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220 Hour TESOL Course

This course is for those who want an advantage in the TESOL industry and the opportunity to prepare themselves for teaching different types of learners in different environments.
The 220 hour Certificate in TESOL is accredited by ALAP.

In addition to everything in the 190 hour course, this TESOL course includes English for Young Learners and Business English.

After achieving the 220 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 in the UK.

INTESOL Worldwide maintains the highest quality assurance standards for TESOL/TEFL training through external accreditation. This ensures that your TESOL certification is accepted and valued by ELT employers all over the world.

boximgTESOL/TEFL courses are accredited and certified 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.

TESOL Course Aims

For the INTESOL 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 holding at least the qualifications required for entry into higher education, ie 2 ‘A’ Levels, High School Diploma. Those with a less formal academic background will be considered. The course is also open to those whose mother tongue is not English, but is of a good standard.

Course Structure

The course consists of 10 Units. The assessed units are marked and returned with comments and guidance from your personal trainer. The work submitted is continually assessed, there are no written examinations. You will receive all the training you need, we work with you until you achieve your potential.

Course Contents

Unit 1: Study Skills (not assessed)
How best to organise your study time.
Pre Module Grammar
Self-assessed tasks with answers provided to help with Unit 2 The Study of English.

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.

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
2) motivation
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.
– have had an introduction to the type of course materials and 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

Unit 8: Teaching Practice
Observation sessions.

Unit 9: Teaching Practice
Lesson Planning.

Unit 10: Teaching Practice
Observed, assessed teaching & feedback sessions.

Award of Certificate

Certificates are graded as follows:
A1 – Distinction
A2 – Excellent
B1 – Very Good
B2 – Good
C – Pass

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 220 Hour 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.

Start Dates

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.