Our online Diploma in TESOL is a good choice for anyone who wants to gain a higher level of study and a distinct advantage in the EFL job market. The course is open to complete novices, as well as those with some experience, as it begins with our standard 120-hour TEFL certification course that covers all the basic skills required by teachers before starting on the advanced diploma section of study. There are a number of very good reasons for undertaking the diploma course, including:
- To enhance your development and knowledge as an EFL teacher.
- The potential to earn a higher income.
- The opportunity to obtain a more prestigious teaching position.
Diploma in TESOL Course Content
The course is divided into 11 separate modules as outlined below:
- Module 1: Study Skills
- Module 2: A Brief History of ELT
- Module 3: Second Language Acquisition
- Module 4: Course Design
- Module 5: Discourse Analysis
- Module 6: Material Design
- Module 7: Phonology
- Module 8: Assessment Methods
- Module 9: Classroom Management
- Module 10: Embedding Learning Technologies
- Module 11: Continuing Professional Development
- Summative Task (Thesis)
Each module requires about 21 hours of study which includes a multiple choice test. The summative task requires about 20 hours of study. The total study time is therefore about 250 hours. With the added 120-hour course the total study time is around 370 hours.
Diploma in TESOL Course Aims
The course aims to give you an appreciation of a whole range of issues from learning theories to material design. Research is conducted mainly via the internet and occasionally through reference texts. Completion of the course will improve your research and writing skills as well as develop a whole range of transferable skills from essay structure to question development.
Diploma Course Assessment
The course assessment is made up of a series of multiple choice tests at the end of each module. On completion of each test you submit your answers to the automated marking system which will give you an immediate score for that test. It will also indicate where you made any mistakes and show where you can find the correct answer. As you work through the course your progress will be presented graphically so that you can monitor how you are doing. The final summative task is a short research essay of between 2000 and 2500 words on any aspect of the course material.
On successful completion of the eleven multiple choice tests and a satisfactory essay you will be awarded your 370-hour Diploma in TESOL certificate.
The diploma course includes tutor support which means you will have access to the support and assistance of an experienced online tutor for the duration of your studies. You will be able to contact your tutor at any time with any questions or problems you may have, and they will respond with helpful advice as quickly as possible. Your course tutor will be an experienced and qualified teacher, with a minimum of ten years teaching experience in a variety of settings.
Optional Teaching Practice
This course comes with the option of additional teaching practice that can be completed without having to attend one of our training centers. This will allow you to gain further teaching knowledge and some invaluable time in the classroom before you head off to start your first real-life teaching position. There are two different options for how the lessons are undertaken and verified:
Option 1: You can find a school or language center of your choice (either in-class or online) and teach your lessons there. The school will sign off that you have completed these lessons and your documents will be sent to ITTT for verification.
Option 2: You can find your own student/s and teach the lessons independently at a location of your choice, either face-to-face or remotely. You will need to video one of these sessions (1 hour) and send it to ITTT with your other documentation for verification.
Post Course Job Guidance
ITTT will provide you with all reasonable assistance in finding a job after you have completed the course. This includes the following support services:
- Resume/CV preparation
- Information on likely sources of EFL vacancies
- Job guidance counseling
- Interview preparation
We are happy to provide this assistance throughout your teaching career.
Sign up for our online Diploma in TESOL course and receive an additional specialized course free of charge. You can choose our course in teaching English to young learners (CTEYL), our course in teaching business English (CTBE), or our course in teaching English online (CTEO).