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Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) (2016-2017)

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Program Length

Two semesters, beginning in September


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Contact Information

Rosie Lima, program assistant
416.675.6622 ext. 73083


The 2016/2017 fee for two semesters is
– domestic $6,028.12
– international $14,800.
Amounts listed are the total of tuition, lab and material fees, student service and auxiliary fees for the first two semesters of the 2016/2017 academic year. Fees are subject to change.


Start DatesAvailability
2016 SeptemberOpen

Admission Requirements

To be eligible for admission, you must possess the following:
• A bachelor’s degree
• Non-native speakers of English applying to TESL should have a IELTS score of an overall minimum of 6.5 with no single test score below 6.0, a minimum Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score of 88 or above with a minimum of 22 in Reading and Listening, Speaking and Writing, and strong communication skills (see TESL Ontario teacher accreditation at for their specific requirements)

Selection Includes Secondary Requirements: Admission selection is based on the academic criteria indicated and the result of the evaluation of additional secondary requirements. Secondary requirements may include a portfolio, audition, letter of intent, references, etc., and vary by program.

Additional Requirements

Police Record Check: Students in programs or occupations involving direct contact with vulnerable persons are required to undergo a Police Record Check. Refer to Admission Information. Humber reserves the right to deny admission to this program based on an unpardoned criminal record that would be relevant to the academic or placement requirements of the program. The Police Record Check may have to be renewed every three to six months thereafter.

Our Program

Humber’s unique Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) program builds confident and knowledgeable teachers who have a full understanding of best practices in teaching English as a second language (ESL). Humber’s innovative curriculum is based on the latest ESL teaching approaches, methods, and assessment systems, including the Canadian Language Benchmarks and the Common European Framework Reference (CEFR). You will be exposed to a wide range of theoretical issues in adult second language acquisition including the emerging field of teaching with technology, and receive a variety of opportunities to apply theory to a range of ESL classroom observations and practice teaching contexts.

Faculty members are highly respected, dedicated professionals with graduate credentials in the field, and extensive ESL teaching and teacher training experience.

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Your Career

Today, approximately one billion people worldwide are learning English and by 2030, half of the world’s population is expected to speak English. Work in teaching ESL in adult ESL programs in school boards, colleges and universities, and government-sponsored agencies across Ontario, as well as in private schools and academic institutions around the world teaching English as a foreign language. Career opportunities also include workplace ESL, academic ESL and ESL program administration in the public and private sectors.

In addition, each summer, select graduates are hired as ESL teaching interns in Humber’s highly regarded and dynamic international summer language program under the guidance of a mentor faculty member. Work placements may also be available in the Humber English Language Centre’s English for Academic Purposes (EAP) program, in ESL courses in the Continuing Education department and in Humber’s Writing Centre.

Professional Accreditation, Endorsement and Recognition

This program is approved by the Ministry of Training, Colleges and Universities and is approved and accredited by TESL Canada (Standard II) and TESL Ontario. Upon completion of the TESL program, graduates who meet TESL Canada and TESL Ontario criteria can apply for professional teacher accreditation from these regulatory bodies.

Visit and for further information on teacher accreditation criteria (e.g. degree equivalency and language proficiency requirements for applicants whose degree is from outside of Canada and/or who are non-native English speakers).

Academic Pathway Opportunities

Graduates from Humber’s TESL Certificate (post-baccalaureate), with an overall average of (B or GPA 75%) will be eligible to apply for admission into a unique articulation program with Niagara University (USA)’s M.S. Ed. program. All criteria and requirements that are set forth for the M.S. Ed. program must be met. The articulation agreement allows the transfer of five courses (15 credits) toward the M.S. Ed. in TESOL. The remaining 8 courses (24 credits) for the degree must be completed at Niagara University. For more information, please see the Humber TESL website at Teaching English as a Second Language / Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Our Industry Partnerships

This program partners with the Dufferin-Peel and Halton Catholic District School Boards and Humber’s English Language Centre, as well as with numerous agencies in the community.

Our Facilities

Along with our fully equipped modern classrooms, students will familiarize themselves with e-learning methodology using the latest multimedia software in Humber’s English Language Centre Language Lab.

Work Placement

Over the eight months of the program, students will complete a 50-hour graduated teaching practicum. Unlike many other institutions, our practicum is fully arranged and supervised, saving student teachers the time to focus on their learning and preparation. Students fulfill their practicum requirements in a variety of settings, which may include:
– Humber’s English Language Centre, in the English for Academic Purposes program
– Humber’s Continuing Education department, enhanced language training (ELT)-related programs
– adult ESL and Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada (LINC) classes in the Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board and community agencies.


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