About TESOL Toronto

About TESOL Toronto

by Aarti Thomas

It was in 1972 that the University of Toronto first offered a certificate program for teaching English as a second language.

Today, it is one of the best TESL programs available in Canada as it uses the latest techniques and methodologies to help candidates teach English as a second language.

On completion of the program, candidates are eligible to teach English as a second language to adults in Canada and abroad.

The program spans two semesters, and may be pursued as a full-time or part-time course. Full-time courses can be completed within 8 months between September and April or as a part-time evening program.

The program comprises: 8 half-credit or semester courses with 30 hours of observation and 20 hours of practice teaching. There is however no thesis or comprehensive examination to be completed at the end of the program.

Admission requirements:

The program requires a minimum of a three-year undergraduate conferred degree with an acceptable average, an English facility, an application form, a resume, a letter of intent, transcripts and personal suitability for the program.

If you are a non-native speaker of English who wishes to pursue the course, there are additional requirements to be met. While teaching experience is a bonus, eligibility for the course will not be based solely on it.


Domestic students have to pay about CAD$4,500 as fees, while non-domestic students have to pay about CAD$15,000 as fees if the course is completed within 8 months’ time.

Ontario residents can apply for the Ontario Student Assistance Program while there is a limited number of bursaries and scholarships available.

The TESOL is so successful and popular because it is periodically reviewed and updated to ensure the latest theories and practices are used in the program.

It was in 2005 that academics from other Canadian universities praised the program, and also provided recommendations for improvement - like changing the name of the program to Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).

They thought that TESOL would give a more accurate description of the program as it prepares it candidates to teach English both locally and overseas.

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