Evidence of English Language ProficiencyIndividuals who have completed their teacher preparation programs outside of Canada may be required to provide language proficiency. Individuals will be sent a letter advising them. Proof of language proficiency ensures that teachers are able to communicate effectively in all modes (speaking, reading, listening and writing) in English or French prior to entering the classroom. The evidence accepted by this Office is the internet-based Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL-iBT). The minimum standard scores required in the four categories are 27 in Speaking, 25 in Writing, 23 in Listening and Reading.
To register for the TOEFL-iBT, please contact:
Educational Testing Service
Princeton, NJ 08541 USA
Once you have successfully completed the TOEFL-iBT and achieved the required scores, please arrange for your official results to be sent directly to this Office. Scores older than one year are not acceptable.
Evidence of French Language ProficiencyFor individuals who wish to demonstrate language proficiency in French, those individuals are required to submit a taped interview. The following conditions for a taped interview are:
- The tape must be, at minimum twenty minutes in duration and reflect an unrehearsed conversation between the applicant and an appropriate interviewer whose first language is French. The tape must be of standard cassette size.
- An interviewer may be defined as an individual holding Alberta certification. Such individuals include superintendents of schools, school principals, teaching colleagues, or staff of Alberta Education and/or the Alberta Teachers’ Association.
- The interview should deal with a variety of topics including the general interests of the applicant, the applicant’s educational background, knowledge of teaching strategies and techniques, teaching experience, and pedagogical beliefs.
- The completed recording must be accompanied by a signed statement from the interviewer that certifies the voice on the recording to be the voice of the applicant. The signed statement of the interviewer also must indicate the date and place where the recording was made, together with his or her name, address, designation, and Alberta teaching certificate number.