This is a reminder that the TESOL Convention "Crossing Borders - Building Bridges" will be held in Toronto from 25 - 28 March 2015. As TESOL's host Affiliate for their Convention we urge you to take advantage of the unique opportunity to attend this large and prestigious international Convention. It is a privilege to be the host Affiliate and work with the TESOL Convention team on many facets of the Convention. It is very rarely held in Canada, and travel costs are often prohibitive when it's held outside of Canada. TESL Ontario has worked very hard to make sure that the Convention accommodates and benefits the needs of our own TESL Ontario members, and the introduction of the TESOL Adult ED Day on Tuesday March 24 is one of the results in this regard. That day offers an interactive program entirely devoted to instructors and administrators of adult education programs.
Please click here to find all the Convention and registration information.
We are of course also delivering our own 43rd TESL Ontario Conference, which will be held on November 12 - 13, 2015 at the Sheraton Centre, with accommodations and programming all under one roof once again. We have decided to compress our usual high quality programming into two days for the first time ever, in order to facilitate attendance for those registrants who are able to attend both the TESOL Convention and the TESL Ontario Conference this year.
We know you will appreciate the additional opportunity to expand your professional development and look forward to your participation.
TESL Ontario Conference Chair
TESOL Convention Host Affiliate Co-Chair
It's no wonder there is so much confusion out there among those wishing to teach English as a Second Language in Ontario and other provinces. The plethora of program names and the associated abbreviated forms all sound similar. What's the difference between TESL and TESOL? TESL Canada and TESL Ontario?
Diane Hipkin, Accreditation Coordinator at TESL Ontario had this to say when we asked her to address this confusion:
TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is an acronym created to encompass the notion of teaching English as a world language for international communication and for a more multilingual global reality. A TESOL training program is essentially the same as a TESL or TEFL program. When considering a training program that will lead to TESL Ontario Accreditation, interested instructors should refer to the list of accredited programs on our website. All of these programs, regardless of their name, provide a minimum of 300 hours of training (including practicum) that meets the standards set by TESL Ontario. You'll notice that the programs listed have a variety of names: TESL Diploma, TESL/TEFL Certificate, M.A., TESOL Program etc. Programs that are divided into two parts (stream 1 and stream 2 or certificate and diploma) should be successfully completed in full if TESL Ontario accreditation is the goal. Also, please note that the other requirements of TESL Ontario accreditation are a university degree and proof of English Language Proficiency, as outlined on our website at http://www.teslontario.net/accreditation
A TESL Ontario accreditation is what you need in order to teach in one of the LINC programs funded by Citizenship and Immigration Canada; it is also needed to teach in a provincially funded program that is run by a district school board.
If, on the other hand, you do not have your heart set on teaching in a government-funded program in Ontario and would simply like to improve your chances of landing an ESL teaching job abroad or in one of the many private ESL schools that seem to be on almost every corner in metropolises such as Toronto, then perhaps the TESL Canada diploma is what you're after.
To see an easy-to-read comparison of requirements for each of these two types of programs and the kind of job for which each track qualifies the graduate, take a look at this table provided by the Canadian Centre for Language and Cultural Studies in Toronto (one of the programs approved by TESL Ontario).
We hope this helps you make an informed decision before choosing a TESL program.
Good food, good company
Those who came out to talk, laugh and dine together at our post-holiday party had a great time. The food at Spago was delicious, and TESL Ontario members from around the area had a chance to visit and get better acquainted. We hope you'll join us for our next event!