Teaching English as a Second Language

Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Teaching English as a Second Language
Length of Program
One semester
Credential Type
New Westminster
Learning Format


The Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Certificate Program is for students who want a concentrated study of teaching and tutoring English as a second or foreign language. Classes are offered in one intensive semester of study. Students gain theoretical and practical knowledge in teaching language, designing and delivering courses and managing a classroom. The program includes a 30-hour practicum.

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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Graduation Requirements:

  • Successful completion of 15 credits
  • Minimum Grade Requirement: “C” or higher in all courses
  • 25% (4 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College *

*Effective for Summer 2017 graduation, a minimum of 50% of the required program courses must be taken at Douglas College.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

TESL 4201

Overview of Teaching English as a Second Language to Adult Learners


TESL 4202

Teaching Conversation, Listening and Pronunciation to Adult Students of English as a Second Language


TESL 4203

Teaching Reading, Writing, and Grammar to Adult Students of English as a Second Language


TESL 4204

Tutoring Students of English as a Second Language


TESL 4205

Classroom Skills


TESL 4206

TESL Practicum


Total Credits



Admissions Requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

  • General College Admission Requirements (excluding Language Proficiency Requirement)
  • English 12 with a minimum grade of "B" or approved substitution. Please go to the link and then click on Limited Enrolment Programs to see the list of approved substitutions.
  • One reference from a former/current instructor, employer or volunteer coordinator who can attest to good character, temperament, willingness to learn, oral communication skills, ability to cooperate with others and appropriateness for undertaking TESL studies
  • An interview may be required


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

Career Pathways

The TESL Certificate is an intensive introduction to both the theory and practice of teaching and tutoring ESL/EFL. This is a rapidly growing field both in Canada and abroad. Locally, graduates who have Bachelor’s degrees are eligible for the TESL Canada Standard Level 1 Certificate, a qualification for some private and non-profit language institutes. In addition, the demand for tutoring in English language is high in Metro Vancouver. Farther afield, global opportunities for native English speakers to teach or tutor the English language are readily available for instructors and tutors at all levels of training.  Those with a Douglas College TESL Certificate have many employment opportunities.

Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.