PROGRAM AT A GLANCE
You must complete nine courses to graduate. Courses are listed by term to show the recommended path to completing the program in eight months as a full-time student.
|Term 1 - 16 weeks|
|TEAL1000|| Teaching and Learning in EAL Contexts |
This introductory course for the TEAL certificate program focuses on the characteristics and strategies of good language learners and relates the key principles of second language acquisition to classroom practice. A variety of English-language contexts are introduced, with an emphasis on how learner needs are addressed in the syllabi, tasks, materials, methods, and assessments.
|TEAL1002|| Phonology and Morphology |
During this course, students have the opportunity to build their knowledge of phonology and morphology by reviewing current research and literature and demonstrating their knowledge and skills by teaching a micro-lesson. Phonology issues, including pronunciation best practices, and morphology issues, including formulaic sequences and effective vocabulary instruction, will be covered.
|TEAL1003|| Reading and Writing |
This course focuses on key principles and practices for teaching reading and writing skills to EAL learners. Participants will read current literature and key Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) resources, as well as develop materials for teaching reading and writing, create a CLB-referenced Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA) task, and teach micro-lessons.
|TEAL1004|| Listening and Speaking |
This course focuses on the key principles and practices for teaching listening and speaking skills in the EAL classroom. Participants will design assessment tasks and lesson plans that are aligned with the Canadian Language Benchmarks and deliver micro-lessons informed by theory and research.
|TEAL1005|| Critical Issues in TEAL |
Participants will examine critical issues and trends within the profession and in EAL contexts. The assignments are structured to support critical inquiry and reflective practice. Students will explore a range of resources for continuing their own professional development upon completion of the program.
|Term 2 - 16 weeks|
|TEAL1001|| Pedagogical Grammar |
This course focuses on two complementary sets of knowledge. Students will be introduced to grammar terminology and English syntax and will also explore effective grammar-teaching techniques. They will be required to demonstrate and apply both sets of knowledge during instructor- and peer-reviewed micro-teaching sessions.
|TEAL1006|| Applied Project |
This course offers learners an opportunity to apply TEAL techniques and skills in a real-world context by completing a project. The project requires that learners plan and develop a needs analysis, determine learning outcomes, select or design authentic real-world materials, create a task, develop a summative assessment tool, and evaluate their personal learning as a part of the reflective teaching process.
|TEAL1007|| Field Placement |
Students will participate in a 50-hour field placement, including 30 hours of observation and 20 hours of teaching in an adult English language classroom or in a K-12 classroom under the guidance of a mentor teacher and a NorQuest facilitator. A 30-hour lecture component will inform and direct the field placement experiences.
|TEAL1008|| K-12 EAL Contexts |
Instructors are challenged not only to build the subject-area content knowledge of English language learners, but also to promote language proficiency skills according to the requirements of the Alberta K-12 ESL benchmarks system. This elective course examines topics that include settlement and immigration patterns, categories, and resources; strategies for supporting learner success; selecting suitable teaching methodology; generating or selecting materials that align with the K-12 benchmarks; literacy and numeracy progression; and selecting appropriate assessment strategies to address the language learning needs of K-12 EAL learners.
|TEAL1009|| Settlement in Canada |
This course focuses on topics relevant to professionals working with immigrants and refugees, including knowledge of immigration patterns, categories, and processes, as well as strategies that promote integration of newcomers into workplaces, communities, and educational contexts. The Canadian Language Benchmarks (CLB) will be discussed as they relate to and inform EAL classroom practice.
|TEAL1010|| English as a Foreign Language (EFL) Contexts |
During this elective course, students will explore the unique challenges and rewards of teaching English in a non-native English-speaking country. Developing strategies for working abroad and building practical skills for designing and delivering effective, culturally responsive lessons will be covered.
|TEAL1011|| Essential Skills |
This elective course introduces students to nine Essential Skills that are foundational for work, learning, and life. The skill areas will be explored in terms of the complexity level, learning tasks, and assessment tasks in the English-language classroom.
Courses may be offered in a different order than listed.
Credits required for full-time status: 9 credits per term