Train the Trainer Program

This innovative program offers a unique, ongoing educational experience for teachers of ESL, inviting you to explore new pedagogy, resources and assessment tools designed to improve your effectiveness as an ESL teacher. Customizable with a variety of subjects that serve to enhance your skill set as a teacher, this program is offered throughout the year and can be delivered as a professional development training program in your own country, or as a full Canadian experience at Lakehead University’s campus.

In addition, our upgrading ESL program for professors who teach in English helps you refine skills for the effective delivery of lectures in English, while at the same time builds your personal English-language skills. This program is offered throughout the year.

English Programs in Canada

Course Description

This course is designed for teachers who want to teach English as a second/foreign language. This is an integrated program that combines both theory and principles of second language acquisition together with current methodologies/techniques that reflect best ESL practices.

The program emphasizes a communicative task-based approach to language development of the four macro skills and focuses on the use of authentic student-centered activities that provide both a real-life or natural context of the language as well as collaborative learning. The program also focuses on lesson planning, formulating objectives and learning outcomes, plus effective assessment tools for measuring language proficiency.

There is a one-hour practicum at the end of the program where learners apply their knowledge in a classroom setting.

Study on Campus:

Study English in the heart of a campus that offers the best of not only a high tech learning environment but also the natural environment. With an array of student services located centrally on campus, you will have access to extensive supports and recreational facilities within steps of residence, your classes, and the scenic outdoors. While in Orillia or Thunder Bay, you will experience Canada’s breath-taking northern wilderness combined with a dynamic city life. 

Program Overview

Stage 1 (2 weeks):

  • 25 Hours per week
  • Course materials
  • Housing residence (or homestay when residence is not available)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Free airport pick-up & drop-off service
  • Health insurance
  • Bus pass
  • Weekly activities

Stage 2 (2 weeks): Prerequisite Stage 1 

  •  25 hours of English per week
  • Course materials
  • Housing residence (or homestay when residence is not available)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Free airport pick-up & drop-off service
  • Health insurance
  • Bus pass
  • Placement for 2 hours
Residence

Have the ultimate university experience by living on campus. Enjoy your home away from home in our comfortable rooms, and the convenience of an on-site cafeteria offering cuisine for every palate and preference. Room type assignments subject to availability

Learn more about on-campus housing options

Pricing

Stage 1: $1,500 CAD

Stage 2: $1,600 CAD

Activities and transportation during free time are at your own expense.
Cost of laundry is extra.
$250 non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your spot.

Admission Requirements & How to Apply

A minimum IELTS score of 6.5 is required. Minimum 10 teachers per session. Groups may be combined to meet minimum enrolment. 

To Apply, please contact:

Pierre Sved: mexicooffice@lakeheadu.ca

English Program in Mexico or Other Countries Outside of Canada

Course Description

The 3-day program is designed for teachers who want to further develop their teaching skills in order to be more effective ESL instructors. This program will consist of 3 workshops that focus on various themes which can be determined in advanced. These themes include but are not limited to: lesson planning, planning for learner-centered ESL instruction, ESL best practices, task-based instruction, elicitation strategies, interactive strategies for teaching speaking and pronunciation, language through art, using technology in the classroom, examining suitable resources, effective error correction, ESL assessment, etc.

The 5-day program incorporates some of the themes as the 3-day seminar, but also focuses on the theory and principles of second language acquisition. There is an emphasis on creating communicative real-life authentic tasks that allow learners to engage in meaningful contextual language practice. There is a one-hour practicum at the end of the program where learners apply their knowledge in a classroom setting.

The 10-day program is an extension of the 5-day program, but there is more opportunity to examine various techniques to enhance language proficiency.  There is also a focus on ESL program designing, establishing learning objective and outcomes of the four macro skills, and developing assessment strategies.  There is a one-hour practicum at the end of the program where learners apply their knowledge in a classroom setting. 

Program Overview

3-day program:

  • 5 Hours/day
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation for the Trainer
  • 3 meals per day
  • Airport pick up and drop off for the Trainer
  • Transportation costs of the Trainer in Mexico
  • Return airfare costs for the Trainer from Thunder Bay
  • Medical insurance

5-day program:

  • 25 Hours
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation for the Trainer
  • 3 meals per day
  • Airport pick up and drop off for the trainer
  • Transportation costs of the Trainer in Mexico
  • Return airfare costs for the Trainer from Thunder Bay
  • Medical insurance

10-day program:

  • 50 hours
  • Course materials
  • Accommodation for the Trainer
  • 3 meals per day
  • Airport pick up and drop off for the trainer
  • Transportation costs for the Trainer in Mexico
  • Return airfare costs for the Trainer from Thunder Bay
  • Medical insurance
Pricing

3-day program:
$1,500 CAD + Instructor, transportation, meal and accommodation fees 

5-day program:
$3,000 CAD + Instructor, transportation, meal and accommodation fees 

10-day program:
$6,000 CAD + Instructor, transportation, meal and accommodation fees

NOTE: A $250 CAD non-refundable deposit is required to confirm your spot.

Admission Requirements & How to Apply

A minimum IELTS score of 4.5 is required. Minimum 10, maximum 15 teachers per session. Groups may be combined to meet minimum enrolment.

To apply, please contact:

Pierre Svedmexicooffice@lakeheadu.ca

ESL upgrading for professors teaching in English: Held in Canada

Course Description

This course is designed for professors teaching their programs in English, who want to enhance their language proficiency through an integrated skill-based framework that emphasizes student-centered learning as learners will have an opportunity to engage in a number of individual and group self-discovery activities. 

This course provides learners with an opportunity to engage in collaborative and contextual language practice of real-life/authentic tasks which they are likely to encounter in their teaching careers. The program focuses on academic English with an emphasis on social leadership and entrepreneurship and participants will carry out a number of assignments including a lecture presentation that will be evaluated through constructive feedback. 

Study on Campus:

Study English in the heart of a campus that offers the best of not only a high tech learning environment but also the natural environment. With an array of student services located centrally on campus, you will have access to extensive supports and recreational facilities within steps of residence, your classes, and the scenic outdoors. While in Orillia or Thunder Bay, you will experience Canada’s breath-taking northern wilderness combined with a dynamic city life. 

Program Overview

Part 1 (2 weeks):

  • 25 hours of English per week
  • Course materials
  • Housing residence (or homestay when residence is not available)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Free airport pick-up & drop-off service
  • Health insurance
  • Bus pass
  • Weekly activities

Part 2 (3 weeks): Prerequisite Part 1

  • 25 hours of English per week
  • Course materials
  • Housing residence (or homestay when residence is not available)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Free airport pick-up & drop-off service
  • Health insurance
  • Bus pass 

Part 3 (4 weeks): Prerequisite Part 2

  • 25 hours of English per week
  • Course materials
  • Housing residence (or homestay when residence is not available)
  • 3 meals per day
  • Free airport pick-up & drop-off service
  • Health insurance
  • Bus pass
Residence

Have the ultimate university experience by living on campus. Enjoy your home away from home in our comfortable rooms, and the convenience of on-site cafeterias offering cuisine for every palate and preference. Room type assignments subject to availability.

Learn more about on-campus housing options

Pricing

Part 1: $1,500 CAD

Part 2: $2,250 CAD

Part 3: $3,000 CAD

NOTE: Activities and transportation during free time are at your own expense. Cost of laundry is extra. A $250 non-refundable deposit is due to confirm your spot. 

Admission Requirements & How to Apply

A minimum IELTS score of 4.5 is required. Minimum 10, maximum 15 students per session; Groups may be combined to meet minimum enrolment. 

To apply, or for more information, contact:

Pierre Svedmexicooffice@lakeheadu.ca