How many trainees are there in a class?
The usual class size is about 8 students per class but the maximum class size is always 12 (and never more).
Where are most trainees who will be taking the course from?
We have students from over 100 different countries that study with us. However, you will most likely meet people from Mexico, Korea, Japan, Italy, Spain, Brazil, Venezuela, Switzerland, France, and Saudi Arabia.
What kind of Visa should I get to come to Canada?
If you plan to stay for 6 months or less, you only need a Visitor or Tourist Visa. You can study, travel or do a study and travel combination within this 6 month period with a Visitor Visa.
Check with the local embassy before your departure.
Each country has different requirements and regulations. If you obtain a job, make sure your employer assists you with your working permit.
How do I travel around the city?
It is fairly easy to travel by bus. Our accommodations are not far from the school. Vancouver's public transport system has a great network of train, bus and ferry services operating throughout the downtown and metropolitan areas.
What kinds of people take this course?
Participants encompass a broad range in age and experience. There are college-age students who are interested in traveling and working overseas; working professionals preparing to enter alternative careers or retirement; stay-at-home moms looking for some extra cash or to re-enter the workforce; people concerned about the economy looking for a job abroad; people wanting to travel and learn a new language and culture; and those who have been teaching in ESOL for many years without formal practical training. Non-native English speakers with strong English skills also take the course so they can teach English when they return to their own countries or elsewhere.
What are the entrance requirements?
You must have a high school degree and show a capacity for tertiary education including a good understanding of the English language and good writing skills. Course participants need to have a language level high enough to teach an Advanced level class. Non-native speakers should have the equivalent of the below test scores. All potential course participants are required to have an interview (which can be done by phone) and pass the admissions test to ensure their language skills are adequate to take the course and to teach English. All participants must show a willingness to plan and teach in groups and to work reflectively.
For non-native speakers of English, the language proficiency requirements are set as:
Please note that this is a guide only. If you have not done any of these tests, we can assess your English language level in the application process.
Do I receive job assistance?
Graduates receive full employment assistance. As a graduate, you will receive employment contacts worldwide and job offers in China, South Korea, Mexico, Thailand, Spain, France or Online.
What is the difference between TESOL and TESL?
Basically they are the same thing. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language), TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language). TEFL is an acronym that is used more by US-based programs and TESL more by British programs. Most job postings will include one of these terms.
Can I change my homestay easily?
We work very hard to make sure we have only the best homestays working with us. In the event that you encounter problems with your homestay or find the match uncomfortable, you can discuss your situation with the Accommodations Coordinator who will help relocate you if necessary.
How is the weather in Vancouver, Canada?
The type of weather in Vancouver is a lot milder than most other parts of Canada; you can enjoy outdoor activities most of the year! The most humid months are November to February, and these are typically also the coolest months, with an average temperature of 6C. The hottest months are July to September where the average summer temperature is around 20C.