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The Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) is one of the most internationally recognized qualifications in English as a foreign Language (EFL) for trainees who have an interest in pursuing a career in the teaching of English.

The Diploma in TESOL is specifically targeted at those who are interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language. It combines academic study, teaching and teacher management. It also provides you with the proper tools needed to help you embark on your career as an English teacher. For experienced teachers, it gives the students the chance to enhance their teaching skills and to obtain a recognized qualification for career advancement.

On successful completion of the course, students will be awarded a Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) by The London Teacher Training College (LTTC), United Kingdom.


Based in South London, LTTC was established in 1984 and has over the years trained a vast number of teachers from around the world.
The centre prides itself on the quality of its courses and the individual attention it provides every student who enrols
LTTC has several affiliations with internationally recognised professional bodies as follows:

  1. IATEFL International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
  2. BLA The British Learning Association
  3. ICDE International Council for Open and Distance Learning Education
  4. LTTC is also a listed school with Learn Direct
  5. IATQI, International Association of TESOL Qualifying Institutions

Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:-
  • Understand how language is acquired
  • Understand what constitutes error in a language
  • Know the principles on which modern language teaching is based
  • Understand what phonetics and phonology are
  • Know which methodologies can be used to teach English
  • Know how to use materials and aids to teach English in the class
  • Know how to organize the class
  • Know how to design lesson plans

The course consists of 4 Learning Modules plus 1 Practicum as in brief below:-

M ODULE 1 - Language Theory

Students will be introduced to the different ways in which we learn a language. The module will cover the principles of language teaching and the different learning needs and styles of students.

MODULE 2 - Language Teaching Methodology
Students will learn how to apply the different language teaching methodologies and approaches for different courses. Students will also be exposed to a variety of teaching materials and aids that are important for them to carry out an effective teaching plan.

MODULE 3 - Linguistics & Language Teaching
This module will equip you with knowledge of the main phonological, lexical and syntactic features of contemporary English. The different terms and definitions needed to teach the language effectively will be covered in this module.

MODULE 4 - Classroom Planning and Organization
This module introduces you to the various learning needs of individuals and groups of learners. You will be taught on how to design a range of lesson plans, with clear and achievable aims based on the needs and learning styles of different groups of learners. Classroom management, evaluation of teaching materials, methodologies in engaging the interests of the learners, and establishing rapport with them are part of this module teaching.

For the practicum module, practical teaching techniques and regular practical teachings are integrated throughout the lessons. Students will have more than one chance to present a practical teaching session. At the final session, students will have to prepare a lesson plan and present the lesson to the entire class. This trainer will set up a simulated classroom teaching environment and students will be required to teach their audience a lesson they have designed.

The trainer and invited guest trainers will evaluate their performance based on a set of guidelines. Feedback will be provided for further improvements.



The total course duration is 114 hours ( inclusive of a 4 x 3 hours written examination).

Examination Format
4 written examination or 8 examination assignments.
All written examinations and assignments will be assessed and marked by LTTC in London.

Examination Grading System
Students who are awarded Grade C, Pass, have completed the course satisfactory. They have attained an adequate standard in each of the four modules, and have shown they have assimilate the basic principles of TESOL.

Students who are awarded Graded B, Pass with Credits, have shown in addition that they have read more widely than the course requires, and that they are able to relate the theoretical issues studied to practical teaching situations.

Students who are awarded Grade A, Pass with Distinction, have demonstrated considerable further reading, an ability to express original thinking, and have proved to have a sound knowledge of TESOL techniques. They have also indicated an attitude and ability to be able to apply these techniques effectively in the classroom.

Students should preferably:
  • Be competent speakers of English;
  • Have obtained at least 5 credits in GCE 'O' level or SPM with a credit in GCE 'O' level or SPM English as a First Language or;
  • Have obtained an equivalent qualification, e.g. IELTS Band 6.5 / TOEFL 600 / High School English standards from regional countries.
The minimum age of students must be 21 years old.
Students will take an English Proficiency Test upon enrolment conducted by the college to determine their entry into the course.

Although the English language is used as a popular communication tool throughout the world, there is a worldwide shortage of teachers to teach the language. English is not the mother tongue of many people. However, it is still a highly valued language in the business industry and in international trade.

This results in the creation of a huge demand for the supply of certified English language teachers all over the world to teach English to speakers of other languages (ESOL teachers). With the increase in international trade, education becomes important. There is an expected increase in the number of people required to be able to speak, read, and write English. As the world becomes a global village, people in the Asia Pacific region and in Europe, realize the importance of the ability to communicate in English, in order to trade.

Employment opportunities for teachers of ESOL teachers are growing at a very fast pace in many countries. The number of people employed in this occupation is expected to remain stable or grow moderately over the next few years because of an increase in students from parts of Asia, particularly China, Japan, Thailand, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Korea. According to the National Centre for Education Statistics (1998) and The White House (2002), there is an estimated demand for some 2 to 3.5 million new teachers over the next few decades.

Many have seen the opportunities and tasted the goodness of being an English language teacher. They have travelled the world as ESOL teachers, working overseas, enjoying new cultures and environments. Some have progressed further in their studies, with Masters and Doctorate degrees in linguistics or other fields of language education and have advanced their careers to become Directors of Studies, Language Research Specialists, and Lecturers teaching in the Language Department of major universities.


Having completed the course, what are the opportunities that you can explore?
Here are some of the possibilities for you to venture into:

  • Teaching assignments with education institutions locally and overseas.
  • Short term training attachment programs with education institutions locally and overseas.
  • Start your own home-based teaching business.
  • Be a relief teacher in a local government and a private institution.
  • Set up your very own school teaching English.
  • Work with non-profit organisations to teach in third world countries.
  • Teach in special homes and places such as the prisons to impart not only knowledge but also life values.
  • Be a curriculum designer and develop your own curriculum for schools.
  • Be a writer and develop your own creation of books or write for specialised organisations in industries such as advertising, media, etc.
  • Clinch that Teaching Director position.
  • Conduct research in the English language field.

People Starting a Career in the Teaching of the English Language
You may be considering a career in English Language teaching or graduates wanting a specific qualification that gives them the confidence to teach and take control of students in the classroom. LTTC teacher training courses provides students with an entry into good teaching positions in language schools.

People Looking for a Career Change
Many candidates who join the course are professionals looking for a new career opportunity. Many seek the exciting opportunities of living and working abroad. Whether you wish to teach English for the short or long term, this course gives you the training you need to help you adjust to an exciting and fulfilling profession.

People Teaching English without Formal Qualifications
You may be currently teaching English to young learners although you may not have any formal training with this age group. Taking a LTTC teacher training course will help you sharpen your teaching skills, and this may well lead to a better job prospect.

Other Reasons for Taking up LTTC Teacher Training Courses

  • Recent graduates exploring an alternative employment.
  • Those who want to travel the world and teach English
  • Trainees looking for a career change.
  • Experienced teachers looking to obtain a recognized international ELT qualification.
  • Anyone who wants to explore a home-based teaching business.
  • An alternative career for those still working.
    Graduates-to-be waiting for the release of school grades.
  • Homemakers entering the workforce again.
  • Anyone with a passion for teaching and who believes in the value of imparting knowledge.
  • Career advancement in the current teaching position.
    Upgrading of existing teaching skills and techniques for current teachers.
  • Home Tutors looking to be trained in lesson planning, teaching techniques, etc.
  • Partners of expatriates returning home or posted to another country and who are looking for an opportunity to teach English.
  • For those who want to go into the mission field as missionaries teaching English.
  1. Master of Arts in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (MA TESOL)
  2. Diploma in Teaching Business English (TBE)
  3. Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  4. Certificate in Teaching English to Teenagers and Young Learners (TEYLT)
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