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Prospective Students - TESL

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NEW!  All applicants are required to complete an online assessment called the CASPer Test.


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.

Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) - Teaching English as a Second Language - TESL Elementary and Secondary (120 Credits)

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.  Please DO NOT register until you have been instructed to do so by the Admissions Office.

2022 ELPT Testing Dates:


Register for ELPT

To register for the test, click here.


About the Test

Note: Due to the Covid-19 pandemic and closure of McGill University campuses, the ELPT will be conducted online. Visit https://www.mcgill.ca/coronavirus/ for up to date information on McGill’s response to the Covid 19 Pandemic.

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!

The test consists of two portions: a written portion and an individual oral interview. Both portions of the test will be conducted via the video conferencing platform Zoom and will be recorded. You will need a device, such as a computer, tablet or phone, with audio and video capability and a high-speed internet connection [so that we can see and hear you and you can see and hear us in real time].

The written portion consists of a handwritten essay that you will write in response to a prompt that we will provide at the beginning of the testing session. For the written portion, you will be allowed 45 minutes. The oral interview will take place on the same day or the day after the written portion; we will contact you individually to schedule this. The interview itself will take between 20 and 30 minutes.

Once you have registered for a day and time, we will contact you with more information about the testing procedures and more details about the test itself.

Please contact info.dise [at] mcgill.ca for more information.

Payment - $37.71 (NON-REFUNDABLE)

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

For other applicants, given the Covid-19 situation our payment method is being revised. Once you register, we will contact you directly with payment details.

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

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