Diploma in TESOL (450 hours)

Please note that we cannot accept enrolments into this course from people residing in Australia due to Australian education legislation affecting diplomas.

Westminster College is a leading provider of qualifications in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). Our qualifications are delivered through WCL validated centre available in over 15 organisations worldwide. WCL’s teacher-training qualifications are among the most widely recognised and respected in their field.

The Westminster College Diploma in TESOL is an internationally respected, widely available qualification for experienced teachers of ESOL. Accredited at Level 7 on the WCL qualifications framework, it is designed to encourage the development of professional knowledge and expertise, as well as the refinement of practical teaching skills.

The qualification is suitable for experienced teachers of ESOL hoping to work in an area or organisation that requires a diploma-level qualification, eg more senior teaching positions, academic management, teacher training or work within the higher education sector. The Diploma in TESOL is ideal for those who want to further their skills and knowledge both for their own personal development and so that they can support and guide less experienced colleagues.


Part I Overview 
1  Language Teaching

Part II Social, Political, and Educational Contexts of Language Teaching 
2  The Social and Sociolinguistic Contexts of Language Learning and Teaching
3  The Politics and Policies of Language and Language Teaching
4  History of Language Teaching

Part III Psycholinguistic Underpinnings of Language Learning 
5 The Language-Learning Brain
6 Sequences and Processes in Language Learning
7 The Importance of Cross-Linguistic Similarity in Foreign Language Learning
8 Cognitive-Psychological Processes in Second Language Learning
9 Optimizing the Input: Frequency and Sampling in Usage-Based and Form-Focused Learning

Part IV Program Design 
10 Bilingual and Immersion Programs
11 Heritage Language Programs
12 Specific Purpose Programs
13 Study Abroad Research: Findings, Implications, and Future Directions
14 Less Commonly Taught Languages: Issues in Learning and Teaching
15 Third Language Acquisition Theory and Practice

Part V Course Design and Materials Writing 
16 Foreign and Second Language Needs Analysis
17 Syllabus Design
18 Advances in Materials Design
19 Corpora in Language Teaching
20 Technology-Enhanced Materials

Part VI Teaching and Testing 
21 Methodological Principles for Language Teaching
22 Teaching and Testing Listening Comprehension
23 Teaching and Testing Speaking
24 Teaching and Testing Reading
25 Learning to Read in New Writing Systems
26 Teaching and Testing Writing
27 Teaching and Testing Grammar
28 Teaching and Testing Vocabulary
29 Teaching and Testing Pragmatics
30 Task-Based Teaching and Testing
31 Radical Language Teaching
32 Diagnostic Feedback in Language Assessment
33 Computer-Assisted Teaching and Testing

Part VII Teacher Education 
34 Language Teacher Education
35 Diffusion and Implementation of Innovations

Part VIII Assessing and Evaluating Instruction 
36 Current Trends in Classroom Research
37 Issues in Language Teacher Evaluation
38 Investigating the Effects and Effectiveness of L2 Instruction
39 Program Evaluation


Practicum is an essential component to a teacher’s training process, as it provides valuable insight and experience prior to obtaining independent teaching positions. WCL requires that all students accumulate a minimum of 20 hours for TEFL/TESOL certification. These hours can be achieved through observation, tutoring, student teaching or a combination of 2 or 3 of these in an ESL/EFL setting in which non-native speakers are learning new English language skills.


Our three learning blocks enable us to mark you fairly, using your reflective diaries (10% of your final grade), your online tasks (50% of your grade), and your teaching practice (40% of your grade). So regardless of  your learning style you will be able to obtain a high score through hard work.

Admission requirements

Completion of Bachelor degree.
One of the following if you are not an English native speaker
1. Advanced level of English or
2. IELTS 6.5


On completion of your course, you will receive a certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at level 7 from Westminster College London (WCL) accredited by International TEFL Accreditation Council. In addition to the Westminster College certificate that’s issued, you will receive an additional ITEFLAC certificate. This prestigious certificate is a worthwhile addition to your teaching CV or resume.

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