University of South Wales

University of South Wales

Teaching English for Speakers of Other Languages

You study in a subject specialist cohort with opportunities to share good practice and professional experience with others in the group. You will deepen your understanding of ESOL as a subject area. This will include knowledge of key questions, theories and concepts as well as the development of your own personal skills. Through assignments such as individual student case studies, presentations and seminars, teaching practice and reflections on theory and practice, you will extend your own practice and deepen your understanding of learning and teaching of ESOL. We will consider how the theories of learning and assessment can be applied to the teaching of ESOL. You will be encouraged to analyse and critique policies and practices relating to the teaching of ESOL, and develop your own considered approach to teaching.

Entry requirements

A teaching qualification (generic post-16 Cert Ed/PGCE or equivalent, or a primary or secondary teaching qualification); you must be teaching groups of post-16 learners a minimum of 3 hours a week in your chosen specialist subject from the start and throughout the course (teaching needs to be at a minimum of 2 core curriculum levels, eg, entry level and level 1); your teaching must take place in an approved environment (normally further education, adult education, voluntary sector or publicly funded training provider) and references from your employer are requested; where English is not a 1st language applicants are required to provide evidence of proficiency in English Language at IELTS level 6.5 or equivalent; health declaration, enhanced disclosure and barring service check required as appropriate; an interview is required for this course.

Assessment methods

Assessment is closely connected to your teaching and professional development. Methods include presentations, micro-teaching, case studies, seminars, teaching practice observations and critical evaluations of your own practice. There are no formal written exams.


Qualification Study mode Start month Fee Course duration
Advanced Certificate Part-time - 2 years

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