Activities Recognized as PD

TESL Ontario acknowledges that accredited members experience professional development regularly in the performance of their teaching responsibilities and there are many valuable PD activities they may participate in during work hours or personal time. This list is confined to those specific PD activities that can be used for the purposes of accreditation renewal.  Please note that other types of professional development will be considered on an individual basis.

Participating or presenting in TESL-related conferences

In Canada or overseas

Each hour of participation is recognized as one PD hour and each hour of presentation is recognized as two PD hours.
Required Proof: certificate, registration slip, or confirmation email/letter from the event organizer.

Participating or presenting in TESL-related workshops

In Canada or overseas

Each hour of participation is recognized as one PD hour.
Required Proof: certificate/diploma or confirmation email from training providers

Participating in webinars

Participating in live webinars, or viewing past webinars, webcasts and virtual workshops:

Each hour of participation is recognized as one PD hour. Presenting a webinar is recognized as 5 PD hours.
Required Proof: certificate or completed webinar/webcast tracking log

Completing a TESL-related course or program

Each hour of participation is recognized as one PD hour.
Required Proof: certificate/diploma or confirmation email from training providers

In-house training for instructors and assessors

Training that is designed to enhance the delivery of instructional programs within one’s organization may include:

  • Portfolio Based Language Assessment
  • CLB Based Assessment Tests and standardized tests of English language proficiency
  • Revised Canadian Language Benchmarks
  • Other training related to teaching ESL or new language training initiatives

Each hour of participation is recognized as one PD hour.
Required proof: certificate or confirmation email/letter from the teacher’s supervisor

Volunteering, Mentoring and Pilot Testing
  • Volunteering as instructor, assistant, or tutor in a Canadian adult ESL program (on-site or online)
  • Mentoring practicum students from TESL training programs accredited by TESL Ontario
  • Mentoring newly accredited members of TESL Ontario
  • Mentoring/hosting internationally trained ESL instructors from TCDSB's ELT Program
  • Pilot testing adult ESL/TESL related curriculum or assessment tools

Each hour of volunteering or mentoring is recognized as one PD hour.
Required Proof: confirmation email or letter from the program/project manager

  • Serving as a TESL Ontario Executive Board member, TESL Ontario Working Committee member, or TESL Ontario Affiliate Executive Committee member
  • Editing professional TESL journals or ESL/TESL textbooks, such as Participating in the editorial process conducted by Oxford University Press www.oupcanada.com/reviewer.php For more information, you may contact Jason Tomassini at Jason.Tomassini@oup.com

Each hour of editing/reviewing is recognized as one PD hour.
Required Proof: confirmation letter or email from the publisher

Other
  • Publishing adult ESL/TESL related articles, book reviews, or books

Publishing is recognized as 10 PD hours for the accreditation year your work is published in.
Required Proof: copy of the published article or book review, or bibliographic details of the published book

  • Taking a course to learn another language

Each hour of learning is recognized as one PD hour.
Required Proof: Certificate issued by the training provider

  • Participating in a recognized teaching related focus group or interest group such as TESOL online forum or Tutela groups

The maximum number of hours accepted for this type of PD will be two hours per accreditation year.
Required Proof: a synopsis of discussion and a personal reflection