Online Microcredential in Teaching

TESOL: Language Teaching Methodology

Do you want to discover and develop the skills to teach English in the UK or around the world?

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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.

To find out more about the subjects covered in this Microcredential, click here to see a weekly breakdown.

The final application deadline to join the TESOL Microcredential programme is on 16th January 2023.

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What skills will you learn?

  • 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
  • Working knowledge of the communicate approach
  • Ability to plan and structure a language lesson
  • Improved teaching skills in the area of teaching speaking, listening, reading and writing.

What you will achieve

By the end of the microcredential, you’ll be able to...

  • 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

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 happens before, during, and after your microcredential

  • Before learning

    To find out more about the subjects covered in this Microcredential, click here

  • Course

    From 30 Jan 2023

    TESOL: An Introduction to Language Teaching Methodology

    Understand more about language, how it works and how different types of teaching can be applied to meet your learners’ needs.

    12 weeks

    8 hours per week

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 our 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.

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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 multiple 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.

Career-focused learning by University of Birmingham

The University of Birmingham is a public research university, consistently listed as a leading UK university and ranked among the top 100 in the world.

Delivered by experts

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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You will have 14 days from the day the course starts to apply for a refund. If this Microcredential has any non-refundable costs they will be stated in the ‘Overview’ section above. You can find more information in our cancellation and refund policy.

Microcredentials are designed to fit around your life and timezone.

There may be live events as part of your studies, but these will be recorded and can be watched afterwards if you aren’t online for the live broadcast.

No, microcredentials are designed to be taken anywhere in the world. You won’t need the right to study in the country where the university offering the microcredential is based.

What career opportunities does TESOL unlock?

The Department of English Language and Linguistics has more than 20 years of experience running TESOL programmes globally.

This accredited microcredential provides an additional route onto their existing PGT programmes.

If you currently have little teaching experience, this will help you gain valuable teaching skills without too much upfront investment of time or money.

You will also gain access to a collection of digital recordings of mini-presentations, recordings of examples of micro-teaching, analysis of lesson plans, teaching/learning journal and teaching materials, which you can use to further your teaching career.

Will there be an exam?

Throughout the microcredential, you’ll take part in short quizzes before a final assessment which will be graded by the tutor. This will give you a teaching certificate as proof of your completion of the course, helping you on your journey to becoming a TESOL teacher.

Want to know more? Read the microcredential FAQs, or contact us.