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TESOL Programs At D&H College

TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language. This refers to teaching English in a country where English is NOT the
native or official language.
TESL = Teaching English as a Second Language. This refers to teaching English in a country where English IS the
native or official language.
TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. This now seems to be the industry standard for EAL
teacher education programs in BC. It is also the name of the U.S.-based professional organization for teachers.

TESOL 150 at D&H College is a comprehensive ESL teaching certificate program with seven short courses covering
essential teaching aspects and modern practices. It includes 10 hours of classroom observation and 20 hours of
teaching experience. The program emphasizes developing global ESL/EFL teaching competence, personalized
methodologies, learner-centered lessons, and technology integration. Accredited by TESL Canada (Standard I),
graduates receive an international certificate. The program outline covers fundamentals, lesson planning, language
components, receptive and productive skills, assessment, and materials. Graduates find diverse opportunities
globally and in Canada, from English Language Teacher to Online English Tutor and Language School Administrator.

TESOL 300 Diploma is an accredited online program recognized by TESL Canada for Standard 2. With ten courses, it
covers essential ESL teaching aspects, blending advanced theory and practical strategies. The program emphasizes
in-depth exploration of modern teaching practices, learner language acquisition, and includes 30 hours of realclassroom
observation and 20 hours of teaching experience. Learning objectives focus on advanced proficiency in
teaching language skills innovatively, ESL assessment, digital resource integration, and inclusive practices.
Accredited by TESL Canada (Standard II), graduates receive an international certificate. The program covers
fundamentals, lesson planning, language components, receptive and productive skills, assessment, materials,
technology, special classes, and teaching international exams. TESOL 300 graduates find diverse opportunities
globally and in Canada, including roles like English Language Teacher, Online English Tutor, and ESL Program
Coordinator. The program’s duration is flexible, with a minimum of 3 months and a maximum of 7 months.

TESOL 150 can be completed within a span of two to six months.
TESOL 300 has a duration of three months to a maximum of seven months.

Both programs are conducted online, providing flexibility for students. Participants have the option to commence
the program at any time. However, it is common for groups or cohorts to commence their studies at the beginning
of each month.

All instructors hold Master’s and Ph.D. degrees in applied linguistics and education, bringing with them extensive
experience in teaching EAP and ESL in both Canadian and international contexts. They are actively involved in
facilitating teacher training and contribute to academia by teaching at universities and industry settings.
Additionally, they have a substantial number of publications, regularly participate in education and teacher training conferences, and many of them have received recognition through teaching and research awards. You can
read more about them on the TESL Faculty page.

Professors and students collaborate using Moodle platform that provides access to course materials, assignments,
submissions, feedback, grades, and more. Additionally, students, either individually or in their cohort, engage in
three live Zoom sessions as part of each program.

Upon successful completion of the program, you will be awarded either a TESOL certificate or diploma. Our TESOL
certificate holds recognition from TESL Canada as standard one, while the diploma is acknowledged as standard 2.
If you possess a Bachelor’s degree and successfully complete the program, you will be eligible to apply for the TESL
Canada Professional Certificate: Standard One. For detailed information about TESL Canada Professional
Certification Standards, please visit: tesl canada website.
Please note that individuals without a four-year (Bachelor’s) degree are not eligible for any level of TESL Canada
Federation National Professional Certification. Nevertheless, completing our program will still earn you a D&H
College TESL certificate or diploma.

Yes, D&H College offers financial aid options through TESOL Scholarships, providing support ranging from $300 to
$500 for TESOL 150 and 300 courses. Criteria include academic excellence, teaching experience, a professional
recommendation, and a compelling Letter of Interest. Indigenous Scholarship offers a dedicated $200 scholarship,
and Indigenous students can concurrently apply for TESOL Scholarships. The Bursary Opportunity allows for a 50%
tuition waiver on TESOL 150 and 300 courses, with limited annual availability. Interested applicants should contact
the Admissions Department promptly and may undergo an interview with the Admissions team and faculty
members. You can obtain further information at D&H Scholarships!

TESL Canada is a national organization dedicated to advancing communication and awareness for English as a
Second Language (ESL) and skills development. They advocate for EAL learners, unite teachers and learners
through forums, support knowledge sharing nationwide, and represent diverse needs in TESL nationally and
internationally. Here is the list of accredited colleges and universities with TESL Canada.

As outlined on the TESL Canada website, the National Professional Certification Standards offer several benefits to
educators. They ensure that TESL training and EAL teaching experience are acknowledged as key professional
measures for Canadian EAL educators. Additionally, these standards guarantee that teaching credentials are
recognized nationally and internationally, fostering trust among international students comparing faculty at
Canadian post-secondary schools and language institutes. For more information, visit

No, it is not limited to Canadians! Native speakers from Canada, the USA, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia,
New Zealand, and South Africa are eligible for TESL Canada certification. Non-native English speakers must attain a
valid proficiency score (TOEFL or IELTS) before applying for TESL Canada certification.

TESL Canada recognizes the CELTA certificate but considers it equivalent to a TESL Canada Standard One certificate
(150 hours). The TESL Diploma program, recognized as Standard Two, is more extensive (300 hours) and is deemed
equivalent to the DELTA, a higher standard than CELTA (120 hours). Holders of CELTA certificates and DELTA
diplomas can apply for course credit towards the TESL Diploma program due to overlapping topics. In summary, a
TESOL certificate (150 hours) recognized by TESL Canada is academically equivalent to the 120-hour CELTA
certification, while the TESOL Diploma program (300 hours) is equivalent to the DELTA.

Observation in TESOL 150 involves 10 hours of on-site real teaching observation and asynchronous reports, while
TESOL 300 extends this to 30 hours. The observation methods include assessing the supervising teacher’s
performance, analyzing recorded classes asynchronously, and actively participating in synchronous online ESL
classes while taking notes.

Each program includes a 20-hour practicum, split between group teaching and individual tutoring of an ESL
student. The practicum occurs on-site at D&H College or partner colleges in Vancouver, with up to 50% online
completion as per TESL Canada standards. The tutoring segment involves 10 hours of supervised practice, while
the in-class teaching component, observed by your sponsor teacher and the practicum instructor, covers an
additional 10 hours. Throughout the practicum, you’ll engage in lesson preparation and receive valuable feedback
from your sponsor teacher.

Yes, the practicum is a compulsory element of the program, and all students, including those with prior teaching
certification, must fulfill its requirements. It’s important to note that the practicum exclusively takes place in an
adult ESL classroom, not in a youth classroom.

Certainly! We’re here to help you secure employment as an ESL teacher. We’ll provide guidance on crafting a
strong resume, applying for jobs locally or internationally. Our website’s ESL Career Service page offers insights
into global and Canadian job requirements. We’re also launching a new project to help you document teaching
experiences through social media, creating a portfolio for job enhancement. A faculty member will guide you in
building an online language teacher portfolio to boost your resume for applications in Canada and abroad.

After completing the program, you can teach in private schools in the Lower Mainland or federally funded
programs like LINC for immigrants, all of which require TESL Canada certification. Other opportunities include
tutoring and volunteering in various settings, not mandating a Bachelor’s degree. TESOL 150 graduates can pursue
roles like English Language Teacher, Online English Tutor, and Language School Administrator. TESOL 300
graduates can explore diverse roles such as English Language Teacher, Online English Tutor, ESL Program
Coordinator, IELTS/TOEFL Instructor, Language Consultant, and College English Instructor, both globally and in

Certainly! Successfully completing this comprehensive program will equip you with the confidence to teach or
tutor abroad. While most reputable schools abroad typically require a Bachelor’s degree and at least a TESL
certificate, it’s important to note that each country (and even each city) may have diverse teaching positions and
requirements. Conducting your own research into the specific requirements of the country where you wish to
teach is recommended, and your instructors will also assist you with this aspect during the TESL program.

No, this program is specifically designed for teaching English to adult learners. If you’re interested in obtaining
certification for teaching in an elementary or secondary school, please refer to the BC Government’s page on
training and professional development for K-12 teachers for more information.

For more information, reach out to Damon Li, the TESOL Department Coordinator, at [email protected] or by
phone at +1 (604) 553-8889. If you have inquiries about admissions and scholarships, please contact Joan Sun
(her/hers) at [email protected]. Feel free to get in touch with us for any questions; we’re here to assist