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Advanced Certificate in TESOL

Advanced Certificate in TESOL

Upgrade cost €625.00 (Special offer €525.00)

The Advanced Certificate is the same as the Level 3 Certificate but with two weeks of observed and assessed intensive teaching practice.

Pre-eminent in its field the Advanced Certificate in TESOL is the ultimate initial TESOL teacher-training course.

Accredited courses leading to this qualification take a hybrid form consisting of 275 hours distance-training in the theory and methodology of TESOL followed by 75 hours practical face-to-face work including substantial teaching practice.

Upgrading from the Cert.(TM)TESOL

For €625 you can upgrade your Certificate in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL to an Advanced Certificate in TESOL.

What's included in the fee?

As Level 3 Certificate in TESOL, plus:

  • 2 weeks of observed teaching practice working in all areas (infant, primary, secondary, adults and business classes at all levels).
  • Assessed teaching practice is undertaken in both Traininglink/Eurolink centres in Las Palmas de Gran Canaria.

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Why an advanced Certificate in TESOL? In the case of a 120-hour (4-week) certificate course, e.g. Cambridge/RSA or Trinity College, there are requirements, not only to cover the theory and methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages, but also the practical components including teaching practice. Such courses, however good, can do little more in 120 hours than skim the surface. As a result there is a growing pool of teachers whose classroom management and teaching techniques are reasonably effective but who lack in depth subject knowledge. Such courses are extremely intensive and, given the minimal time scale, there is often overload and a great deal of pressure.

Teaching Practice

The Advanced Certificate, on the other hand, is designed to remove the pressure and provide breathing space. Let us now consider the advantages of the Advanced Certificate in TESOL:

  • Low pressure study format
  • Learn in your own time
  • Very competetively priced
  • More in-depth than a short on-site course
  • Rewarding teaching practice component
  • Career advancement

Why follow a programme with teaching practice?

  1. You will feel more confident and relaxed when you come to teach for real, knowing that you are trained to help your students learn.
  2. You will secure a better job with more pay.
  3. You will become part of a professional community of English teachers.
The importance of teaching practice
Teaching Practice in Gran Canaria

Because of the £100 reduction in the Advanced Certificate course fee this year it's now possible to offer recognised teaching practice in Gran Canaria, Spain more cheaply than in the UK. For your teaching practice you might like to think about the warm sunshine and climate of Gran Canaria.

Stay longer than the TP fortnight if you wish and holiday in the sun. Even arrange to bring family members to simply enjoy themselves.

For costs and to book your accommodation or obtain further information telephone Terry on 0034 928 707 492 or e-mail

Flights to Gran Canaria

Many cheap flights to Gran Canaria are available. A simple search for "cheap flights to Gran Canaria" will reveal many choices.
Here are a few websites you may like to try:

Course Aim

For the Advanced Certificate as a whole, the overall aim is to provide a combined course of distance-training and face-to-face instruction in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages.

Course General Objectives

The general objectives require each student to be able to:

  1. demonstrate a firm grasp of the main phonological, lexical and syntactical features of modern communicative English.
  2. predict with reasonable accuracy the needs of ESOL students at various levels, to modify and update such a needs analysis in the light of observation and testing of the learners.
  3. write instructional objectives and prepare effective lesson plans.
  4. teach effectively structures, lexis and phonology at any level from beginners to advanced.
  5. handle a reasonably extensive repertoire of lesson forms.
  6. demonstrate an ability to prepare and teach successfully a series of assessed ESOL lessons at various levels.
  7. monitor his or her own effectiveness as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages.

Course Structure

This modular course takes a hybrid form consisting of approximately 80% conducted in the form of distance-training and some 20% practical face-to-face work including substantial teaching practice.

Who the Advanced Certificate is for

The Advanced Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is an initial (degree level) advanced qualification. The course aims to provide a thorough, in-depth introduction to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages and to familiarise participants with the latest methodological approaches, classroom techniques, educational technology and teaching strategies. This advanced programme has been specifically designed for those wishing to undertake a wide-ranging and substantial course of professional enrichment prior to embarking on a career in TESOL.

Part I - Distance-training Element

Advanced Certificate Part1 Units

The following is a select list of the topics covered during the modular distance-training programme.

Study skills. General introduction to linguistics. Background issues, e.g. reasons for learning a language, motivation, language acquisition and learning. Phonetics and phonology - the IPA and phonemic transcription, articulatory phonetics, word and sentence stress, vowel sounds and the articulation of vowels and diphthongs, linkage and intonation. English grammar and usage, e.g. word classes, aspects of grammatical structure, verb phrases, form and function, semantics, etc. Vocabulary - acquisition, presentation and practice. Lesson planning and writing instructional objectives - lesson preparation, the teaching-learning process, writing lesson plans, stages in a lesson, concept questioning, teacher and student activities, classroom organisation and management, teaching aids. Receptive and productive skills; teaching listening and reading; developing oral skills; encouraging and developing writing. Communicative activities, task-based learning, pair and group work; language drills; language games. Testing and assessment, error analysis, correction and remediation.

Included during the distance element of the course is:

  1. a commitment from the trainee to organise for him/herself observation of any ESOL teaching (State school - Primary - Secondary - F.E. College - Private Sector Institution etc.). This should be for at least three hours. Appropriate tasks are completed during and after the observation. [Training Link Online will provide an explanatory letter of introduction addressed to the institution concerned.]
  2. guided observation of discrete activities (including three full lessons) on video; with appropriate worksheets which will be tutor-assessed

Face-to-face Element (Part II)

Advanced Certificate Part2 Units

The practical component will be of a minimum two-week duration (75 hours). The following is covered through a series of workshops, seminars and other modes of input as appropriate.

Practical Components. The OHP and Magnetboard. Practical Phonetics Workshops. Grammar Workshops. Teaching Practice Preparation.

Classroom Techniques. Effective Chalk/White Board Work. The CD/Tape Recorder/Player and its Effective Use. Skills Development. Classroom Management Skills. Task-based Classroom Activities.

Teaching Practice and Observation. Video observation and techniques of self-evaluation. Observation of classes, taught by qualified teachers. Peer teaching. Teaching practice with non-native speaker students.


Sample Material

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The examination for the Advanced Certificate in TESOL is in five parts:

Part 1. Distance-training Programme Assessment
Candidates are required to successfully complete all the assignments contained in the units and modules of the distance-training programme.

Part 2. Post Mid-Course Essay
Candidates are required to submit a post mid-course essay of approximately 1,500 words. A choice of topics will be offered.

Part 3. Final Distance Assessment Paper
At the close of the distance programme the candidate is required to complete at home, within a given period of time a 'take-away' proficiency assessment paper.

Part 4. Practical Project Assignment
Candidates are required to submit a practical teaching project during the final phase of the course.

Part 5. Classroom Teaching
This part of the examination is in three sections.

  1. Pre-lesson assessment of lesson plans.
  2. Six formally assessed lessons lasting 45-60 minutes each. Two of the lessons should be at, at least, two different levels.
  3. A discussion lasting 10 minutes after each lesson.

A candidate is required to teach six assessed lessons.

A copy of the candidate's lesson plan, setting out clearly and concisely the lesson objective(s) and the principal stages of the lesson, and indicating how it is (or would be) related to previous and subsequent lessons must be handed to the assessor for marking and comment prior to the lesson.

Candidates are required to discuss with the assessor after each lesson, the detail of his or her teaching procedures and to criticise them, favourably or unfavourably. They should be able to identify those parts of the lesson that were successful, and those which were less so, and to make constructive suggestions for improvement.

Duration of Distance-training Element (Part I)

No two people work at the same pace, have similar commitments or study time available. We try therefore, to be as helpfully flexible as we can. You can start the distance element as early as you wish but you will, of course need to complete the Part I programme prior to the Part II residential block starting date. As a rough guide it is possible to complete the distance-training element within eighteen to twenty weeks though many people tend to take a little longer. The Part I element takes an average of 275 hours to complete. Some people can devote only 6 - 10 hours a week to the distance programme whilst others, on a full-time basis, can find 20 - 25 hours weekly. Remember though, finding time to absorb the material and reflect on the content is important. On a purely part-time basis trainees need to find some 10 - 14 hours of study time each week. (These estimates of study hours are approximate since no two individuals work at the same pace.) If you allow yourself around five months to complete the distance element you should be able to do so comfortably.

Award of the Qualification Advanced Certificate in TESOL

Successful candidates whose names appear on an official Pass List will be awarded the qualification of Advanced Certificate in TESOL at Pass, Merit or Distinction. A certificate under the seal of the College of Teachers shall subsequently be delivered to each successful candidate.


Applications for course participation will be considered from qualified teachers and graduates of all disciplines.

Consideration, subject to the College Dean's discretion, will also be given to applicants who have professional or other qualifications, are capable of communicating clearly, and who feel confident in their ability to bring a clear, analytical approach to the English language and to develop a teaching style appropriate to learners with a wide range of needs. Such applicants will be expected to have a good general education up to the usually accepted level for university entrance.

Applications from non-native speaker graduates or teachers are very welcome. However, such applicants must have attained a high level of English language competence in all four skills. See Scales of Attainment.

Applications for Part II (Practical block) leading to the Adv.Cert.(TESOL) will also be considered from holders of the Cert.(TM)TESOL validated by the College of Teachers and/or ACoT(TESOL) with a good pass.

This Advanced Certificate fulfills the accreditation criteria required by the British Council.


Having selected a residential block during which to complete the Part II element of the programme it is not possible to change the arrangement without the agreement of the institution organising and running the residential element or without payment of a transfer fee.

Additional Registration for Cert.(TM)TESOL

By special arrangement it is additionally possible to register for the Eurolink Cert.(TM)TESOL at a specially reduced registration fee.

You may also register for the ACTDEC level 3 Certificate. Should you be interested in receiving forms for additional registration please contact the Sheffield office.

Part II - Teaching Practice

Training Link Online offers teaching practice in Gran Canaria, Spain.

lessons at TLC Spain

Obtaining Employment following Course Completion

Trying to find employment with a qualification that is recognised only by the distance-training provider awarding it can, for obvious reasons, prove exceedingly difficult. On the other hand obtaining employment with an internationally recognised qualification, i.e. one validated and/or accredited by an external independent body is, for most, a relatively simple process. Holders of the Cert.TM(TESOL) backed up by an ACTDEC level 3 certificate usually obtain a teaching post within a month of gaining the qualification.

Advice on obtaining employment is provided in the course handbook as are website addresses for jobs. Eurolink Teacher Training regularly receive offers of posts from around the world which are passed on to trainees nearing the end of their course. Read more about gaining employment.

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