Oxford Certificate in TESOL Materials Development

Course duration: 5 months

Guided learning hours (GLH): 12 hours per week (240 hours in total)

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

Course description:

The Oxford Certificate in TESOL Materials Development is a non-regulated professional qualification for experienced teachers, researchers, education consultants and coursebook writers who are responsible for curriculum planning, syllabus design and materials development in the TESOL/ELT department. Building upon the latest research findings in the TEFL/TESL/TESOL field, this course provides candidates with a strong methodological base and offers numerous practical activities in language teaching materials evaluation and design.

Course syllabus:

  • Current issues in TESOL/ELT materials development
  • Evaluation and adaption of existing English language coursebooks
  • Developing frameworks and principles for TESOL materials development
  • Goals of the instructional design of a coursebook
  • Developing materials for different levels, users and purposes
  • Types of materials for developing specific language skills
  • Integrating multimedia elements into coursebook design
  • Creative approaches to writing TESOL materials
  • Using authentic materials in the English language classroom
  • The rationale behind the use of learner-produced materials alongside more conventional materials
  • Writing instructions for language learning activities
  • Constructing a portfolio of TESOL materials for different target groups and language proficiency levels
  • The process of publishing TESOL coursebooks and articles
  • TESOL materials development and research as part of continuing professional development

Online study materials:

All study materials for the course are available online 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 and materials development
  • a glossary of ELT terms
  • an online forum for discussions and group work
  • an assessment guide
  • access to our online library databases with ELT resources

Course work includes:

  • 5 tutor-marked assignments
  • end-of-course assessment (a portfolio of devised TESOL materials and a published article on TESOL materials evaluation and design)

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


On successfully completing this qualification, you will be awarded our Oxford Certificate in TESOL Materials Development. You will be entitled to use the letters OxTESOLCert after your name.

Course fees for the 2024/2025 academic year: £1,450

Course fees cover registration, course materials, tuition and assessment.

Next term start date: 1 October 2024

Register by: 20 September 2024

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