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ERIC Number: EJ847922
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2004
Pages: 18
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0826-435X
Buyer Beware: Professional Preparation and TESL Certificate Programs in Canada
Thomson, Ron I.
TESL Canada Journal, spec iss n4 p40-57 2004
Significant progress has been made toward greater professional recognition for adult ESL instructors in Canada over the past decade. At the same time, an ever-increasing demand for English-language teachers, particularly abroad, has resulted in a substantial growth in the number of private companies offering short-term ESL/EFL teacher training. Often these programs make inflated claims about the worth of their certificates in the job market, undermining attempts to professionalize the field in the eyes of the public. In this article, I propose basic requirements that should be expected of any professionally adequate TESL training program. I then assess several TESL "certificate" programs from across Canada to determine to what degree they meet these minimal professional standards. I conclude with a discussion on why increasingly stringent training standards are essential if we are to promote professionalism in the field and to achieve recognition commensurate with that in other disciplines.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Teachers
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada