Practicum 2 TESL-208

Course Name: Practicum 2
Course Number: TESL-208
Category: Teaching English as a Second Language
Description Course Description:

Using practical observations from ESL classes, students will analyze the methodologies used, teaching and lesson planning techniques, role of the teacher and students, and classroom management techniques. Additionally, students will apply the theoretical concepts learned in TESL 101, 102, 103, 202, 204, and 205 to practice teach and solo teach with a qualified mentor teacher. A minimum of 20 hours of classroom observation and 10-hour practice teaching is required. Finally, students will be required to submit a portfolio project consisting of an observation and teaching reflection journal, and a report documenting all practicum hours at the end of the course.

Course Learning Outcomes:

The student will reliably demonstrate the ability to:
1. Summarize classroom teaching observations in the areas of teaching techniques, teacher-student role, and classroom management strategies.
2. Examine and utilize different techniques used in teaching different levels of ESL students.
3. Explain classroom observations in relation to teaching theory.
4. Explain how the CLT (Communicative Language Teaching) is applied in the classroom.
5. Examine demonstrated classroom management issues and strategies.
6. Recognize effective ESL teaching practices in a real classroom setting.
7. Examine the cultural component in the classroom and any potential issues to teaching and learning.

Required Textbooks:
Not Applicable

Notes Notes
Mandatory Orientation

Students must attend a mandatory orientation in week 3 of the course for 2.5 hours in the evening. If students are unable to attend it, they must contact the course instructor (practicum supervisor) as soon as possible, so that arrangements can be made for the practicum information to be obtained.

Practicum Placement Arrangements

The course instructor (practicum supervisor) will arrange for students to observe and practice teach under supervision of a qualified TESL Canada teacher (mentor teacher) in an ESL program at one of the Centennial College campuses. Please note that those students who would like a placement off campus (e.g. a private ESL school or LINC centre) must secure their own practicum placement. However, the placement must be in a school or centre with qualified, TESL Ontario certified ESL teachers who are willing to supervise and evaluate the student. This information must be sent to the course instructor (practicum supervisor) for approval before students can begin their practicum. No practicum shall start any earlier than week 4 of the semester.

The on-campus practicum assignment must be accepted by e-mail. Should students decline the practicum placement for any reason, they will need to find one on their own with a qualified mentor teacher. Once a practicum placement has been accepted, students are required to complete it on the assigned dates unless there is a valid documented emergency. If there is a change in personal situation, students must let the practicum supervisor know as soon as possible and will be required to withdraw and re-register for the following semester if it is too late in the semester for a practicum to be completed. In some cases, students may be able to plan with their mentor teacher directly provided that such arrangements are approved by the course instructor (practicum supervisor) and mentor teacher.

TESL 101, 102, 103, 202, 204, and 205.

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

Associated Programs
7381 - Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)
Section Cost Term Dates Meeting Times Campus Action
841 $396.20 202405 2024-05-06 to
Times Days
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