The ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology is a three-part certificate course designed for language teachers who are interested in becoming more knowledgeable, skilled and confident in the use of technologies for language teaching purposes. The course provides an overview of the theory and research on the use of technology for pedagogical purposes and then gives teachers the opportunity to work with current technologies that can be used in the language classroom.

All three parts of this course are recognized by TESL Ontario as Post TESL Certificate Training (PTCT) courses.  PTCT is specialized training that enables instructors to further their knowledge and skills in high priority content areas such as materials development, technology in the classroom, language for the workplace, and higher level language training. PTCT is for all instructors who teach English as a second language to adults. For more information, please visit http://www.teslontario.net/PTCT-courses.

 

“Our most rapidly evolving courses are our three language teaching and technology courses. Every term there is at least one new technology to add into the technology tool kit of participants.  And there are also older technologies to take out.  But what doesn’t change is our approach to using technology to teach language: identify how to use it to enhance the language teaching and learning process.”

–  Dianne Tyers, Course Designer

Where to Register

This course is offered online through our partner London Language Institute, London, Ontario.  Part One is $540 CAD, Part Two is $540 CAD and Part Three is $475 CAD.  There are three course start dates each year:  January 15th, May 15th, and September 15th.

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For more information, please contact us.

Why Choose the ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology?

  • A three-part course that allows you to progressively build your skill level and confidence with a wide variety of technologies.
  • Cover three main topic areas during the three parts of the course–language education and technology theory, how to use different technology tools and how to teach language with the technology tools.
  • Learn many of the technologies under discussion.
  • Discover how the language skills (reading, writing, listening, speaking) and language systems (grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and discourse) can be taught using various technological tools.

Admission Requirements

The prerequisite for the ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology is a strong interest in the use of technology for language teaching purposes.  Access to a computer with a reliable internet connection is essential.  The following are also beneficial but not required:

  • Current employment as a language teacher to either adults or children.
  • A recognized qualification for language teaching to either adults or children (English, French, Spanish, other languages).  
  • Access to the Microsoft Office suite of programs.

For Part Three of the ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology, successful completion of an online course in any subject is required in order to have experience as an online student.

Course Content

The ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology is divided into three distinct courses:

  • The ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology – Part One (a minimum of 35 hours of coursework): Participants evaluate the impact of technology on language teachers and language students.  Participants complete extensive work with a wide variety of technology tools including document tools, communication tools, presentation tools, instructional tools, blogs and wiki’s, audio and imaging tools and publisher-produced tools.  Part One is recognized by TESL Ontario as a PTCT accredited course
  • The ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology – Part Two (a minimum of 35 hours of coursework): Participants evaluate research on the effectiveness of educational technology.  Participants complete tasks with additional technology tools including live presentation tools, collaboration tools, quiz and game tools and mobile tools.  Participants apply their understanding of the technology tools presented in the course to their teaching of the four language skills and the four language systems.  Participants must successfully complete Part One of the course before enrolling in Part Two.  Part Two is recognized by TESL Ontario as a PTCT accredited course.
  • The ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology – Part Three (a minimum of 30 hours of coursework): Participants analyze different online teaching environments and the advantages and disadvantages of each.  Participants debate key issues of online teaching including student motivation, student retention, online assessment, delivering feedback and academic honesty.  Participants complete eight online teaching practice sessions and complete reflective tasks on their experiences.  Participants must successfully complete Parts One and Two of the course before enrolling in Part Three.  Part Three is recognized by TESL Ontario as a PTCT accredited course.

Assessments

In Parts One and Two of the ACE Certificate in Language Teaching and Technology, participants complete Task Journals based upon assigned readings and practical tasks that use the different technologies.  Participants submit Task Journals to their instructor on an ongoing basis throughout the course for feedback and assessment.  For Parts One and Two, the final grade is derived solely from the Task Journal marks.  For Part Three of the course, participants complete practice teaching assignments in addition to Task Journals.

Course Instructor

Heather Perry has always been interested in language teaching as she is a first generation Canadian born of immigrant parents. Growing up, her years were filled with stories of the difficulties and humour that her parents, their siblings and grandparents had in communication. She has been an English language practitioner (accredited ATESL and Canada TESL) for the last 12 years specializing in language assessment, teacher training and language instruction. Heather has taught the ACE foundational Teacher Training course in China, at the University of Regina, Red Deer College and Mount Royal University, Calgary, Alberta. Heather has also been involved with the course development and implementation of an online English language learning program in Dubai and Kuwait. Her teaching experience spans the range of early beginners in an evening class to workplace communication skills with oil and gas employees, engineers and day care workers. She has developed extensive curriculae for temporary foreign workers to assist with the Employment Readiness course taught at Red Deer College.

Continuing Education Units

Language education professionals can earn CEUs for completing the ACE TESOL Certificate. The international standard for CEUs is one CEU for every 10 hours of professional development, therefore participants can earn 12 CEUs for successfully completing the course with the 20-hr practicum and 11 CEUs for successfully completing the course with the 10-hr practicum. 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.