Qualifications for ESOL teaching
NATECLA 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. You must be an institutional member of NATECLA.