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NHC Diploma in

Theory & Methodology

Key Details

Distance Learning

Hybrid Learning

Virtual Campus


The Diploma in Theory and Methodology of TESOL is designed for those who wish to learn high-level theory and the methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages. This course is designed to equip teachers with a deeper understanding of the theory that underpins the teaching of English as a second language. Their teaching skills will be strengthened and with a fresh understanding of how English works, boosting their employability and career advancement prospects.

This programme is suitable for teachers who have completed a TEFL course or similar and wish to upgrade their skills and knowledge concerning the theory and methodology of teaching English to speakers of other languages.


Course Information

Course Information

Learning Outcomes

  • Understand how language is acquired.

  • Explain what constitutes errors in a language.

  • Recall the principles on which modern language teaching is based.

  • Understand what phonetics and phonology are.

  • Know the different methodologies that are used to teach English.

  • Be able to use materials and aids in the classroom.

  • Feel confident in managing the class.

  • Be able to design lesson plans.


Teaching Methods and Teaching Principles

  • Language acquisition

  • The nature of language

  • Theories and methodologies of TEFL

  • Principles of modern language teaching

Theory of TESOL: Language Skills

  • Receptive skills

  • Productive skills

  • Bloom’s taxonomy

  • Approaches to teaching language skills

Planning & Organisation in TESOL

  • Developing lesson plans

  • Roles of language teachers

  • Classroom management techniques

  • Using materials and aids in the classroom

Applications of Linguistics to TESOL

  • Syntax and semantics

  • Introduction to linguistics

  • Phonetics and morphology

  • Errors % mistakes in language learning


Submission of assignments will result in the achievement of the Diploma in Theory and Methodology of TESOL. Assignments include written pieces which are submitted online.


Distance Learning

For the self-guided, busy individual who wants full control over their learning. With this mode you will be given 24/7 access to the Learning Management System where you will find all course information and resources, Then you can study and submit assignments at your own pace. You will still have access to a tutor should you have any questions.


Hybrid Learning

With this mode of learning, you will receive all the benefits of Distance Learning plus up to twelve hours of one-to-one support with an expert tutor who will guide you through the course. The schedule is flexible and will be determined between yourself and our admission team in the UK upon enrolment.

Virtual Campus

On the Virtual Campus, you will meet weekly with like-minded students and taught lessons led by expert tutors. You will discuss your subjects with your fellow learners, replicating a physical classroom experience online, and apply your course content to real-world industry scenarios. This is a great opportunity to network with other professionals from a variety of backgrounds and cultures whilst still accessing all the benefits of a Distance Learning student.



Applicants must have a bachelor’s degree or equivalent and at least two years’ teaching experience.


Career Prospects

Working within the ESL sector is a role that can exist in the physical classroom or online. Teachers with TESOL expertise can also choose which age range of students they wish to work with, from young learners to teenagers to adults. There are plenty of options to suit each teacher’s desired work environment, location and lifestyle.


Career paths include:


  • Personal English tutor (online or in person)

  • English teacher at an overseas school (private or state-run)

  • English teacher at language school in an English-speaking country

  • ESL school coordinator

Career Prospects

Why Choose
Notting Hill College

We are an accredited British institution that aims to provide a quality learning experience and opportunities to grow.

Receive a diploma from an accredited British institution meaning your achievements will be recognised globally.

Choose a mode of study that best suits your needs and learning style.

Choose your own flexible learning schedule.

Keep up to date with the latest trends in teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Save money with affordable payment plans.

Learn from expert teachers.

Access hours of additional resources to facilitate your learning process.

Access recordings of your live virtual sessions so you never miss a lesson.

Have a continuous authentication of your certificates with the Lifetime Verification Service.

Enjoy excellent support and communication services.

Join a network of thousands of global Notting Hill College graduates who have qualified from one of our courses.

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