The 180 hour online TESOL course is for those who want an advantage in the TEFL/TESOL industry and the opportunity to prepare themselves for teaching different types of learners in different environments.
The 180 Hour Certificate in TESOL (Certificate in TESOL PLUS) is accredited by ALAP. It incorporates English for Young Learners, Business English and ESOL Skills for Life. The course is popular amongst those preparing to teach English abroad as part of a career break or change.
After achieving the 180 hour INTESOL Certificate in TESOL you will be able to teach students of all ages in any teaching environment including in the world of business and with immigrants and asylum seekers.
The 220 hour Certificate in TESOL includes 40 hours of onsite or online observed and assessed teaching practice, which means you can earn a CELTA/Trinity equivalent qualification with much more flexibility. Study the theory online in your own time and then attend one week of onsite teaching practice at a choice of centres at a time that is convenient for you. Alternatively, you can gain the same teaching practice experience online!
Get your internationally recognised TESOL certificate with teaching practice without having to give up 4 weeks of your time!
Why THIS online TESOL course?
You can study this TESOL course online from your desktop, laptop or mobile device whenever and wherever you want. There are no set start dates and no time limit. You have the freedom and flexibility to fit your TEFL/TESOL studies around your lifestyle. You can even study on the beach!
INTESOL Worldwide has been training TEFL/TESOL teachers for 25 years and is well known and respected in the TEFL/TESOL industry. This means your TEFL/TESOL certification will be instantly recognised internationally as being of excellent quality.
The 180 and 220 Hour TESOL course is externally accredited, meaning the content and teaching methods have been scrutinised externally to meet industry standards. This means you can be sure you’ll participate in a fruitful learning experience.
Your tutor will be an experienced teacher holding a Diploma in TESOL as a minimum qualification (many have a Masters in TESOL). They will offer you all the support and feedback you need to succeed to the best of your ability.
INTESOL Worldwide has a strong network internationally with branches all over the world, including Japan, Iran, Nicaragua, Russia and many more. Not to mention the multitude of relationships we have developed with EFL schools and recruiters in TEFL/TESOL employment hotspots. We’re well placed to help you find the best teaching jobs.
The 180 and 220 Hour Certificate in TESOL online course is accredited by ALAP (Awarding Language Acquisition for Professionals), a UK based Awarding Organisation. ALAP is an accrediting organisation that specialises in the ELT industry.
ALAP is supported by an esteemed Academic Panel who are all experts in the field of English Language Teaching. The ALAP panel oversee matters related to academic quality, ensuring that the value of an ALAP Certificate is upheld.
For the INTESOL 180 and 220 hour Certificate in TESOL, the overall aim is to provide a thorough course which includes a balance between the theory and methodology of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, and to thoroughly prepare our trainees for teaching in any environment including ESOL Skills for Life, in a Business English setting and with Young Learners.
This course is open to those with a good academic background, usually graduate status; qualified teacher status, or at least 2 ‘A’ levels or equivalent. If you are unsure of your eligibility please email the admissions team at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Within twenty four hours of enrolling in your online TESOL course you will receive your login details for the INTESOL Online course. The course consists of five units (a total of eleven modules). Each module has a lesson that you will study at your own pace and an assignment that you will submit for grading by your tutor. When your assignment has been graded you will receive a notification by email and be able to view your grade, plus any guidance and feedback. If you happen to fail a module, don’t worry, you will be given the opportunity to re-submit your assignment after a little extra coaching.
There are no final examinations. Your final grade is calculated by taking the average of your ten grades for the ten assessed modules. This will be the grade shown on your Certificate in TESOL.
Teaching Practice (220 hour TESOL)
INTESOL offers you two ways to achieve your teaching practice as part of your TESOL course:
Onsite teaching practice
Online teaching practice
Onsite Teaching Practice
INTESOL was the first TESOL/TEFL training provider to offer its Online Cert TESOL trainees a full week of observed teaching practice. We have subsequently been able to develop a practice that will significantly enhance your skills and confidence not only in the classroom, but also during job interviews.
As part of the INTESOL Online Certificate in TESOL you must attend one of our TP centres for a full week of teaching practice or take our Online Teaching Practice. Trainees, who have been taught how to manage classes and set up one to one teaching sessions; have been given a sound introduction to materials and visual aids production and have gained confidence in planning lessons, are given the opportunity to observe experienced teachers and to produce a portfolio of lesson plans and observation assessments. Our trainees are then observed teaching several levels, both in groups and on a one to one basis.
During your teaching practice you will:
- have a personal mentor to guide you throughout your practice.
- observe experienced, qualified teachers in a real language school.
- produce a portfolio of lesson plans.
- receive detailed feedback and observation assessments.
- gain experience teaching real ESOL students of several levels, from beginners to advanced. The students you will be teaching travel to the UK from a variety of locations throughout Europe, the Far East and the Middle East.
- be observed teaching both groups and on a one-to-one basis.
- gain significant confidence in the classroom.
For 8 hours per day, Monday to Friday you will be involved in observation, lesson preparation and teaching. By the end of the practice you will have completed at least 6 hours of observed and assessed teaching practice which satisfies the British Council requirement.
Starting day is Monday. The Teaching Practice component of the Certificate in TESOL is available all year. You will be able to choose your centre later in the course.
Please note: The Onsite Teaching Practice is a one-to-one course with your personal mentor for the week. You will have gained all of the theory before you take any teaching practice, plus you will practice on real students in a real language school not on your peers or fellow students.
Choose your teaching practice centre from the list below:
Riversway English Language Centre, Shrewsbury
INTESOL South Africa
FirstClass INTESOL, Hong Kong
Online Teaching Practice
A low-cost, time effective format and accessible by anyone wherever they are in the world is the INTESOL online Teaching Practice. All you need is a computer, webcam, headset and fast internet connection (see below for technical requirements). You will be given lessons to prepare. Your lesson plans and materials will be emailed to the Director of Studies in the school whose students you will be teaching.
You will be asked to suggest dates, and lessons will be arranged at times mutually convenient for you and the school. You will be able to decide whether to do your lessons on the same or different days. You will also have the option of planning and delivering just one group initially so that you can draw on the experience to plan the following group. You will be expected to plan 6 lessons of 40 minutes each. You will be sent details of the lessons you must plan.
Here is an example of a lesson you may be asked to prepare and teach:
Topic: Where I live
Target Structures: There is/are; prepositions of place; quantifiers- some, any, a few, a lot
Vocabulary: Relevant adjectives to describe a town/city; places/buildings in a town/city
At the beginning of the TP, the tutor will have a quick word with you and after you have been introduced to the students the tutor will remain off screen.
All your lesson materials will be printed out ready for the lessons; you will be able to ask the tutor to assist by handing out materials, showing flashcards etc.
At the end of the TP you will be asked to reflect on the practice and for oral feedback. Full oral feedback will then be given by the Director of Studies or tutor.
The INTESOL Online Teaching Practice is a totally flexible, convenient method of earning a CELTA/Trinity equivalent TEFL/TESOL qualification COMPLETELY ONLINE!
Technical Requirements for Online Teaching Practice
Desktop/Laptop PC: Intel Core2 Duo processor or better (no netbook or tablet).
Windows operating system: Windows 7 or higher
Internet Explorer web browser: Version 9 or higher.
Mac: OS 10.7 and higher (no Ipad)
RAM: 2GB or more
Internet Speed: Minimum 800 Kbps download and 500 Kbps upload
Wired internet connection: Cable, DSL, or Fiber Optics (no wireless connection).
Webcam: Either built-in or preferably high quality Creative, Logitech, or comparable.
Headset: Microsoft LifeChat LX-3000 preferred, or any headset with sealed headphones and a swivel boom microphone (EXCEPT Logitech USB headsets).
Every session you teach must be treated as if you are teaching a regular class.
Therefore, audio and visual distractions must not interfere with the quality of the session.
No phones, televisions, radios, loud fans, people, cars on the street, pets, or any noise should be audible in the room when you are teaching.
Also, your background must be a plain background. Most teachers will arrange their desks so their backs are facing plain walls (no doors, pictures, windows). Other teachers put up a white curtain or sheet to create a plain background. This is very important as this will facilitate a professional image of you and also allow the clients to focus on your teaching.
Unit 1: Study Skills (not assessed)
How best to organise your study time.
Unit 2: The Study of English
Module 1 – Grammar – tasks on the understanding of grammar, tense & structure – to be completed with the use of a grammar book.
Module 2 – Phonetics – tasks relating to the phonetic alphabet(given), stress & intonation.
Module 3 – Lexis – tasks relating to the presentation of vocabulary, compound words, word stems, language appropriacy & frequency.
*Please note a full Back to Basics Grammar Resource is included with this course
Unit 3: The Teaching and Learning of ESOL
Module 1 – Basic Principles – answers from your own experience and the course materials on:
1) the blocks which may prevent learning
3) communicative competence.
Module 2 – Reading and Listening – tasks based on exploitation of authentic materials i.e. magazines, newspapers, radio broadcasts etc.
Module 3 – Speaking and Writing – tasks based as above but with a more productive bias – getting your students to produce language
Module 4 – Visual Aids – study of all the audio-visual aids available. Production of your own flashcards and aids to be used with a simple flannelgraph.
Module 5 – Error – looking at authentic student errors, classifying them, using a correction code, producing remedial exercises and improving your own practice.
Unit 4: Lesson Planning
Module 1 – Classroom Management – task relating to student teacher relationships and how to achieve genuine communication inside and outside the classroom.
Module 2 – Lesson Stages and Plans – putting all the above into a lesson; timing; warm-up; input; practice and production stages of your lessons.
Unit 5: ESOL Skills for Life (not assessed)
At the end of the Skills for Life module you will:
- have been introduced to the UK national ESOL Skills for Life programme and the Adult ESOL Core Curriculum.
- understand the differences between ESOL Skills for Life and other existing ESOL courses.
- have identified the aims of the ESOL Skills for Life course and the needs of the target learners.
- assessment procedures developed for the ESOL Skills for Life programme.
- know where to get materials and further information for the ESOL Skills for Life courses and assessment.
Unit 6: Business English
Subjects covered in this unit are:
- Business English in relation to EFL/ESOL
- How to carry out a Needs Analysis
- Matching course content to target group
- Creating materials for Business English
- How to write a Business English syllabus
Unit 7: Young Learners
Subjects covered in this unit are:
- Differences between the ways in which adults and children learn
- Features in the stages of development of Young Learners
- Classroom management strategies for use in the Young Learners classroom
- Teaching techniques for use with Young Learners
NB The 220 Hour course is the same plus a teaching practice.
Duration of the Course
The length of time it takes to complete the course depends on your other commitments. There are approximately 180 or 220 hours of work involved in the course. As a general guideline most students complete the course within 4 – 7 months, however if you require more time this is not a problem. If you are in a hurry, for example due to an overseas deadline, inform your tutor who will guide you through the course and enable you to complete it more quickly. There are no set start dates.
Award of Certificate
INTESOL TESOL Certificates are graded as follows:
A1 – Distinction
A2 – Excellent
B1 – Very Good
B2 – Good
C – Pass
What’s included in your course fee?
- Graded TESOL certificate direct from the awarding body
- Course Transcript direct from the awarding body
- Invaluable real world teaching practice before you start your teaching career!
- Back to basics grammar
- FREE Games & Lessons pack – invaluable resource when you start teaching
- Personal tutor support
- Proven techniques that will make you a confident teacher
- Security of gaining an internationally recognised qualification
- Job guidance and support, including CV preparation
- No extra fees to pay if you need extra time. You take as long as you need.
Please note: There are no set start dates and no time limit. You decide when you start. You will be given a username and password to access your course. We accept all major credit cards.