We have served and mentored numerous students over many years. Many students enter the program shortly after completing an undergraduate degree and others are looking for a new challenge at some point later in life. The one-semester TESL program leads to many rewarding opportunities. Here are some TRU TESL alumni testimonials in their own words.
The TRU TESL program completely changed my life. In less than a year, I went from minimum wage jobs and living with my parents to working in Hong Kong, supporting myself financially and having a blast! I love what I do, and I would not be where I am now without the help of the program's faculty members. My instructors were friendly, knowledgeable, helpful, and incredibly supportive. They showed me that I had options, and could find success and happiness almost anywhere in the world. The classes were fun, interesting, relevant, and have ultimately proven very rewarding. I met lots of wonderful people from all sorts of different backgrounds, who made the whole experience an absolute pleasure. Shout-out to the 2013 TESL crew! Enrolling in the TRU TESL program was, hands down, the best decision I ever made. If I could go back in time and do it all over again, I wouldn't hesitate for a second.
Katie Rollheiser (TESL Alumni, 2013)
I took the TESL program in 2008 and enrolling in the program was one of the best decisions I have ever made. Completing the program helped me find meaningful employment in the Language and Culture programs at T. R. U. The countless memories and the relationships I have had through the various programs I have been involved in has enriched my life experiences. In addition, the TESL program assisted me in gaining entrance to the Professional Development Program at Simon Fraser University and in allowing me to work overseas in Japan. I firmly believe my TESL certificate will continue to aid me in the future.
Jag Sihota (TESL Alumni, 2008)
Three years ago, I contacted the TESL program at TRU and entered fully into a mid-life transition that has brought me into a refreshing, unexpected and fulfilling new life adventure. Teaching was never my goal in life. Teaching English was a thought as foreign to me as the idea of living in China. Today, here I am, turning 60 in a month, living in Jinan, Shandong Province, China. I am teaching medical English and engaged in a research project at Shandong Medical College. I am enjoying each day, continuing to learn, with great kids and colleagues. When I stop to consider how this happened I am still amazed and deeply thankful for the wise, kind, and eternally patient, teachers who were responsible for holding encouraging and challenging space for me as I learned how to learn and how to teach others. Xiexie, Kwukwstsa’mxw!
Kate Aleck (TESL Alumni, 2012)
Taking the TESL program at TRU was a major turning point for me. I had never considered being a teacher before and chose to take the program for the opportunities it would give me to travel and explore the world. Through the course of the semester, I gained a love for teaching and learning about the amazing cultures and experiences the world has to offer. My instructors supported me throughout the semester and encouraged me to reach my highest teaching potential. I have since spent time teaching in South Korea, which has proven to be one of the best experiences of my life. I have also taught students from almost a dozen different countries who have come to Canada to expand their cultural education. The TESL program showed me that there is more to the world than I ever could have imagined and has given me a chance to truly embrace different cultures - something that very few people get the chance to experience.
Myrissa Krenzler (TESL Alumni, 2009)
My name is Sarah Ellis and I completed the TESL program at Thompson Rivers University in April 2013. I am currently teaching English at a public school in South Korea. The TESL program helped me learn relevant skills that have aided me in my teaching career. The practicum was very beneficial for me as a new teacher because it gave me experience and self-confidence. This program not only helped me as a teacher, but I met some amazing friends during the semester. I graduated in June 2013 and I started my first teaching job in South Korea in September 2013. Living in South Korea has been an amazing experience, and I highly recommend the TESL program to anyone who wants to teach abroad.
Sarah Ellis (TESL Alumni, 2013)
Through the TESL program at TRU, I have learned various pedagogies in teaching ESL students. As an individual who grew up in an educational setting where Grammar-Translation method was predominant, learning about other TESL methodologies such as the Silent Way, Total Physical Response Method, and the Communicative Approach was eye -opening. The TESL practicum at TRU allowed me to practice diverse teaching strategies and to further develop skills that help to maximize students’ learning. In addition, this program gave me an opportunity to grow intercultural sensitivity which is essential in multicultural and multilinguistic settings such as Canada. I have learned so much from all the knowledgeable and friendly instructors in this program and would like to thank them!
Soon Young Jang (TESL Alumni 2010)
My name is Madeline and I graduated from the TESL program at Thompson Rivers University in December of 2012. After finishing the program I got a job teaching English in South Korea. The TESL program taught me so many valuable skills that I was able to use while teaching in South Korea. I learnt how to organize my time, how to lesson plan properly, and how to speak properly in front of a large class. It gave me the experience and confidence I needed to push myself towards a career I never knew existed until I took this program. By having to teach an actual ESL class at the University, they allowed us to put what we learnt into action. This was way more beneficial for me than just taking the course online. The program allowed me to experience real life situations so I wasn’t as afraid and overwhelmed once I got to South Korea. I had one on one coaching on job placement and opportunities, and all of the teachers were willing to do what they could to help get me a job. They were very supportive in every way possible. I would definitely recommend the TESL course if you want to have an amazing experience and teach English abroad!
Madeline Turland (TESL Alumni, 2012)