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Regulations and Syllabus for the

Certificate in the Theory and Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages Cert.(TM)TESOL

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Valid for examinations August 2008 to December 2010

This certificate programme leads to the following award:

Certificate in the Theory and Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  >  Cert.(TM)TESOL

The course is accredited by ACTDEC, the Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses, as a level 3 course. A copy of the ACTDEC Code of Practice is available online at


  1. All Cert.(TM)TESOL course participants are required to be registered with the Eurolink Examinations Board and the Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses.
  2. Applications for assessment and examination will be accepted by the Board on the understanding that candidates will be assessed according to the requirements of the current syllabus and that they comply with the examination regulations.
  3. The candidate's completed Cert.(TM)TESOL course application form will be accepted as formal application for continuous assessment and examination by the Board.
  4. An entry which has been made in the name of one candidate may not be transferred to another candidate.
  5. Registration, examination and membership fees cannot be refunded.
  6. Examination of the distance-training units of the course is by continuous assessment regulated and moderated by the Board and ACTDEC.
  7. Essay assignments, practical projects, and end course 'take-away' proficiency papers are completed on dates arranged by the Course Director of Studies and agreed by the Board.
  8. The Centre will send each candidate advance notice of the date by which assessed assignments are to be completed.
  9. The pass mark in all parts of the examination is 50%. Candidates must satisfy the examiners in all four parts before the Certificate in the Theory and Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is awarded. Candidates who have failed Parts 2, 3, and 4, are permitted to re-take only those parts in which they have failed. If they have not passed all parts of the examination within two years of the issue of the first successful result in part of the examination, they are required to take all four parts again. Candidates who fail to achieve the overall pass mark of 50% required in the case of Part 1 may re-submit unsatisfactory assignments for regrading at the discretion of the course director of studies.
  10. The Cert.(TM)TESOL is a pre-diploma qualification testifying to the candidates' command and awareness of English and also their understanding of teaching methods and techniques. The qualification is awarded by the Eurolink Examinations Board and accredited by ACTDEC.
  11. Successful candidates will receive a Certificate under the seal of the Board. Certificate holders are entitled to use the postnominal designation Cert.(TM)TESOL.

Aim of the Course

For the Certificate programme as a whole the overall aim is to provide a thorough introduction to the theory and methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

General Objectives

The general objectives of the course require each student to be able to:

  1. demonstrate a sound grasp of the basic phonological, lexical, syntactical and other aspects of modern communicative English, with particular reference to its rôles as a means of communication.
  2. identify the learning needs of any group of ESOL learners at various age and proficiency levels, and to modify and update such a needs analysis in the light of observation and testing.
  3. write instructional objectives and prepare appropriate lesson plans.
  4. discuss intelligently a repertoire of teaching and learning resources.


The Certificate in TESOL is assessed as follows.

  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. These will typically include short tasks requiring candidates to link theory to practice. (See syllabus content.)
  2. Post Mid-Course Essay
    Candidates are required to submit a post mid-course essay of approximately 1,500 words. A choice of topics is offered.
  3. Practical Project
    Candidates are required to submit a practical teaching project during the final phase of the course. A choice of assignments is offered.
  4. Final 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.

Syllabus Content

The following is a select list of units and topics covered during the Certificate distance programme.

Study Skills: planning and organising study time; various learning techniques; note-taking and filing; distance-learning methodology and procedures.

The Study of Language: the nature and scope of general and applied linguistics, psycholinguistics and sociolinguistics; the structures and functions of language, context of situation and use.

The Study of English: use and usage; syntax and meaning; word classes and word formation; noun, preposition, adjective, and verb phrases; forms and functions of the tenses; cohesion; aspects of lexis; phonetics and phonology, including the articulation of vowel and consonant sounds, linkage and assimilation, stress and intonation, the International Phonetic Association symbols, problems of transcription, etc.; 'standards' and international intelligibility. The Practice of TESOL: Sources and problems of motivation at different age-levels; subject-matter and procedures; teaching-learning approaches, with particular emphasis on humanistic aspects and task-based communicative activities; receptive and productive skills, reading and listening materials; speaking and writing; integration of skills; discovery techniques; language games; oral and written forms of practice and interaction; problem-solving activities; simulation and rôle-play; pair-work and group work; audiovisual aids.

Testing and Assessment: value of errors; problems of correction and remediation; scales of attainment.

Lesson Planning: instructional objectives and the teaching-learning process; writing a lesson plan; the class, the plan, stages and preparation; keeping concentration high; teacher and student activities; writing concept questions; teacher-student talking time; classroom language; class management and organisation.

Length of course

The Cert.(TM)TESOL course takes a total of 250 hours to complete. Since no two people work at the same pace or have identical commitments and study time, a Certificate programme may take from fourteen to twenty-four weeks to complete.

Course entry requirement

For the Certificate programme candidates need to have a good general education up to the generally accepted level for university entrance. Consideration 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.

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.

For a full description of the levels of attainment sought please e-mail, phone, fax or write to the Eurolink Examinations Board Academic Registrar.

Should you have a query regarding course eligibility please telephone Training Link Online at 0114 2621522 and ask to speak to the Course Director.

ACTDEC level three
An ACTDEC level 3 qualification


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