The full list of courses that have been
accredited/validated and moderated by IATQuO are
accreditation/validation and moderation involve?
Accreditation, or validation, is an initial process whereby
a TESOL training course is scrutinised by an external body employing highly
qualified and experienced professionals to ascertain that the course
conforms to certain minimal internationally acceptable standards.
Subsequent, periodic scrutiny to ensure that those standards
are being maintained is known as moderation.
Reports are submitted by IATQuO to
the training organisation on completion of each validator’s or moderator’s
visit for action where necessary. These reports may be made available for
trainees to consult at the discretion of the training organisation.
The following TESOL Certificate courses have been validated and
moderated by IATQuO
If it is one
of the schools/courses in the list on this
website, it will be bona fide.
two teacher training courses are identical,
even if they are inspired by the same model or
The fact that the "parent" course has been
externally validated does not mean that all
derivative courses benefit from that validation.
Each course has to undergo its own validation
Good examples of this are the courses offered by
the International House network. Although each
of their courses is validated by Cambridge under
their CELTA scheme, each has to undergo its own
validation and assessment processes.
We have been
made aware that an increasing number of
Teacher Training Centres claim to be IATQuO
validated. Only those in the
list above are.
Some in good
faith, have been told that by buying into
a TEFL International programme they get
automatic accreditation by IATQuO; this is a
lot of PELT TESOL (Practical English
programmes claimto be validated by IATQuo:
only one has applied for partial validation and
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validation/accreditation and has
intending teacher should make the following three
registering for any TESOL training course:
1. Check the exact address and location of a
specific course, with the local
telephone number - note that an international or
national "toll free call"
number is almost certainly NOT the day to day number
of the course site.
2. Contact the Director of Studies, preferably by
phone, ask for his name,
(his credentials or experience), and ask some simple
questions about the
course and the location.
3. Contact the quoted accrediting/validating body
direct to ascertain their
credentials and to discover whether they have in
fact validated the centre
that interests you.
(The quoted accrediting/validating body should have
at least a website link,
a valid email address, a telephone number and a
If any of this information is not available, dubious
or inaccurate, warning
bells should sound!
It may take a little time, the cost of an
international phone call or two,
and that should be it. But a few
dollars/pounds/euros spent in this way may
well prevent a subsequent loss of 2000 or more!
There should be absolutely no
need to pay any deposit until the above checks have
A further check you can make if you live in the
country, or if you have a
friend living in the country, is to ask to visit the
centre: no trustworthy
teacher training centre should refuse access.
Finally, an intending teacher should be aware that
accrediting/validating bodies are not validating
bodies but simply associations. It is
very simple to become a member by paying a small
The International TEFL Corporation TESOL 20 unit ITTT tutored and examined TESOL courses have now received validation.
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Successful completion of this course indicates that the trainee has a sound understanding of the underlying theory and practice of English Grammar and Phonology and of different approaches to the learning and teaching of English.
It is obviously not possible to gain practical classroom experience through following a purely online course. However, many people without a formal TEFL qualification find it invaluable to supplement their experience with the background provided by an online course, while others find completion of such a course gives them a good platform from which to embark on teaching, normally with some professional support from within their school. A third group finds taking such a relatively inexpensive course a suitable "taster" to help them decide whether to embark on a career of Teaching English as a Foreign Language or not.
to situations where English is learned and
taught in an environment where English is not
used on a daily basis in either an official or
unofficial capacity. Examples – Italy,
TESLTeaching English as a Second Language
This applies to situations where
English is learned and taught in an environment
where English is used on a daily basis in either
an official or unofficial capacity but where the
mother tongue of the learners is normally a
language other than English.
Examples – India, Singapore, U.K.
TESOLTeaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
This term is
used for both the TEFL and TESL situations,
where the mother tongue of the learners is NOT
TESOL is also
the name of the largest organisation of teachers
of English world wide, with its headquarters in
Washington, D.C. There are many autonomous
national affiliates in the Americas, Europe and
TEALTeaching English as an Acquired/Additional Language
This term, in
either of its forms, is
now widely used in situations where English is
taught to non native speakers in a native
English speaking country. Examples – U.K.,
TESNLTeaching English to Speakers of the National
This is a a term created by IATQuO. It is a more
local form of TESOL, where teachers of English
in a specific
country teach students of that same country.
English Language Teaching
term for the teaching of English in any of the
English for Special Purposes
The term is
used for the particular English required for
special situations. Examples – English required
in business situations, for academic purposes,
or in the tourism industry. Some TESOL training
courses contain sub-components on teaching ESP.
English for Young Learners
training courses contain sub-components relating
specifically to teaching English to learners of
ten or under.
If you are
thinking of training to become a teacher of
English, for however short or long a period of
your life, we hope you have found this website
useful and we wish you every success in your
If you are a
course provider, we hope to see you soon as one
of our accredited/validated TESOL course