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"The evolving profile of the language learner has resulted in government response with development and delivery of specialized language training programs in Ontario. Today, these programs include LINC and ESL programs as well as a range of language programs that address specific skills and contexts such as Enhanced Language Training (ELT), Occupation-specific Language Training (OSLT), Specialized Language Training, and other bridging programs. Continually evolving learner demographics as well as social and workplace communication requirements have precipitated the need for enhanced skills for instructors in delivery of specialized language training.


In response, the Post TESL Certificate Training (PTCT) initiative has been developed by TESL Ontario through funding by Citizenship and Immigration Canada, Ontario Region and in partnership with PTCT Training providers. PTCT builds on a foundation of professional knowledge and skills established in TESL certificate training and developed through classroom practice.

Post TESL Certificate Training is professional training for instructors in specialized language training delivery, based on the research supported standards described below:


1. PTCT is outcomes based and includes assessment of change in the professional knowledge and skills of participants.

1.1. PTCT specifies a minimum of two outcomes that are assessed in graded assignments.

1.2. Course completion includes a minimum 70% on assignments overall and no less than 50% on any one graded assignment.

1.3. Assignments are graded according to a rubric of specified learning criteria.

1.4. Participants must attend a minimum of 80% of the training.

1.5. PTCT requires graded assignments of more than one type.

1.6. In order to effectively address the outcomes and assignments, instructional time will consist of 25 to 35 hours. In online training, this must include some portion of time devoted to synchronous discussions where the trainer is moderator.

1.7. The number of graded assignments must be commensurate with length of training, i.e., more than the minimum of two assignments when training exceeds 25 hours.


2. PTCT connects theoretical knowledge and/or current research related to specific content with practical application of that knowledge in language training programs.

2.1. Training draws on material that addresses theory and/or current research relevant to the content area.

2.2. Training includes at least one graded assignment that facilitates the application of theory or current research to practice.


3. PTCT includes the direct application of learning to the classroom.

3.1. At least one of the graded assignments appraises the participant’s ability to apply knowledge and skills gained during training to classroom practice.

3.2. Training provides participants with options that allow them to customize the graded assignment assessing the application of learning in training to their own employment context and resources.


4. PTCT promotes professional reflection and development.

4.1. Training includes tasks that require participants to engage in reflection on their professional practice and the learning experiences provided in the training.

4.2. Training includes adequate flexibility in the range of assignments and tasks to allow participants to build on and apply individual priorities and goals.

4.3. Participants are provided with an annotated list of recommended resources that will allow them to pursue their areas of interest related to the content after training ends.


5. PTCT supports the development of a community of practice.

5.1. Training facilitates collaborative learning.

5.2. Training provides an opportunity for instructors to participate in a follow-up session moderated by the course trainer, either online or in-class.

5.3. Training includes tasks that help participants develop strategies to continue to build their own community of practice after training ends.


6. PTCT reflects the current needs of instructors teaching adults in English as a second language training programs in Ontario.

6.1. Training has been developed with the input of both experienced English as a second language instructors, and content experts other than those who will be developing and delivering the training.

6.2. Training tasks are applicable to the classroom context and conditions of adult English as a second language training in Ontario.

6.3. Training incorporates content material that is relevant to adult English as a second language training in Ontario.


7. PTCT course instructors hold a valid (new or renewed) TESL Ontario  TESL Trainer Certificate of Accreditation for the specific content area of the PTCT course. . All PTCT instructors with valid TESL Ontario accreditaton are listed on the TESL Ontario TESL Trainer Registry available at For information about the standards of TESL Trainer Accreditation (PTCT Instructor Accreditation category), please visit our website at"