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TESL Teaching Practicum

Course Code: TESL 4206
Faculty: Language, Literature & Performing Arts
Credits: 1.5
Semester: 8 to 15 weeks
Learning Format: Lecture, Practicum
Typically Offered: Summer, Winter
course overview

The practicum 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 spend 20 hours in experienced ESL instructors’ classrooms: ten hours of observation and ten hours of teaching. During the practicum, the sponsor teacher and practicum advisor observe, mentor and evaluate the student teacher in the classroom. Students also attend workshops on specific teaching topics in the general topic areas of teaching resources, individual differences affecting learning, educational technology and professional communication.

Course Content

This teaching practicum experience involves the application of course content from the other courses in the TESL program including lesson planning and delivery, resource selection and development, classroom management, classroom  communication skills,  reflective practice and professional conduct in the workplace.

Methods of Instruction

  1. Observation of teaching in ESL classroom/s
  2. Completion of  written teacher and student observation tasks
  3. Practice teaching
  4. Self-reflection
  5. Practicum advisor and sponsor teacher feedback
  6. Workshop participation

Means of Assessment

In the classroom teaching portion of the practicum, students will be evaluated by the sponsor ESL instructor and the Douglas College practicum advisor. Students are assigned grades according to their level of achievement on teaching tasks, professionalism, lesson plans, and employment of class management techniques. Attendance and participation in special topics workshops will also be included in the course grade.

Learning Outcomes

In this course, participants have opportunities to:

  1. Integrate, consolidate, expand and apply knowledge and skills introduced in other TESL courses including lesson planning and delivery, classroom management, and classroom communication strategies.
  2. Practice teaching a specific group of ESL students.
  3. Enhance knowledge, competence and confidence in working with ESL students and TESL professionals.
  4. Reflect on their teaching practice with the support of their sponsor teacher and practicum advisor.
  5. Gain an understanding of a range of specific teaching issues from the general topic areas of teaching resources, individual differences affecting learning, educational technology and professional communication.

course prerequisites

Admission to TESL Program


TESL 4201

TESL 4202 

TESL 4203

TESL 4204

TESL 4205

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.