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Preparatory Course for Diploma in TESOL

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Qualification to be Awarded

On completion of your course, you will receive: LTTC Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) - Dip TESOL issued by The London Teacher Training College will take approximately 2 months to process after completion of the final practical assessment

Awarding Body

London Teacher Training College, UK


Based in South London, the London Teacher Training College was established in 1984 and has over the years trained a vast number of TEFL teachers from around the world. The college prides itself on the quality of its courses and the individual attention it provides every student who enrols.

There are now over 100 partner schools worldwide which offer LTTC teacher training programmes. Students can take courses by distance learning or in a classroom environment.

About the Qualification

The Diploma in TESOL is specifically targeted at those who are interested in teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Our specially selected experienced and qualified Academic Staff will give you help and guidance through the course as well as mark your assignments and give you personal feedback.

Aims of the Qualification

By course completion, students will:

  • understand how language is acquired
  • understand what constitutes errors in a language
  • know the principles on which modern language teaching is based
  • understand what phonetic and phonology are
  • know which methodologies can be used to teach English
  • know how to use materials and aids to teach English in the class
  • know how to organise the class
  • know how to design lesson plans

Course Duration

Full-Time: 3 Months (Singaporeans or Foreigner's with an IELTS band score of 5.5 and above)
                   6 Months (Foreigners without an IELTS band score or a score below 5.5)

Note: Foreign students without an IELTS band score or a score below 5.5, the course is divided into 2 segments. In the first 3 months, these students will attend an IELTS preparation course prior to commencing the Diploma in TESOL.

Course Delivery

The course will be delivered on: Full-time basis in 60 lessons, Mondays - Fridays, 3pm to 5pm, 2 hours daily. Part-time basis in 36 lessons, Tuesdays and Thursdays, 7pm to 10pm, 3 hours.

The course is wholly delivered in Singapore. Students will have access to local tutors and resources provided by Uptrend College. Resources and materials provided for students will include lecture notes and references for reading in books, professional journals, articles and websites.

Average Teacher to Student Ratio


Course Modules

The course contains four modules which are complete in itself and you do not need to buy any other materials. However, many students, particularly if they are trying for high grades, chose to undertake a certain amount of further reading from the suggested booklist.

Students will have to sit for and complete one assignment paper after each module.

Assignment Type: Open book, classroom assignment.
Duration: 3 hours.
Number of Sections: 2
Section A: Answer Two out of Three questions (Word count: between 300 to 400 words)
Section B: Answer One out of Two questions (Word count: between500 to 600 words)

On completion of all four modules and assignments, students will be required to prepare a detailed lesson plan and present a lesson to a class of ESL learners where you will be assessed on various aspects of the teaching modules.

Core Modules

Module One


By the end of this module you should:

  1. be aware of the nature of language
  2. have a knowledge of the different varieties of language
  3. understand what constitutes error in language
  4. understand how language is acquired
  5. know which methodologies can be used to teach English
  6. know the principles on which modern language teaching is based


Introduction: Learners' aims; different teaching situations.

Section A

  1. What is language?
  2. What is language for? Communication, control, socialization, thought, feelings
  3. Language varieties Historical, geographical and social dialect; Register: age, sex, status, role; topic, medium, style
  4. Appropriateness and error Communicative competence, mistakes, errors, teaching model.

Section B

  1. Second language acquisition; Classical conditioning, creative learning, motivation
  2. Second language acquisition Classical conditioning, creative learning, motivation
  3. Language teaching methodologies Grammar-translation, direct methods, structural approach, audio-lingual approach, cognitive code, immersion method, lexical approach
  4. Language teaching principles Selection, grading, contextualization, repetition, practice Tasks and self -correcting exercises Essays to be submitted Further reading

Module Two


  1. By the end of this module you should:
  2. be aware of the aids available to the language teacher
  3. know many of the techniques for using them
  4. know what is involved in developing language skills
  5. know how the aids and techniques can be used to do this


Section A

  1. Aural/oral skills: General principles, receptive v. productive skills.
  2. Teaching pronunciation: General points, discriminating sounds, producing sounds, stress and intonation.
  3. Language drills: Contextualized drills, substitution tables.
  4. Question and answer: Ten types and five levels
  5. Dialogues, drama and role play
  6. Extensive and intensive listening: Stories, comprehension passages, dictation
  7. Flashcards and wordcards
  8. Exploiting the blackboard
  9. Realia
  10. Pictures and charts: Magazine picture library, wall charts.
  11. Songs and rhymes
  12. Games and puzzles
  13. Electronic aids

Section B

  1. Reading and writing skills: Different learners, reading skills, writing skills
  2. Teaching the script: Phonic method, look-and-say method, pre-reading activities, reading activities, letter formation
  3. Teaching spelling: Spelling and reading, sound to symbol, symbol to sound
  4. Composition from guided to free: Labelling, answers to questions, substitution tables, guided composition, free composition
  5. Intensive reading: Progression of reading skills, reading activities.
  6. Extensive reading: Readability, graded readers, reading records.
  7. Exploiting texts: Using authentic texts, simplifying texts.
  8. Integrated skills: The four skills, translation.

Module Three


By the end of the unit you should:

  1. be aware of the factors affecting teaching aims
  2. know what is involved in syllabus design
  3. have a procedure for evaluating textbooks
  4. understand the role of the teacher and have a basis for self-evaluation
  5. be aware of the different modes of classroom interaction
  6. be able to plan effective lessons
  7. have a fund of ideas for planning lessons


Section A

  1. Teaching Aims
    Course aims, sample syllabuses, textbook evaluation.
  2. Class organisation
    Role of the teacher, modes of interaction, class layout

Section B

  1. Lesson Planning
    Preparation, presentation, practice, testing, revision
  2. Sample Lesson Plans
    Tasks and self correcting exercises

Module Four


By the end of the module you should:

  1. have a knowledge of the main concerns of linguistic theory
  2. know many linguistic terms and categories
  3. be able to approach linguistic texts with confidence
  4. have started to relate linguistic theory to the practice of teaching
  5. be thinking more clearly about the content of what you teach


Section A

  1. Phonetics and Phonology. The distinction between them, how sounds are made, phonemes, consonants, vowels, stress, rhythm, intonation.
  2. Morphology. Nouns, adjectives, pronouns, verbs
  3. Vocabulary. Words, morphemes, collocation, meaning, subordination
  4. Grammar. Parts of speech, clause, phrase, auxiliary and modal verbs, verb classes, tense systems and uses, complex verb phrases, noun classes, determiners, adjectives, pronouns and proforms, prepositions, conjunctions, conditionals

Section B

  1. Applications of Linguistics to Language Teaching Error analysis, phonology, vocabulary selection, sentence complexity
 Entry Criteria

Preferably, students should have a degree-equivalent qualification. However, the most important consideration is that students must be fluent in both oral and written English with a minimum B grade pass in English at GCE 'A' levels or equivalent.

Assessment Mode

100% Examination Based

Examination Period

Upon Completion of Each Module

Promotion & Award Criteria

Minimum 75% attendance is required for each module to qualify for a Certificate of Attendance if requested and be eligible to sit for the assignment.


Students who are awarded Grade C, Pass, have completed the course satisfactorily. They have attained an adequate standard in each of the four modules, and have shown they have assimilated the basic principles of TESOL.

Students who are awarded Grade B, Pass with Credit, have shown in addition that they have read more widely than the course requires, and that they are able to relate the theoretical issues studied to practical teaching situations.

Students who are awarded Grade A, Pass with Distinction, have demonstrated considerable further reading, an ability to express original thinking, and have proved to have a sound knowledge of TESOL techniques. They have also indicated an attitude and ability to be able to apply these techniques effectively in the classroom.

  • Practical ICT skills and Text Production will be conducted in Yishun only
  • Students are required to bring their own thumbdrive for every lesson when attending Practical ICT skills and Text Production subjects


Singapore Citizens (full/ part-time)

Application Fee    

Course Fee           :

S$3,200 (inclusive of assignment
and practical assessment)

Materials Fee     S$180 (Four modules plus Practical lesson notes)
Examination Fee   
Medical Insurance
: S$60
Fee Protection Scheme (FPS)  : S$50

Foregin Students with IELTS band 5.5 or higher

Application Fee     S$30 
Student Pass
Application Fee         
: S$350
Course Fee
S$3,200 (Inclusive of assignment
and practical assessment)
Material Fee
S$180 (Four modules plus Practical lesson notes)
Examination Fee : NA
Medical Insurance
: S$60
Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) : S$50

Foreign Students without IELTS or equivalent

Application Fee     S$30 
Student Pass
Application Fee        
: S$350 
Course Fee   
S$4,880 (Inclusive of assignment
and practical assessment
Material Fee   
S$300 (Dip in TESOL and Prep for IELTS full set)
Examination Fee : NA
Medical Insurance
: S$60
Fee Protection Scheme (FPS) : S$50

All above fees are subject to 7% GST charges.

Fees may change periodically without prior notice. 


Last Updated: 08 September 2012