VIU Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language Certification Program (TESL/TEFL)

Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESOL)


  • Credential 
    Non-Credit
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Interested in traveling and teaching English abroad? VIU’s Teaching English as a Second / Foreign Language Certificate Program can fund your wanderlust. If you have a bachelor’s degree, top it up with an affordable TESL certificate and add it to your travel documents for an exciting work and travel abroad experience!

VIU’s TESL / TEFL Certificate is accredited by Languages Canada. The program is open to Canadian citizens and international students and it is offered in full-time (5 weeks) and part-time (3 months) formats at our Nanaimo Campus.

Graduates may go on to teaching English abroad, working as language tutors, and teaching English in Canada at private language schools. International teachers requiring a formal certificate for Professional Development purposes would also benefit from this TESL / TEFL certificate. 

The Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language (TESOL) Program

This program is designed for:

  • Canadians looking for a certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language abroad
  • International teachers requiring a formal certificate for Professional Development purposes
  • Canadians requiring a certificate to teach ESL in Canada

Program Outline

  • TESL 010 - (Introduction to Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language)
  • TESL 020 - (Observational Practicum)
  • TESL 030 - (Teaching Practicum)
Updated 
Thursday, August 1, 2019

Admission Requirements

  • A completed undergraduate degree or permission of the Dean.
  • Applicants whose previous degree was obtained in a country where English is not the primary/official language and from a university where English was not the language of instruction must meet one of VIU’s English Language requirements for Academic Programs.

Domestic Fees | International Fees

Domestic Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees per Program

Amount

Tuition

2,499.00

Student Activity fee (4% of tuition)

99.96

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $20.32 per month)

60.96

Total

2,659.92

Notes

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

International Fees

Tuition Fee Schedule

When applying to the program, applicants will be charged a non-refundable application fee.

When applying to graduate, students will be charged a non-refundable graduation and alumni fee.

Some courses have additional fees to pay for extraordinary class–related expenses.

Fees per Program

Amount

Tuition

2,499.00

Ancillary fee (4% of tuition)

99.96

VIU Students' Union fee (3 months x $20.32 per month)

60.96

Total

2,659.92

Notes

All fees are subject to change without prior notice.

Updated
Thursday, July 11, 2019

Applications are accepted on an ongoing basis.

Program Start Date Accepting Applications Campus Options
Anticipated intake for someone applying today
Jan 15, 2020
Next Intake(s)
  • January 15, 2020
  • June 29, 2020
  • September 9, 2020
Application Fee
$40.90
Waitlist
No
Testing Required
No
Admissions Assistant

Name: Jeff Christenson
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 2284
Email: Jeff.Christenson@viu.ca

Chair Contact

Name: Suzy Nachtsheim
Phone: 250-753-3245 ext. 6328
Email: Suzy.Nachtsheim@viu.ca

Documentation Deadline

Deadline for submission of documents is two weeks before the start date for each intake.

Comments

This program is designed for Canadians looking for a certificate to teach English as a Foreign Language abroad, international teachers requiring a formal certificate for Professional Development purposes, and Canadians requiring a certificate to teach ESL in Canada.

There is a 5 week, full-time intake (TESL) in June, and two 13 week, part-time intakes (TESL-PT) starting in September and January.

Admission to the program requires a completed undergraduate degree or permission of the Dean.
For non-native speakers, IELTS 6.5 or TOEFL 80 (or equivalent) is required.

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