TESOL Programs Practicum

KGIBC-CTC provides a practicum opportunity to students who have satisfactorily completed the academic requirements of their respective TESOL program. The practicum is an integral part of TESOL programs with practicum components for students who want to further develop and practice the skills needed to have success in their future careers. Students are to complete the work experience term up to the determined maximum hours. The maximum hours for the practicum term depend on the length of the TESOL program in-class study period.

WHO WILL HELP STUDENTS WITH THE PRACTICUM?

The Program Coordinator and the Practicum Host Teacher will help the students.

WHEN DO STUDENTS NEED TO SEE THE PROGRAM COORDINATOR?

Students should meet the Program Coordinator within the first days of class. The Program Coordinator will arrange an orientation to answer all questions. All practicum students need to apply for a work permit for unpaid practicum placements. This should be completed BEFORE students begin the TESOL program. Please visit the CIC website or contact your local Canadian Embassy for further information.

HOW DO TESOL FOR CHILDREN AND TESOL FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS OBTAIN A POLICE RECORD CHECK?

The Program Coordinator will prepare and assist students with this in the first week of the in-class portion of the program. The police record check will cost the student $25.

CAN STUDENTS FIND THEIR OWN PLACEMENTS AT SCHOOLS THEY ARE FAMILIAR WITH?

No. Practicum host sites must comply with certain regulations and have annual site visits. Because of these requirements, student can only be placed at preapproved locations.

WHERE ARE THE PRACTICUM SITES?

TESOL downtown Vancouver (KGIC Vancouver ESL Campus)
TESOL Advanced downtown Vancouver (KGIC Vancouver ESL Campus)
TESOL for Adults downtown Vancouver (KGIC Vancouver ESL Campus)
TESOL for Test Preparation downtown Vancouver (KGIC Vancouver ESL Campus)
TESOL for Children
  • not downtown Vancouver
  • South Vancouver, Westside Vancouver, North Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey
  • all effort will be made to ensure that students don't need to travel more than 60 minutes to placements
TESOL for Middle School
  • not downtown Vancouver
  • South Vancouver, Burnaby, Surrey
  • all effort will be made to ensure that students don't need to travel more than 60 minutes to placements

IF STUDENTS DON’T LIKE THE HOST SCHOOL, CAN THEY CHANGE?

Once students have been matched with a school, they must honour their commitment to the opportunity offered by that school. If problems arise, students must speak to the Program Coordinator in order to resolve conflicts and learn from the experience.

DO STUDENTS EVER GET FIRED FROM A PRACTICUM?

It is possible to be fired from a practicum, but it is rare. Unexcused lateness, absences, a bad attitude or lack of professionalism are grounds for dismissal. If students get dismissed due to these reasons, they will get a “fail” grade for the practicum term.

CAN STUDENTS ASK THE HOST SCHOOL FOR A LETTER OF REFERENCE?

Yes! If a student has a good relationship with their supervisor, and is confident that they have performed well, they can ask for a letter of reference. This will be very useful when students apply for work in the future.

CAN STUDENTS WORK PAST THEIR PRACTICUM END DATE?

The maximum number of work hours is specifically determined by the length of the program that students are enrolled in. Students are not permitted to work beyond their practicum end date.

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200 - 789 W. Pender Street
Vancouver, BC, Canada
V6C 1H2

Phone: 604-683-7528
Fax: 604-683-7609

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Friday: 8:00 am - 4:30 pm (PST)

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