TESOL
Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Can I get a job overseas with a Peak TESOL certificate?
  2. Can I get a job in Canada with a Peak TESOL certificate?
  3. What is the difference between the Peak TESOL, the CELTA and other TEFL, TESL and TESOL courses?
  4. What is the delivery format for the Peak TESOL?
  5. How does the practicum portion of the program work?
  6. What can I do to help prepare myself for the course?
  7. Are there funding opportunities available?
  8. What is the refund policy?

Can I get a job overseas with a Peak TESOL certificate?
Yes.  Check www.eslcafe.com for details on some specific job requirements.  Some countries, such as Korea, Japan and Middle Eastern counties additionally require you to have a university degree.  Other counties/schools are looking for teachers who are native English speakers and/or who have taken a reputable TESOL course with a practicum.  The Peak TESOL meets this description. 

Can I get a job in Canada with a Peak TESOL certificate?
Most reputable schools in Canada require that you have taken a TESL Canada certified TESOL course.  If this is your goal, the College of the Rockies Peak TESOL program, offered in both face-to-face and online formats, can meet your needs.   In addition, the vast majority of private language institutes and colleges in Canada require you to have a university degree; Educational Assistants in the public or private school system are required to have a certificate or diploma in their field.

What is the difference between the Peak TESOL, the CELTA and other TEFL, TESL and TESOL courses?
In the past, the ESL teacher training industry was unregulated.  At that time, the CELTA brand was one that had a consistently high standard.  It still does, and the CELTA remains one of the best programs out there.  However, now that TESL Canada regulates programs to ensure the quality of the products out there, more options exist, such as the College of the Rockies Peak TESOL program.  The College of the Rockies 140-hour Peak TESOL program provides 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of practice teaching whereas other programs may offer less. The cost of the Peak TESOL program is similar to comparable programs. In addition, the Peak TESOL program is offered online and blended delivery formats, which offer flexibility and can reduce costs associated with travel, all while meeting the same learning outcomes.  Do your research.  TESOL programs are not all equal.  Our instructors are happy to answer your questions.

For more information visit the TESL Canada website at www.tesl.ca for a complete list of recognized programs. 

What is the delivery format for the Peak TESOL?
The140-hour Peak TESOL program is offered in two convenient formats: 

  • Online + Practicum

How does the practicum portion of the program work?
You will need to find a qualified practicum supervisor in your area.  To arrange this, you need to do a little research about ESL schools in your area to find a qualified supervisor who is willing to take on this role with you.  Once you find someone, their qualifications will be sent to TESL Canada for approval.  The approved supervisor will let you observe his/her class and support/observe you teaching.   This person will receive remuneration (payroll deductible) from College of the Rockies once the practicum is complete.  Our instructors can help you with finding a suitable practicum supervisor and can provide resources to guide you and your supervisor through the practicum process.   The practicum can be completed anywhere in the world as long as all the requirements are met.

What can I do to help prepare myself for the course?
We recommend refreshing your knowledge of grammar.  That’s usually what trainees struggle with the most.  Check the Peak TESOL Course Outline for recommended texts.  Also, take a look at some online grammar resources like www.rong-chang.com/grammar.htm.  Please contact one of the Peak TESOL instructors for more online resources.

Are there funding opportunities available?
There may be a few different sources of funding available such as Columbia Basin Trust (CBT); Employment Skills Access Program (ESA); and Skills Development Employment Benefits.  Each funding organization has its own criteria and application forms for eligibility.  Contact the College of the Rockies Kimberley Campus for more information.

What is the refund policy?
Notices of withdrawal must be made to College of the Rockies Kimberley Campus.  Once the course is in progress, there are no refunds.  Please refer to the Peak TESOL Refund Policy.

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