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Diploma in (the Theory and Methodology of) TESOL

Be an effective English teacher

This distance-training programme is a very substantial one consisting of forty-one modules, there is an entry requirement of two years teaching experience.

This diploma programme builds on the level 3 certificate with additional Practice of TESOL and Phonetics modules, as well as additional essay-writing tasks.

An ideal programme for those teachers in-post who want to work from home at their own pace.

Who it's for: Teachers with 2+ years ESOL teaching experience wishing to enhance their knowledge and earning potential.

Note: This course can be upgraded to an Advanced Diploma with Eurolink Courses. For more information please click here.

What's included?

Internet delivered course material in 41 modules, Answer Keys & Worksheets Course set books:
  1. Linguistics
  2. English Teachers Handbook
  3. Practice of ELT
  4. A Course in Language Teaching
Course Handbook and document booklet Postage of books, tutored worksheets, certificates.
  • Marking, grading and tutoring of all twenty four module worksheets with tutor written comment
  • Registration for award of the Eurolink Examinations Board Certificate
  • Registration for award of the ACTDEC Level Four Certificate
  • Free access to the Students' Area including the Student Forum

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This modular course, set at degree level, was designed originally for the in-service distance-training of teachers of English unable to travel to the United Kingdom for a course with a residential component, but who wished to familiarise themselves with the latest methodological approaches, classroom techniques, educational technology and teaching strategies. Almost all the course units are work-related and lead to measurable improvements in performance. This is particularly important for in-post serving teachers of ESOL. The course is also suitable for experienced native-speaker teachers and language graduates wishing to train to teach English to speakers of other languages. This diploma qualification is particularly suitable for teachers seeking to develop their careers, and who are considering applying for senior appointments such as section heads, co-ordinators, directors of studies, etc.


Course Aim

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.

Course Objectives

The general objectives of the course 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.

Course Content and Approach

The course is designed to provide a systematic approach which is straightforward and thorough, yet reasonably challenging. Each module follows a series of steps with plenty of examples and guidance leading to practical self-assessment exercises followed by tutor-assessed activities. Facilities for guided self-revision are built in.

The opportunity to work with others following the course is provided, as are opportunities to contact your tutors regularly. Through these arrangements one need never feel isolated or alone during the programme.


The Diploma the Theory and Methodology of TESOL is accredited by ACTDEC at Level 4.

More information about accreditation »

Sample Material

View some sample material from this course (see Certificate in TESOL).


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. As a rough guide it is possible to complete the Diploma course within eight to twelve months though some people may even take a little longer. The Diploma takes an average of 450 hours to complete.

Some people can devote only 6 - 10 hours a week to the course 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.) When commencing the course we will give you a completion date but more time may be taken if needed. Transfer to a later course can also be arranged if necessary.


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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.
  2. Post 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.

Award of the Certificate Dip.(TM)TESOL

Award of the Eurolink Examinations Board diploma is restricted to those who successfully complete the course and all assessment assignments. Diplomas, sent approximately three weeks following course completion, will be graded in the following manner:

     Distinction  >  Excellent  >  Very Good  >  Good  >  Pass

A formal description of the course, as well as detailed assessment procedures, is printed on the reverse of the diploma. Diploma holders are entitled to use the postnominal designation Dip.(TM)TESOL.

The following are sample certificates from this course:
ACTDEC Level 4 Diploma Diploma in TESOL


Applications will be considered from practising teachers and graduates of all disciplines, and holders of the Cert.(TM)TESOL/ACoT(TESOL).

Applicants with two years' TESOL experience who seek an internationally recognised advanced qualification are especially welcome.

For the Diploma programme a candidate is normally required to be a teacher with at least two years' experience. '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. Candidates who have less than two years of full-time teaching experience but who already hold the Cert.(TM)TESOL or a recognised equivalent may, at the Board's discretion, be accepted for entry to the Dip.(TM)TESOL.

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 see the Scales of Attainment.

Course Fees

Diploma in TESOL course fees »

Regulations and Syllabus

A copy of the formal regulations and syllabus for the Diploma is available separately.


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