Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional

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Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional

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Post-Graduation Work Permit

The in-person delivery of this program meets the eligibility criteria for the Post-Graduation Work Permit Program for international students.

The Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional certificate is a flexible credit program that prepares graduates to be effective instructors of adult English language learners.

What to expect from the program

Students will develop a clear understanding of how curriculum, methodology, teaching materials, and assessment can be designed, selected, and effectively implemented into classrooms with English language learners. Through active engagement with second language acquisition theory, language proficiency benchmarks, and current research, students will develop the knowledge, skills, and practical experience to teach confidently within a variety of English language teaching and learning contexts.

Alberta certified K-12 teachers who complete the program will be better prepared to address the diverse language and cultural needs of their learners. They will hone their skills and further develop competencies included in the new Alberta Education Teaching Quality Standard (TQS) such as:

  • TQS 3 – Developing and applying a current and comprehensive repertoire of effective planning, instruction, and assessment practices to meet the learning needs of every student.
  • TQS 4 – Providing in-depth knowledge of how to establish, promote, and sustain inclusive learning environments.

Graduate with experience

NorQuest College believes in the importance of on-the-job experience that provides an enriched learning opportunity.

You’ll graduate this program with 50 hours of work experience from 30 hours of observation and 20 hours of teaching within an adult English language classroom. Holders of a valid Alberta teaching certificate are offered an opportunity to complete a 50-hour field placement in a K-12 classroom.

Career opportunities

Graduates of the program will be able to pursue positions in the field of teaching English as an additional language (TEAL), second language (TESL), or foreign language (TEFL) contexts that include:

  • colleges
  • universities
  • the K-12 school system, including specialist positions (certified K-12 teachers only)
  • private language schools
  • government-funded community-based programs
  • English language teaching institutions
  • not-for-profit organizations

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Teaching English as an Additional Language Professional
Featured Event

Open House

October 22, 2022
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Edmonton, Online

Join us for our in-person Open House and explore all that NorQuest College has to offer! For those unable to attend in-person, program information sessions will be streamed live online where you can ask questions and engage with program faculty and staff.

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