TESL Trainer/PTCT Instructor Approval Application

PLEASE NOTE!

TESL Ontario is accepting only online submissions during the COVID-19 pandemic. Mail, courier, and in-person deliveries  cannot be received at this time.

Please submit scans of your application form and supporting documents by email at accreditation@teslontario.org.

Accredited applicants will be required to mail or deliver to TESL Ontario the original supporting documents or their authorized photocopies once the TESL Ontario Office reopens.

I. Introduction

TESL trainers (Theory Instructors, Methodology Instructors, Practicum Supervisors, and Academic Coordinators) working in TESL Ontario accredited TESL training programs and Post TESL Certificate Training (PTCT) instructors teaching TESL Ontario approved PTCT courses must hold valid (new or renewed) TESL Ontario Certificate of Approval.

This application guide is for instructors who would like to seek the TESL Ontario approval for the roles mentioned above.

TESL trainer/PTCT instructor approval is an annual renewal and is automatically renewed when you renew your standard or accredited TESL Ontario membership.

Please be aware that TESL training programs' and PTCT providers' hiring requirements may go beyond TESL Ontario's approval requirements. Accredited TESL training programs and approved PTCT providers are listed at TESL Training Programs and PTCT Courses, respectively.

Any applicant who is denied the TESL Ontario accreditation/approval shall have the right to appeal the decision to the TESL Ontario Appeals Committee within three months from the date the decision has been made. Please be aware that the degree and English language proficiency (ELP) requirements of the TESL Ontario accreditation/ approval are "non-appealable" requisites. For details about filing an appeal, please go to Appeals.

Applicants are not required to be a Canadian citizen or a permanent resident of Canada.

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II. Required Qualifications

Theory Instructor

1. TESL Ontario standard membership in good standing

2. Master's degree or PhD in TESL/TESOL, applied linguistics, linguistics, second language acquisition,  adult education (with a focus on TESL), or a comparable field with a strong concentration of courses relevant to the theory and practice of TESL such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, English grammar, second language acquisition, pragmatics, language teaching methods, and language testing.

3. Proof of English language proficiency (ELP) - Please look at "Section III" below for details.

Methodology Instructor

1. TESL Ontario standard membership in good standing

2. University degree and TESL-related training:

  • Option 1: A minimum three-year Bachelor's degree (or a Master's degree or PhD) in TESL/TESOL, applied linguistics, linguistics, second language acquisition,  adult education (with a focus on TESL), or a comparable field with a strong concentration of courses relevant to the theory and practice of TESL such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, English grammar, second language acquisition, pragmatics, language teaching methods, and language testing.
  • Option 2: a minimum three-year Bachelor's degree (or a Master's degree or PhD) in any field plus the TESL Ontario Certificate of Accreditation -OCELT Level, or a TESL certificate from a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program (OCELT Level), or documented TESL training which equates to or exceeds training included in a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program (OCELT Level).

3. Proof of English language proficiency (ELP) - Please look at "Section III" below for details.

4. A minimum of 2000 hours of documented experience teaching adults in English as a second language programs, including at least 1400 hours in Canada

5. CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) bootcamp certificate or equivalent training- If you have not completed the online CLB Bootcamp modules
or equivalent training, please contact the TESL Ontario Office at accreditation@teslontario.org for instructions. The online CLB Bootcamp is free.
 

Practicum Supervisor

1. TESL Ontario standard membership in good standing

2. University degree and TESL-related training:

  • Option 1: A minimum three-year Bachelor's degree (or a Master's degree or PhD) in TESL/TESOL, applied linguistics, linguistics, second language acquisition,  adult education (with a focus on TESL), or a comparable field with a strong concentration of courses relevant to the theory and practice of TESL such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, English grammar, second language acquisition, pragmatics, language teaching methods, and language testing.
  • Option 2: a minimum three-year Bachelor's degree (or a Master's degree or PhD) in any field plus the TESL Ontario Language Instructor Certificate of Accreditation, or a TESL certificate from a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program, or documented TESL training which equates to or exceeds training included in a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program.

3. Proof of English language proficiency (ELP) - Please look at "Section III" below for details.

4. A minimum of 2000 hours of documented experience teaching adults in English as a second language programs, including at least 1400 hours in Canada

5. A minimum of 120 hours of  documented experience teaching Theory and/or Methodology in TESL training programs accredited by TESL Ontario

6. CLB (Canadian Language Benchmarks) Bootcamp certificate or equivalent training- If you have not completed the online CLB Bootcamp modules
or equivalent training, please contact the TESL Ontario Office at accreditation@teslontario.org for instructions. The online CLB Bootcamp is free.
 

Academic Coordinator

1. TESL Ontario standard membership in good standing

2. Master's degree or PhD in TESL/TESOL, applied linguistics, linguistics, second language acquisition,  adult education (with a focus on TESL), or a comparable field with a strong concentration of courses relevant to the theory and practice of TESL such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, English grammar, second language acquisition, pragmatics, language teaching methods, and language testing.

3. Proof of English language proficiency (ELP) - Please look at "Section III" below for details.

4. A minimum of 2000 hours of documented experience teaching adults in English as a second language programs, including at least 1400 hours in Canada

5. A minimum of 120 hours of  documented experience teaching Theory and/or Methodology in TESL training programs accredited by TESL Ontario

PTCT Instructor

1. TESL Ontario standard membership in good standing

2. Master's degree or PhD in TESL/TESOL, applied linguistics, linguistics, second language acquisition,  adult education (with a focus on TESL), or a comparable field with a strong concentration of courses relevant to the theory and practice of TESL such as phonetics, phonology, syntax, morphology, semantics, English grammar, second language acquisition, pragmatics, language teaching methods, and language testing.

3. Proof of English language proficiency (ELP) - Please look at "Section III" below for details.

4. A minimum of 2000 hours of documented experience teaching adults in English as a second language programs, including at least 1400 hours in Canada

5. A minimum of 200 hours of documented experience providing professional development or in-service training to adult English teachers in the selected PTCT content area/s:

  • How to teach occupation specific language training courses
  • How to teach standardized test preparation courses
  • How to teach pronunciation
  • How to teach English for Academic Purposes
  • How to use technology in teaching and learning (Ed Tech)
  • How to teach advanced grammar

6. Proven expertise and documented extensive training in the selected PTCT content area/s.

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III. Proof of English Language Proficiency (ELP)

Applicants are required to meet one of the following four ELP options:

Proof of ELP Option 1: a minimum-three-year full-time in-class bachelor's degree program completed with English as the language of instruction in one of these countries: Canada, Anguilla, Antigua and Barbuda, Australia, Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Benin, Bermuda, Botswana, British Virgin Islands, Cayman Islands, Cameroon, Dominica, Ghana, Grenada, Guyana, Jamaica, Montserrat,  Nigeria, New Zealand, Republic of Ireland, Saint Kitts-Nevis, Seychelles,  Sierra Leone, Singapore, South Africa, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Trinidad and Tobago, Turks and Caicos Islands, United Kingdom, United States, Uganda, US Virgin Islands, Zambia, Zimbabwe.

Proof of ELP Option 2: a recognized ELP test report indicating the scores specified below:

  • IELTS-Academic Test: Listening: 7,  Reading: 7,  Writing: 7, Speaking: 7 [TESL Ontario does not recognize IELTS-Indicator.]
  • CanTEST: Listening: 4.5,  Reading: 4.5,  Writing: 4.5,  Speaking: 4.5
  • CAEL-At a Test Centre: Listening: 70,  Reading: 70,  Writing: 70,  Speaking: 70
  • CAEL Online : Listening: 70,  Reading: 70,  Writing: 70,  Speaking: 70
  • TOEFL iBT: Listening: 24,  Reading: 24, Writing: 27,  Speaking: 24
  • TOEFL iBT Special Home Edition:Listening: 24,  Reading: 24, Writing: 27,  Speaking: 24
  • MELAB*: Listening: 87, GCVR: 87,  Writing: 87, Speaking: 4-
    *The MELAB test was discontinued in June 2018. However, TESL Ontario still considers score reports distributed by Michigan Language Assessment.

Please note that TESL Ontario accepts a combination of two test reports (for the same ELP test taken twice or for two different ELP tests)
indicating that all required scores have been met. Also, TESL Ontario accepts ELP test reports up to 5 years after the test date. Test reports
older than 5 years are considered on a case-by-case basis.

Proof of ELP Option 3: proof of completion of grades 6-12 with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed in Proof of ELP Option 1 (above).

Proof of ELP Option 4: a minimum-three-year online/distance bachelor's degree program completed with English as the language of instruction in one of the countries listed in Option 1 and an ELP test report indicating the required levels on speaking and writing skills (as shown in Option 2)

The following changes to ELP standard (posted on May 14, 2020) will be in effect as of January 1, 2021:

  •  CanTest will no longer be recognized by TESL Ontario.
  • The required score in TOEFL iBT speaking module will change from 24 to 26.
  • Test reports will be accepted up to three years after the test date.Test reports older than three years will be considered on a case-by-case basis.

 

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IV. Getting Copies Authorized

The individuals listed below may authorize copies of your original documents:

In Canada: a TESL Ontario staff member (when submitting your application to the TESL Ontario Office in person), notary public, commissioner of oath, lawyer, senior university/college officer or professor, public school principal, signing officer of a bank, medical doctor, minister of religion, or police officer.

Outside Canada: the Canadian Embassy or the Consulate

Authorization by other officials may be accepted.  Please contact TESL Ontario at accreditation@teslontario.org

Please provide the authorizing party with an accurate photocopy to sign when you show the original document. The authorization should include: full name, title, address, telephone number, signature, date, and a statement to this effect: "This is a true copy of the original."

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V. Required Documents

Please make sure to review the "Required Qualifications" section above before going through this section. Also, please note that TESL Ontario does not accept documents in any languages other than English.

This table indicates which of the documents listed below you should submit for approval for each role:

Documents Required for Theory Instructor role

Documents Required for Methodology Instructor role

Documents Required for Practicum Supervisor role

Documents Required for Academic Coordinator role

Documents Required for PTCT Instructor role

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1. completed and signed Application Form A-5: TESL Trainer Approval (below)

2. original or authorized photocopy of official degree transcript (indicating that the degree has been conferred) from an accredited institution located in Canada 
OR
original or authorized photocopies of official degree transcript (or, if applicable, its official English translation) AND a basic Canadian degree equivalency report for degrees obtained from accredited institutions located outside Canada- TESL Ontario accepts degree equivalency reports prepared by any one of the members of the Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada (ACESC) including the following agencies:

For a complete list of ACESC members, please go to http://canalliance.org/en/

3. original or authorized photocopy of proof of English language proficiency- Please look  at Section III above for details.

4. original or authorized photocopies of confirmation letters from employers attesting to a minimum of 2000 hours of experience teaching adults in English as a second language programs, including at least 1400 hours in Canada

5. original or  authorized photocopies of confirmation letters from employers attesting to a minimum of 120 hours of experience teaching Theory and/or Methodology in TESL training programs accredited by TESL Ontario

6. original or authorized photocopies of confirmation letters from employers attesting to a minimum of 200 hours of experience providing professional development or in-service training to adult English teachers in the selected PTCT content area/s

7. original or authorized photocopies of certificates, diplomas, or degree transcripts attesting to the completion of extensive training specific to the selected PTCT content area/s

8. original or authorized photocopy of a TESL certificate from a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program, or TESL certificates/transcripts attesting to the completion of TESL training which equates to or exceeds training included in a TESL Ontario accredited TESL training program.

9. original or authorized photocopy of CLB Bootcamp certificate or proof of equivalent training

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VI. Fees and Method of Payment

1. One-time administration fee (non-refundable):

  • $141.25 for the first application , or
  • $84.75 for a subsequent application (for approval for more TESL trainer roles)

2. Annual Standard Membership fee of $85.88 (Not applicable to current members of TESL Ontario, non-refundable as of the application approval date)

You can pay the applicable fees by VISA, MasterCard, American Express, cheque, or cash (in person). If paying by cheque, please write separate cheques for the application  fee and  the annual standard membership fee (both payable to TESL Ontario).

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VII. Application Process Steps

1. Print and fill out the Application Form A-5: TESL Trainer/PTCT Instructor Approval.

2. Mail or deliver the completed Application Form A-5, the required documents, and your payment to TESL Ontario (27 Carlton Street, Suite 405, Toronto, Ontario, M5B 1L2) If mailing your original documents, please send your application package by registered mail and include a self-addressed, self-stamped, registered-mail envelope for the return of your original documents. You may also pick up your originals from the TESL Ontario Office at any time.

3. In a maximum of six weeks from the date your application form, all required documents, and payment have been received, your file will be reviewed and you will be informed of the result by email.

Through this application process, you may be approved for one or more roles depending on your documented qualifications at the time of application.  To apply for approval for more roles, you may submit  a subsequent application.

Please Note! For operational reasons, TESL Ontario reserves the right to extend the application processing time, as necessary. TESL Ontario may request additional documentation beyond the requirements described above. All submitted documentation and information will be kept confidential. We strongly recommend that you keep photocopies of all submitted forms and documents for your own records. The requirements of the TESL Trainer/PTCT Instructor approval or reinstatement may change without notice.

Questions?  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Reza Mazloom-Farzaghy, Accreditation Services Manager, by email at reza.mazloom@teslontario.org or by phone at 416-593-4243 x. 205.