Short course

TESOL: Language Teaching Methodology

Start date
31 January 2022
12 weeks
Time commitment
8 hours per week
TESOL, Language Teaching

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Discover the skills required to successfully teach English abroad

The number of English language learners continues to grow and with it comes a growing demand for skilled English teachers.

This microcredential will help you become a teacher of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) and help you to progress your career in the UK or abroad.

You’ll delve into language learning theory and research-based teaching practices to equip yourself with the skills for a rewarding role as a TESOL teacher.

Discover teaching methods for delivering effective English language lessons

Influenced by the latest classroom teaching methodology, you’ll be introduced to different types of teaching for meeting every learners’ needs.

Covering key teaching concepts such as the communicative approach, you’ll learn when to use certain methods and hone your ability to evaluate different teaching ideas and materials.

Using this knowledge, you’ll learn how to plan and deliver a communicative lesson that is tailored to your learners.

Explore teaching concepts that are specific to language teaching

The final sections of the microcredential will teach you how to form the structure of your language lessons efficiently and effectively.

You’ll learn how to teach specific skills in speaking, listening, writing, and reading so that you’re fully equipped to help your students excel.

Learn alongside experts at The Department of English Language and Linguistics

With more than 20 years of experience running TESOL programmes globally, you’ll benefit from the expertise of specialists at The Department of English Language and Linguistics and the University of Birmingham.

This microcredential provides you with a route into TESOL teaching, helping you gain valuable teaching skills to pursue a career in this in-demand role.

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What is a microcredential?

Microcredentials are designed to upskill you for work in rapidly-growing industries, without the time and cost commitment of a full degree. Your microcredential can stand alone as an independent credential, and some also offer academic credit to use towards a degree.

  • Learn online with expert instructors: Complete online courses led by experts over 12-16 weeks with a dedicated group of professionals.
  • Complete project-based assessments: Test your understanding with online tutor-marked assessments and exercises.
  • Earn a professional credential: Finish your learning and pass your assessments to gain an accredited credential.
  • Advance further in your career: Use your microcredential as evidence of your specialised skills and progress further in your industry.

Your learning, your rules

  • Courses are split into weeks, activities, and steps, but you can complete them as quickly or slowly as you like
  • Learn through a mix of bite-sized videos, long- and short-form articles, audio, and practical activities
  • Stay motivated by using the Progress page to keep track of your step completion and assessment scores

Join a global classroom

  • Experience the power of social learning, and get inspired by an international network of learners
  • Share ideas with your peers and course educators on every step of the course
  • Join the conversation by reading, @ing, liking, bookmarking, and replying to comments from others

Map your progress

  • As you work through the course, use notifications and the Progress page to guide your learning
  • Whenever you’re ready, mark each step as complete, you’re in control
  • Complete 90% of course steps and all of the assessments to earn your certificate

Are you eligible for this microcredential?

This microcredential is designed for those with some experience of learning and/or teaching a language undergraduate qualification. It will also suit you if you have a language teaching qualification (e.g. CELTA or any other recognised qualification in any language).

You should also have a high level of proficiency in English (IELTS 6.5 with no less than 6.5 in any band) and a reasonable level of digital literacy.

Is this microcredential right for you?

This microcredential will benefit you if you want to develop your skills as an English language teacher, working either in the UK or abroad.

You could have some experience or you could be new to TESOL teaching and want an introduction to your career.

What skills will you learn?

Working knowledge of the communicative approach

Knowledge of different teaching methods and approaches and how these relate to the communicative approach.

A wider knowledge of teaching techniques and how they can be applied in the classroom

Ability to plan and structure a language lesson Improved teaching skills in the area of teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing

What you will receive

10 UK Credits at Postgraduate level from University of Birmingham

Find out how credits work and where you can use them in FutureLearn's FAQs.

A Postgraduate Microcredential certificate from University of Birmingham

Certification of UoB academic credit for PG microcredential courses is through production of an official University of Birmingham Postgraduate Microcredential certificate and transcript managed by UoB Student Records.

The skills you will gain

Understand and apply a communicative methodology

Design a variety of different types of communicative activity

Plan and deliver a communicative lesson

Design and deliver a lesson which focuses on speaking, listening, writing and reading

Meet your instructors

Dr Crayton Walker

Dr Crayton Walker, Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics

My name is Crayton Walker and I work for the University of Birmingham as a Senior Lecturer in Applied Linguistics. I was a language teacher for 25 years before I joined the University.

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