Program Information

The Lambton College, International Training for English Professionals 15-week, post-graduate program that provides practical classroom skills for international professionals who strive to become certified in teaching English as a Second Language in Canada or abroad.

Within a student-centred learning environment, learners use the Communicative Approach and are immersed in the strategies, theories and insight for success in various educational environments that appeals to both the experienced and novice educator. The curriculum prepares learners to teach English language skills to a diverse range of students.

Topics include introduction to teaching skills, specific strategies for teaching language skills, level assessment, evaluation and testing, methods, procedures and techniques of planning and methodology, and the creation of a successful learning environment. Proven instructional techniques are introduced through lesson demonstrations and peer teaching arrangements.

The program emphasises real-world teaching skills through a twenty-hour practicum that allows learners to apply knowledge and theory within a Canadian ESL classroom to enhance the learner’s educational experience.

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Admission Requirements

A high school diploma, and/or college diploma or university degree or acceptable combination of education and work experience as determined by Lambton College.


The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

Course List

TSL-1013: Teaching Skills

This course introduces students to 7 general teaching strategies and the concept of integrating the teaching of language skills using the ESA lesson plan. It builds on this by discussing different textbook formats and options, both paper and online based. Next, learners review how to access online learning resources to support lesson planning. The course also focuses on specific teaching strategies, resources and lesson planning for each of the language skills: grammar, writing, reading, listening, speaking and pronunciation. As well, there is a module on teaching critical thinking. The important skill of providing feedback and correction for language learning support is covered. Learners have the opportunity to plan a lesson using the strategies, resources and ESA lesson plan examined in this course.

TSL-1023: Assessment and Evaluation

This course focuses on the importance of understanding the meaning of the terms assessment, evaluation, formative and summative assessment. Learners review the principles of designing effective ESL/EFL tests and types of rubrics that support learning outcomes and help eliminate teacher bias. The course also introduces the pros/cons of portfolio use and strategies for assessment of portfolios and performance based activities. Learners examine specific strategies for error correction in various language skill areas and how to alleviate student testing and grading stress. They apply their knowledge from the course by using online tools to design rubrics.

TSL-1033: Methodology and Planning

This course has two distinct parts: theoretical and practical. The theoretical explores 4 language learning theories so learners are introduced to methods of effectively facilitating language acquisition. The course builds on this by examining two factors influencing classroom learning: types of learners and types of teachers. It also explores Communicative Language teaching based on socio-linguistic competencies and shows the importance of in-class authentic activities to assist students in effectively acquiring a second language. The practical part of the course focuses on creating course objectives and outcomes as well as specific lesson plans in varied formats. Through practical assignments learners create lesson plans and outcomes they can use in their own classrooms.

TSL-1043: Classroom Management

In this course learners examine specific strategies for improving classroom management and organization in both large and small classes. They recognize the link between effective management/organization and student behaviours. As well, learners review some of the possible causes for disruptive student actions. The course also focuses on why professional development is an essential part of best practices and how teachers, administrators, parents, students and support staff all can contribute ongoing support for learning environments. Learners apply their knowledge from the course to case studies.

EDG-1062: Media for Teaching

In this course learners review how instructional media can support learning outcomes in specific language skill areas. They explore the range of general educational support materials on the Internet, consider the pros and cons of Internet use and review effective online search strategies. They examine the use of specific educational options: social media, online games and quizzes, presentation tools, animation/ video creation applications and assessment tools. In addition, learners identify criteria for selecting educational media and have the opportunity to use some of the reviewed media tools to create lesson plans and presentations.

PRA-2001: Practicum

Course participants in the IETO (International English Teaching Online) program are required to complete a self-directed practicum in their own teaching context near the end of the term. The practicum is divided into two parts. In part 1, course participants observe and report on two (2) English lessons, plan and report on two (2) Communicative Language Teaching activities and do two (2) reports from either category for a total of six (6) tasks. In part 2, course participants plan and teach an English lesson in their own context based on Communicative Language Teaching principles. They must submit proof of the lesson taught in the form of photos and/or video as well as a short reflection about the experience. Participants are also required to complete two more written assignments: a needs analysis questionnaire and a personal teaching philosophy essay. The final assignment is a compilation of the participant's written work, including the lesson plan, to be submitted in the form of an e-portfolio.

Program Maps

Students are required to follow their prescribed program map and are not allowed to take unscheduled breaks for any reason.

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

You will need to login with your C# and password in order to access your program map.

Employment Opportunities

Career positions may include, but are not limited to:

  • International Teacher
  • ESL Teacher
  • Corporate Trainer
  • Instructor
  • Training Officer
  • Education Consultant

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

Toronto
416-485-2098
lambton@cestarcollege.com
Mississauga
905-890-7833 x 222
lambton@queenscollege.ca
Sarnia/Main Campus
international@lambtoncollege.ca
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