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Qualifications for ESOL teaching

ESOL teacher trainingNATECLA recommends that all staff teaching English to speakers of other languages, whether in ESOL, Literacy or Functional English classes, should be trained as a specialist teacher of ESOL.

If you are interested in teaching ESOL, or are already doing so and would like to take a training course leading to a teaching qualification, there are several different routes you can take: 

Initial ESOL teaching qualifications

Cambridge CELTA and Trinity Cert.TESOL are initial qualifications that provide a practical introduction to ESOL teaching.  Many employers prefer teachers to have these certificates even though they are not part of the English national framework of teaching qualifications.

Full ESOL teaching qualifications

If you want to become fully qualified to teach ESOL in the Further Education and Skills sector in England, you will need to take an integrated specialist ESOL qualification – a Diploma, Cert Ed or PGCE. This is a general teaching qualification as well as a specialist one.  Some providers are offering combined Literacy and ESOL courses rather than as two separate subjects.  You may be eligible for a bursary for one of these combined courses if you have a good English Language degree. 

Standalone subject specialist course

If you already have a general teaching qualification such as a PGCE or DTLLS, you can take a standalone ESOL or Literacy and ESOL course.

The training requirements are slightly different in Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland, but similar types of course are available.

For more information, contact a course provider from the list below.
** Course providers: to add your course details here, contact info@natecla.org.uk. You must be an institutional member of NATECLA


 Contact name  Contact email  Qualification offered  Region
South Downs College Tasveer Shemza  Tasveer.Shemza@sussexdowns.ac.uk  South East
 Highbury College, Portsmouth  Anna Nobile  anna.noble@highbury.ac.uk  South East
Belfast Metropolitan College Maeve Herron  mherron@belfastmet.ac.uk  N. Ireland
International House Belfast      N. Ireland
South & City College, Birmingham Christine Tudor Jones  e104302@sccb.ac.uk 
 West Midlands
 University of Worcester  Jane Sisk  j.sisk@worc.ac.uk
  •  Diploma in Teaching English (Literacy and ESOL)
 Institute of Education Sarandeep Dhillon  s.dhillon@ioe.ac.uk
Ealing, Hammersmith and West London College  Sarah Hall  celta@gspace.wlc.ac.uk   London