What is it?

The IHC in TESL is a comprehensive and practical teacher training course appropriate for both people with no teaching experience and experienced teachers seeking recognized certification. The course provides candidates with the methodology and hands on teaching practice required to effectively manage an ESL classroom. Graduates from this course will have the necessary competencies to become successful language instructors as well a solid foundation to continue learning and developing as a teacher.

Who is this course for?

The IHC in TESL is beneficial to those who have had no prior teaching experience as well as those with ESL or other teaching experience but without formal qualifications.

What will you gain?

By taking IHC in TESL, you will…

  • learn the principles of effective teaching
  • acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  • gain valuable hands-on teaching experience
  • may apply for TESL Canada Professional Standard One certificate

What is the schedule like?

IHC in TESL is an intensive full-time course designed to maximize your time and to thoroughly prepare you for your future teaching.

  • Full-time course with 130 contact hours over 4 weeks
  • Held from Monday to Friday, 9am – 5pm


Practicum includes:

20 hours, comprised of 10 hours of observation of experienced teachers and 10 hours of supervised teaching practice. The format for this is:

  • 6 hours of observation of experienced ESL teachers in a variety of classes and levels over four weeks of the course
  • 6 hours of Teaching Practice over at least 8 lessons in the 4 weeks, teaching real language learners over four weeks of the course
  • Compulsory 2-day post course class observation and teaching practice ( four hours of observation and 4 hours of teaching)
    *To qualify for TESL Canada Professional Standard One certificate, Candidates of IHC TESL are required to fulfill a 20-hour practicum (10 hours Observation + 10 hours Teaching Practice)

A typical day on the course would look like this:

Time Session Description
9:00 – 10:15

Input session #1:

Classroom management

Every day there are input sessions that cover a range of topics dealing with learner needs, language, skills, teaching techniques, planning, professional development, etc.
10:15 – 10:30 Break
10:30 – 11:45

Input session #2:

Teaching reading

11:45 – 12:45 Lunch
12:45 – 1:30 Teaching Practice Preparation This time is devoted to providing you support for your upcoming lessons. There is one trainer for a maximum of six candidates to ensure ample time for individualized support. As the course progresses, you will learn to become more autonomous and to plan more independently, just like in the real teaching world!
1:30 – 3:30 Teaching Practice Teaching Practice is held every day. You will work together with other trainees to teach groups of ESL students. Each candidate teaches a minimum of eight lessons with a minimum of 6 hours over the four weeks. These lessons will be observed by one of the trainers.
3:30 – 3:45 Break
3:45 – 4:30 Feedback With your peers and tutor, this session is a chance to discuss the lessons, build upon the strengths, and look at areas for improvement and possible ideas for doing so.
4:30 – 5:00 Wrap-up 30 minutes at the end of day for any final questions, course admin, or anything else that needs to be discussed, including providing you support for your upcoming lessons.
You might even get out early from time to time!


Further information

For further information about Cambridge English and IHC in TESL, please visit http://ihworld.com/teachers/course-details/ih_certificate_in_english

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Approval by PTIB

This program is approved.

Starting Dates 2021

October 18 – November 12

Starting Dates 2022

January 24 – February 18
April 18 – May 13
July 18 – August 12
September 19– October 14


Tuition: $1,600
Registration Fee: $175
Materials Fee: $50