Glendon students and professors in Cuba

Glendon students and professors on a teaching trip to Cuba, 2006

The DTEIL Certificate is offered by the English Department.

Have you thought about travelling overseas after graduation? Is the thought of living abroad to learn about other cultures and languages appealing to you? The Certificate in the Discipline of Teaching English as an International Language (D-TEIL) is designed to help you enter into the international field of English language teaching, and to increase your opportunities of working overseas in a growing professional field. But all students of English, whether or not they intend to become future teachers of EIL, will find this field fascinating.

In this program, you will be introduced to general principles of linguistics applicable to language teaching; the latest notions of language learning; concepts of language in society and bilingualism; the history and impact of English as a global language, and in every course, there is an experiential education component, including both observation and in the final course, a 3-week international teaching practicum in Cuba or Brazil or Colombia.

The Certificate consists of 24 credits – all of which also count as English (EN) credits and some as Linguistics and Language Studies (LIN) credits. Students interested in the D-TEIL Certificate would be well advised to take EN 1903 early in their career at Glendon since it is the earliest of the required courses and a kind of gateway to the Program. Be advised that the fourth-year courses are only offered in odd-numbered years (2019, 2021, etc.). Please note that this Certificate is intended for those interested in teaching English abroad to adults rather than for those wishing to teach ESL in Canada.

Admission Requirements

Candidates must:

Be enrolled at Glendon or another faculty of York University OR have completed a university degree at an accredited institution.

Please note:

Not every course is offered every year. Please refer to the current offerings on this website.

The course EN 4596 9.0 is only open to Certificate Students, and only to those who have achieved a grade of at least B in each of the Certificate courses taken prior to entering EN 4596.

It is strongly recommended that all Certificate students acquire at least a basic working knowledge of the language of your practicum country (so: Latin American Spanish or Brazilian Portuguese) prior to participating in EN 4596 and its international practicum. This could be accomplished by taking six credits in a foundational course at Glendon.

The International Teaching Practicum

A teaching practicum, normally fulfilled in an international setting, is an integral component of the course EN 4596 9.0. This practicum is part of an academic exchange agreement between York University and the E.A. Varona Pedagogical University in Havana, Cuba, and involves all students enrolled in the EN 4596 9.0 course for 3 weeks, at the end of April and the first week of May. We also are reserving two places in each practicum year for students interested in doing their practicum in the State University of Mato Grosso do Sul in Brazil. For the 2022 practicum we are exploring sites in Colombia as well.

Students requiring financial support may apply for a York International Mobility Award (YIMA), which covers a substantial portion of the travel costs from Toronto to the practicum site. In addition, there may be support from the English Department. Also, students are encouraged to participate in fundraising activities. Any student, for whom this requirement presents an impediment, should contact the Certificate Coordinator as early as possible.

How to apply

Students currently registered at York University (Glendon or other faculties)
should contact:

Academic Services
C102 York Hall
Glendon Campus
Telephone: (416) 487-6715

Non-York University students should contact:

Student Recruitment & Applicant Relations
B108 York Hall
Glendon Campus
2275 Bayview Avenue
Toronto, Ontario M4N 3M6
Telephone: (416) 487-6710

Program Requirements

This certificate consists of 24 credits as follows:

GL/EN 1903 3.0 English in the World; the World in English

GL/EN 3595 6.0 The Nuts & Bolts of English: Grammar for Teaching & Learning 

GL/EN 3606 3.0 Learning English as a Second Language

GL/EN 4596 9.0 Teaching English as an International Language

GL/EN 4695 3.0 English as a World Language


Note 1

A minimum grade of B is required in each of the above courses. Not every course is offered every year. Please refer to the English Department website for current course offerings.

Note 2

The course GL/EN 4596 9.0 is only open to students enrolled in the D-TEIL Certificate, and only to those who have achieved a grade of at least B in each of the Certificate courses.

Note 3

Students who are currently enrolled in the Certificate will follow the curriculum which was in place at the time of their application. However, starting in 2019-20, the course GL/EN 4596 is being offered as a 9-credit course and students will need to adjust to that new weighting. The change in weighting of the course will only affect students beginning their studies in the certificate (with GL/EN 1903) in September 2019.