The Peel District School Board TESL Program consists of two courses, the ACE TESOL Certificate and the ACE TESOL Diploma. The ACE TESOL Certificate must be taken before the ACE TESOL Diploma.
ACE TESOL Certificate
The ACE TESOL Certificate is recognized by TESL Canada for Standard One Professional Certification. The ACE TESOL Certificate course places a strong emphasis on practical teaching skills and uses pair work, small group work, class discussions and teaching demonstrations to enhance each student’s learning experience.
The ACE TESOL Certificate course covers:
- Language learning theory.
- Teaching speaking, writing, listening and reading.
- Teaching grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.
- Teaching methodology, lesson planning, classroom management techniques and testing.
- Building and managing your teaching career.
Participants who successfully complete the ACE TESOL Certificate will be able to:
- Discuss foundational language learning theory.
- Design and implement activities for teaching speaking, writing, listening and reading.
- Design and implement activities for teaching grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation.
- Plan and delivery lessons following a variety of lesson patterns.
- Use classroom management techniques to effectively run their classes.
- Differentiate among the different standardized language proficiency tests.
- Create a personal career and professional development plan.
ACE TESOL Diploma
The ACE TESOL Diploma is recognized by TESL Ontario for TESL Ontario Professional Certification. The ACE TESOL Diploma course is an English Language Teacher training program designed to take participants more deeply into the theory of language learning and teaching. Participants then apply this theory to the classroom in order to expand their repertoire of teaching activities and teaching practice.
The ACE TESOL Diploma covers:
- Language acquisition; learning styles, learning strategies and motivation; language and culture; language and society; adult ESL in Canada.
- Teaching methodologies; advanced skills for teaching the four language skills; advanced techniques for teaching the language systems; teaching with the Canadian Language Benchmarks.
- Principles for adult education; curriculum design; language assessment.
- The nature and history of language; introduction to linguistics; phonology; morphology; and semantics.
Participants who successfully complete the ACE TESOL Diploma will be able to:
- Apply a variety of theories of language acquisition to their classroom practice.
- Select appropriate teaching methodologies for their particular group of students.
- Plan and implement interesting and motivating activities for teaching the four language skills and the three language systems.
- Plan and implement relevant lessons using the Canadian Language Benchmarks.
- Design and deliver specialized language courses using a basic course design framework.
- Design and implement valid, reliable and practical language assessments.
- Apply their understanding of the nature of language to their classroom practice.
The Peel District School Board TESL Program operates with the standards and values of the Peel District School Board. Students of the program are evaluated based on consistent, fair and equitable practices involving assessments such as observation reports, tests, lesson plans, task journals and individual solo teaching.
Certification in both the ACE TESOL Certificate and the ACE TESOL Diploma is achieved at a pass, high pass or distinction level.