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Teaching Skills 1

Course Code TESL-103
Course Name Teaching Skills 1
Category Teaching English as a Second Language
Description Course Description:

This course provides students with a practical framework for teaching ESL, including learning and teaching styles, language immersion, teaching beginners and multi-level classes, classroom management, evaluation and testing as well as using technology and other resources/materials. In addition, students design and deliver lessons to their peers and receive feedback.

Course Learning Outcomes:

The student will reliably demonstrate the ability to:
1. Plan communicative lessons for a variety of ESL levels.
2. Recognize appropriate teaching and learning styles in ESL.
3. Use effective evaluation and testing strategies with ESL learners.
4. Identify and overcome classroom management challenges in ESL settings.
5. Create an inclusive, engaging learning environment using adequate classroom management techniques.
6. Provide constructive and timely feedback to lesson plans and peer-delivered lessons.

Required Textbooks:

Harmer, J. (2007). How to teach English [With DVD] *. Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education Limited England. ISBN: 978-1-4058-5309-5
Brown, H.D. (2015) Teaching by principles: an interactive approach to language pedagogy (4th edition). Toronto: Pearson-Longman Canada. ISBN:978-0-1339-2585-2
Scrivener, J. (2011). Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language Teaching [With DVD] * (3rd edition). Oxford, UK: Macmillan Education.
ISBN: 978-0-230-72984-1

Notes Notes:

Although specific days and times may appear on the online schedule, TESL 103 is asynchronous, so you can log in whenever you have time and work at your own pace as long as you complete all required weekly discussions and occasional assignments each week. This course will require you to spend at least 4 to 6 hours weekly for its duration.

TESL 103 is delivered in an online format which requires a working computer with a working keyboard, mouse, headphones, and a reliable internet connection for access to eCentennial (Centennial College's web-based learning system) and the other EdTech tools found in this course. You are responsible for ensuring that your computer system meets the necessary minimum system requirements, as described above. Make sure to update your browser to the most recent version.
TESL 101 and 102.

For further details and to receive an electronic TESL Information Package, please call Program Officer, Elaine McSorley at 416-289-5000 ext. 2228 or email

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