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The Office of International Education, Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University, collaborates with international partner educational institutions and organizations to offer individualized, short term, non-credit programs for groups of teachers, student teachers and educational leaders.

Programs are designed to best reflect the educational and cultural contexts of the participating groups, the majority of whom request courses in the teaching of English as an Additional Language (TEFL/TEAL).

The format normally includes workshops, seminars, group discussion, presentations, school visits, field trips, and cultural events, enrolling 16 to 24 participants for 2 to 6 weeks.

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  • In-service teachers who wish to examine and to build on their own teaching and learning experiences with a view to developing new approaches, knowledge and skills, to be implemented in home teaching environments
  • Pre-service education students who wish to extend their home university studies in core and special interest topics from an international perspective
  • Educational leaders, such as principals and school administrators, who wish to focus on on-site visits and presentations by Canadian counterparts in exploring relevant areas of leadership principles and practices.

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  • Revisiting fundamental principles and practices of teaching and learning
  • Integrating a range of academic, experiential and cultural experiences
  • Participating in reflection, discussion, and evaluation sessions
  • Working closely with local school districts
  • Strengthening English language and intercultural communication skills
  • Deepening intercultural awareness

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In addition to special requests, the following core components are included:

  • Airport transfers via charter bus
  • Welcome and farewell receptions
  • Orientation to the SFU Burnaby campus
  • Core workshops (eg. Fundamentals of Teaching & Learning, Communication Skills, Introduction to the Canadian Education System)
  • Special interest topics (eg. Teaching English as an Additional Language, Educational Technology, Student Assessment, Diversity & Inclusion)
  • A range of leadership themes for the educational leadership groups
  • Minimum 22.5 contact hours per week
  • School and/or classroom visits and observations
  • Field trips and cultural excursions
  • Project based on synthesizing the learning (eg. Action Plans, Learning Journals)
  • Completion certificates
  • Accommodation recommendations

Previous participants have consistently rated these programs highly, and recommend it to colleagues and friends upon their return home. The broad range of teaching and learning experiences include classroom instruction, experiential learning, school visits, classroom observations, field trips and cultural events.

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Programs provide a broad range of learning experiences, enabling participants to pursue individual interests and expectations, while growing professionally. The programs offered are committed to:

  • Promoting interactive approaches to learning
  • Integrating theory and practice
  • Developing creativity and confidence
  • Valuing participants' teaching, leadership and study experiences
  • Supporting life long learning
  • Fostering international understanding.

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Fees, available on request, are based on program duration, group size, operational features and special requests. If you would like us to provide a proposal, please complete the Request for Proposal Form and email it to:

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As Canada's engaged university, Simon Fraser University (SFU) is defined by its dynamic integration of innovative education, cutting-edge research and far-reaching community engagement. SFU was founded in 1965 with a mission to be a different kind of university – to bring an interdisciplinary approach to learning, embrace bold initiatives, and engage with communities near and far. Today, SFU is Canada’s leading comprehensive research university and is ranked one of the top universities in the world. With campuses in British Columbia’s three largest cities – Vancouver, Burnaby and Surrey – SFU has eight faculties, delivers almost 150 programs to over 35,000 students, and boasts more than 150,000 alumni in 140 countries around the world.  SFU is a recognized leader in international engagement, with 20% international students and over 210 partnerships in 70 countries.

SFU’s Faculty of Education has over a decade of experience in partnering with educational institutions and organizations around the world to provide international education professional development programs. The participants have come to SFU from many countries, including China, Japan, South Korea, Indonesia, Vietnam, and Spain. Feedback from participants and partner institutions has consistently been positive.

Professional development is viewed as a key process in improving and maintaining quality education for all students. It involves the participants as active agents in their own continuous growth through which they develop their capacity to function as effectively as possible in their vocation and in society. 

The Office of International Education in the Faculty of Education at SFU is dedicated to excellence in committing its experience, resources and expertise to the planning and delivery of this Professional Development Program. 

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Simon Fraser University
Faculty of Education
Office of International Education
8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6

Program Assistant
T: +1-778-782-3973





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After completing this program, the visiting teachers consistently recommend it to colleagues and friends. The broad range of teaching and learning experiences include classroom instruction, school visits, homestay, field trips and cultural events.