Peak TESOL Course Outline

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This 140-hour certificate program, recognized by TESL Canada, includes 120 hours of theory and methodology plus a 20-hour practicum. Instructors provide support within online forums, plenty of feedback on assignments and help and advice in overseas job searches. 

The overall goal for the Peak TESOL program is to instruct teacher trainees to a level of competence whereby they are able to teach English as a second language by implementing specific communicative language classroom techniques.

After completion of the program, student can find employment overseas or in Canada, teaching ESL classes at private or public institutions.

Peak TESOL Certificate

This certificate is awarded upon successful completion of 120 hours of theory and methodology plus 20 hours of practicum as listed in the Course Learning Outcomes.

TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard One

Students with a university degree can also earn their TESL Canada Professional Certificate Standard One. See www.tesl.ca  for details.


This fixed intake program is offered through the Continuing Education Department at College of the Rockies, Kimberley Campus. 

Hours for this program:  140 hours total (120 hours Theory & Methodology + 20 hours Practicum)

Online Delivery

For those who prefer to learn at home:  Students spend a minimum of 12 hours per week, for 10 weeks, on theory and methodology including readings, forums and assignments.

Course Outline Contacts

College of the Rockies, Kimberley Campus

  • Allyson Phillips, B.Mus., M.Mus., CELTA
  • Peak TESOL Coordinator / Instructor
  • Carrie Peet, Program Administrator
  • Lourdes Roxas-Butalid, Program Admin. Assistant   


Program requirements are subject to change based on industry standards/input.


• Grade 12 Completion
• College of the Roskies Grammar Quiz completion to acceptable level
• Interview with Peak TESOL Instructor
• University Degree (for those applying for TESL Canada certificate)
• Non-native speakers of English must provide official documentation for the TOEFL iBT, with a minimum score of 80 overall with a minimum of 20 in each area (other test documentation or school transcripts may be accepted)

Technical Requirements:

• A reliable computer, video camera (or webcam), speakers, and microphone
• Good computer, e-mail and internet skills 

Online technical support is also available during the program.

Recommended Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks are recommended but not mandatory.  Resources may be obtained through interlibrary loans, purchasing or previewing books online or potentially through your instructor.  Additional online resources are available throughout the program.

Grammar for English Language Teachers by Martin Parrott, Cambridge University Press, 2007
ISBN:  978-1-894593-18-2

Practical English Usage by Michael Swan, Oxford University Press, 1980, 1995
ISBN:  019 431197x


At the end of the program, students should understand and be able to demonstrate at a beginning level:

  • Understand the need for the English language worldwide and develop empathy for learners
  • Analyze language teaching methods suitable to different learning styles and needs
  • Develop rapport and use management techniques to create a motivating atmosphere in a communicative classroom
  • Analyze and develop lesson material and teach lessons using a skills lesson model and PPP lesson model
  • Use a variety of presentation techniques including eliciting, guided discovery and concept checking questions
  • Identify assessment techniques appropriate to various purposes
  • Understand grammar scope and sequence, develop a reasonable understanding of English grammar and be able to research grammar for lesson preparation
  • Create clear grammar-based lessons within a communicative context
  • Create and teach skills lessons using methodologies and techniques learned in class
  • Apply knowledge of learner pronunciation issues to classroom teaching
  • Apply theory and methodology of learning English vocabulary to classroom teaching
  • Identify and use appropriate technology for various lessons
  • Understand what culture is and how stereotypes and values affect international communication
  • Apply feedback and self-reflection from previous lessons to teaching
  • Identify effective methods and techniques used by professional ESL instructors during observation sessions
  • Outline resume and cover letter appropriate to a specific teaching situation and location
  • Understand professional conduct and practices abroad and identify resources for ongoing professional development             


The practicum consists of 10 hours of directed observations and 10 hours of supervised practice teaching. It must be completed within 12 months of the start date of the program. The practicum may be completed anywhere in the world as long as the following requirements are met.

Directed Observation

The 10 hours of directed observations must:

  • Be under the direction of a qualified practicum supervisor and sponsor teacher:
  • Minimum qualification: TESL Canada standard one, two or three permanent with at least 2,000 hours of adult ESL/EFL classroom teaching, or equivalent
  • Be conducted in adult settings (with 80% of the class over the age of 18) with classrooms of five or more ESL/EFL students
  • Have specific required observation tasks associated with the observation
  • Cover a range of lesson types and a range of focus areas (i.e. be in areas covered in the theoretical part of the program curriculum and required by TESL Canada)
  • Include opportunities for reflection and discussion of observations with the sponsor teacher and practicum supervisor

Supervised Teaching

The 10 hours of supervised teaching must:

• Be under the direction of a qualified practicum supervisor and sponsor teacher for ALL of the 10 hours of teaching to allow proper assessment and constructive feedback to the trainee
• Assessment and feedback can be given orally but also in writing to the trainee using both standardized forms and qualitative comments on a range of teaching skills as covered in the program curriculum and required by TESL Canada

For more information about TESL Canada requirements, contact TESL Canada

TESL Canada
104-8557 Government Street, Burnaby, B.C. V3N 4S9
Phone: 1-800-393-9199, Email: admin@tesl.ca, Website: www.tesl.ca


An orientation session will be held on a telephone conference call prior to the program start date.  No other sessions will be held in real time in order to allow participants more flexibility with coursework.

The instructor will advise participants of assignment deadlines and resource information throughout the program.


ALL of the following are required to obtain Peak TESOL Certification:

Course Content Online Deliver (hours) Blended Delivery (hours)
Forums (active participation) 20 20
Assignments 70 35
Reading and Quizzes 30 30
Face-to-Face Learning n/a 35
  120 hours 120 hours
Practicum Directed Observation 10 10
Practicum Supervised Teaching 10 10
Total Hours 140 140



Evaluation consists of grading on forum participation and assignments that demonstrate a mastery of the material as well as application of skills and knowledge in the practicum setting. 

Students must complete each forum and assignment at 65% or greater and must show improvement in weaker areas.  Resubmission may be allowed.  The same guidelines are used for the practicum with some flexibility given on the grading of the first lessons.

In order to successfully complete the program, students must complete all of the online coursework by the scheduled end date and must complete the practicum within a 12-month period from the start date of the program. 


The harassment of fellow students, instructors, or ESL learners will not be tolerated and is grounds for dismissal from the program.  Every student is responsible for his or her actions and speech, for respecting authority, meeting program and course obligations, maintaining integrity in scholastic work, demonstrating adult standards of conduct, complying with all College procedures and guidelines, and for respecting and upholding federal, provincial and civic laws and by-laws.  Failure to do so may result in immediate consequences and/or disciplinary action such as grade failure, suspension, and exclusion from areas, activities, privileges or courses.
See College Procedures 2.4.5 Student Conduct and Responsibilities and 2.4.4 Academic Misconduct.


Information contained in this course outline is correct at the time of publication. Content of the courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational, employment and marketing needs. The instructor will attempt to provide notice of changes to students as soon as possible. The instructor reserves the right to add or delete material from courses. The timetable may also be revised.

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