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Language Teaching/TESOL Postgraduate Certificate

Birkbeck, University of London

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  • Qualification

    Postgraduate Certificate

  • Location

    Birkbeck, University of London

  • Study mode

    Part time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    1 year

Course summary

Our Postgraduate Certificate in Language Teaching/TESOL offers you the opportunity to update and expand your knowledge of the theories of language teaching and learning. You will develop and deepen your understanding of classroom practice through personal reflection and discussion with other practitioners.

You will be asked to draw on examples from your own learning and teaching experiences and are encouraged to maintain contact with the classroom as a way of bridging the gap between theory and practice.

If you are not yet ready to commit to an MA, this programme will help you gain cutting-edge knowledge of language teaching. It is ideal if you have classroom experience of teaching second or foreign languages, including English as a second or foreign language, or have a broadly relevant first degree background and an interest in the theory and practice of language teaching.

Upon completion of the course, you can choose to go on to complete our Postgraduate Diploma in Language Teaching/TESOL or one of our two Master’s degrees, MA Language Teaching or MA TESOL, depending on the language you focused on during the certificate.


Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading. Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.


Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations, although this will vary from course to course - on some of our courses, assessment is entirely by coursework. The methods of assessment on this course are specified below under 'Methods of assessment on this course'. You will need to allow time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.


Graduates develop careers in language teaching in a variety of contexts: in language teacher training, language teaching materials development and in directorship of studies in language schools.

Tuition fees

Students living in United States
(international fees)

£ 5,340per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

University information

Birkbeck, University of London

  • Campus address

    Birkbeck, University of London, Malet Street, Bloomsbury, United Kingdom, WC1E 7HX, England

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