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Certificate of Educational Studies in TESOL

A thorough introduction to the world of TEFL ACTDEC Level 2

The Certificate of Educational Studies in TESOL uses home-study material tried, tested and regularly updated over a twenty year period. This programme is designed to provide a thorough introduction to the theory and practice of teaching English to speakers of other languages. Those going abroad will certainly find they are able to obtain a teaching post with this recognised qualification.

Who it's for: Keen gap-year students, teaching assistants, anyone wishing to progress later to a level 3 or higher qualification.

What's included?

Internet delivered course material in 22 modules, Answer Keys†& Worksheets Course set books:
  1. English Teachers Handbook
  2. Practice of ELT
  3. A Course in Language Teaching
Course Handbook and document booklet Postage of books, tutored worksheets, certificates.
  • Marking, grading and tutoring of all twenty two module worksheets with tutor written comment
  • Registration for award of the Eurolink Examinations Board Certificate
  • Registration for award of the ACTDEC Level Two Certificate
  • Free access to the†Students' Area†including the Student Forum

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The distance-training programme consists of twenty-three modules comprising the following five units:

  • Study Skills
  • Language Awareness
  • The Practice of TESOL
  • Writing Instructional Objectives, Lesson Planning and Preparation
  • Practical Phonetics
Thoroughly Introduced to TESOL

This distance course takes approximately 150 hours to complete and leads to the Certificate of Educational Studies in TESOL. Holders of the certificate may use the ACTDEC Level 2 Associate Teacher of ESOL qualification title and the postnominal designation Cert.(ES)TESOL.


The Certificate of Educational Studies in TESOL is accredited by ACTDEC at Level 2.

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Sample Material

View some sample material from this course.


No two people work at the same pace, have similar commitments or study time available. You can pace yourself and work as quickly as you wish or take as long as you need. The Cert.(ES)TESOL takes on average 150 hours to complete. With full-time study (16-20 hours weekly) it is possible to complete the programme in 2 months or less. On a purely part-time basis (9-12 hours weekly) the course can be completed in 12 to 16 weeks.

Assessment and Award of the Certificate

Examination is by continuous assessment of the worksheet assignments for each unit module. There are no written examinations.

Re-submission of unsatisfactory assignments for regrading (except the 'Practical Phonetics') is at the discretion of the unit tutor and Director of Examinations.

Award of the Certificate is restricted to those who successfully complete the course and all assessment assignments.

The following are sample certificates from this course:
ACTDEC Level 2 Certificate Certificate Ed Studies


Applications are welcomed from teachers, graduates of all disciplines, including non-native speakers, and other professionals. Training Link Online is also happy to encourage applicants without formal qualifications who have the ability to communicate clearly in English.

Course Fees

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Regulations and Syllabus

A copy of the formal regulations and syllabus for the Cert.(ES)TESOL is available separately.


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