UBC-Ritsumeikan Joint TESL Certificate Program
This program is subject to enrolment requirements. We advise that you wait for confirmation before finalizing travel arrangements.
Students are invited to travel to Kyoto, Japan this summer to complete a UBC-Ritsumeikan Joint TESL Certificate, offered by the Department of Language and Literacy Education.
- Students must have completed the prerequisite course (LLED 489) before attending the program in Japan.
The Joint TESL Certificate Program is developed in partnership between UBC’s Department of Language & Literacy Education and Ritsumeikan University (Graduate School of Language Education and Information Science), in Kyoto, Japan.
If you have complete the prerequisite course (LLED 489), you can register in LLED 478C and LLED 399 and travel to Ritsumeikan this summer.
- Earn a certificate for teaching English as a second/foreign language that is respected by major BC school districts.
- Apply up to six credits of the UBC-Ritsumeikan Joint TESL certificate program toward an M.A. or M.Ed. in TESL at UBC.
- Study with visiting Japanese teachers.
- Complete your practicum in a school in Kyoto, Japan.
Testimonials from past participants:
“The program gave me all the knowledge that I needed about the methodology of English language instruction, with the chance to teach in an authentic classroom.”
“During my six-week stay in Kyoto, I got the chance to instruct English in an authentic classroom setting. This was very valuable for me because I do intend to pursue a career in teaching.”
“I had some teaching experience in the past, but nothing compared to the experience that I had during the practicum course this summer.”
The 15-credit TESL Certificate program consists of the courses listed below. The courses held in Japan are offered in the summer session only. See the UBC Course Schedule for current offerings.
|LLED 489C||Prerequisite: Applied Linguistics for Teachers (6 credits)||UBC Campus|
|LLED 478C||Introduction to Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language(6 credits)||Kyoto, Japan|
|LLED 399||Practicum associated with LLED 478C(3 credits)||Kyoto, Japan|
LLED 489C Class Location:
Hennings Building (HENN) | Room 302
6224 Agricultural Road | Map
Program at Ritsumeikan (Kyoto)
After completing the prerequisite credits (LLED 489) at UBC, you may register for the summer courses held in Kyoto.
- All UBC students accepted into the program must register in both LLED 478C (6-credit course) and the required LLED 399 (3-credit practicum).
- Practica will be at a local high school in Kyoto.
- Accommodation will be at a ‘weekly mansion’ (short-term rental) near the Ritsumeikan campus
- Students make their own travel arrangements
Before enrolling in LLED 478C and LLED 399 (offered in Kyoto each summer), students must complete six credits of the prerequisite course, LLED 489. See the UBC Course Schedule for current offerings.
|LLED 489C/96A | SUMMER PREREQUISITE FOR TESL CERTIFICATE|
|Location||UBC Vancouver Campus|
|Dates||July 24–August 24, 2017|
|Tuition||UBC Tuition Fees: 6 credits plus applicable student assessed fees|
2017 Kyoto Program
NOTE: To attend this program at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto, all UBC students must:
- have completed the prerequisite 6-credits (LLED 489)
- submit the original Student Record Form (see below), and
- be registered in both LLED 478C/93A & LLED 399/93A, delivered in Kyoto.
IMPORTANT! Download the TESL FAQs sheet for information on accommodation options, visa info, etc.
|LLED 478C/93A & LLED 399/93A|
|Location||Kyoto, Japan | Ritsumeikan University|
|Dates||July 3 – August 3, 2017
LLED 478C/93A & LLED 399/93A (Practicum)
|Tuition & Fees||
Regular UBC Tuition for 9 credits of course work.
In addition, students are responsible for payment of all other expenses, including airfare and accommodation.
|Registration||Contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register for LLED 478C/93A & LLED 399/93A.|
|Student Record Form||
IMPORTANT! After registration, this form must be completed by all UBC students attending courses in Japan. Download the Student Record Form and send your completed form, with an original photograph, as early as possible to:
Professional Development & Community Engagement
|Instructors||Ryuko Kubota & David Coulson|
|FAQs||IMPORTANT! Download the TESL FAQs sheet for information on accommodation options, visa info, etc.|
|Course Schedule||The 2017 Ritsumeikan class and practicum schedule for LLED 478C/93A & LLED 399/93A are not yet available.|
|Course Outline||Not yet available.|
|Required Texts||Not yet available.|
Join the Facebook Group
If you are interested in taking LLED 478C and LLED 399 in Kyoto this summer and want to know more about the area, weather, living, transportation, and so on, join the Facebook group.
This group invites both Ritsumeikan undergraduate students currently studying on UBC campus and potential students in LLED 478C and LLED 399 this summer in Kyoto to exchage information about Kyoto. Joining the group will help you prepare for the summer experience. A face-to-face meeting may be organized sometime between late-March and early-April.
If you wish to take the courses for this 15-credit certificate program, you must apply for admission to UBC Teacher Education Office, and be sure to indicate the specific program you are applying to on your application form.
View the Application & Registration page for full details and instructions.
Current UBC Students
If you are already a UBC student, please email email@example.com to register in the courses offered in Kyoto (LLED 478C/93A & LLED 399/93A).
Self-registration is available for LLED 489/96A. See the UBC Course Schedule for current offerings.
Certain additional fees apply to students who take courses on campus.
Students who meet certain requirements may opt out of the U-Pass and AMS Extended Health and Dental Plan, during the first two weeks of the term.
To see if you qualify for the U-Pass fee exemption, read the U-Pass FAQ information.
If you already have medical/dental coverage (other than BC MSP), you may be able to apply for an exemption if you meet certain requirements and follow the opt-out procedures. Visit the Student Service Centre (SSC) for more information.
Students registered in on-campus courses in the summer session are not assessed Health/Dental Plan fees.
Current UBC students may use Tuition Fee Certificates toward tuition or non-credit fees. The certificates do not cover the cost of course materials, texts, or other fees. Contact Professional Development & Community Engagement for more information: 604.822.2013 | firstname.lastname@example.org
All courses are subject to minimum enrolment. If a course is cancelled due to low enrolment, registration fees will be refunded to you in full.