to conduct classes in English, and develops strategies for effective oral and written communication.

CEGL 403 Collaborative Teaching & Learning and Other Methodologies (3 CEUs)
This course examines collaborative teaching and learning and other methodologies in relation to general education and second language acquisition with emphasis on practical applications in the ESL classroom.

CEGL 404 Practicum & Specialized Workshops for Teachers (3 CEUs)
Through specialized workshops, this hands-on course explores best practices mainly in primary and secondary school educational settings.  It provides teachers with the opportunity to practice teaching, presenting, and leading activities in English in front of a real student audience and with their peers.

CEGL 405 Intercultural Communication Challenges in the ESL Classroom  (3 CEUs)
This course helps raise awareness of oneself as a cultural being and sensitizes educators to cultural issues, particularly in an ESL context. It examines the challenges that can arise in a pluricultural ESL classroom, and helps educators develop the language and skills necessary for effective intercultural communication.


For more information:

Ms. Effie Dracopoulos
effie [dot] dracopoulos [at] mcgill [dot] ca
514-398-1201