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Providence Language School Bolstered by Languages Canada Accreditation
The Providence-based Modern Language Institute (MLI) has attained Languages Canada accreditation for its English immersion programs.
Formed in 2006 with the endorsements of the Department of Canadian Heritage, Industry Canada and the Department of Foreign Affairs, Trade and Development, Languages Canada promotes quality English and French-language education both nationally and internationally, and as of May 1 the MLI is among its sanctioned schools.
“Anyone wanting to study English in Canada will go to Languages Canada and our name is on the list. They can find us directly,” says Elfrieda Lepp-Kaethler, Assistant Professor of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) at the MLI in Otterburne, Manitoba.
With several Canadian provinces already requiring that English learners achieve certification from a Languages Canada-accredited program before pursuing post-secondary education, Providence is well-positioned to meet the needs of immersion students.
“It opens a lot of doors,” says Lepp-Kathler. “What we’re doing is taking in students with zero English, without tests. They can come with nothing.”
The MLI’s English as an Additional Language (EAL) course serves beginner and intermediate-level learners while international students preparing for additional education can enrol in English for Academic Purposes (EAP).
From there the way is clear for undergraduate and graduate study, and further instruction in the MLI is also an option.
“You can come to learn English, learn to teach it and become a teacher-trainer in one place,” remarks Cathy Rust-Akinbolaji, Assistant Professor of TESOL at Providence and former English instructor with field experience in Hong Kong and Slovakia.
Encompassing eight study areas, the MLI offers programs as varied as the Undergraduate TESOL Certificate, the Bachelor of Arts in TESOL, the Graduate TESOL Certificate and Master of Arts in TESOL.
Additionally, as Rust-Akinbolaji points out, students can earn the credentials necessary for training fellow instructors through the Graduate TTESOL Certificate and Master of Arts in TTESOL. And with increasingly severe regulations governing TESOL practitioners internationally it’s likely graduate-level designations will soon be required to access the full range of jobs available.
Lepp-Kaethler says many countries are clamping down on the short-term, online TESOL courses that leave teachers underprepared and their students underserved.
“They will soon be requiring recognized certification, such as Masters Degrees,” she says.
Of course, many TESOL graduates prefer to remain in Manitoba after completing their studies, and teaching opportunities in the province include the school system and the various language academies attached to other institutions.
“The modern classroom is an EAL classroom,” explains Rust-Akinbolaji. “We have schoolteachers coming to us for specialization because they realize that’s their daily reality.”
The MLI provides that specialization, and unlike the array of expedited, online tutorials on offer—many of them dubious—provides the expert faculty, necessary resources and helpful curriculum required to prepare instructors for the industry.
“Better to come here,” says Rust-Akinbolaji, “than to spend your money on a manual and a bag of tricks that runs out too fast."
Cathy Rust-Akinbolaji uses a tried-and-tested analogy when explaining her methods to her students…
If you’re training to be a mechanic, on one of your first days you’ll find an engine completely pulled apart and lying on the ground. How much panic would that cause? Somehow you’re supposed to put it back together. You already know how an engine works, but to see it pulled apart and lying on the ground would cause you to panic.
I’m going to do that with your English engine. I’m going to pull it apart; I’m going to lay it out; I’m going to make you label it; I’m going to make you figure out which pieces work together. And then I’ll ask, ‘Why, if you’re training to be a mechanic, do they do that?’
We’re making you pull the engine apart, label it, figure out which pieces work together, and why, so that if one of your students’ English engines is broken you know what’s broken and how to fix it.
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