Classroom Skills

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Teaching English as a Second Language
Course Code
TESL 4205
Semester Length
15 weeks
Max Class Size
Method Of Instruction
Typically Offered


Course Description
This is one of a group of six courses that together lead to a Douglas College Certificate in Teaching and Tutoring English as a Second Language to Adults. During this course, students develop practical skills needed in a teaching career. They apply theory to practice by planning and teaching mini-lessons and develop classroom management and communication skills. Students also develop reflective practice strategies necessary to ongoing teacher development and learn to conduct themselves professionally in the teaching workplace.
Course Content
  1. Recognizing student characteristics relevant to learning
  2. Classroom communication strategies
  3. Whiteboard  use
  4. Instructional delivery strategies – individual, small groups & whole class
  5. Time management techniques
  6. Professional conduct in the TESL work environment
Methods Of Instruction
  1. Lecture/demonstration
  2. Practice teaching with TESL classmates
  3. Instructor and peer feedback
  4. Self-reflection
  5. Reading and writing assignments
Means of Assessment

Students are assigned grades according to their level of achievement on assigned tasks which may include preparation and delivery of mini-lessons, observation of teaching reports and reflective tasks.

Learning Outcomes

Participants successfully completing the course will demonstrate ability to:

  1. Create a lesson plan to address specific learning objectives for a specific group of students
  2. Select and apply various lesson delivery strategies to enable specific learning outcomes
  3. Apply reflective practice strategies to improving lessons
  4. Apply reflective practice strategies to improving teaching skills
  5. Communicate effectively in the professional teaching environment
Textbook Materials

Students may be required to purchase textbooks.



Admission to TESL Program



No equivalent courses.

Course Guidelines

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Course Transfers

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Institution Transfer Details for TESL 4205
Simon Fraser University (SFU) No credit
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) No credit
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) No credit
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV TESL 4XX (1.5)

Course Offerings

Fall 2022

There aren't any scheduled upcoming offerings for this course.