The following blog post was written by Nancy Robertson, a Program Coordinator at the Centre for Excellence in Immigrant and Intercultural Advancement.
On March 9, 2017, the ACE TESOL trainees, trainers and administrative team celebrated the completion of 100 hours of coursework and six hours of observations in just nine weeks.
During the nine weeks of coursework in the classroom, trainees were introduced to teaching methodologies, essential building blocks of lesson planning, and classroom management techniques. They were also introduced to the newest trends in the field of English Language Learning, such as Portfolio-Based Language Assessment (PBLA). There were always opportunities to apply that knowledge in practical formats, such as micro-teaching where trainees would develop lesson plans and materials and “teach” their colleagues in order to receive valuable feedback from their peers and trainers. In addition to the coursework, trainees observed three different programs in two-hour blocks to again see how the theory and techniques were utilized in an actual classroom.
When asked for the highlight of the first 9 weeks of the program, one trainee, Mary Guy, replied, “What I take from this experience is that I have a real and new understanding of people coming to our country and trying to fit in. [These newcomers] were experts and competent in their countries....and our job and task is to help them find themselves here [in Canada]. I am going to be able to do that with the skills I have attained through the ACE TESOL Certificate Program."
The trainees will now complete their 14 hour practicum where they will apply all that they have learned in an actual classroom setting. By working alongside their practicum supervisor and teaching on their own, the trainees will gain first-hand experience and valuable feedback to take with them on their professional journey.
The ACE TESOL Certificate course is specifically designed to provide participants with the tools, strategies, skills, and knowledge to be successful at teaching adults in English language programs either in Canada or abroad. It is recognized by TESL Canada for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One.