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TESOL: Language Teaching Methodology Microcredential from the University of Birmingham

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Entry requirements

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.

Months of entry


Course content

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 Monday 19th September 12pm

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

Information for international students

This is an online course which can be studied from anywhere in the world.

Fees and funding

UK students
International students


Qualification, course duration and attendance options

  • University Credits
    3 months
    • Online learningis available for this qualification

10 UK Credits at Postgraduate level from University of Birmingham

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A Postgraduate Microcredential certificate from University of Birmingham

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