Advanced Diploma in TESOL Level 5

The Advanced Diploma in TESOL Level 5 is a teacher training program aligned to Level 5 of the European Qualifications Framework for Life Long Learning (EQF). It is offered in the framework of the Bachelor of Arts in English Language and Literature (BAELL).

Level 5 participants certify the knowledge and experience they have acquired with a final knowledge and teaching performance examination. The Advanced Diploma in TESOL Level 5 comprises 5 courses and a final examination, ETECT (English Teaching Competency Test) Level 5, which consists of two papers, Methodology and Language Awareness and measures the level of understanding and the ability to apply communicative language teaching principles and practices. Candidates who fail the ETECT examination can retake the exam during the next two administrations. If they fail again, they are not allowed to retake the exam and they are not awarded the Advanced Diploma in TESOL Level 5.

Courses (5 Courses / 15 Credits)

Designed to guide participants as they explore how language functions from a linguistic perspective with focus on form, meaning and use, how this knowledge can be transmitted effectively to English language learners, and which resources to use in the search for answers to complex language issues. It is also designed to provide an opportunity for participants to gradually acquire the confidence that they can express themselves concisely on matters related to TESOL both in writing and in discussion with their peers. Credits: 3
Introduces the field of educational psychology and explores the development of cognitive functions and language, individual and cultural differences, and research on teaching and learning. The course also covers learning theories, developmental theories, issues of motivation, emotion, class management, intelligence and diversity, as well as understanding measurement and assessment, teaching and learning styles, and special needs. Credits: 3
Introduces students to the principles of communicative language teaching. The course includes the theoretical and practical applications of teaching the four skills of reading, writing, listening, and speaking and also examines the teaching of grammar. Students investigate different approaches to classroom management and lesson planning, as well as developing an awareness of how to choose materials and techniques appropriately for different age groups. Credits: 3
Designed to build on the techniques and principles of modern communicative language teaching covered in the Introduction to Methodology course. This course aims to deepen students’ knowledge by focusing on specific aspects of language teaching and encouraging them to approach classroom materials and teaching in a more critical and creative manner. Particular attention is given to special topics, Second Language Teaching Methods and Approaches, technology in education, learning difficulties, phonetics and phonology, and error correction. In addition, testing and evaluation, and the teaching of grammar and lexis are explored. During this course, students are expected to be able to overcome the limitations of course books by adapting or supplementing materials in order to produce a more communicative lesson, one which reflects their own students’ needs and interests. Credits: 3

This course is designed to prepare students for actual classroom teaching, building up their experience and confidence through micro-teaching and observations before teaching in an actual language classroom. During this course, students are expected to plan and teach lessons. Students will participate in peer-teaching sessions, as well as teaching in a real language classroom. They are required to do a minimum of 20 hours of observation and teaching in addition to attending classes for peer-teaching, feedback, and instruction. Credits: 3

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