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Certificate in Teaching English as a Subsequent/Foreign Language

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  • Objectives
    Students in this program learn about a wide range of practical and theoretical issues related to the teaching of English as a subsequent/foreign language. This certificate is recognized by TESL Ontario for professional accreditation as an adult non-credit ESL instructor in Ontario.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate in Teaching English as a Subsequent/Foreign Language
  • Course description
    The certificate is awarded upon completion of the following courses with a minimum 70 percent overall average:
    -     LING 1F94, 2P10, 3P91, 3Q91, 4P40, 4P80, 4P82 and 4P83
    -     LING 4P10 or 4P41

    LING 1F94

    Introduction to General Linguistics

    Phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax and semantics, their evidence in language use, classification of human languages, language and society. Analysis of language data.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Note: this course is relevant to students interested in the structure and meaning of English and other languages, and particularly to those contemplating careers in language teaching, literary studies, translation, psycholinguistics, speech-language pathology, and audiology.

    LING 2P10

    Fundamentals of English Grammar

    Introductory description of English grammar focusing on basic principles and terminology.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Note: this course is relevant to the needs of those embarking on the linguistic study of English and to current or prospective teachers or teaching assistants and foreign language students.

    Completion of this course will replace previous assigned grade and credit obtained in LING 1P95 and 2P61.

    LING 3P91

    Materials and Curriculum Design

    Theoretical foundations, development and/or adaptation of subsequent language syllabi; planning, managing, and delivering subsequent language instruction in various methodological frameworks, including materials assessment, needs analysis and practical classroom experience.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to TESL majors and TESC Certificate students.

    Prerequisites: LING 1F94 and 3Q91.

    Note: LING 1F94 and 3Q91 may be taken concurrently.

    LING 4P10

    Topics in Subsequent Language Acquisition and Learning

    Critical examination of current theories in subsequent language acquisition and learning and applications to practice worldwide. Topics may include cognitive mechanisms and social factors (e.g., individuals and language identity) in subsequent language acquisition and learning, speech communities, interlanguage, and issues in subsequent language policy and planning.

    Seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to APLI (single or combined), HEAR, SPLS (single or combined) and TESL majors with approval to year 4 (honours), and SLSC and TESC Certificate students.

    LING 4P40

    Language Testing


    Theory and practice of language testing in research and teaching. Focus on critical analysis and evaluation of psychometric and pragmatic tests through item analysis and/or latent trait measurement.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to APLI (single or combined) and TESL majors with approval to year 4 (honours), and TESC Certificate students.

    Prerequisite: LING 1F94 or permission of the Chair.

    LING 4P80

    Supervised Teaching


    Class observation, including planning, managing and delivering subsequent language instruction. Seminar discussions on current conceptual knowledge (theoretical) and perceptual knowledge (practical) highlighted with reference to the subsequent language teaching and learning context.

    Observations and seminars, 4 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to TESL majors with approval to year 4 (honours) and TESC Certificate students and permission of the instructor.

    LING 4P82

    Teaching Listening and Speaking in a Subsequent Language


    Theories of and issues in the development of oral language processing in a subsequent language. Canadian Language Benchmarks. Implications and applications for selected teaching and learning situations.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to APLI (single or combined) and TESL majors with approval to year 4 (honours) and TESC Certificate students.

    Prerequisite: LING 1F94 or permission of the Chair.

    LING 4P83

    Teaching Reading and Writing in a Subsequent Language

    Selected theories and models underlying reading and writing ability. Their relationship to the concept of "grammar" and influence on inter-language development. Canadian Language Benchmarks. Implications and applications for selected teaching and learning situations.

    Lectures, seminar, 3 hours per week.

    Restriction: open to APLI (single or combined) majors and TESL majors with approval to year 4 (honours) and TESC Certificate students.

    Prerequisite: LING 1F94 or permission of the Chair.

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