Teaching English Language Learners Part 1

The Teaching English Language Learners course utilizes the understanding of linguistic and sociocultural backgrounds to provide rich scaffolding and a conceptual framework to guide your teaching practice to meet the needs and development of language proficiency and language acquisition of English language learners in the classroom.

Emphasis will be placed on inclusive practices and social justice issues that build on the foundation of English as a Second Language and English Literacy Development. Theoretical approaches will be examined and applied to engage in meaningful classroom practice that supports the curriculum expectations. The implementation of programming skills, instructional strategies and tools as well as differentiation methods will be an essential component to ensure the success of all English language learners at varying levels of abilities. An examination of second language teaching techniques will provide awareness and advocacy through adaptations of the learning environment catering to the 21st century learning styles.

Recommended Textbook

"Language and learning in multilingual classrooms: A practical approach." Elizabeth Coelho. North York, UTP. 2012.


Teachers holding qualifications in technological education are also eligible to take this Three-Session Qualification course.


Prerequisites for Part 1:

  1. Certificate of Qualification:
    Must be a registered member of the Ontario College of Teachers. 

Please Note:

  • Successful completion of all versions of this course (ESL1E/ESL1S/ESL1) will lead to a "Teaching English Language Learners Part 1" qualification with the Ontario College of Teachers. A distinction is made between the "Elementary" and "Secondary" Focus courses to offer teachers the opportunity to engage with colleagues within the same teaching panel.


Successful completion is a final grade of C-

Upon successful completion of the course, a recommendation will be sent to the Ontario College of Teachers.










Full Course Details

Section Title:

Teaching English Language Learners Part 1

Enrolment Session:

2024 Winter



Total Hours:



18 Jan 2024 to 04 Apr 2024

Delivery Option:


Course Fee(s):



Section Note(s):

Deadline to register: January 8, 2024 at 11:59 p.m. EST - late registration beyond this deadline may be available if space permits.

This session will run for 10 weeks (March Break excluded). Your learning will take the form of in-depth online discussions as well as group and individual assignments.

Learners will be expected to engage in approximately 12 hours of learning per week for a total of 125 hours:

  • 100 hours online learning (asynchronous, but facilitator-led and paced into modules)
  • 25 hours assignments and independent study


  • Once registered, please visit the Learner Portal to submit your course application and any related documents by the registration deadline (we recommend doing so from a computer for the best user experience)
  • Requests for withdrawal received by the registration deadline will receive a refund. Requests made after this date will require further review. You can find our withdrawal, refund and transfer policy under Resources » OISE CPL Registration Policies

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