Teaching in the Canadian Classroom (TCC)


Teaching in the Canadian Classroom (TCC) is a 4-week, 20-hour certificate program composed of:

  • 16 in-person class hours (including 2 microteaching sessions)
  • 4 hours of asynchronous online work

This program is designed for international and new resident graduate students who want to enhance their teaching through a socio-cultural lens.

Students will explore questions such as:

  • What does the Canadian post-secondary classroom look like?
  • How can I design effective lesson plans?
  • Which classroom teaching strategies are best suited for my teaching context?


  • Intercultural communication
  • Intercultural classrooms
  • Classroom management
  • Student content tools on OWL
  • Active learning techniques
  • Marking
  • Microteaching
  • Constructive feedback

The program aims to build on the participants’ skills, expertise, experience, and teaching identity. TCC also supports participants 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:

  • Reframe 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.
  • Recognize and develop their unique teaching persona.
  • Develop their teaching skills for enhanced confidence in the classroom by designing and delivering lessons using the Bridge-Outcomes-Pre-Assessment-Participatory Learning-Post-Assessment-Summary (BOPPPS) model.
  • Assess the role of culture in giving effective feedback and practice giving and responding to feedback.

What to expect

Classes will run twice per week. Classes will run from 4:30pm to 6:30pm. Microteaching sessions with smaller groups will be scheduled during the second week of the program once groups and participant availability have been confirmed.

Research on the impact of TCC

Program Information

Upcoming Session

No upcoming session is scheduled at present. The next offering will be held in Winter 2024.


International and new resident graduate students, international postdoctoral scholars

Registration - Coming Winter 2024

Registration Instructions

Please note: Registration is available for current (must be registered in the term indicated on the "Offer of Admission") international graduate students, new resident students, and postdoctoral scholars only once registration opens in Summer 2023.

Here are the steps to register for TCC once it becomes available in Winter 2024:

  1. Login to Western Connect using your Western username and password. 
  2. Go to the Event Calendars section and select the Centre for Teaching and Learning calendar.
  3. Select ONE session you would like to attend from the calendar. Details and a description will appear.
  4. Select the Register on Waiting List button. You will receive an automated waitlist confirmation email to your Western email account.
  5. Submit your $20 deposit (cash or cheque only) to the CTL to complete your registration and secure your spot in the program on a first come first serve basis. The CTL is typically open Monday - Friday from 8:30a.m.-12:00p.m and 1:00p.m-4:00p.m. If you are unable to be on-campus, you can mail the deposit by cheque.
  6. If there is a spot for you in the program, you will receive a registration confirmation email to your Western email account after we receive your deposit, which means you are officially registered in the program.

Due to limited enrolment, we are not able to accept everyone who registers on the Wait List. Registration is on a first come first serve basis upon receipt of the $20 deposit. Once the program spots are full, you will remain on the waitlist and will be notified if a spot becomes available. Deposits will be returned upon completion of the program, or if a participant cancels their registration 3 business days prior to the start of the program. If a spot does not become available for you, we encourage you to register for the next offering of TCC (please see the section "Offered" on the TCC webpage).

If you have any questions or problems registering for an event, please consult our Registration Help Page for our Cancellation Policy, FAQs and more 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 three times per year.

Applies to following certificates

Western Certificate in University Teaching and Learning

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