For the Level 5 220 hour INTESOL Certificate in TESOL, the overall aim is to provide a thorough course which includes a balance between the theory, methodology and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and to thoroughly prepare our trainees for teaching in any overseas environment.
Minimum of A levels/High School Diploma (although work experience and life experience are taken into account for those who have opted for a vocational path rather than an academic one)
Native speaker OR Non-native speaker (IELTS Academic 6.0 / IELTS General 6.5 / TOEFL iBT 74 / Cambridge exams FCE Grade A, CAE Grade C or higher – please note that any external exam result, e.g.IELTS is only valid two years prior to application) Alternatively, you can have a level check with one of our academic staff.
TESOL Course Structure
The course consists of 6 units (a total of 12 modules) each of which is marked and returned with comments and guidance from the trainers. The modules submitted are continually assessed, there are no written examinations.
Unit 1: Study Skills (not assessed)
How best to organise your study time.
Pre Module Grammar
Self-assessed tasks with answers provided to help with Unit 2 The Study of English.
Unit 2: The Study of English
Module 1 – Grammar – tasks on the understanding of grammar, tense & structure – to be completed with the use of a grammar book.Module 2 – Phonetics – tasks relating to the phonetic alphabet(given), stress & intonation.Module 3 – Lexis – tasks relating to the presentation of vocabulary, compound words, word stems, language appropriacy & frequency.
Unit 3: The Teaching and Learning of ESOL
Module 1 – Basic Principles – answers from your own experience and the course materials on:
1) the blocks which may prevent learning
3) communicative competence.
Module 2 – Reading and Listening – tasks based on exploitation of authentic materials i.e. magazines, newspapers, radio broadcasts etc.
Module 3 – Speaking and Writing – tasks based as above but with a more productive bias – getting your students to produce language
Module 4 – Visual Aids – study of all the audio-visual aids available. Production of your own flashcards and aids to be used with a simple flannelgraph.
Module 5 – Error – looking at authentic student errors, classifying them, using a correction code, producing remedial exercises and improving your own practice.
Unit 4: Lesson Planning
Module 1 – Classroom Management – task relating to student teacher relationships and how to achieve genuine communication inside and outside the classroom.
Module 2 – Lesson Stages and Plans – putting all the above into a lesson; timing; warm-up; input; practice and production stages of your lessons.
Unit 5: ESOL Skills for Life (not assessed)
At the end of the Skills for Life module you will:
– have been introduced to the UK national ESOL Skills for Life programme and the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum.
– understand the differences between ESOL Skills for Life and other existing ESOL courses.
– have identified the aims of the ESOL Skills for Life course and the needs of the target learners.
– have had an introduction to the type of course materials and assessment procedures developed for the ESOL Skills for Life programme.
– know where to get materials and further information for the ESOL Skills for Life courses and assessment.
Unit 6: Business English
Subjects covered in this unit are:
– Business English in relation to EFL/ESOL
– How to carry out a Needs Analysis
– Matching course content to target group
– Creating materials for Business English
– How to write a Business English syllabus
Unit 7: Young Learners
Subjects covered in this unit are:
– Differences between the ways in which adults and children learn
– Features in the stages of development of Young Learners
– Classroom management strategies for use in the Young Learners classroom
– Teaching techniques for use with Young Learners
Unit 8: Teaching Practice
Unit 9: Teaching Practice
Unit 10: Teaching Practice
Observed, assessed teaching & feedback sessions.
Assessment and Grading
The course is continually assessed – there are no final examinations. You will be set tasks throughout the course, which are submitted for assessment by your trainers. These tasks are graded and returned with comments and guidance for your development.
At INTESOL Russia we pride ourselves on personalised service, and we are constantly available to offer individual support and coaching. This means that your success on the course is virtually guaranteed.
Duration of the course
The length of time it takes to complete the course depends on your other commitments. There are approximately 220 hours of work in the course, including teaching practice. As a general guideline most students complete the course within 3-6 months, however if more time is required, this is not a problem. If you are in a hurry, for example due to an overseas deadline, inform your tutor who will guide you through the course and enable you to complete it more quickly.
After Completion – Award of Certificate
Upon successful completion of the course you will receive:
- ALAP 220 Hour Certificate in TESOL
- INTESOL Certificate in TESOL (graded)
- ALAP Course Transcript (showing the content you have studied)
Upon successful completion of the course, you will be awarded an INTESOL Certificate with one of the following grades:
- A1 – Distinction
- A2 – Excellent
- B1 – Very good
- B2 – Good
- C – Pass
INTESOL Worldwide TESOL/TEFL courses are accredited and certified by ALAP (Awarding Language Acquisition for Professionals), a UK based Awarding Organisation. ALAP is an accrediting organisation that specialises in the ELT industry.
ALAP is supported by an esteemed Academic Panel who are all experts in the field of English Language Teaching. The ALAP panel oversee matters related to academic quality, ensuring that the value of an ALAP Certificate is upheld.
Gaining a TESOL Certificate Accredited by ALAP.
What This Means to You, the Student!
- You receive 2 certificates, one from INTESOL and one from ALAP with no extra expense to you.
- You will receive a Course Transcript from ALAP showing what you have studied and how many hours.
- Employers worldwide will know that your course is of a high academic standard.
- Your TESOL certification course is moderated and the procedures are checked by an external body.
- Your course provider and awarding body are investing in quality and are committed to giving excellent service.