ESL Teacher Training in Canada
Getting Started as an ESL Teacher
Most international ESL teaching jobs require a work permit. In most countries, it is impossible to obtain a work permit for a professional ESL teaching position without a university degree and a professional ESL teacher training certificate.
Many overseas countries also require a police search and certificate verifying no and I mean no criminal activity. These countries will reject candidates with any indication of alcohol, drug, violence, fraud or theft activity.
Conversation ESL Teaching Certificates
You will save money and be better prepared if you read texts such as "Teaching by Principles" and "Principles of Teaching" by Douglas Brown, "Learning Teaching" by Penny Ur and "Grammar Dimensions 2" by Victoria Badalamenti and Carolyn Stanchina and "Basic English Grammar" by Betty Azar than all of the internet or introductory conversation teacher training classes.
Prospective teachers should use common sense - why spend $1000, 750, 500 even $199 for a couple of binders of photocopied book chapters and lists of internet resources that are free. You can get all five of the above-listed books for less than $160 and the internet resources are free. There are complete ESL curriculums, lesson plans, rubrics and tests free on the internet. Many of these free ESL curriculums, lesson plans, rubrics and tests have been provided by Canada and UK Ministries of Education, Education foundations and charitable organizations. Do not be a victim of a sleazy "fast buck" promoter with an overstated hyped program.
TEFL TESL, TESOL, CELTA Certificate Programs
Some TEFL TESL, TESOL, CELTA programs are granted partial credit towards specific university programs, some are excellent introductory programs that cover all the basics needed to start teaching ESL, the majority of others are completely worthless.
Most quality TEFL/TESL courses offer 150+ classroom hours and have an additional 150 hours of supervised practical training and teaching. These intensive courses focus on "practical training", "language methodologies" and "learning theory in practice" because of the scope of information that must be covered in a 150-hour program. Look for a certificate program with masters level qualified trainers, trainers with Canadian public and overseas teaching experience, current members of provincial Ministries of Education, TESL Canada approved curriculum, and professionally supervised practicum.
To teach in most private language schools in Canada and many international locations a CELTA, TESL or TEFL certificate and university degree is required.
Faculty of Education ESL Endorsement
Continuing Education for Professional Development
Evaluating Teaching Experience
Most volunteer teaching is in unsupervised and un-regulated programs. Prospective teachers should realize that this is the breeding ground of mistakes, bad habits and chaos. If you have the opportunity to volunteer teach - try to have the organization obtain a program and ask a full public certified teacher to supervise your instruction methods, lesson plans and content delivery. Have your professional teacher write a review with suggestions. Again volunteer teaching is very difficult to evaluate when applying for professional jobs and many schools will ignore it completely.
Most international university credit programs have a curriculum, texts, evaluation expectations, a content start and end point and professional supervision. This is an excellent environment for professional development as an ESL teacher.
A few private language schools are excellent professional organizations for teachers' professional development and provide students with an excellent learning environment and teachers with an entire support network. Unfortunately about 80% of the private English schools do not have a curriculum, sample lesson plans, library, support materials, teacher resources, professional standards, professional supervision, management experience, organizational ability or ethics. Students and teachers can be in heaven or hell. Private language school teaching is very difficult to evaluate when applying for Canadian/USA/UK jobs and many Canadian schools will discount it or ignore it completely if they cannot get an accurate evaluation of the school.
ESL Teacher Training Programs
TESL Teacher Training in Toronto Canada
Four teacher training programs starting in Toronto January 2009.
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