Oxford Advanced Diploma in TESOL Practice

Course duration: 12 months

Guided learning hours (GLH): 10 hours per week (480 hours in total) 

Study method: online learning with tutor’s guidance and support

Course description:

The Oxford Advanced Diploma in TESOL Practice is a non-regulated professional qualification for experienced English language teachers who work with speakers of other languages in language centres or as private tutors in private settings. The teacher training materials for this course have been developed based on the latest research findings in the TEFL/TESL/TESOL field and aim to equip experienced English language teachers with the theoretical knowledge, research skills and practical teaching tools and techniques that underpin successful English language teaching practice today.

Course syllabus:

  • Teaching and learning theories, principles and models
  • The English teacher’s role and responsibilities
  • Approaches and methods in English language teaching
  • Curriculum and syllabus design for English language teaching
  • Materials evaluation and development for English language teaching
  • Using technology in the English language classroom
  • Developing English language skills
  • Assessment principles and practices
  • Principles and techniques of classroom communication and management
  • Teaching different classes: ESP, EAP, CLIL, young learners, exam classes and large classes
  • Delivering inclusive learning
  • Evidencing teaching practice
  • Reflective teaching practice and continuing professional development
  • Research methods in applied linguistics
  • Conducting a small-scale research project on English language teaching methodology

Set books:

Harmer, J. (2015). The Practice of English Language Teaching. 5th ed. Harlow: Pearson Education Limited. (with DVD)

Richards, J. C. (2015). Key Issues in Language Teaching. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Richards, J. C., and Schmidt, R. (2010). Longman Dictionary of Language Teaching and Applied Linguistics. 4th ed. London: Routledge. 

Scrivener, J. (2011). Learning Teaching: The Essential Guide to English Language Teaching. 3rd ed. London: Macmillan Education. (with DVD)

Thornbury, S. (2017). The New A-Z of ELT: A Dictionary of Terms and Concepts. London: Macmillan Education.

Recommended reading:

Carter, R., and Nunan, D. (eds.) (2001). The Cambridge Guide to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Celce-Murcia, M., Brinton, D. M., and Snow, M. A. (eds.) (2014). Teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language. 4th ed. Boston, MA: Cengage Learning.

Fulcher, G., and Davidson, F. (eds.) (2017). The Routledge Handbook of Language Testing. London: Routledge.

Hall, G. (ed.) (2020). The Routledge Handbook of English Language Teaching. London: Routledge.

McGrath, I. (2016). Materials Evaluation and Design for Language Teaching. 2nd ed. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press.

Tomlinson, B. (ed.) (2019). Developing Materials for Language Teaching. 2nd ed. London: Bloomsbury Academic.

How to Teach series of ELT books published by Pearson Education Limited

Online study materials:

Online study materials for the course are available via a dedicated virtual learning environment (VLE) which includes:

  • a module guide
  • an interactive week-by-week study planner
  • key critical and theoretical readings related to ELT methodology
  • a glossary of ELT terms
  • an online forum for discussions and group work
  • an assessment guide
  • a referencing style guide
  • access to our online library databases with ELT resources

Course work includes:

  • 7 tutor-marked assignments
  • end-of-course assessment (a qualification paper of 20-30 pages and a published article on your research theme)

Course participants will be encouraged to relate the content of the course to their own professional experiences when working on their assignments and qualification papers. Therefore, access to formal or informal educational settings will be needed to apply the ideas in practice and carry out observations. Candidates’ articles will be published in our School’s TESOL Practitioner’s Magazine.


On successfully completing this qualification, you will be awarded our Oxford Advanced Diploma in TESOL Practice. You will be entitled to use the letters OxTESOLDip after your name.

Course fees for the 2024/2025 academic year: £2,880

Course fees cover registration, course materials, tuition and assessment. Students are required to buy set books.

Next term start date: 1 October 2024

Register by: 20 September 2024

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