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Classroom Skills

Course Code: TESL 4205
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture
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 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

course prerequisites

Admission to TESL Program


TESL 4201

TESL 4202 

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.