Tesol 2016

 Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

(56 CREDITS | 560 HOURS)


TESOL provides students with skills and advanced understanding of teaching English as a second or additional language. The programme aims to equip students to be able to impact the lives of learners in South Africa and in other parts of the world where English is a valued skill.

Admission Requirements

Matriculation Certificate or equivalent with 50% or more

for English home language

Admission based on mature age of 23 years and over will be considered upon the completion of a Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) Portfolio.

Applicants with a CELTA or equivalent may apply for credit

for TESOL 1A Introduction

Time Commitment

TESOL 1A Introduction: 12 credits\120 hours contact mode. 1 month intensive winter school\June

Stand-alone: part-time over 2 years

As part of BA or BTh: minimum 3 years

Campus, day class, 3 hours, once a week

Tuition Cost

350 per credit. Total credits 56

TESOL 1A Intensive 12 credits R4 200 + R300 administration costs.

Year 1: 24 credits:  R8 400

Year 2: 32 credits: R11 200

Total Cost: R19 600


Registered as Cornerstone Institute (RF) NPC with the Department of Higher Education and Training as a private higher education institution under the Higher Education Act, 1997. Registration Certificate No.2001/HE08/006.

Programme Coordinator

Sandy Willcox, MA Applied Linguistics -TESOL. Sandy has had extensive experience teaching English to students taking degrees in Ethiopia, and has trained TESOL teachers in Ethiopia, Asia and Canada. Sandy is passionate about helping students develop language, relational and teaching skills that will have a positive impact on those for whom English is a vital life skill.


TESOL may be taken as part of the BA or BTh or as a stand-alone subject over 1 or 2 years. In each of the four modules students will complete a practicum.

TESOL 1A: Introduction (12 credits)
This is designed as a stand-alone module as well as an introduction to the TESOL specialisation within the BA and BTh.

TESOL 1B: Method (12 credits)
Various language teaching methods will be presented and evaluated. Students will develop their own eclectic teaching philosophy and will learn how to apply their understanding of method, learner needs and teaching tools, to plan and execute learner centred lessons.

TESOL 2A: Skills (16 credits)
This is an advanced module in the theory and practice of teaching reading, writing, speaking, listening, vocabulary and grammar.

TESOL 2B: Language Learning and Practice (16 credits)
This module will complete the process of preparing students to continue to grow as professionals and to make a contribution to the TESOL profession. Some skills needed to thrive in a cross-cultural context will be explored.