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Basic TESOL Certificate Course

Now free access to all members!   Study each public video lesson and do the quiz for each section. Members who get 70% on each quiz get a certificate and letter of completion from us.   Want to use your mobile phone or tablet - take the non-flash version HERE. 

Testimonials from some of over 2,000 previous graduates here.  Members will be notified of upcoming webinars related to the topics. 

See recommended readings and support material for each unit below. Please contact us upon completion just in case we missed getting some quiz results.
Good Luck!


List of Readings for Modules 01-14


General Readings and Resources  


Broad Overview Articles and Resources

** Additional readings and resources for this course, sorted by module HERE. 


1. Contextualizing Language

Language teachers need to be able to help students understand the language by contextualizing - providing context to help support understanding and learning. Learn how. 


Additional Readings and Resources     1 contextualization.pdf      transcript1.pdf


2. Building Language Awareness

The goal of education is creating self-directing, autonomous learners.  Building language awareness is crucial to this. Learn how to do this in your classroom.


Additional Readings and Resources        2. language building.pdf - transcript2.pdf


3. Integrating Skills

The 4 skills of language: listening, speaking, reading and writing are described and teachers are shown how to integrate them into a full lesson/unit. 


Additional Readings/Resources 3. integrating skills.pdf - transcript3.pdf



4. Pair and Group Work

Language is a social skill and needs to be used and learned in a social context. Learn how to do this by setting up activities with pairs and groups of students. 


Additional Readings and Resources 4. Pair and group work.pdf  transcript4.pdf


5. Learner Feedback

Learners need to be given feedback so they may know what they are doing wrong and self - correct, improve. Learn techniques and guidelines for effectively giving students feedback. 


Additional Readings and Resources 5. learner feedback.pdf - transcript5.pdf


6. Classroom Management

Classroom management skills are described and teachers given guidelines on how to properly manage large numbers of students, often the norm in English language classrooms. 


Additional Readings and Resources 6. managing large classes.pdf     transcript.pdf


7. Learning Strategies

Discover how students learn and what strategies they use to acquire language and become fluent speakers. 


Additional Readings and Resources 7. learning strategies.pdf - transcript7.pdf


8. Authentic Materials

Real language materials are important to use in the language classroom. Examples of these are provided and teachers are shown how to modify the materials to help students understand "real" language. 


Additional Readings and Resources 8. authentic materials.pdf - transcript8.pdf



9. Critical Thinking Skills

Students learn language by using it.  Teachers need to promote activities for using language that foster student thinking skills and creativity. Learn how. 


Additional Readings and Resources 9. creative thinking.pdf     transcript9.pdf


10. Alternative Assessment

Assessment should be continuous and day by day, not only summative. Assessment is for the benefit of the learner, not just the teacher. Learn how to assess formatively and ongoing. 


Additional Readings and Resources 10 alternative assessment.pdf    transcript10.pdf


11. Individual Learner Differences

Learn how learners differ and how you can differentiate your curriculum and let each learner learn in their own way. 


Additional Readings and Resources 11. learning styles.pdftranscript11.pdf


12. Younger Learners

Teaching young learners is different than teaching adults. Learn techniques and principles for helping young learners learn English. 


Additional Readings and Resources 12. young learners.pdf   transcript12.pdf


13. Practicum / Peer Review

Teachers develop best when in an open classroom and learning from peers. Get some tips on how to learn from your colleagues. 


Additional Readings and Resources 13. peer observation.pdf    transcript13.pdf


14. Teacher: Reflective Teaching

Thinking about your teaching is important. Learn some important facets on how to become a reflective practitioner. 


Additional Readings and Resources 14. reflective teaching.pdf         transcript14.pdf


15. Using Educational Technology

Technology is here with us and it is important for teachers to use it in lessons. Learn some important ways and considerations for using technology in teaching. 

Visit the presentation HERE and then take the quiz.


Additional Readings and Resources


16. Final Thoughts

Being a great EFL teacher will take time and patience. You've learned a lot about what it takes through this course and which will help you along the way.

Read the document:  Advice On Being A Great EFL Teacher and watch this concluding video about What Makes A Great EFL Teacher.

Think of your own qualities and which of these you already do well. Then think of what you can add to your teaching and classroom of the future.     Good luck and congratulations on finishing the course!

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Comment by ddeubel on June 15, 2015 at 12:01pm

You're welcome Lawrnce.  Enjoy the week.  I spent a year in Kyiv in 2000 and loved the city, especially when the weather was nice. Many runs along the river and afternoons reading at the Brit. Council. 

Comment by Paul Amissah on July 2, 2015 at 7:37pm

Hello Dave:

I believe I've finished all the entire course but how do I go about the certificate.

I suppose you will email it to me.

Comment by Pornpimon Short on July 6, 2015 at 7:02pm

Hello ddeubel,

 Lots of resources and very helpful for my teaching, especially videos from classrooms and universities around the world. I finished the 16 modules last June. I hope to receive a certificate & a letter of completion soon.

Thank you,Pornpimon

Comment by ddeubel on July 6, 2015 at 9:02pm

Paul I've sent your certificate and thanks for reminding me about it. 

Pornpimon, sorry I missed it but do see your results completed June 24. I'll check and send out your certificate and letter shortly. 



Comment by Pornpimon Short on July 7, 2015 at 8:23pm

Hello David,

Thank you very much for sending the certificate today. I received already and thank you so much for all your wonderful work. 

English Central such a great website for learning English. I am a teacher from Thailand, your site helps my teaching very much.


Best Regard,


Comment by Dimitrios Komvos on July 15, 2015 at 10:03am

Can this certificate be used to apply for a job?

Comment by ddeubel on July 15, 2015 at 12:29pm

Hi Dimitrios,

Of course.  You also get a letter of referral that describes the course and what was learned/studied.    

I'm presently transferring the course with improved content to a new courses site. Until I do move the course, it will remain free as part of membership. After that, it will require separate purchase. 

Comment by Annalisa L. Raymer on July 22, 2015 at 9:11pm

Hello David,

I just joined today because of the certificate course. How long do I have to do the course before you move it?

Thank you.


Comment by Joseph A. Brendel on August 2, 2015 at 10:57pm

Hello, I just completed all the modules. How long will it take to receive my TESOL certificate? Thanks!

Comment by Somia Schell on April 2, 2016 at 12:35am

Hello, how long does it take to finish the course?

Comment by ddeubel on April 2, 2016 at 11:41am

Somia.  There are 15 lessons/modules of videos each approx 5 to 10 minutes long.  Then you have to complete the quizzes and get them correct. You can do the math but reasonably should take in total 10 hours.  Now in my experience and seeing how fast some teachers do the quizzes, many don't watch the full video before answering, so do it quicker. 

I get the quiz results. Once all quizzes completed and passed, you'll get your certificate and letter sent out by email. 

Comment by Domynic Thomas-Foreman on September 7, 2016 at 1:24pm
Hello. I have completed the course and wanted to verify that my test scores were recieved. Thank you

Comment by ddeubel on September 7, 2016 at 1:37pm

Hi Domynic,

I just checked and sent on the certificate and letter of confirmation. Thanks for following up and if you have any issues with the certificate/letter, just let me know.  Best,


Comment by Samia Sayadi on October 8, 2016 at 3:47am

Hi  David .

I have just finished the video tests.A bunch of thanks for these wonderful and valuable resources you provided.

May I ask for a certificate and a letter for completion ?

Thanks again.

Comment by Ayman Ahmed Mohamed Shallaly on November 21, 2016 at 4:56am

Hi David.

Many thanks to you for this great initiative,I've just finished all quizzes and I passed all ,can you gently consider sending me the certificate.One last question is this certificate is in some ways recognized,I mean can I use it for employment either locally or internationally.Anyways thanks,Waiting for you reply and the certificate.

Comment by Connor Dahlin on November 21, 2016 at 11:50pm


I've recently finished all of the quizzes under the name cgdahlin. I was curious how and when I will receive the certification.


Comment by Darlyne Perez on December 19, 2016 at 6:11am

Hello David,

I have completed the class and enjoyed your course. Very informative. I learned a lot. Waiting for the certificate. Thank you...

Comment by ddeubel on December 19, 2016 at 1:48pm

HI Darlyne, 

Congrats. It's on my to do list today - I'll have things checked and certificates/letters sent to all students by the end of the day .... Busy time for me - can't wait for a little rest and relaxation over the holidays!


Comment by Darlyne Perez on December 27, 2016 at 2:40am

Hi David,

I am not quite sure where I am supposed to message you lol...Merry Christmas. Sorry, but I just wanted to let you know that I still have not received my certificate. My probation at my current position is up this week, so I really need it to keep this position. Thank you in advance.

Comment by Michael Lee on May 17, 2017 at 2:39am

I have just finished the tests. May I ask for a certificate and a letter for completion ?

Thank you.

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