TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Total –  56 Credits\520 hours. NQF level 6












Language Learning and Practise


TESOL is an English teacher training programme that provides students with skills and an advanced understanding of teaching English as a second or additional language. The programme aims to equip students to impact the lives of learners in South Africa and in other parts of the world, where English is an essential life skill.


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.


In 2023, the TESOL modules "Introduction" (12 credits) and "Skills" (16 credits) will be offered as a short course at a mid-year Winter School rather than in semester 1. The lecturer and dates will be revealed in late February 2023.

TESOL is run as:

• A short course in the extended learning programme.
• A set of modules within the BA and BTh programmes accredited
• Non Degree Purpose modules (NDP) selected from accredited programmes

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Admission requirements

University\bachelor’s degree entrance certificate or equivalent with 50% or more for English Home language (L1). Students who do not have English as their L1 will need to demonstrate competence in English.

Applicants with a CELTA, PGCE with language didactics, or an equivalent qualification may apply for credit for TESOL 1A Introduction and do any of the advanced modules.

TESOL 1A Introduction: 12 credits\120 hours of teaching and learning.

This module starts on the 7th of February and runs, once a week, for 15 weeks.

It may also be offered as a one-month intensive module in June and as a 15-week semester module starting on the 8th of February 2022.

For details on TESOL 1A for 14 January 2021 see below,

  • 15 weeks. TESOL introduction 120 hours
  • Course start date – 07 February
  • Apply by 14 January 2022 with R 325 application fee.
  • Pay full fees by 28 January 2022

TESOL 1A & B and 2A & B may be taken as part of the BA or BTh or as stand-alone subjects, part-time, over 1 or 2 years. In each of the four modules, students will complete a practicum. 

In 2023, the TESOL modules “Introduction” (12 credits) and “Skills” (16 credits) will be offered as a short course at a mid-year Winter School rather than in semester 1. The lecturer and dates will be revealed in late February 2023.


TESOL 1A. Introduction. (12 credits) This is designed as a stand-alone module as well as an introduction to the TESOL elective within the BA and BTh. Students are introduced to the four language skills, namely; listening, speaking, reading and writing, as well as grammar and vocabulary systems. Method, language learning theory, classroom dynamics and learner needs are explored. While the focus is primarily on teaching adults some attention will be given to teaching L2 (FAL) to young learners. Trainees learn to plan, execute and evaluate a short lesson. At least 10 hours will be spent observing in a language classroom.

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 a special focus on 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.

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