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Regulations and Syllabus for the

Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages


and the

College of Teachers

Senior Teacher Status
Valid for examinations August 2008 to December 2010

This diploma programme leads to the following joint awards

  1. Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
  2. Diploma of the College of Teachers - please see regulation X.

The course is validated by the College of Teachers and, in the case of successful candidates, fulfils the requirements for Part I of the Masters' level qualification FCoT(TESOL).

The course is also accredited by ACTDEC, the Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses, as a level 4 course. A copy of the ACTDEC Code of Practice is available on the ACTDEC website.


  1. All Dip.(TM)TESOL and DipCoT(TESOL) course participants are required to be registered with the Eurolink Examinations Board, the College of Teachers 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 Dip.(TM)TESOL course application form will be accepted as formal application for continuous assessment and examination by the Board. An invoice for registration, examination and College student membership fees will be sent to the candidate with the initial distance training pack.
  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, the College of Teachers, 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 60%. Candidates must satisfy the examiners in all five parts before the Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages is awarded. Candidates who have failed Parts 2, 3, 4, and 5 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 60% required in the case of Part 1 may re-submit unsatisfactory assignments (except for Practical Phonetics) for regrading at the discretion of the course director of studies.
  10. Successful completion of the course also leads to the College of Teachers award of DipCoT(TESOL). At the end of the Dip.(TM)TESOL course the Eurolink Board will submit course marks and, in some cases, samples of candidates' work for external moderation. Pass lists will be reported to the College normally in early October, January and early June. Results will be considered by the Awards Committee in November, March and July. Once marks have been approved by the Awards Committee they are communicated to candidates. Successful candidates will be informed by the College that they have passed and sent their certificates/diplomas. At the same time they will be invited to convert their student membership into full membership of the College, if they so wish. Holders of the DipCoT(TESOL) are entitled to wear the College's academic dress.

    Note that while the diploma is an award for life, use of the post-nominal DipCot(TESOL) can only be used by those graduates who are members of the College. See membership of the College of Teachers.
  11. The College of Teachers Awards Committee's decision is final.
  12. The Dip.(TM)TESOL is a degree-level qualification for experienced teachers which recognises the successful completion of in-service training testifying to the candidate's command and awareness of English, understanding of teaching methods, and ability. The qualification is awarded by the Eurolink Examinations Board, validated by the College of Teachers and accredited by ACTDEC.
  13. Successful candidates will receive a Diploma under the seal of the Board. Diploma holders are entitled to use the postnominal designation Dip.(TM)TESOL.
  14. Successful candidates will also receive a Diploma under the seal of the College of Teachers.
  15. Candidates achieving an overall pass mark of 70% fulfil the requirements for Part I of the College of Teachers Master's level qualification FCoT(TESOL).
  16. Succussful candidates will additionally receive an ACTDEC Diploma providing they have completed and returned an ACTDEC registration form to the ACTDEC registrar. A pass list can be seen on the ACTDEC website.

Aim of the Course

For the Diploma programme as a whole the overall aim is to provide an advanced distance training course, for experienced teachers, in the theory and methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

General Objectives

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

  1. demonstrate a thorough grasp of the main phonological, lexical, syntactical and other aspects of modern communicative English, with particular reference to its rôles as a means of communication.
  2. predict with reasonable accuracy the learning needs of any group of ESOL, ESL, or ESP learners 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. teach English effectively at any level from beginners to advanced.
  5. discuss intelligently an extensive repertoire of lesson forms.
  6. monitor his or her own effectiveness as a teacher of English to speakers of other languages.


The Diploma 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. Mid-Course Essay
    Candidates are required to submit a post mid-course essay of approximately 2,000 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.
  5. Extended Essay
    Candidates are required to submit, within four weeks of receipt of the final course module pack, an extended essay of 3,500 words approximately. A choice of titles is offered.

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

Study Skills: planning and organising study time; various learning techniques; note taking and filing; task work; essay writing; distance learning methodology and procedures.

General Linguistics: the science of language; describing language; the functions of language; the structure of language; the nature of linguistics; language change; psycholinguistics; sociolinguistics.

Practical Phonetics and Phonology: the function of the International Phonetic Alphabet; British English Pronunciation; transcription; articulatory phonetics; word and sentence stress; vowel sounds and the articulation of vowels and diphthongs; linkage and intonation; presenting the sounds of English to learners, presenting word and sentence stress; remediation; introducing linkage to the class; presenting intonation patterns; form and function in intonation.

Language Awareness: English grammar and usage; word classes, morphemes and word formation; noun, prepositional and adjective phrases; verb phrases; form and function in the English tenses; semantics and communication; the teaching of communicative grammar; discovery techniques; functional-notional approach.

The Practice of TESOL: Sources and problems of motivation at different age-levels and in different learning circumstances.

Language-learning theories and approaches; types of ELT syllabus.

Receptive Skills - reading and listening materials; reasons and strategies for reading; reading speed; intensive and extensive reading and listening; reading development; reasons and strategies for listening; listening practice materials and listening development; development of left-to-right reading.

Productive Skills - speaking and writing; reasons and opportunities for speaking; development of speaking skills; information-gap activities; discovery techniques; development of cohesion; writing skills; stages in the teaching of writing; development of handwriting.

Practice in Communicating - importance of subject-matter; group-activity and pair-activity; language games; problem-solving activities; simulation and role-play; dramatisation; mime-based activity; relaying instructions; written communicative activities.

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.

Survey of Language Learning and Teaching: historical development and spread of English language teaching; grammar-translation; direct method; audiolingual method; situational language teaching; total physical response; the silent way; community language learning; the natural approach; suggestopedia; communicative approach.

Self-access Resources: the self-access centre and its advantages; classification systems; self-assessment; self-access materials production.

Length of Course
The Dip.(TM)TESOL/Dip.CoT(TESOL) combined course takes a total of 450 hours to complete. Since no two people work at the same pace or have identical commitments and study time, a Diploma programme may take from eight to twelve months to complete.

Course Entry Requirement
For the Diploma programme candidates must normally hold a basic teaching qualification and have the equivalent of two years' full-time teaching experience. Since it is still not the practice in further, higher and adult education to require teachers to be formally qualified, the Dean of the College of Teachers has discretion to admit teachers without teaching qualifications so long as they are recommended by a competent authority (e.g. the Dip.(TM)TESOL course provider i.e. Eurolink Courses, the applicant's employer, the British Council, or an inspector of the Ministry of Education of the country in which they are working). Note: 'Full-time' is to be interpreted as the equivalent of 30 or more weeks of class teaching a year, the average number of lessons per week being no fewer than fifteen.

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 Eurolink Teacher Training and ask to speak to the Centre Director or Course Director of Studies.

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