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Professional Development for English-Language Educators

Course Code: ELLA 0680
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Department: English Language Learning and Acquisition
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 3-5 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Seminar
Typically Offered: TBD. Contact Department Chair for more info.
course overview

This course is designed for Foreign-trained English-language educators (referred to as "trainees") to complement the knowledge and experience they have already acquired. The course will focus on interactive techniques, strategies, and methods, and will provide the trainees with a portfolio of ready-to-use activities for the classroom, as well as the pedigogical theory to support practical applications. Best practices in the teaching of the four skill areas will be covered along with an overview of the linguistic challenges faced by English language learners. Special attention will be paid to the use of educational technology including social media, video, and the Internet.

Course Content

This course will look at the theory, methodology, resources, and techniques for teaching and assessing students of English as a Foreign Language.

Methods of Instruction

  • Lecture/demonstation
  • Small group/pair discussion
  • Observation of ESL classes
  • Individual/group projects
  • Individual/group presentations
  • Reading and writing assignments
  • Micro-teaching

Means of Assessment

Student achievement will be assessed using the mastery grading system in accordance with College policy. The following is one example of assessment components and weighting:

  • 20%:  Microteaching preparation and delivery
  • 20%:  Observation tasks
  • 20%:  Formal written assignments
  • 20%:  Quizzes
  • 10%:  Other homework assignments, including group assignments
  • 10%:  Class participation, including attendance, punctuality, and collegiality


Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, learners will be able to

  • apply major principles of adult education to teaching EFL students
  • adapt existing textbooks to the needs of their EFL students
  • assess the usefulness of activities for enhancing the learning of their EFL students
  • design and run effective interactive activities to encourage classroom engagement
  • create materials to promote relevant, engaging EFL learning
  • apply valid, reliable assessment strategies to EFL learning
  • use appropriate classroom language to a greater degree of correctness

course prerequisites

Instructor permission



curriculum guidelines

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

course schedule and availability
course transferability

Below shows how this course and its credits transfer within the BC transfer system. 

A course is considered university-transferable (UT) if it transfers to at least one of the five research universities in British Columbia: University of British Columbia; University of British Columbia-Okanagan; Simon Fraser University; University of Victoria; and the University of Northern British Columbia.

For more information on transfer visit the BC Transfer Guide and BCCAT websites.


If your course prerequisites indicate that you need an assessment, please see our Assessment page for more information.