TESOL Diploma (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
This part-time program, the largest teacher-training program of its kind in Western Canada, is designed for students who want to teach English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Graduates may plan to teach from literacy to university-level English internationally or at a post-secondary institution, community agency or international school in Canada. All courses are available through distance learning and face-to-face study.
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The program is comprised of 10 core courses, including a teaching internship, as well as elective options. Students studying on a part-time basis can start three times per year: January, April or September. Part-time students must complete the program within four years to qualify for a diploma.
This program is designed to involve the student in a variety of learning environments and instructional delivery methods. Throughout the program, students 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 practicum.
Prior to enrolling in TESO 1266 Teaching Academic English and TESO 1270 Internship, students must have completed all other courses.
To receive the TESOL diploma students must complete all of the required courses.
English requirements for this program indicate the need for demonstrated proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills.
This program prepares graduates to teach from literacy to university level English language. Students may plan to teach internationally or at post-secondary educational institutions, community agencies, or international schools in Canada.
Credential opportunities for graduates of the TESOL Diploma. This program is recognized for professional certification (level 2) by TESL Canada.
VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.
As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.
Please note that you must submit official transcripts and educational documents to support your application; unfortunately, we cannot accept photocopies or fax versions.
- Bachelor's degree required (all post-secondary transcripts must be sealed and official and mailed directly to the VCC Admissions Office from the originating institution).
- First year university English with a minimum C+ grade or equivalent.
- If English is not your first language and you have foreign documents, completion of an English Language Assessment is
required plus an ICES evaluation. For an evaluation application and current fee information, email ICES or call toll free
1.866.434.9197. Acceptable English language assessments and scores include:
Minimum score of 88 on the internet based TOEFL with no score lower than 22, or
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, or
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. TESL Canada does not recognize the ELA as a language proficiency score.
- All requests for transfer credits or course exemptions for all courses in the program must be submitted with application to the program. Download the Request for Transfer Credit (PDF) form.
Demonstrated proficiency in the English language with excellent oral and written communication skills
Excellent command of English grammar
Awareness of the English language and approaches to teaching
Motivated and disciplined
Interest in, respect for and experience with other cultures
Empathy and patience for those learning a new language and culture
Personal qualities which contribute to success as a teacher/instructor
Personal experience with learning a foreign language
- Registration opens February 18, 2013
VCC is accepting applications from international students.
Apply to this Program
Complete a VCC application first. If you require further information and/or assistance please call 604.871.7000, ext. 8665, or fax 604.443.8588, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants to the part-time TESOL diploma are not eligible to switch to the fast track program.
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Fees and Other Costs
Students who have completed all of the courses in this program must apply to receive their credential. Please complete the application for TESOL credential form and submit it to the Registrar's Office.
For additional information, please contact:
School of Language Studies
Vancouver Community College
250 West Pender Street
Phone: 604.871.7000, ext. 8665
Important information for current TESOL distance and diploma students:
As of April 2011, all courses in the TESOL diploma will be available through both distance and face-to-face study. As such, the TESOL distance diploma program will no longer be offered. Students currently enrolled in the TESOL distance diploma will have the option of finishing their TESOL distance diploma or switching to the more comprehensive TESOL diploma. Students beginning the TESOL Diploma as of April 2011 will no longer require completion of 2.0 credits of electives. TESOL electives, however, are recommended for increased breadth of experience and professional development.
|Course Name||Outline||Course Code||Credits|
|Communications & Culture||--||TESO 1232||3.0|
|TESOL Internship||--||TESO 1270||5.0|
|TESOL Overview||--||TESO 1101||3.0|
|Teaching Academic English||--||TESO 1266||2.5|
|Teaching Grammar 1||--||TESO 1168||3.0|
|Teaching Grammar 2||--||TESO 1169||3.0|
|Teaching Listening & Speaking||--||TESO 1267||3.0|
|Teaching Pronunciation||--||TESO 1127||3.0|
|Teaching Reading||--||TESO 1133||3.0|
|Teaching Writing||--||TESO 1128||3.0|