Certificate in Advanced Studies in English Language Teaching (ELT)

Duration of programme: 9 - 12 months (Distance Learning) 

Start date(s): April and October
Distance learning available: Available
Intake: Approximately 10 per year

Application & contact:
Apply for this course online

LSS Postgraduate Admissions
Tel: +44 (0) 121 204 3762
Fax: +44 (0) 121 204 3766
Email: lss_pgadmissions@aston.ac.uk

First degree (any subject) and 1 year’s full-time teaching experience in any field


If you do not have a first degree, the equivalent of 2 years’ full-time teaching experience.

Non-native speakers of English should have either a TOEFL score of 600 (paper-based) or 250 (computer-based) or at least 100 (Internet-based, with a minimum banding of 20 for Writing, Listening and Reading, and 22 for Speaking); or 6.5 in IELTS (with a minimum of 6.0 in each component), or equivalent

Participants need to be practising teachers with access to an EFL/ESOL class.Fees:
UK/EU students: Please contact the School          
International students: Please contact the School

The course will help to develop pedagogical skills, as well as academic writing and research skills. The programme will enable participants to acquire a better understanding of both the theory and practice of English Language Teaching. Specifically, it aims to:

  • Promote the progressivedevelopment of practical teaching skills through observed lessons and feedback

  • Enable participants to reflect on and evaluate their own approach to teaching

  • Familiarise participants with key issues and theories in ELT

  • Enable participants to link theory and practice in the context of their own teaching

The programme consists of 2 modules both of which must be completed in order to be awarded a certificate:

  • Practical Approaches to Teaching and Learning: will enable participants to select appropriate teaching activities and materials and to gain a better understanding of the principles underlying their own teaching.

  • Theorising Practice: participants will extend their knowledge of key areas in ELT, develop critical awareness of current research and conduct research on an aspect of their own teaching context. 

The course materials will cover the following areas:Language Description; Classroom management; Methodology; Selection and Evaluation of Materials; Error Analysis; Text and Discourse Analysis; Spoken Interaction; Testing and Evaluation; Course and Syllabus Design; Phonology; Second language Acquisition.

Teaching is via distance learning course materials, additional required reading, assignment tasks and virtual learning environment discussion groups.

Assessment for Module 1 is via the submission of 3 audio/video-recorded lessons and short written tasks, and for Module 2 a longer written assignment.

Dr Muna Morris-Adams  has a PhD in Applied Linguistics and wide experience of language teaching and teacher education in a range of contexts. She is tutor for the Methodology module of the MSc in TESOL and also teaches on EAP courses and on the MA in TESOL Studies. Her research interests include language teaching methodology, classroom interaction, the teaching of discourse skills and teacher development.

Successful completion of the course gains 20 credits towards the MSc in TESOL.
You will have access to:

Our Virtual Learning Environment – Blackboard – to support your studies, including Blackboard discussion groups

The University Library, including over 25,000 books and a wide range of electronic journals.  The library has special provision in place to help part time and distance learning students access their resources: www.aston.ac.uk/lis/studentinfo/parttime

University wide facilities such as the Careers Service, Students’ Advice Centre, Students’ Jobshop, Counselling Service, Sports Facilities, and Chaplaincy.

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Distance learning with Aston

Distance learning with Aston

Aston University has over 25 years experience with distalnce-learning courses

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