Prospective Students - TESL

This program prepares students to become specialist teachers of English as a Second Language (ESL) at both the elementary school level (including regular and intensive ESL) and the secondary school level (including regular ESL and EESL – Enriched English as a Second Language). The program consists of academic and professional components. The academic components provide students with opportunities to develop a broad liberal education and to study language and language learning from linguistic, social, cultural and psychological perspectives. The professional components support school-based field experiences which are enhanced by studies in pedagogy and educational foundations.

See the official eCalendar for program information, course lists and course descriptions.

Note: Field experiences in the TESL program at McGill are completed in French schools. Students accepted into the program who are not competent in French are advised to take French language courses early in the program. In addition, EDSL 215 Effective French Communication for ESL Teachers in Quebec is a required course in the program, and is designed to prepare students for this context.  

Prior to being offered admission, applicants to the B.Ed. TESL program must also pass the English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT). Eligible applicants will receive email notification from the Admissions Office regarding registration for the ELPT. 

English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT)

Applicants to the B.Ed. TESL program must register for a testing date after the Admissions Office has confirmed that they are academically admissible to the program.  

2017/2018 ELPT Testing Dates:

November 16, 2017

March 14, 2018

April 11, 2018

May 16, 2018

July 11, 2018

The purpose of the test is to determine whether your level of written and oral English meets the standards we require of students taking TESL courses. There is nothing you can do to prepare, so please come to the test well rested and ready to show us how good your English is!

Register for ELPT

To register for the test, click here.

About the Test

The test consists of two parts: a written part and an individual oral interview. The written part includes an English editing task, a cloze task, and an extended writing task. During the written part, you will be allowed only writing utensils and an eraser. You may not use a paper dictionary, nor any electronic aids.

The written part of the test will take place from 9:00 – 11:00 AM. After the written part is graded (by 1:00 PM), a schedule will be posted for the individual oral interviews. Please plan to be available until 4:00 PM on the testing day. NOTE: If you do not pass the written part, you will be informed at the beginning of the oral interview session and will not complete the oral interview.

Payment - $32.22 (NON-REFUNDABLE)

B.Ed. TESL applicants have already paid the testing fee at the time of application.

Distance Testing

If you are unable to attend the test at McGill and reside more than five hours round-trip from Montreal, distance testing is an option for you. For the distance testing it will be in an educational setting and you are required to get an invigilator. Please contact [at] for more information.

Sample Registration Advice

TESL Four Year Overview registration plan TESL Three Year Overview registration plan

The Four Year Overview is a plan of study for most students in the Teaching English as Second Language program.  It allocates space for completing all of the requirements in your TESL B.Ed. degree and schedules your field experiences in the correct semesters. Please note, students needing to complete a Freshman year will be starting in year 0, thus, will be following a five year study plan.

The Three Year Overview is a plan of study for students who have significant advanced standing (typically students with transfer credits from other universities), and assumes that all complementary academic and elective courses have been completed prior to entering the program.  It does not allocate room in your schedule for completing these courses.

Program information is organized for three distinct groups:

Prospective Students   Newly Admitted   Currently Registered