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  1. Hi Tony! I think we can acieve all three if we can manage our time well. However, if we need to work while studying, I think it is hard to have enough sleep. Thanks, Julie
  2. Hi! Thank you for sharing your education experience with us! I am studying in a Graduate Certificate program in Human Resources Management. We have seven courses every semester. We are learning Canadian Employment Law, Occupational Health & Safety, Compensation & Reward Strategy, etc. Time management is really important because we have many individual and group assignments. Thanks, Julie
  3. In addition to being an ESL/EFL teacher, you could work as an IELTS examiner if you have education and work experience related to TESOL. What is IELTS? IELTS is a high-stakes English test for study, migration and work. There are two types of IELTS tests: IELTS Academic and IELTS General Training. The IELTS Academic test is designed for people who apply for higher education or professional registration in an English-speaking environment. The IELTS General Training test is designed for people who go to English-speaking countries for secondary education, work experience or training programs. The IELTS test covers four language skills (listening, reading, writing and speaking). What are the responsibilities of IELTS examiners? IELTS examiners are responsible for conducting speaking tests to IELTS standards. According to English Testing Canada (https://www.myetc.ca/), most speaking examining shifts are Saturday afternoons and evenings, with occasional Sunday and Thursday work available. What are the requirements of being an IELTS examiner? IELTS examiners need to have an undergraduate or Master’s degree. Applicants should have a recognized qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). English Testing Canada requires applicants to have at least three years’ full-time (or the equivalent part-time) relevant TESOL teaching experience. You could find detailed professional requirements on the website: https://workforcenow.adp.com/mascsr/default/mdf/recruitment/recruitment.html?cid=f4ea5eb3-856c-45d5-9fb9-a2d95ddf26c1&ccId=19000101_000001&lang=en_CA&type=JS
  4. In my last post, I talked about my master’s degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). If you want to be an ESL/EFL teacher but do not plan to obtain a master’s degree, TESOL Certificate or TESOL Diploma is suitable for you! In Canada, private language institutes require ESL teachers to have the TESOL Certificate. The public education system (e.g., public high schools) requires ESL teachers to have the TESOL Diploma. Although I have a master’s degree in TESOL, I still need a TESOL Certificate or TESOL Diploma to work as an ESL teacher in Canada. To obtain the TESOL Certificate, you could enroll in a TESOL Certificate Program. You could search for TESOL Certificate Programs online and find a local language institute to take the training. For example, London Language Institute offers the ACE TESOL Certificate Program (https://www.llinstitute.com/tesl-canada/). The ESL teacher training course includes 100 hours of classroom instruction and a 20-hour supervised practicum. The topics covered in the course include Teaching and learning theory, Current methodology, Lesson and Unit Planning, Teaching Language Systems, Testing and Evaluation, etc. Applicants are recommended to possess an undergraduate degree. London Language Institute also offers the TESOL Diploma Program (https://www.llinstitute.com/tesl-ontario/). The course contains 150 hours of online instruction and a 30-hour supervised practicum. The topics covered in the course include Language Learning and Society, Adult ESL in Canada Teaching, Teaching Methodologies, Introduction to Linguistics, Phonology, Morphology and Semantics, Pedagogical Grammar, etc.
  5. Hi everyone! I am Julie. I obtained my master's degree in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). What is TESOL? The TESOL program is designed for students who wish to become effective English as a second or foreign language (ESL/EFL) teachers after graduation. The courses of TESOL involve Understanding Second Language Learning and Teaching, Syllabus and Materials Design, Teaching and Learning Vocabulary, Teaching and Learning Grammar, Teaching Reading and Writing Skills, Teaching Listening and Speaking Skills, etc. If you wish to teach international students English or teach English in a foreign country, this program is suitable for you! What is ESL/EFL? ESL applies to learners who live in a country where English is the most commonly used language, such as Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States, and Australia. ESL learners have frequent opportunities to use English outside the classroom. EFL applies to learners who live in a country where English is not their first language, such as Japan, China, Korea, Brazil, and France. EFL learners may not have many opportunities to encounter and use English outside the classroom. Admission requirements: You do not need to have a bachelor’s degree in English or education to apply for the TESOL program. Some of my classmates have bachelor’s degrees in business, psychology, and engineering! However, prior language teaching experience is recommended. I worked as an EFL teacher during my undergraduate period. Besides, there are many EFL and ESL volunteer opportunities. You could work as a facilitator in an English conversation program to help international students enhance spoken English skills.
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