Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

TWU and CanIL's TESOL Certificate Program is a comprehensive university program that provides an overview, theories, and practical teaching techniques for various learning styles, age groupings, and levels in teaching English as a second or foreign language. We believe that a language teacher must be a language expert; that teaching is a skill that is best learned from practice and reflection; and that good teaching is student centered but teacher facilitated. It is a practical, one-year program that includes:

  • The principles of teaching
  • Methodologies specific to teaching English as a second language
  • The nature of cross-cultural communication
  • Linguistics, the science of language

Educators with TESOL training are very marketable, especially in a cultural environment as diverse as Canada. Training in TESOL is also very valuable for overseas teaching and an excellent preparation for missions and cross-cultural experiences. Consider the diversity a TESOL Certificate will give you.

The TESOL program is directed toward four main groups of people:

  1. Individuals with a bachelor's degree who would like a TESOL Certificate.
  2. Current university students wishing to pursue a TESOL emphasis in their undergraduate program, achieving an Applied Linguistics - TESOL minor or concentration.
  3. Current teachers looking to strengthen their TESOL skills through certification and practical experience.
  4. Individuals, without a bachelor's degree, who would like a Letter of Achievement in TESOL.

Students entering in the summer or fall semesters may complete the program within one year. During the fall and winter semesters, courses are offered in evening and weekend formats to allow students to continue employment while upgrading or changing careers. The summer session linguistics courses are in conjunction with Canada Institute of Linguistics. Students pursuing the certificate in one year, should expect to take between 9 and 12 semester hours in fall, winter, and summer semesters. Students that prefer a less intensive pursuit of the certificate, may wish to take one or two courses per semester, thus completing the program within two or three years.

The Bottom Line

How Long is the Program?

1 year of full time studies; other options available

How Many Semester Hours?


What is the Current Cost per Semester Hour?


How Much Does the Program Cost?


How Much Financial Aid Is Available?

Tuition is already substantially reduced for TESOL Certificate students.