Degree and/or experience:
- To apply for the Diploma in TESOL, you should be an experienced second language teacher, usually with more than two years of teaching experience. Places are normally given to those who have a good first degree and a high standard of spoken and written English. It is also an advantage to have some form of initial teaching qualification.
English language requirements:
- IELTS 6.5 overall, with no significant weaknesses in any area of the test.
The TESOL Diploma is designed around the needs of working teachers. Taught classes run on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2pm to 5pm, and you book teaching observations to take place when and where it suits your professional circumstances.
The course comprises five modules, which relate theories and research to professional contexts. Assessments are varied and most encourage the development of reflective practice, which plays a key part in professional development. This reflection is assessed in the form of a reflective blog that documents your teaching assessments, peer observations and reactions to and thoughts about issues relating to your experiences on the course, in your professional context and from your reading.
The Diploma in TESOL is validated by the University of Brighton and has the appropriate amount of assessed teaching practice and input hours set by British Council guidelines. The course is therefore equivalent to other ELT Diplomas such as the Cambridge DELTA or Trinity DipTESOL.