TESOL Practicum Module


TESL Canada is now giving applicants the option of doing their teaching and observing hours online.  

The other option is to apply for a provisional certificate through TESL Canada. This certificate would be awarded based on coursework completion only (no practicum requirement). This certificate is valid for 1 year from the time of issue and to be exchanged for a full certificate once a candidate submits proof of their practicum completion. You would be able to apply for teaching work in Canada with this provisional certificate.  


Complete a Teaching Practice Module After the Online TESOL Course

Upgrade your credentials and qualify for the best TESOL jobs!

This module is intended for those who need to have teaching experience. You can choose whether or not to take the teaching practice module. We advise you to take this module since it is a very important aspect of teaching a language. However, there are many teachers who already have experience and others who are planning to teach abroad and teaching practice or experience is not required by their future employer.

If you are planning to apply to TESL Canada for their Professional Standard 1/2 certification, you must complete the practicum portion of the course.

Note: The Practicum is optional and separate. There isn’t a deadline to complete the Practicum, so you can get the TESOL certificate without the Practicum and upgrade your credentials at a later stage in your career. Refer to the course’s page for more information about TESOL certification and accreditation.

Who is the Practicum For?

Recent graduates who want to get supervised teaching experience

OnTESOL Graduates who want to qualify for TESL Canada accreditation

OnTESOL Graduates teaching English abroad who want to qualify for better jobs

Read More: Online TESOL Certification with Practicum Equivalent to CELTA

How the Supervised Practicum Works:

The Practicum will be scheduled after you complete the TESOL course. Candidates can complete the Practicum in any country, whether at an ESL school, community centre that offers ESL classes, LINC program, or TESOL/TEFL institute.

  • TESL Canada Standard 1: 10 hours of class observation and 10 hours of teaching practice with adult ESL students of different levels.
  • TESL Canada Standard 2: 30 hours of class observation and 20 hours of teaching practice with adult ESL students of different levels.

For the class observation part, you will have to observe the supervising teacher and write reports on his or her performance.

For the teaching practice part, the supervising teacher will set up your classes and tell you about the topics you have to teach. You will be required to create a lesson plan and submit it before the start of your class. Your supervising teacher will mark you on your lesson planning skills and your teaching skills and you will get feedback after each class.

OnTESOL will moderate all the reports and lesson plans after you complete the Practicum.

Read More: Graduate Review: How The Practicum Will Make You a Better Teacher

OnTESOL’s Director of Studies must confirm that the Practicum you complete at another school meets TESL Canada’s requirements (even if it is completed at a recognized TESL Canada course provider), as it is OnTESOL which will issue the Practicum certificate and transcript.

Please do not arrange the Practicum without the approval of Ontesol’s Director of Studies, as TESL Canada may require you to re-do the module if they deem that not all required administrative and academic procedures were followed correctly.

Where Can I Complete the Practicum?

You can take the Practicum anywhere in the world! We can help you find the Practicum at one of our partner language schools in Canada or you can take it at an adult ESL program in your area.

If you are already teaching English, it is possible for you to take the Practicum for free at the school you work. Below is more information about the two options our graduates can choose for the Practicum:

OnTESOL can help you find the Practicum in Edmonton, Halifax, Montreal, Toronto, or Vancouver.

Option 1: Canadian Language Schools

20-hour Practicum Cost: CA$350-CA$600 depending on location. Contact us for more information.

50-hour Practicum Cost: CA$650-CA$900 depending on location. Contact us for more information.

Option 2: Stand-Alone Practicum (Anywhere in the World)

OnTESOL will approve the supervising teacher,  provide the Practicum booklet with guidelines, moderate the reports and lesson plans, and issue the Practicum certificate at no extra cost. Graduates are responsible for finding a qualified teacher who meets the requirements set by TESL Canada.  Since you can complete the Practicum anywhere in the world, costs may vary according to local wages and your relationship with the language school and/or supervising teacher.

You can also take the Practicum anywhere in the world at an ESL school or community center that offers ESL classes. The Practicum must be completed with adult ESL students (18+ Years old. Minimum 5 students per class). Graduates have to find a teacher with more than 2000 hours of teaching experience and a TESOL certificate with at least 120 hours and a Practicum module such as TESL Canada, CELTA, or Trinity CertTESOL.

Some TESOL institutes offer the Stand-Alone Practicum for a fee. Visit tesl.ca for a list of TESL Canada course providers in different provinces. 

Some language schools in Canada offer the Stand-Alone Practicum to our graduates, but they charge a fee to those who are not going to enter into a working relationship with them.

Take the Practicum for Free!

Those who are currently teaching in Canada: Your employer asked you to obtain TESL Canada accreditation and will arrange your Practicum.

Those who are seeking employment in Canada: You can obtain a temporary contract with the Advanced TESOL Certificate or the TESOL Diploma under the condition that you obtain TESL Canada accreditation in the near future, so your employer will help you with the Practicum in order to grant you full-time employment status.

Volunteering: A community centre or LINC Program that offers ESL classes to new immigrants and international students is a perfect place for new teachers to complete their practicum and get some extra hours of teaching experience.

Those who are teaching abroad or will travel abroad: There isn’t a deadline to take the Practicum after completing the online TESOL course, so you may take the Practicum at any ESL school in the world with the help of a qualified supervisor before returning to Canada.

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