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Certificate in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL)

This unique programme is designed for those who wish to gain the skills and knowledge to teach English as a second language.

Course Overview

This is a specialist course and will appeal to those involved in teaching students of all ages living in English speaking countries who plan to settle.These may include migrant workers and refugees and their families.

 You will be guided through the techniques and skills neccessary to be an effective teacher as well as gaining a knowledge and insight into the linguistic and other areas of ESL.

You will also receive access to a resource bank where you will be able to find large amounts of lesson materials and resources which you can readily use in your teaching.

Your personal tutor will guide you throughout and will respond to your questions and queries the same working day. The live chat facility is available 7 days a week , 12 hours a day so you can always reach us!

On completion your certificate and transcript, embossed with the College seal, will be posted to you by registered post.

Course Content

Unit One

Introduction to TESL

1.1 Brief description of terms 
1.2 Who are ESL learners? 
1.3 Case studies

Unit Two

Teaching Grammar

2.1 Introduction 
2.2 The English Tense System 
2.3 The Present Simple 
2.4 The Present Continuous 
2.5 . The Future- Arrangements 
2.6 The Past Simple
2.7 The Past Continuous 
2.8 The Future

Unit Three


3.1 Teaching Vocabulary
3.2. Visual aids
3.3. Sources of materials
3.4. Two basic Procedures
3.5. Student-Centred Presentation
3.6. Concept Questions
3.7. Criteria for Selecting Vocabulary to Teach

Unit Four

The Four Skills

Teaching the Productive Skills – Speaking and Writing
4.1. Speaking Skills
4.1.1Accuracy versus Fluency
4.2 Communication Activities
4.3 Writing
4.3.1 The Stages of Writing
4.4 Correction of written work

Unit Five

Teaching the Receptive Skills – Listening and Reading

5.1 Different types of listening skills
5.2. Teaching Listening
5.3 Reading
5.3.1.The Stages of Reading
5.3.2. Learning the Script
5.4 Reading Activities and Materials

Unit Six

Teaching Pronunciation

6.1 Sounds
6.2 Sounds - some Useful Activities
6.3 Stress
6.4. Intonation

Unit Seven

Citizenship and Asylum

7.1 Citizenship and Asylum
7.2. Citizenship English Language requirements and examinations
7.3. Life in the UK Test
7.4. Citizenship Knowledge
7.5. ESL Examinations
7.6. IELTS


Unit Eight

Using Local resources

Unit Nine

Cultural awareness

9.1 symptoms of culture shock
9.2 linguistic/cultural misunderstanding
9.3 non-verbal communication
9.4 cross-cultural quiz
9.5 Answers to Cross Cultural Quiz

Unit Ten

Lesson planning and Classroom Management

10.1.What should go into an English language lesson?
10.2. What is a lesson plan?
10.3.Why is planning important?
10.4.Do you need to plan if you have a course book?
10.5.What are the principles of planning?
10.6.Aims and concepts
10.7.Contexts and marker sentences
10.8. Lesson Plan Examples
10.9. Last Word - Inspection report on observation of ESL lessons from the National research and Development Centre for Adult Literacy and Numeracy.

Payment Options

Standard Course Fee: £255 (by download)

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