Diploma in TESOL (Asia Specialisation)

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DIPLOMA IN TESOL
ASIA SPECIALISATION

This Diploma in TESOL - ASIA Specialisation is provided and delivered by THE TESOL COLLEGE worldwide as an online course from the UK. It is available with an optional certified teaching practice.

IntroductionDiploma in TESOL (Asia Specialisation)
This qualification takes you beyond the usual TESOL teacher training course. The course has been built from our work as English teachers and TESOL teacher trainers in Asia, from active membership of the TESOL community in the UK and Asia, also from the contributions of our academic board members engaged in TESOL in the UK, Canada and Mongolia. There is consideration given to how the Asian education and language environments affect the student, the school, the course delivery methodologies and other critical aspects of TESOL delivery. This course avoids being overly western-oriented and native speaker teacher-oriented.

The Diploma syllabus contains a final unit on teaching observation, bringing the knowledge and skills acquired during the course to bear on observing teachers and their delivery via video links and by satisfactory completion of a Teaching Observation Journal.

There is an option of taking a Teaching Practice that can be certified to be included in the award title. For the Diploma in TESOL ASIA Specialisation with Teaching Practice, the candidate arranges an approved classroom-based teaching element. This is recorded by an approved observer and the results are sent to us for assessment.


Course Aim
The aim of the course is to provide the knowledge, skills and confidence to teach English to speakers of other languages in a variety of learning environments and in particular to students from Asian countries, both in those countries and elsewhere in the world.

Entrants will have a variety of aspirations to teach in situations ranging through language schools, government schools, international schools, tuition centres, business schools, management training, bank training, developing country relief and development work, community programmes and some will be planning to start their own education projects.


Entry Requirement
1.  
A Bachelor Degree in any discipline or, if you do not have a degree, another qualification demonstrating ability to study at an equivalent or near-equivalent level. Please be aware that a degree is a requirement for a working visa if you plan to teach in some countries in Asia.

2.   A good level of English for the environment in which you expect to teach and an ability in English to be able to benefit from the course. Applicants may speak English as a second language, a foreign language or may be native speakers.


Course Structure

                   UNIT 1      LEARNERS, TEACHERS, SCHOOLS AND COURSE PROVIDERS  
                   UNIT 2      LANGUAGE AWARENESS FOR THE TEACHER
                   UNIT 3      PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY
                   UNIT 4      TEACHING METHODOLOGIES
                   UNIT 5      TEACHING MATERIALS AND RESOURCES

                   UNIT 6      PRESENTING VOCABULARY AND GRAMMAR
                   UNIT 7      DEVELOPING LISTENING AND SPEAKING SKILLS
                   UNIT 8      DEVELOPING READING AND WRITING SKILLS
                   UNIT 9      QUESTIONING, MONITORING, ERRORS AND ASSESSING
                   UNIT 10    TEACHING YOUNG LEARNERS
                  
UNIT 11    LESSON PLANNING, MANAGEMENT AND EVALUATION
                  
UNIT 12    TEACHING OBSERVATION

                   OPTION
                   TEACHING PRACTICE


Duration
A commitment of at least 240 hours is expected, requiring study time at your convenience of, on average, 20 hours for each of the twelve units. It is possible to complete the course in 3-4 months if your study can be uninterrupted. It is more usual to take longer to benefit from the course. All assignments must be submitted within 18 months of your commencement date.

The Teaching Practice option, if taken, is a further 20 hours and this must include a minimum or 6 hours leading a class in teaching. The balance of the 20 hours Teaching Practice is to be made up from teaching assistance or teaching observation of a class(es).  This Teaching Practice can be taken up to 6 months beyond your assignments submission.


Resources
High quality course materials are supplied to you for each unit. These materials are augmented by links to videos, papers and other resources.

There is no course textbook required, but an informative list of suggested books for further reading is given.

There is full online course tutor support , guiding you through the assignments and providing feedback on your work.


Assessment
Assessment is by written assignments, one for each unit. Tasks vary but if an assignment is in essay form, a length of between 600 and 1200 words is usually required. Return the completed assignments by email to your tutor. They are then marked and feedback for each assignment is returned, so you remain engaged with the assessment process. There are also short written mini tasks within the course material, not assessed, in some of the units.

You must pass a minimum of nine of the twelve units to pass the course. The pass mark in a unit is 50%. A failed unit assignment may be reset for you once at no extra fee. We aim to send your Diploma and transcript within six weeks of receipt of your final successful assignment.

Grading for the Diploma is computed from the unit marks and is:

Fail 0-49%    Pass 50-64%    Pass with Merit 65-79%    Pass with Distinction 80-100%


Course Fee
There are two payment options:

Single payment of £390 (GBP390)

OR

Two payments:
1
st payment of £140 delivers materials for UNITS 1-3*
2
nd payment of £250 delivers materials for UNITS 4-12
Total: £360

* You are free on the two-payment option to take only the first three units and not pay for any further units if you change your mind about taking the whole course. You would then withdraw from the course and you would receive, if you pass the assignments for the units, the following:

                        For Unit 1         Introduction to TESOL Certificate
                       
For Unit 2         Certificate in English Grammar for TESOL
                       
For Unit 3         Certificate in Phonetics and Phonology
                       

If you wish to have the teaching practice endorsed Diploma and you arrange an approved teaching practice, there is a fee for our administration and assessment of £30. We do not involve in any costs and fees between the yourself and education establishment providing the teaching practice experience.

Fees are fully inclusive and there are no extras. There is no GST/VAT to add.

Payment is normally by bank transfer to our Bank of Scotland account and we would pay the bank charges if a single payment for the whole course is made, though not for the multi-payment option. You may also choose to pay by Western Union, PayPal or MoneyGram.

There is no payment required until we have checked your completed application form and confirmed acceptance onto the course. On receiving a payment, we issue a receipt, scan and email this to you.


Cancellation and Fee Refund Policy
You have a right* to cancel your application by email for 14 days from us receiving your fee payment. The fee payment will be refunded. You will be able to indicate on the application form if you do NOT wish to wait for the 14-day period to end before you receive the course materials. If you choose to receive the course materials within the 14 days, there is no refund or cancellation. We will process the refund due to you as soon as possible and, in any case, within 14 days of the day on which you gave us notice of cancellation.

      * This cancellation/refund policy complies with the Consumer Contracts Regulations, which
      came into effect on 13 June 2014, implementing the Consumer Rights Directive in UK law. The
      regulations apply to items bought online, at a distance, or away from a trader's premises (for
      example, at home or at work).


Tutors
Dr Alan Richardson
Dr Richardson obtained his Bachelor degree and PhD at the University of Bradford, UK. He became a registered teacher in the UK state school system and subsequently worked in education and research (Senior Research Fellow, University of Leeds). In 1993, he moved from the UK to be a senior lecturer at Singapore Polytechnic. He obtained a Certificate in Teaching (University of Sheffield, UK in collaboration with Singapore Polytechnic). He has worked at institutions such as MDIS as Academic Director and has taught English at the National University of Singapore (Extension), APMI KAPLAN and other schools. He trained new ESL teachers in Singapore, Malaysia and Myanmar from 2005. He created British Education Centre in Singapore in 2007 and developed this into a centre of excellence for teacher training, building classroom study delivery for the London Teacher Training College (LTTC) Diploma in TESOL. It is now the top school in South East Asia for number of students taking the LTTC Diploma in TESOL. He remains with British Education Centre as Academic Director while also now working with THE TESOL COLLEGE in Scotland to provide quality global TESOL training, mainly in the e-learning environment.

Mrs Eve Hirst
Eve obtained her BA (Hons) in English at the University of Durham, UK and then worked in training, developing English skills within the EDI and City & Guilds examination systems. Moving from the UK to Singapore in 2011, Eve then taught IGCSE and A Level, preparing students for Edexcel English language examinations as well as English for Academic Study. At the same time, Eve studied for her Diploma in TESOL. She also developed her interest in English with drama while working with 12 to 20-year old students. Eve returned to the UK in 2013 and taught English in Sheffield at training institutions, building on her experience with cultural diversity in English learning. She worked in government schools across the Midlands, augmenting her experience in the private sector. Eve now works in Vancouver, Canada at an international college, teaching particularly upper intermediate ESOL and helping students with IELTS preparation. Eve is a member of our Academic Board.



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