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  1. I want to be an Adult ESOL teacher. What qualifications do I need?
  2. I have a CELTA (or a Trinity Certificate) – what should I do now?
  3. I took a CELTA TEFL course in Spain about 10 years ago and taught English abroad for about 8 years. I am currently teaching in a community college in the UK but my line manager said I might need more training. Is this true?
  4. I have a PCGE/Cert Ed in another subject specialism – what do I need to do to teach ESOL?
  5. I have a Cambridge CELTA and DELTA. Will I need to undertake any more training?
  6. I’m not from the UK, but I have a BA in English and a Diploma in English Language Teaching from my own country and want to become an ESOL teacher. Will I still have to complete the a full teaching qualification and the ESOL subject specialist training?
  7. I only teach ESOL for two hours a week. Will I still have to complete a full Cert. Ed. or PGCE?
  8. I am a fully qualified ESOL teacher (i.e. have a Cert Ed and subject specs) and now want to train to become a teacher trainer – what courses are available?
  9. I am currently teaching health and social care and am qualified with a generic Certificate in Education. I have some learners with ESOL needs in my group and would like to better address their needs. What further training do I need?
  10. What is the programme for certification for trainers/teachers with older RSA/Cambridge qualifications?


1. I want to be an Adult ESOL teacher. What qualifications do I need?

You will need to work towards two qualifications (or the equivalent):

· A recognised teaching qualification such as a Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTLLS) or a PGCE/Certifcate in Education
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· A subject-specific qualification in teaching ESOL

It is possible to achieve the generic teaching and learning standards and the subject specifications in combined programmes.  This means that you can gain your teaching qualification and subject specialism at the same time. Look out for the following courses:

- PGCE Adult ESOL
- Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTE(E)LLS)
- Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (English ESOL)

You can also train separately, that is, take a generic teaching qualification for the post 14 sector and the subject specific qualification for ESOL, as two separate courses.  You might do the two alongside one another, or one after the other e.g.

- Diploma in Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector + Additional Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL)

For further guidance on becoming fully qualified to teach ESOL see Interested in becoming a Skills for Life teacher? Contact the talent Advice Service on: 020 7911 5372

There are various routes to full qualification offered by a wide range of exam boards and awarding bodies, among them: Open College North West, City & Guilds, Cambridge ESOL, Trinity, Edexcel and universities throughout the country.  The titles of their qualifications vary.  When applying for courses check that the qualification on offer is approved by SVUK and is the equivalent of all or part of the above two certificates.


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2. I have a CELTA (or a Trinity Certificate) – what should I do now?

The CELTA (or a Trinity Certificate) is an introductory course, covering part of the teaching and part of the subject-specific qualification requirements for teaching ESOL in the UK.

On completion of this qualification you are considered part qualified and you should be able to look for paid employment as an ESOL tutor.

 A good place to start to look for teaching vacancies is the job section of the talent website: www.talent.ac.uk/jobs.asp

In terms of further training, to become fully qualified to teach ESOL you would need to complete both your generic teaching qualification as well as the subject specialism for ESOL. There are a number of ways of doing this for example joining one of the following courses:

  • PGCE in Adult ESOL
  • Diploma for Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTE(E)LLS)
  • Diploma for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector (English ESOL)
  • Diploma for Teaching in the Lifelong Learning Sector + Additional Diploma for Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector

You will need to contact course providers directly to find out what their entry requirements are for the course. It is likely that they will ask you to already have some teaching work, as you will be observed teaching as part of the course. You may also be required to complete an additional assignment or term of study to cover the full first year of the course.

You can search for course providers on the talent course database: www.talent.ac.uk/courses.asp


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3. I took a CELTA TEFL course in Spain about 10 years ago and taught English abroad for about 8 years. I am currently teaching in a community college in the UK but my line manager said I might need more training. Is this true?

Your CELTA course does not cover the full subject specifications required to teach ESOL, and you do not have a full teaching qualification for the UK.  If you wish to stay with the same exam board, the easiest route would be to join the Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTE(E)LLS).

Alternatively, you could look to join a PGCE (with a specialism in ESOL) or Diploma for Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector, with another awarding body. 

For more information take a look at the course descriptions section on the talent website.


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4. I have a PCGE/Cert Ed in another subject specialism – what do I need to do to teach ESOL?

If you already hold a Certifcate in Education or a PGCE in a different subject area or in primary or secondary school teaching, you satisfy the teaching qualification requirement for the post-compulsory sector and would now need to go on and gain the subject-specific qualification for ESOL e.g. the Addtional Diploma for Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector

Please note that to join one of the these courses you will need to be working with adult learners. A good place to start looking for work is the job section of the talent website: www.talent.ac.uk/jobs.asp

Primary and secondary schoolteachers with QTS status are also now required to gain QTLS status within two years of joining the sector. This can be gained by completing a CPD module on Teaching within the Lifelong Learning Sector, which will be available by the end of 2008 (Source: LLUK).

You can search for course providers on the talent course database, alternatively call the talent advice service (020 7911 5372) to discuss your training options in further detail.


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5. I have a Cambridge CELTA and DELTA. Will I need to undertake any more training?

Although an advanced level EFL qualification, the DELTA does not completely cover either the SVUK Standards for teaching and learning on which all post-16 teaching qualifications are based or the level 5 ESOL subject specifications.

Teachers who already have DELTA can take a pathway through the Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector (DTE(E)LLS) programme. They will need to attend parts of the course and to complete some of the assignments but will not have to repeat assessments already covered on DELTA.

You can contact Cambridge ESOL directly for a list of centres (see below).

University of Cambridge
ESOL Examinations
1 Hills Road
Cambridge
CB1 2EU
United Kingdom
Tel: +44 (0)1223 553355
Fax +44 (0)1223 460278
Email: ESOL@ucles.org.uk

Alternatively use the talent course database to search for providers offering the DTE(E)LLS.


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6. I’m not from the UK, but I have a BA in English and a Diploma in English Language Teaching from my own country and want to become an ESOL teacher. Will I still have to complete the a full teaching qualification and the ESOL subject specialist training?

First find out what your qualifications are equal to in the UK, before seeing how much more training you need to become fully qualified. You might be able to get some accreditation for your prior learning (APL) when starting your teacher training. The UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) are the official source of information and advice on the comparability of international qualifications. Visit their website: http://www.naric.org.uk/

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7. I only teach ESOL for two hours a week. Will I still have to complete a full Cert. Ed. or PGCE?

In principle - yes, everyone who teaches ESOL needs to be qualified.  Learners taught by a part-time teacher should get the same quality of teaching as those taught by a full-time teacher.  All teachers in the sector, regardless of how many hours they teach, need to register with the Institute for Learning (IfL) and complete a record of Continuing Professional Development. Your employer may be able to support you in working towards a full teaching qualification.

If you would like to talk about your training options in further detail please call the talent helpline on: 020 7911 5372. 


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8. I am a fully qualified ESOL teacher (i.e. have a Cert Ed and subject specs) and now want to train to become a teacher trainer – what courses are available?

There are a number of routes but most usually start by doing staff training within their own organisations for colleagues under the continuing professional development (CPD) programmes.  

This experience, as well as 5-years' experience teaching ESOL full time, would put you in a good position to apply for the Training the Teacher Trainers Programme at LLU+ at London South Bank University. With this qualification, you should be able to apply to work on teacher training courses for OCNW, OCR or City and Guilds, for example.  The course requires you to have a placement attached to an ESOL teacher training course. In order to qualify to deliver Cambridge ESOL teacher training such as CELTA, however, it is necessary to be selected within your organisation to train up as a CELTA trainer.  Your application would need to be approved by Cambridge ESOL and your training would follow the procedures set by Cambridge ESOL.


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9. I am currently teaching health and social care and am qualified with a generic Certificate in Education. I have some learners with ESOL needs in my group and would like to better address their needs. What further training do I need?

If you intend running discrete classes in ESOL, you will need a qualification for ESOL Subject Specialists e.g. Additional Diploma in Teaching English (ESOL) in the Lifelong Learning Sector.

If you are simply hoping to improve your own abilities to support those learners with ESOL needs through their health & social care class, you might take the Level 3 ESOL Subject Support, which will help with your classroom practice and understanding of the learners' needs.

Alternatively, you might benefit from a short professional development module on approaches to working with Skills for Life students.  These are being run in most areas, generally by your local PDC or teacher training project, which may also have information about other training and support for vocational staff. 

You can search for a provider offering the course on the talent course database.

If you would like to talk about your training options in further detail please call the talent helpline on: 020 7911 5372. 


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10. What is the programme for certification for trainers/teachers with older RSA/Cambridge qualifications?

Cambridge ESOL has a developed a qualification pathway for holders of 'historic' RSA Cambridge Diploma holders. This involves matching qualifications, teaching experience and recorded CPD to current requirements and submitting an individual training programme for approval. 

The application has to be checked and supported by management at the teacher's centre. Each application is scrutinised individually and on completion of the programme, applicants submit a portfolio of documentation and assessed tasks for external review.   

Eligibility - Teachers/trainers with the following qualifications:

RSA DIPTESLA
RSA DIP in TEACMLS
RSA DipTESLFACE
RSA (Cambridge) DTEFLA

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who have a minimum of 5 years’ full-time experience overall including a minimum of two years in the Further and Adult Education Sector.

Registering for the programme
Trainers/teachers can register either on an existing course at their own centre or through another centre.

Procedures & fees (see attached document for full guidelines)

For more information, please e-mail sylvester.k@cambridgeesol.org 


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