TESOL PLUS

The INTESOL accredited 120 hour Certificate in TESOL Plus qualifies you to teach in any setting, anywhere in the world. With this qualification you can apply for positions online or in class.

You will be fully equipped with all the skills that are in high demand by TESOL employers. You will learn the best ways to make your lessons enjoyable and worthwhile, ensuring that everyone’s experience is a rewarding one.

Your tutor will be an experienced teacher trainer holding a Masters in TESOL as a minimum qualification. They will offer you all the support and feedback you need to achieve your full potential.

Awarding of certificate

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a graded certificate with an issue number and a course transcript listing the contents of the course. These will be issued direct from the ALAP Exams Office in the UK, and employers and potential employers can verify your certification on the ALAP website.

Course content

The course has approximately 120 hours of work and consists of the five units listed below.

Unit Aims
Unit 1: Study skills (not assessed)
  • How best to organise your study time
Unit 2: The study of English
  • Module 1 – Inductive and Deductive Analysis and use of grammar – parts of speech and grammatical terminology – the tense system, reported speech, active and passive
  • Module 2 – Elements of pronunciation: intonation including rising and falling tones, sentence stress, weak forms – sounds of the language/phonology; word stress, schwa sound, phonemic chart – teaching a ‘pronunciation point’
  • Module 3 – Lexis selection: frequency and appropriacy – lexis formation: synonyms and antonyms, word stems, parts of speech including prefixes and suffixes
Unit 3: The teaching and learning of ESOL
  • Module 1 – Overview of ESOL issues – being a caring teacher, involving students, using realistic language, keeping the students interested, teacher talking time, correction, levels in ESOL teaching, visual aids, use of mother tongue; teaching for exams: Professional English Examinations; the role of grammar, classroom techniques, one to one teaching
  • Module 2 – Becoming familiar with the four primary language skills, identifying a range of skills needed for successful listening and reading, understanding some of the problems students experience when speaking and writing, knowing ways of training learners to develop the four skills, planning a receptive and productive skills lesson
  • Module 3 – Errors – Recognising and understanding why students make errors, preparing useful remedial exercises
  • Module 4 – Understanding the overall aim of TESOL, facilitating communication, classroom management techniques which encourage students to listen, speak and learn, understanding the importance of ‘need first’ teaching, recognising a variety of aids and being able to prepare your own aids
  • Module 5 – Knowing the importance of dividing an ESOL lesson into separate stages, understanding the role of the teacher at each stage, understanding the importance of adequate planning, writing a detailed lesson plan, bringing about and recognising student progress
Unit 4: Teaching online
  • Module 1 – Working for an online school, finding a good online school, building a strong client base, approaching a diagnostic lesson, choosing a suitable working platform, marketing yourself, creating your own website, planning your online TESOL business
  • Module 2 – Understanding why it is important to design a long-term plan for your online course, practise planning a course, have the links to some useful sources of materials for your course, creating your own materials and the kind of materials you can create
Unit 5: Teaching young learners
  • Module 1 – Understanding how young learners are different from older learners and how it may affect your actions in the classroom or online, motivating your young students, managing a class of young learners including how to deal with discipline problems, group students and give instructions
  • Module 2 – Understanding what kinds of activities are suitable for a young learners class, know the difference between settlers and stirrers, know how to plan a lesson for young learners

1. Study skills (not assessed)

  • How best to organise your study time

2. The study of English

  • Module 1 – Inductive and Deductive Analysis and use of grammar – parts of speech and grammatical terminology – the tense system, reported speech, active and passive
  • Module 2 – Elements of pronunciation: intonation including rising and falling tones, sentence stress, weak forms – sounds of the language/phonology; word stress, schwa sound, phonemic chart – teaching a ‘pronunciation point’
  • Module 3 – Lexis selection: frequency and appropriacy – lexis formation: synonyms and antonyms, word stems, parts of speech including prefixes and suffixes

3. The teaching and learning of ESOL

  • Module 1 – Overview of ESOL issues – being a caring teacher, involving students, using realistic language, keeping the students interested, teacher talking time, correction, levels in ESOL teaching, visual aids, use of mother tongue; teaching for exams: Professional English Examinations; the role of grammar, classroom techniques, one to one teaching
  • Module 2 – Becoming familiar with the four primary language skills, identifying a range of skills needed for successful listening and reading, understanding some of the problems students experience when speaking and writing, knowing ways of training learners to develop the four skills, planning a receptive and productive skills lesson
  • Module 3 – Errors – Recognising and understanding why students make errors, preparing useful remedial exercises
  • Module 4 – Understanding the overall aim of TESOL, facilitating communication, classroom management techniques which encourage students to listen, speak and learn, understanding the importance of ‘need first’ teaching, recognising a variety of aids and being able to prepare your own aids
  • Module 5 – Knowing the importance of dividing an ESOL lesson into separate stages, understanding the role of the teacher at each stage, understanding the importance of adequate planning, writing a detailed lesson plan, bringing about and recognising student progress

4. Teaching online

  • Module 1 – Working for an online school, finding a good online school, building a strong client base, approaching a diagnostic lesson, choosing a suitable working platform, marketing yourself, creating your own website, planning your online TESOL business
  • Module 2 – Understanding why it is important to design a long-term plan for your online course, practise planning a course, have the links to some useful sources of materials for your course, creating your own materials and the kind of materials you can create

5. Teaching young learners

  • Module 1 – Understanding how young learners are different from older learners and how it may affect your actions in the classroom or online, motivating your young students, managing a class of young learners including how to deal with discipline
    problems, group students and give instructions
  • Module 2 – Understanding what kinds of activities are suitable for a young learners class, know the difference between settlers and stirrers, know how to plan a lesson for young learners

Assessment

Each unit has course notes, self-checks and assignments that you will study at your own pace. Once your final task has been graded by your tutor you will be eligible for certification.

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CELTO

The INTESOL accredited 40 hour Certificate in English Language Teaching Online qualifies you for online teaching.

You will be fully equipped with all the skills that are in high demand by TESOL employers. You will learn the best ways to make your lessons enjoyable and worthwhile, ensuring that everyone’s experience is a rewarding one.

Awarding of certificate

On successful completion of the course you will be awarded a graded certificate with an issue number and a course transcript listing the contents of the course. These will be issued direct from the ALAP Exams Office in the UK, and employers and potential employers can verify your certification on the ALAP website.

Course content

The course has approximately 40 hours of work and consists of the ten units listed below.

Unit Aims
Unit 1: Introduction to Teaching Online
  • learn about the benefits of teaching online
  • consider the qualities that a successful online teacher should possess
  • reflect on the role of a teacher in the modern learning environment
Unit 2: Bringing about success
  • learn how to stimulate students to produce language
  • learn how to teach and not to lecture
  • learn how to minimise silence and improve students’ fluency
Unit 3: The basic principles of all TEFL/TESOL
  • gain a basic understanding of the principles of good ESOL teaching
  • reflect on the importance of a caring environment in the classroom
  • become familiar with principles and techniques of communicative teaching
Unit 4: Teaching grammar
  • understand how Communicative Methodology can make the study of grammar exciting
  • understand how students’ native language may interfere with their learning of English grammar
  • learn the difference between teaching grammar deductively and inductively
  • read a step-by-step guide for preparing a good grammar lesson
Unit 5: Teaching  pronunciation
  • understand the reasons why students mispronounce English words
  • learn how to diagnose pronunciation problems by considering students’ L1
  • become familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet
  • consider some common pronunciation problems
  • learn two specific techniques of teaching pronunciation
Unit 6: Planning your teaching
  • learn about the benefits of preparing a solid lesson plan and risks of not preparing one
  • review the process of lesson planning, from setting the aims to self-evaluation
  • learn how to structure a lesson according to the Presentation-Practice-Production model
Unit 7: Finding and keeping your students
  • First decision: How will you work?
  • Build a comprehensive client base
  • Don’t be afraid of networking
  • Consider how you’ll demand a good rate
  • Choose your platform and technology
Unit 8: Practice, Production and Progress
  • reflect on ways to cultivate a conducive student ‘lifestyle’
  • consider ways to overcome the constraints of learning English in a different language environment
  • learn about some tactics of organising group lessons
  • look at production as a way to measure student progress
Unit 9: Designing materials and courses
  • understand why it is helpful to design a long-term plan for your online course
  • practice planning a course
  • find the links to some useful sources of materials for your course
  • learn why it is a good idea to create your own materials and what kinds of materials you can create
Unit 10: Establishing and growing an online presence
  • Using social media
  • Using ESL websites
  • Building your own website

1. Introduction to Teaching Online

  • learn about the benefits of teaching online
  • consider the qualities that a successful online teacher should possess
  • reflect on the role of a teacher in the modern learning environment

2. Bringing about success

  • learn how to stimulate students to produce language
  • learn how to teach and not to lecture
  • learn how to minimise silence and improve students’ fluency

3. The basic principles of all TEFL/TESOL

  • gain a basic understanding of the principles of good ESOL teaching
  • reflect on the importance of a caring environment in the classroom
  • become familiar with principles and techniques of communicative teaching

4. Teaching grammar

  • understand how Communicative Methodology can make the study of grammar exciting
  • understand how students’ native language may interfere with their learning of English grammar
  • learn the difference between teaching grammar deductively and inductively
  • read a step-by-step guide for preparing a good grammar lesson

5. Teaching pronunciation

  • understand the reasons why students mispronounce English words
  • learn how to diagnose pronunciation problems by considering students’ L1
  • become familiar with the International Phonetic Alphabet
  • consider some common pronunciation problems
  • learn two specific techniques of teaching pronunciation

6. Planning your teaching

  • learn about the benefits of preparing a solid lesson plan and risks of not preparing one
  • review the process of lesson planning, from setting the aims to self-evaluation
  • learn how to structure a lesson according to the Presentation-Practice-Production model

7. Finding and keeping your students

  • First decision: How will you work?
  • Build a comprehensive client base
  • Don’t be afraid of networking
  • Consider how you’ll demand a good rate
  • Choose your platform and technology

8. Practice, Production and Progress

  • reflect on ways to cultivate a conducive student ‘lifestyle’
  • consider ways to overcome the constraints of learning English in a different language environment
  • learn about some tactics of organising group lessons
  • look at production as a way to measure student progress

9. Designing materials and courses

  • understand why it is helpful to design a long-term plan for your online course
  • practice planning a course
  • find the links to some useful sources of materials for your course
  • learn why it is a good idea to create your own materials and what kinds of materials you can create

10. Establishing and growing an online presence

  • Using social media
  • Using ESL websites
  • Building your own website

Assessment

The assessment consists of the following:

  • 1 auto-marked test at the end of each unit with an unlimited number of attempts allowed.
  • 1 tutor-marked assignment at the end of the CELTO course assessing candidates’ understanding of key concepts from various parts of the course. Candidates may have a maximum of three attempts.
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