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Certificate in Secondary ELT Teaching

The Certificate in Secondary English Language Teaching (CiSELT) is specifically for English language teachers working with learners aged 11–18.

The course takes about five hours a week and is split in two ten-week semesters. Participants are assessed and their assignments form a portfolio on which the participants are given a final assessment of Excellent/Successful/Unsuccessful. Both semesters of the course must be completed in order to gain the final certificate.

CiSELT is mapped to the British Council's Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Framework. Teachers starting the CiSELT Proficient course will be at the 'Developing Stage Three' on the CPD Framework. On successful completion of CiSELT Proficient, teachers will have acquired the skills and competencies to consider themselves in the 'Proficient Stage Four' of the CPD Framework.

The course will help you to:

  • develop your methodological skills for this age group
  • develop communicative, reflective and learning-centred teaching skills
  • understand the process of learning and teaching
  • deepen your knowledge and understanding of learner styles.


The course has four modules, each consisting of 5–8 units covering the following areas:

  Module Content
1 Getting started This module sets the scene by equipping you with all the information and guidance you’ll need for your new online journey. It also introduces popular theories about learning and teaching languages, typical characteristics of teenage learners and lesson planning for teens.
2 Language awareness This module looks at grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation, classroom language and dealing with errors and mistakes.
3 Teaching skills This module explores concepts of teaching core skills as well as techniques teachers need in order to identify problems learners have, and how to set up remedial work and a more holistic integrated approach to teaching skills in teaching English.
4 Core classroom issues This module looks at learner-centred classrooms, task-based learning, the role of the curriculum, the syllabus and the coursebook, motivating teenagers, working with limited resources, classroom management, testing, observation and feedback.

Each module includes:

  • articles, videos and presentations
  • teaching ideas, lesson plans, 'how to' tutorials
  • forums and wikis for participants to collaborate in
  • exercises to test and extend knowledge
  • opportunities for reflection and learning through practice
  • an end-of-module written assignment to test that learning outcomes have been met.



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