English as a Second Language (ESL) teachers are in high demand, not only in Canada, but also in Asia, South America and Europe. ESL training provides extensive travel opportunities in foreign countries and exposure to new cultures while, at the same time, earning money teaching English.
As many as 600 million people speak English as their second language, and approximately one billion more are studying English, leading to more than 20,000 ESL teaching positions advertised every month.
The Second Language Education Certificate will provide you the theoretical and practical aspects that define the field of second language education and allow you to teach any language in which you are proficient.
This certificate may be taken as part of one of the honours degree programs available in Modern Languages or as a stand-alone program combined with any other major offered by the university.
This certificate allows you to approach second language education both as a student and teacher. You are first trained in the foundations of linguistics and later introduced to the major theories and methodologies of second language acquisition and education.
You will take two language courses in which you do not have prior university level training. By the end of the program, you will be awarded a Second Language Education Certificate to use towards a career as a second language educator.
Because of prerequisites and course sequencing, you may require two to four years to complete the Certificate program. Students in our programs are each assigned an academic advisor to direct them in selecting the appropriate courses for each year of the program.
The OSS Diploma and six Grade 12 U or M courses, including ENG4U, are required. Students already registered for a Major in another discipline may add the SLE Certificate program to their degree provided they can fulfil the course requirements in conjunction with their Major requirements.
The Second Language Education Certificate offers you the opportunity to gain hands-on experience while observing and teaching classes of English as a second language.
Teach a second language at various levels, be it as a second language to those whose first language is English or English as a second language to students in Canada or abroad.
Faculty of Education or graduate program such as a Master’s degree or PhD in applied linguistics
The faculty members in Second Language Education program are graduates of leading universities in Europe and North America. Our individual expertise and skills in the field of second language acquisition and education serve us to assist students in learning the theoretical and practical notions of second language education.
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