Register for CERTESL classes
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- Once your application for admission has been accepted, you will be eligible to register for courses using the University of Saskatchewan’s online system known as PAWS (Personalized Access to Web Services). Information on how to access PAWS will be sent to you by email in your admission letter.
Course work successfully completed within the last ten years and deemed to be equivalent to our courses may be transferable into the CERTESL Program. You may transfer credits into the CERTESL Program up to a maximum of 50% of the program (the equivalent of three CERTESL courses). If you wish to have course work evaluated for possible transfer, please use the course transfer application.
- All students are strongly encouraged to register in their course(s) by August 15 (Term 1), December 15 (Term 2) and April 15 (Spring and Summer session) to ensure that any course materials arrive before the start of classes. This is particularly important for Term 2 courses because University services (including the Bookstore) close for the holiday season on December 24 and do not re-open until the start of Term 2.
- Approximately one week before the start of term, go to https://paws.usask.ca/
- Your course syllabus and materials will be posted online in Blackboard in PAWS on the start date of the term. You may buy your textbooks through the University bookstore. In addition, you must follow this protocol in order to access the online course discussion forum.
- Log into PAWS using your Network Services ID (NSID) and password.
- Click on "Course Tools" link located in the upper right corner.
- If you are new to the Blackboard Learning System, click on the "Help" tab in the top right corner to view Blackboard tutorials, help documents and videos.
- Once you have reviewed the help tab, click on the "My Courses" tab in the top right corner. Click on the course(s) listed.
- Review the course syllabus for information on required materials, textbooks, your instructor and how to submit assignments. These items can be found in the menu on the left side of the page.
- All electronic contact with the course instructor will be through messages (course mail) found in the menu of this course. Instructors will not respond to messages from outside email addresses. Instructors will not be available before the first day of class.
- Please note that final exams will not be online. Final exams will continue to be written in a face-to-face format.
Course Offerings, Syllabi and Textbooks
To view the classes being offered this term, go to https://students.usask.ca/academics/classes/php#Searchforclasses. Note: When searching for classes, an ECUR class is listed under “Curriculum Studies”; a TESL class is found under “Teaching English as a Second Language.”
The courses listed in the download below are offered by distance delivery. Courses with insufficient enrolment, i.e. fewer than 5 students, are subject to cancellation.
Information on the required and recommended textbooks will be included in each of the class syllabus as well as in your PAWS account. You do not have to wait to receive your course materials before ordering your textbooks and are encouraged to place your order early to avoid delays. Textbooks may be purchased from the University’s Bookstore. For full details on searching for books or information on ordering, please visit the Bookstore website at www.usask.ca/bookstore.
You are encouraged to register for your course(s) and order textbooks early. Registering late may result in textbook shortages and delays. Overseas students in particular are encouraged to order textbooks as soon as they are informed of acceptance, since delivery to some locations can take up to six weeks.
Tuition and fees
If you are not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident of Canada, you will be assessed tuition using the schedule of tuition for international students. The refund schedule applicable to national students applies to international students.
Examination security difficulties are inherent in the accommodation of requests for alternate final examinations. Therefore, you must regard registration in a class as a commitment to accept the final examination date and the University's policy on deferred examinations. You are expected to write the final examination for all courses on the regular examination date immediately following the term in which you registered for the course and in accordance with the normal invigilation procedures for degree courses.
Final examinations will be held at selected centres in Saskatchewan based on student registrations. These centres are classified as “regular” centres. No fee will be charged for writing a final examination at a regular centre, unless the examination is deferred or supplemental. Regular examination centres are able to accommodate two examination sittings.
If you are unable to write the final examination(s) at a regular centre or are taking more than two courses in one term, application for establishment of a “special” centre should be made. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements to write the examination(s) at an educational institution under the supervision of an invigilator approved by the CERTESL Program Office. In addition, you will be responsible for any financial reimbursement for invigilation that may be required. Special centres must be neutral locations and invigilators must be arm's-length individuals (not friends, relatives, co-workers or supervisors of the student). Academic staff and venues are preferred although other options may be accepted.
The rules that govern situations where there is a request for a deferred examination, such as for compassionate, health and other legitimate unforeseen and uncontrollable reasons, are the same as for courses in degree programs. A request for a deferred examination must be directed to the CERTESL Program Office within three (3) business days of the missed examination. Upon receipt of this request, an application form will be emailed to you. The application form as well as detailed documentary evidence outlining the reason for the request must be returned to the CERTESL Program Office by deadlines listed in the academic calendar. The applicable fees will be charged directly to your student account.
Deferred examinations are considered either to be "Regular" or "Special." Regular deferred examinations dates are located on the academic calendar. A special deferred examination, to be written on an alternate date, may be granted by the CERTESL Program if you submit satisfactory evidence of inability to write during the regular deferred examination period. The fee for a Regular Deferred is $40.00 (per course) and for a Special Deferred is $80.00 (per course). The fee for the deferred examination will be charged to your student account if your request is approved. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements to write the examination(s) under the supervision of an invigilator approved by the CERTESL Program Office. In addition, you will be responsible for any financial reimbursement for invigilation that may be required.
If you obtain a final mark between 45% and 49% and have completed and passed all course work, you may apply to write a supplemental examination. You will be notified of this option by email and will be sent an application form. The application form must be returned to the CERTESL Program Office no later than January 17, 2018 for Term 1 and May 10, 2018 for Term 2.
Supplemental examinations are considered either to be "Regular" or "Special." Regular supplemental examinations begin on on February 20, 2018 for Term 1 and June 7, 2018 for Term 2. Special supplemental examinations are written on a negotiated date that is approved by the CERTESL Program Office. The fee for a Regular Supplemental is $60.00 (per course) and for a Special Supplemental is $100.00 (per course). The fee for the supplemental examination will be charged to your student account if your request is approved. You will be responsible for making your own arrangements to write the examination(s) under the supervision of an invigilator approved by the CERTESL Program Office. In addition, you will be responsible for any financial reimbursement for invigilation that may be required.
Please note that an additional $25.00 fee (per examination) will be charged for deferred or supplemental off-campus examination locations. The fees for deferred and supplemental exams will be charged to your U of S account if your request is approved. If you miss a deferred or supplemental examination, you must notify the CERTESL Program Office in writing within three business days; the rule is the same as it is for missing a regularly scheduled examination. Satisfactory evidence of inability to be present at the deferred or supplemental examination must be provided.
For more information go to University of Saskatchewan Exams.
TESL 442.3 Supervised Practicum
Prerequisites: Completion of three CERTESL courses: ECUR 291.3/TESL 21, ECUR 391.3/TESL 31 or 34, and one other course. Prior completion of at least four courses is strongly recommended if you have no previous English-language teaching experience.
This course is designed to provide teacher trainees with the opportunity to apply theory and practice in the field of English as a second language. During the practicum, trainees will observe experienced teachers and discuss classroom applications and needs of various types of students. Students will plan lessons, teach in an observed situation, and receive feedback and guidance on their teaching.
- You must demonstrate 10 hours of observation in an ESL/EFL classroom prior to registering for TESL 442.
- This course is a pass/fail course. There is no final examination.
- English proficiency for both native and non-native speakers of English will be reassessed during the practicum. Excellent oral and written proficiency is required to obtain a pass mark in the practicum. If you are a non-native speaker of English, your instructor must be satisfied that your proficiency is equivalent to or better than CanTEST 5.0 at the end of your practicum (described in the course syllabus); otherwise, you may be required to have your proficiency re-assessed via one of the approved tests listed earlier before you can be given a passing grade on your practicum. If you are a native speaker of English, you may fail the practicum if you do not demonstrate a high standard of English usage.
- A $150.00 materials fee is required with submission of tuition fees.
During the practicum, students are required to conduct an additional 10 hours of in-class observations and teach for 10 hours (or 20 observation and 20 teaching hours in the case of TESL Ontario certification candidates). Students must locate suitable learners before selecting this option. In addition, you will be required to find a qualified local practicum supervisor who must observe you teach during all of the required hours. This supervisor must hold a university degree and have at least three years of EAL teaching experience. The supervisor must also have substantial formal academic training as an English-language teacher that meets or exceeds TESL Canada or provincial ESL instructor accreditation standards as appropriate to the student teacher's professional plans. The supervisor should not be a relative, close personal friend, or person residing at the same address. You may carry out your teaching and observing in your supervisor's own classroom if this is appropriate in your situation.
You will be required to complete a Supervisor Approval Form for the CERTESL Supervised Practicum. The CERTESL Academic Coordinator will review the application and advise you regarding the approval of the suggested supervisor. If the supervisor is not acceptable to the CERTESL Program, you will be required to select a different supervisor and submit another supervisor approval form or, if you are qualified, to register for TESL 43, Professional Project. During the distance practicum, you will be required to submit a practicum plan, observation reports, lesson plans, post-teaching reflections, a short research report, a final practicum report, and a 30-minute recording of your teaching. You should record a portion of one lesson, probably closer to the end of your practice teaching so that you have gained experience and confidence.
Requirement of your supervisor: Your supervisor will be required to observe your teaching for at least 10 hours during the practicum period (20 in the case of TESL Ontario certification candidates), offer constructive oral feedback following every teaching session, and submit two (three in the case of TESL Ontario certification candidates taking Practicum Additional Hours) written reports to your University of Saskatchewan TESL Practicum Instructor. A detailed guide will be provided to your supervisor upon their approval. A modest honorarium ($75.00 CDN or $125.00 CDN in the case of TESL Ontario certification candidates taking Practicum Additional Hours) will be paid to your supervisor following the end of the term on the condition that all required supervision reports have been submitted. The Supervisor Approval Form detailing requirements of your supervisor must be completed in full by your prospective supervisor. Students will be required to submit the application form for approval of the local supervisor no later than April 1 for Spring and Summer session classes, August 1 for Term 1 classes, and December 1 for Term 2 classes. Under no circumstances will an application for local supervisor approval be accepted beyond these dates except as a replacement for a previous nominee who cannot serve in the supervisor’s role.
Note that TESL Ontario accreditation will require an additional 10 hours of observation and 10 hours of practicum teaching obtained through simultaneous registration in the Practicum Additional Hours module for an additional cost of $155.00 (unless you have already completed an approved 20-hour practicum in a TESL Canada-recognized program.) TESL Ontario accepts only practica completed in Canadian locations.
For students who begin their TESL studies in or after September 2017, TESL Canada will require the same Practicum Additional Hours for Standard II national certification.
As noted above, your approved local practicum supervisor must be present for all required practicum teaching hours. If it is necessary for a second individual to assist, for instance if the approved supervisor is ill, the alternate person must also be approved by the CERTESL Academic Coordinator. If you are not supervised by an approved individual for the required number of hours, you will be placing your TESL Ontario accreditation or TESL Canada certification at risk.
CERTESL Program Graduation is held twice per year as part of the University's Spring or Fall Convocation. The CERTESL parchment is issued during convocation periods only. Once you have completed the academic requirements of the program, you must submit an online Application to Graduate by March 31 if you wish to be awarded the certificate at Spring Convocation, or by August 31 to be awarded the certificate at Fall Convocation. To access the online application to graduate:
• Log in to PAWS
• Select the ACADEMICS tab
• Select Graduation Application. If this box doesn’t appear at first, scroll down the left side of the screen and click on the “Browse Channels” tab and the “Graduation Application” box will appear.
The following conditions apply:
a) Students must obtain 50% or better in each course.
b) Students who have failed the same course twice or failed two courses will be advised to discontinue for a minimum of one year and then to re-apply for admission.
c) Students must maintain an overall average of 60% in the program and have achieved a “pass” designation in the practicum.
d) Students will be permitted to take the same course more than once in order to raise their average. The highest mark obtained in a particular course will be the one used to calculate the overall average.
e) Students must submit all assignments and write the final examination in order to be assigned a grade in any given course.
f) Students must submit and pass all assignments and pass the final examination in order to be assigned a passing grade in any given course. A passing grade is 50%. Students failing the final examination will receive a final grade no higher than 45%.
Students with university degrees who have completed the CERTESL program, including the TESL 442 option carried out in an adult program setting, are eligible for TESL Canada Standard I Certification. Students with university degrees who have completed seven courses in CERTESL and, for those starting in or after September 2017, the extended version of the practicum are eligible for TESL Canada Standard II certification. Students with university degrees who have completed seven courses in CERTESL including the extended version of the practicum are eligible for TESL Ontario Accreditation. Students with university degrees who have completed the core 6-course program, with either TESL 442 or TESL 43, are eligible for TESL Saskatchewan accreditation. Please contact the accrediting/certifying body most relevant to you for more details.