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Following a review of the teaching qualifications we provide, ICELT (In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching) will be discontinued from July 2020. This means that the last ICELT courses will begin before 30 April 2019. Contact your ICELT centre for further details of courses available.
ICELT is a highly practical course. It supports you to reflect on your teaching and apply your learning in the classroom.
The ICELT course will extend your knowledge of teaching methodologies and develop your understanding of the principles underlying language learning and teaching.
Courses are run by approved centres, based on our syllabus and course objectives. The exact course programme is designed by your centre to reflect the teaching context and needs of the course participants.
Face-to-face courses have a minimum of 120 contact hours. Blended learning courses have a minimum of 50 face-to-face contact hours alongside an approved distance learning support programme (total 120 hours).
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You will cover seven topics as part of your ICELT course. An overview is provided in the table below.
For full details about course content and assessment, download the ICELT syllabus and assessment guidelines.
ICELT is in two modules, which can be delivered as a combined course or as separate modules. The assessment components are:
Tasks designed to improve your use of English for teaching purposes, for example, your:
The number of tasks depends on whether you take Module One on its own or as part of a combined course.
You can choose to take Module One or Module Two as a stand-alone module (for which you will receive a certificate), or together to be awarded the full ICELT qualification.
See full details about assessment for each module in the tabs below:
You will complete four language-related tasks. If you are taking Module One as a stand-alone module you will complete two additional tasks (Tasks 5 and 6). An overview is provided in the table below.
You will teach a minimum of four lessons. Each of these will have a different language or skills focus. Where possible, you will be observed and assessed teaching your own class in your normal teaching environment.
For each lesson, you will provide:
You can be assessed teaching either:
You will write four classroom-related assignments, which should each be between 1,000–1,500 words. An overview is provided in the table below.
To take ICELT, you need to attend a course at an approved centre.
Before contacting your centre, please check that you meet the following criteria:
If you want to take Module One as a stand-alone module, you will normally have at least 100 hours’ teaching experience.
Where teachers do not have nationally recognised qualified teacher status, it is the responsibility of centres to ensure that all applicants for courses which include primary and secondary learners are screened for their suitability for working with young people.