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Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (CTESL)

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  • Objectives
    The CTESL program prepares you for teaching English as a second language (ESL) or English as a foreign language for adult learners.
  • Academic Title
    Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Second Language (CTESL)
  • Course description
    Required courses:
    1.0 credit in either Intensive Introduction to Linguistics and Applied Language Studies (LALS 1000) or Introduction to Linguistics (LALS 1001) and Introduction to Applied Language Studies (LALS 1002) or Intensive Introductory Linguistics (FYSM 1206)

    3.0 credits in Teaching English as a Second Language: Methodology (LALS 4205) and Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language: Experience in an ESL Teaching Situation (LALS 4206) taken concurrently; Second-Language Acquisition (LALS 4602); and Major Structures of English (LALS 4801).

    One additional credit is also required from the following list of optional courses: Phonetics (LALS 2001); Linguistic Analysis I (LALS 2005); Linguistic Theory and Second-Language Learning (LALS 2203); Language in Education (LALS 2401); Child Language (LALS 2603); Speech and Language Problems (LALS 2604); Language in Society (LALS 2701); Gender and Language (LALS 2703); Bilingualism (LALS 2704); Language, Ideology and Power (LALS 2705); Conversational Analysis (LALS 2706); Research and Theory in Academic Writing (LALS 3401); Research and Theory in Workplace Writing (LALS 3402); Language Processing and the Brain I (LALS 3601); Adult Literacy (LALS 3705); Discourse Analysis (LALS 3706); Language Testing (LALS 4201); ESL Literacy (LALS 4207); Languages for Specific Purposes (LALS 4208); Language Contact and Language Spread (LALS 4802); and Special Topic in Applied Language Studies (LALS 4906).

    Note: Students currently in an Honours program should have completed or be enrolled in one of the required first-year courses before applying to be admitted to the concurrent CTESL program. Also, the first-year required courses must be taken before or concurrently with the other required courses. Candidates for this Certificate must obtain a grade of C or better in all courses taken at Carleton University under the Certificate program. The Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Second Language program has restricted enrolment— admission is at the discretion of the School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies. You must be fluent in English and your proficiency may be determined by an accredited English language proficiency test (e.g., CAEL, TOEFL, IELTS, MELAB). Please see the CTESL website at carleton.ca/slals/ctesl for further information. Carleton CTESL graduates have been very successful in getting employment in Canada and abroad, teaching in colleges, universities, private language schools, community-based programs, and as consultants.

    ESLA 1300 [1.0 credit]
    Introductory English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes
    Skills and strategies in ESL for students with little or no experience with academic English. General proficiency development. Integrated language skills and strategies for academic success at university.
    Prerequisite: placement by an approved English language proficiency test, as determined by the School.
    Nine hours a week (one term).

    ESLA 1500 [1.0 credit]
    Intermediate English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes
    Skills and strategies in ESL for students with basic grammatical and oral competence but limited experience with academic English. Focus on reading, listening and writing. Introduction to research skills.
    Prerequisite: grade of C or higher in ESLA 1300 or placement by an approved English language proficiency test, as determined by the School.
    Six hours a week (one term).

    ESLA 1900 [1.0 credit]
    Advanced English as a Second Language for Academic Purposes
    Development of research and analytic skills, primarily through reading and writing of academically-oriented texts.
    Prerequisite: grade of C+ or higher in ESLA 1500 or placement by an approved English language proficiency test, as determined by the School.
    Six hours a week (one term).

    ESLA 1905 [1.0 credit]
    Advanced English as a Second Language for Engineering Students
    Development of technical communication skills specific to Engineering and Industrial Design: reports, design projects, oral presentations.
    Prerequisite: grade of C+ or higher in ESLA 1500 or placement by an approved English language proficiency test, as determined by the School.
    Three hours a week (two terms).

    ESLA 1906 [0.5 credit]
    Advanced Writing for English as a Second Language
    Strategies for writing academic papers and professional text.
    Three hours a week (one term).

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