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Academic Tutoring of English as a Second Language Students

Course Code: TESL 4204
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 3.0
Semester: 8 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Seminar, Practicum
Typically Offered: Summer, Winter
course overview

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 Adult ESL Learners. Students in the course learn how to help individual ESL students improve their language skills and increase their academic success through strategy development, language development and cultural awareness. Students in the course participate in seminars on various topics pertinent to ESL tutoring such as assessing students’ needs, structuring tutoring sessions, choosing approaches and techniques, helping ethically and keeping records. A ten-hour tutoring practicum is included in the course.

Course Content

  1. tutoring roles and relationships
  2. communication skills
  3. principles of tutoring
  4. needs assessment strategies
  5. individual learning plan development
  6. tutoring techniques
  7. academic skills (reading, writing, study skills, language learning)
  8. structuring the tutoring session
  9. coping with problems
  10. resources for tutoring
  11. record keeping
  12. ethics of tutoring
  13. developing tutoring skills through reflective practice

Methods of Instruction

  1. Lecture/demonstration
  2. Small group/pair discussion
  3. Role play
  4. Individual/small group presentations
  5. Group discussion
  6. Reading and writing assignments
  7. Tutoring practicum

Means of Assessment

Students are assigned grades according to their level of achievement on a combination of evaluation instruments which may include written assignments, tests, reflective tasks, group projects, tutoring and tutoring simulations.

Learning Outcomes

At the end of the course, the successful student can:

  1. assess ESL students’ needs for tutoring support
  2. create individual learning plans for ESL learners needing tutoring support
  3. select and apply tutoring strategies
  4. assess student progress
  5. develop tutoring skills through reflective practice
  6. help ESL students:
    • develop effective independent language learning strategies
    • develop English fluency and accuracy in writing, reading, listening, speaking and pronunciation
    • develop effective study strategies appropriate to Canadian academic culture
    • become more comfortable and effective in their academic and social environments

course prerequisites

Admission to TESL Program


TESL 4201

TESL 4202

TESL 4203

TESL 4205

TESL 4206

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.