Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL) Linguistics
Interested in helping others learn English?
The Certificate in TESL Linguistics (CTESL) is a program directed at undergraduate students with little or no teaching experience. The program introduces students to foundational topics in English grammar, second language acquisition, and classroom practices. Successful completion of a 30-hour practicum in an adult ESL program is required.
The CTESL alone does not allow the holder to teach in the K-12 system. The certificate program prepares students for advanced study in applied linguistics and TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). When combined with further professional certification, this program provides the specialized linguistic knowledge necessary to teach English language skills to ESL learners.
Courses are primarily offered at the Burnaby campus but a few introductory courses are also offered at SFU Vancouver and SFU Surrey. Students should consult with the Department of Linguistics regarding availability of courses at each location.
Summer 2020 intake
Application deadline: June 1, 2020 (Monday)
Submit your completed application form directly to the Linguistics General Office, RCB 9201 between 10:00am and 2:00pm.
Applications to the CTESL program are accepted three times per year and deadlines are as follows (subject to change if date falls on a weekend):
Apply by September 30
Before applying to the Certificate Program in TESL Linguistics, students must have completed:
- LING 200
- LING 220 (with a minimum grade of C+)
- Completed application form
- Other documents as stated in the application form
- Must have excellent command of spoken and written English
- An interview with a designated linguistics department member in order to determine if their goals and interests are suited to the program and if they are likely to succeed in the required courses
If you are a prospective Certificate student and not a current SFU student, please see SFU Undergraduate Admissions for SFU admissions requirements and application.
The program requires successful completion of 27 units as below. Students must also complete a supervised practicum (LING 363) which includes 25 to 30 hours of experience in an adult ESL classroom.
Lower Division Requirements
Students complete the following 4 courses (12 units):
- LING 111-3 Introduction to English Vocabulary Analysis
(or LING 110-3 The Wonder of Words)
- LING 200-3 Introduction to Sentence Analysis
- LING 220-3 Introduction to Linguistics
- LING 282W-3 Writing for Linguistics
Plus 2 of the following (6 units):
- EDUC 220-3 Introduction to Educational Psychology
- LING 100-3 Communication and Language
- LING 160-3 Language, Culture and Society
- LING 301W-3 Linguistics Argumentation
- LING 309W-3 Sociolinguistics
Upper Division Requirements
Students complete all of:
- LING 360-3 Introduction to Applied Linguistics
- LING 362-3 Introduction to Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults
- LING 363-3 Practicum in Teaching English as a Second Language to Adults
- EDUC 468-4 Sociocultural Perspectives on Language, Cognitive Development and EAL Instruction
- LING 350-3 First Language Acquisition
Please refer to the University Calendar for a full description of the program requirements.