100-hour TESOL Certificate – Course Syllabus

Course Syllabus

The following is a select list of units and topics covered in the 100-hour TESOL Certificate program:

Module 1: The World of ELT & Study Skills

This module has general information on the ELT industry and CV writing. The Study Skills section is linked to the Mind Tools website, where you will find articles to read about learning styles and study skills to complete your first assignment.

Module 2: The Study of English (Grammar and Phonology)


  • Chapter 1 Parts of Speech
  • Chapter 2 Parts of a Sentence
  • Chapter 3 Nouns
  • Chapter 4 Pronouns
  • Chapter 5 Adjectives- Determiners and Articles
  • Chapter 6 Adverbs
  • Chapter 7 Verbs
  • Chapter 8 Conjunctions
  • Chapter 9 Prepositions
  • Chapter 10 Tenses
  • Chapter 11 Ideas for Teaching grammar

A final test must be submitted at the end of this section.


  • Chapter 1 Introduction to Phonology
  • Chapter 2 Introduction to Phonemes
  • Chapter 3 Getting to Know the Anatomy of the Mouth
  • Chapter 4 Vowels, diphthongs and triphthongs
  • Chapter 5 Consonants
  • Chapter 6 Sentence Stress
  • Chapter 7 Intonation
  • Chapter 8 Teaching pronunciation

A final test must be submitted at the end of this section.

Module 3: The Theory and Methodology of TESOL

Methodology is the most important module in a TESOL course. This module contains six (6) assignments, which train the student to create and deliver professional lesson plans using the Communicative Approach.

Chapter 1: The First Class
The purpose of this chapter is to consider the importance of establishing initial connections in the classroom because these connections set the tone for the entire learning experience. You will be required to make personal reflections in order to more effectively empathize with your students’ situations. The chapter then sets out suggestions for icebreakers in the classroom. Finally, you will analyze features of these introduction techniques from a teacher’s point of view.

Chapter 2: Approaches to Language Teaching
This chapter contains a very condensed and subjective synopsis of the main currents in the history of language teaching methodology (Grammar Translation Method, Direct Method, and Audiolingualism).

Chapter 3: The Communicative Approach
In chapter 2 we discuss some of the major approaches to second language teaching and learning. These are grammatically oriented approaches (They focus on accuracy rather than meaning and fluency). In this chapter we focus on the Communicative Approach, which is semantically oriented (The Communicative Approach is based on the idea that learning a language successfully comes through having to communicate real meaning).

Chapter 4: Teaching Grammar
There are different ways to present or review a grammar topic. You need to be eclectic and decide what the best method for your students is, taking into account their level, age and interests, and the syllabus and textbook you are using. In this chapter you will learn some of the most common frameworks used in a Communicative Approach lesson.

Chapter 5: How to Write a Lesson Plan
Organizing your ideas, knowing the steps to follow in a lesson, and having a clear objective of what you want your students to learn in the lesson are elements that will make your class successful. In this chapter you will be introduced to the techniques that are required to write a professional lesson plan, so that you can apply these techniques to teaching the four skills that students need to develop in order to communicate in the target language: speaking and writing (productive skills); and listening and reading (receptive skills).

Chapter 6: Teaching Skills – Speaking
In this chapter you will learn how to effectively teach speaking skills. Learners generally want to master speaking skills as soon as possible. However, together with listening, it is probably the most difficult skill to develop. Speaking requires that learners not only know how to produce specific points of language such as grammar, pronunciation, or vocabulary (linguistic competence), but also that they understand when, why, and in what ways to produce language (sociolinguistic competence).

Chapter 7: Teaching Vocabulary
In this chapter you will learn the fundamental features for successfully instilling vocabulary knowledge in students.

Chapter 8: Teaching Skills – Listening
Many teachers think that a listening activity is just playing a tape, asking comprehension questions or using true and false activities. “The lesson is over! My students have done listening!” No learning process was involved in such a listening lesson. In this chapter you will learn how to effectively teach listening skills.

Chapter 9: Teaching Skills – Reading
In this chapter you will look at reading comprehension techniques and lesson plans for reading activities to learn how to effectively teach reading skills.

Chapter 10 Teaching Skills – Writing
The macroskill of writing is the one most often ignored by teachers. To exacerbate this, students very often do not seem interested in practicing this skill. One of the major reasons that writing is given short shrift in the classroom is that teachers do not know how to present and exploit this skill in a communicative and interesting way. In this chapter you will learn how to effectively teach writing skills.

Chapter 11: Classroom Management
This chapter covers classroom management in terms of the role of the teacher, the student’s behaviour, the activities, discipline problems and possible solutions.

100-hour TESOL Certificate

Upgrade to 120 hours!

Trainees who enrol in the 120-hour Specialized TESOL Certificate program continue with the 20-hour TEYL module or the 20-hour TBEC module after the 100-hour course.