Simplify your journey as an English language learning teacher.

You have the important job of guiding today’s youth along their educational journey, so you need your journey to be as simple and straight-forward as possible. In the Teaching English Language Learning micro-certificate program, you’ll gain the skills to help your students engage more often, focus and retain information—so you can better support them in overcoming the language challenges that may be barriers to their success.

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Program description

Who speaks the most in a classroom? Often, it’s the teacher, and in traditional classrooms this makes sense. But imagine that classroom is full of English language learning (ELL) students—now, who would benefit the most from practicing their speaking? Increasing engagement for all types of learners is important, but it’s particularly key for ELL students. 

Designed for BC teachers working in K-12 classrooms, the Micro-certificate in Teaching English Language Learning includes two required non-credit asynchronous online courses. Although the two courses can be taken in any order, we recommend you begin with the Principles of Teaching English Language Learning course and learn about the general sociological, psycholinguistic and educational principles involved in teaching students for whom English is not their first language. Then build on this foundational knowledge with Organization and Procedures for Instruction of English to Second Language Learners—where you’ll learn to apply the language learning principles covered in the first course and how to integrate language learning and content area instruction.

Program features

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Focus on practical application of the BC English Language Learning (ELL) Standards

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Experienced instructors
Learn from experienced ELL instructors currently working in BC schools 

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Online flexibility
Flexible learning through asynchronous online courses

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The University of Victoria is one of Canada's leading universities, recognized for preparing students for careers in a wide range of disciplines. Upon successful completion of this program you will receive a Micro-certificate.

Program outcomes

By the end of this program, you will be able to:

  • identify and analyze how students’ experiences, cultures and first languages affect learning a second language or dialect
  • apply the BC ELL Standards to assess and evaluate students’ English language proficiency
  • select and implement ELL program models most suitable for student learning
  • design lesson plans that reflect principles of additional language learning and teaching
  • develop in-school procedures that promote learning conditions for language acquisition
  • evaluate and recommend effective principles and strategies for additional language learning to foster academic literacy, improve academic achievement, and expand notions of identity and culture

Who is this program for?

This program is designed for K-12 teachers in British Columbia who are interested in teaching in English language learning classrooms.

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • English Language Learner Teacher
  • English Language Learner Specialist


Courses and fees

To receive the Micro-certificate in Teaching English Language Learning, you must complete the two required courses. Please note these are non-credit courses and as such you will not receive undergraduate level credit for completing these courses.  

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Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program fee $20.00
EDCI447 D01 $628.89
EDCI448 D01 $628.89
Estimated Total $1,277.78*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

This program is designed for BC teachers qualified to teach in K-12 classrooms. All applicants should have a teaching degree. Admission to an education program, or admission to a diploma or major program in applied linguistics is also acceptable.

How to apply

Submit a Continuing Studies online application and then register for individual courses on the Continuing Studies website. 

There is no cost to apply. You do not need to apply for admission to the University of Victoria in order to register for courses in the TELL program.

However, when registering into a course, you will have the option to purchase the Micro-certificate in Teaching English Language Learning fee at an additional cost of $20. You are only required to select this when registering for one of the two courses.

Please email contact us once you have completed your second course to receive your micro-certificate. 

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