The ACE TESOL Diploma

 

The ACE TESOL Diploma course is specifically designed to enhance your theory and practice as an English language teacher. The ACE TESOL diploma course will add to your confidence as an educator, increase your knowledge base and expertise and provide you with a further English language teaching professional credential. Participants who have completed a TESL Canada recognized Standard One certificate or an equivalent program recognized by PLAR as well as the ACE TESOL Diploma with a 30-hour practicum are eligible to apply for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard Two or TESL Ontario Professional Certification (depending upon location). For more information on TESL Canada Professional Certification, contact TESL Canada at 1-800-393-9199 or This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.tesl.ca or write TESL Canada, 376 Churchill Avenue North, Suite 208, Ottawa, Ontario K1Z 5C3.  For more information on TESL Ontario Professional Certification, contact TESL Ontario at 1-800-327-4827 or  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  or visit www.teslontario.org or write TESL Ontario, #405 - 27 Carlton St., Toronto, ON, M5B 1L2. 

 

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Language education professionals can earn CEUs for completing the ACE TESOL Diploma. The international standard for CEUs is one CEU for every 10 hours of professional development, therefore participants can earn 18 CEUs for successfully completing the course.  Please note that this is a general guideline and CEU standards may vary from one teaching context to the next.  It is your responsibility to check the CEU requirements for your specific teaching context.

 

Why Choose the ACE TESOL Diploma Course?

Admission Requirements

Course Content

Assessments

The Practicum

Where to Register

 

 


 

 Why Choose the ACE TESOL Diploma Course?

  • 150 hours of instruction
  • A 30-hour practicum
  • A practical and task-based learning experience
  • Taught by professional, qualified, experienced trainers
  • Based upon the most current teaching theory and methodologies
  • Offered at various locations across Canada
  • Offered intensively in a full-time program or in various part-time options

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 Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for the ACE TESOL Diploma course is TESL Canada professional certification at Standard One Interim (or equivalent).  

See www.tesl.ca for more information on professional certification.  For a list of TESL Canada approved Standard One teacher training courses, see this document. If English is not your first language, you will need to provide proof of English language proficiency.  

If you are enrolling in the ACE TESOL Diploma that is approved for TESL Ontario Professional Certification, you can demonstrate English language proficiency by achieving the minimum score indicated on one of the following standardized proficiency tests:

CanTEST Listening: 4.5   Reading: 4.5   Writing: 4.5   Speaking: 4.5
CAEL Listening: 70   Reading: 70   Writing: 70   Speaking: 70
TOEFL iBT Listening: 24   Reading: 24   Writing: 27   Speaking: 24
IELTS AcademicListening: 7   Reading: 7   Writing: 7   Speaking: 7
MELAB Listening:  87   GCVR:  87    Writing: 87   Speaking: 4-

For further information on the TESL Ontario English language proficiency requirements and circumstances for exceptions, see TESL Ontario's website.

If you are enrolling in the ACE TESOL Diploma that is approved for TESL Canada Standard Two, you can demonstrate English language proficiency with one of the following standardized proficiency tests:

TOEFL iBT Overall 101:  Listening:  23   Reading:  24   Speaking:  27   Writing: 27
IELTS Academic 7 overall, with a minimum of 7 in each skill area

For further information on the TESL Canada English language proficiency requirements, see TESL Canada's website:

* IMPORTANT NOTE: You can enrol in the ACE TESOL Diploma without demonstrating the above English language proficiency, however, you will not be eligible to apply for either TESL Ontario Certification or TESL Canada Standard Two Certification.  No allowances will be made in the course requirements and standards for students who have not demonstrated the above English language proficiency.  It is each candidate's responsibility to ensure that the required English language proficiency has been established.

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 Course Content

The ACE TESOL Diploma provides a comprehensive look at the theory of language teaching as well as advanced teaching skills.  Topics are divided into three broad categories: learning, teaching and language.

Learning

  • Language Acquisition
  • Learning Styles, Learning Strategies and Motivation
  • Language Learning and Culture
  • Language Learning and Society
  • Adult ESL in Canada

Teaching

  • Teaching Methodologies
  • Advanced Skills for Teaching Speaking, Writing, Listening and Reading
  • Advanced Skills for Teaching Pronunciation and Vocabulary
  • Planning and Teaching with the Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • Principles and Techniques for Adult Learners
  • Curriculum Design
  • Language Assessment

Language

  • The Nature and History of Language
  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Phonology
  • Morphology and Semantics
  • Pedagogical Grammar

 

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 Assessments

Each of the 100 modules in the ACE TESOL Diploma course is comprised of Lecture Notes and a Task Journal. Students submit Task Journals to their instructor on an ongoing basis for feedback and assessment. Students are also assessed on an Observation Report and three Term Exams.

 


 

 The Practicum

Practicums are conducted in real adult English language classes. The 30-hour practicum is divided into 20 hours of classroom observation and 10 hours of practice teaching. For the 10 hours of practice teaching, students are assigned to a mentor teacher.

 


 

 Where to Register

The ACE TESOL Diploma course is offered in class and/or online at the following ACE Partner Locations:

London Language Institute, London, Ontario, Canada

Peel Board of Education, Mississauga, Ontario, Canada

Renison University College, University of Waterloo, Waterloo, Ontario, Canada

Niagara Catholic District School Board, St. Catharines, Ontario, Canada

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