Teaching in the Canadian Classroom (TCC)


Teaching in the Canadian Classroom is a 3-week 20-hour online certificate program with mandatory synchronous and asynchronous components.

The program is designed for international graduate students and postdoctoral fellows who would like to enhance their confidence in their teaching skills in the Canadian postsecondary academic environment. Participants will reflect on the role of culture in their classrooms, practice lesson planning and active learning techniques, and give and receive feedback on lesson planning and classroom management.


The program also provides the participants with an opportunity to:

  1. Practice instructional techniques in microteaching sessions, receive constructive feedback from peers and the instructor, and thus gain hands-on experience with strategies that can be used in their current and future teaching roles.
  2. Reflect on their experiences as international teaching assistants to produce initial written work that can be used in parts of job applications for teaching-centered jobs.

The program aims to build on the participants’ skills and expertise and supports them in practicing and reflecting on their teaching, while engaging with peers in a supportive atmosphere.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the program, participants will be able to:

  • Acquire and build on their teaching skills and competencies for an enhanced confidence in the classroom.
  • Design and deliver lessons using the Bridge-Outcomes-Pre-Assessment-Participatory Learning-Post-Assessment-Summary (BOPPPS) model.
  • Reflect on their teaching strategies and approaches during two microteaching sessions to a) improve their teaching skills; b) produce useful pieces of application documents for teaching-centered jobs.
  • Build upon and enhance their understanding of the nature, norms, and values of the classrooms at Western University and how to navigate them to excel at and enjoy teaching.
  • Acquire, build on, and practice strategies for speaking with confidence and explaining difficult concepts in synchronous and asynchronous environments.
  • Assess the role of culture in giving effective feedback and practice giving and responding to feedback synchronously and asynchronously.
  • Build a community with fellow international students and postdoctoral scholars, learn from each other, and understand the benefits of peer-learning.

What to expect

Please note: All times are in Eastern Time

  • Participants are required to devote at least 20 hours to this program.
  • This is a blended course with synchronous and asynchronous components. The mandatory synchronous components will take place over Zoom, as follows:
    • January 24: 4:30pm – 5:30pm EDT
    • January 28: 4pm – 5pm EDT
    • February 4: 4pm – 5pm EDT
  • Microteaching is a mandatory component of this program. Participants are expected to attend two synchronous microteaching sessions with their group:
    • Group 1: February 7 AND February 10: 9am-12pm EDT
    • Group 2: February 7 AND February 10: 1pm-4pm EDT
    • Group 3: February 7 AND February 9: 10am-1pm EDT
    • Group 4: February 8 AND February 10: 1pm-4pm EDT
    • Group 5: February 9 AND February 11: 1pm-4pm EDT

Research on the impact of TCC

Program Information

Upcoming Session

No upcoming sessions are scheduled at present.


International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars


Registration Instructions

Please note:

  • This program is in high demand. If you anticipate any reason for not being able to commit to the 3-week program, please do not register to avoid taking the spot of another student who could benefit from this program.
  • Registration is available for current (must be registered in the term indicated on the "Offer of Admission") graduate students and postdoctoral scholars only
  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password.
  2. Go to the Centre for Teaching and Learning section. Select Event Calendar and select the program you wish to register in. Details and a description of the program will appear.
  3. Select the Register for this Event button. If the program has reached capacity, you may have the option to register on the waitlist.
  4. You will receive an automated confirmation email to your Western email account. 
If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our help guide or contact ctl@uwo.ca.

Prerequisites / Recommended Preparation


Completion Requirements

Participants who complete all components of the workshop will receive a certificate of completion.


Typically offered 2-3 times a year in August/ September and January/February.

Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

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