ACE TESOL Certificate

By: A Education  09-12-2011
Keywords: English Language, higher education, Presentation Skills

ACE TESOL Certificate

  • Obtain the qualifications and skills to teach English abroad or in Canada
  • An affordable English language teaching credential
  • 100 hours of classroom instruction
  • A 20-hour practicum (a 10-hour practicum option is also available)
  • A strong focus on practical teaching skills
  • Based upon the most current teaching theory and methodologies
  • Learn through pair work, small group work, teaching demonstrations and discussions
  • Experienced, energetic and qualified trainers
  • Increase your self-confidence as a teacher
  • Improve your communication and presentation skills
  • Give you the opportunity to practice teaching in a safe environment
  • Increase your marketability as an ESL teacher and make you more competitive in the job market


  • A level of education allowing for entry into your country's higher education system. A Bachelor's degree is recommended in order to be eligible for TESL Canada Professional Certification.
  • If English is not your first language, you will need to provide proof of English proficiency with one of the following standardized proficiency tests:
TOEFL Computer based 213 / Paper based 550
and TWE 5 recommend 5.5
and TSE 60 recommend 60
or iBT 80 overall with a minimum score of 20 in each area 
or IELTS 6.5 overall
or MELAB 85 / speaking test score of 4
or Can Test Listening, reading, writing 5, speaking 4.5
or CAEL Band 60 overall with a minimum of 60 in each of the writing and speaking subtests
or High school graduation from a high school in Canada, including a minimum English Grade 12 score of 70%
or Completion of an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking university
or Common European Framework C1
or Canadian Language Benchmarks CLB 9 in each area

The admissions process may also include an interview and a grammar test.

The following topics are covered in the course:

  • Learning Theory, Teaching Speaking, Teaching Writing, Teaching Listening and Teaching Reading
  • Methods, Planning, Techniques, Testing
  • Grammar, Vocabulary, Pronunciation
  • Managing Your Career


Throughout the course students complete the following tasks for assessment:

  • An Observation Report based on observing six hours of real ESL classes
  • A Progress Test
  • An Achievement Test
  • A Lesson Planning Task
  • Evaluated Microteaching
  • A Lesson Plan Portfolio
  • Evaluated Solo Teaching 

The Practicum

Practicums are conducted in real adult English language classes. There are two practicum options: a 20-hour practicum* and a 10-hour practicum. In the 20-hour practicum students complete 10 hours of observation, and 10 hours of supervised teaching. In the 10-hour practicum students complete 6 hours of observation, and 4 hours of assisting an ESL teacher. Students who complete The ACE TESOL Certificate with a 20-hour practicum are eligible to apply for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One.

*Only the 20-hour practicum is recognized by TESL Canada.


The ACE TESOL Certificate Course is offered in-class at the following ACE Partner locations:

Keywords: English Language, english language teaching, higher education, Job Market, Language Teaching, Lesson Planning, Practice Teaching, Presentation Skills,

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