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Certificate IV in TESOL


Who is International House?

International House was established in the UK back in 1954. It has over 50 schools in 30 countries proudly carrying the IH badge. International House is the world's leading English teacher training organisations. Our Certificate IV in TESOL is offered through IH Sydney and is registered within the Australian Quality Training Framework (AQTF) and accredited by VETAB (NSW Government Vocational Educational and Training Accreditation Board).


Recognised by Australian Universities.

Many universities in Australia will offer holders of Certificate IV in TESOL credit towards study in TESOL related degree programmes. For example, graduates of the Certificate IV in TESOL can gain one subject credit towards further TESOL studies at the University of Canberra. Candidates must apply separately to the university


Schools in Singapore prefer Certificate IV in TESOL graduates.

This is proving to be the most practical, hands on course in Singapore. Based on the CELTA, this Certificate IV has model English lessons everyday. These model lessons are what employers like about this course. Trainees work out of the New Cutting Edge (Upper Intermediate) for these model lessons and this gives trainees maximum exposure to working from a resource book. Trainees will gain confidence in adapting a commonly used resource material. Our Cert IV graduates have entered classrooms in Singapore since 2010, ready to teach on day one.

Course Information:
  • Native English speakers and non-native (pre-advanced and above) who want to enter the English language teaching profession. 
  • It is also suitable for experienced teachers who want to further develop their communicative teaching skills through the strong focus on practical teaching.

  • The principles of effective planning and teaching
  • A range of practical skills for teaching English
  • Confidence and control in the classroom
  • Increased language awareness and a framework for language analysis
  • A structure for ongoing professional development

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Certification is issued by International House (IH) Sydney Teacher Training Centre upon successful completion of the course. Trainees who complete part of the programme will be issued with a statement of attainment outlining the competencies that they achieved.


Many universities in Australia will offer holders of Certificate IV in TESOL credit towards study in TESOL related degree programmes. For example, graduates of the Certificate IV in TESOL can gain one subject credit towards further TESOL studies at the University of Canberra. Candidates must apply separately to the university.

COURSE CONTENT:   TESOL methodology and language analysis includes:
  • teaching speaking, writing, reading, listening skills
  • developing learner’s language knowledge
  • preparing language lessons using reference materials
  • planning and evaluation of lessons
  • evaluating TESOL teaching materials for classroom use
  • managing the English language classroom
  • managing the teaching and learning environment
  • developing teacher professionalism
  • understanding different learner styles and motivation to teaching
  • applying knowledge of learner cultural and linguistic backgrounds to teaching
  • using basic concepts and grammar terminology
  • using basic lexical and phonological terminology
  • six hours observation of qualified teachers
  • six hours of observed and assessed teaching practice
  • English language development lessons

  • You will be required to complete six hours of assessed teaching practice, conducted with real classes.
  • You will also complete 6 assessed written assignments.
  • There is no final examination.
Please note that Certificates are usually sent quarterly (end of- March, June, September and December)

  • Intermediate English level/ IELTS  equivalent 5.5 (you do not need to sit the IELTS) or PTE 45. A final interview is mandatory for acceptance.
  • All candidates must be at least 18 years of age.
  • You are not required to have previous teaching experience or the ability to speak a second language.

  • 8-16 weeks part-time

TRAINERS:   All of our trainers are:
  • post-graduate industry qualified
  • experienced teacher trainers with an average of 10 years experience

APPLY FOR THIS COURSE:   Please ensure you complete the following when registering:
  • sections A & B (Questions 1,2 & 3) of the application form
  • signed terms and conditions and indemnity and release
  • current resume
  • copies of certificates, diplomas and / or university degrees
  • 1 passport photo
Shortlisted applicants will be contacted for an interview. (For applicants outside Singapore the interview can be conducted on the telephone.) Enrolment is subject to successful completion of the interview.

The interview is in two parts. Part One is a language aptitude task. Candidates who complete part one successfully will continue to part two. Part Two is a discussion of the language task, ideas about teaching and learning, details about the course curriculum/ structure and an opportunity for candidates to ask further questions.

  • SGD$5500 $3600 
  • An Application Fee of $100 is required to secure your position on the course.With the second payment of $1000 balance of $2500 paid by the start of the course. The application fee will be fully refunded if you are not accepted after the interview.
  • Extra Teaching Practice (post course) $50/session or $175 for 4 sessions.

OCBC Credit Card holders qualify for instalment plans of 6 or 12 months. 3% surcharge applies


Part Time - 9-12 Weeks

  • Module 1 Model Lessons, Methodology and Analysis- (8 weeks)
Weekdays 9.00am - 12:30pm Monday to Wednesdays.  9:00am - 12:30pm.
Weeknights 7:00pm - 10:00pm Monday, Tuesday AND Thursday (8 weeks)
  • Module 2 Teaching Practice- (5-8 weeks)
Weekdays 9:30pm - 12:30pm Monday to Wednesdays. Must complete Module 1 first. 
(please note you are assessed on 9 x 40 min lessons only for Module 2)
Weeknights 7:00pm - 10:00pm Monday, Tuesday and Thursday.
Sample weekly timetable:
8 weeks 12 weeks
Module 1 (8 weeks)
Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Fridays
 TBC 7.00pm-8.00pm

English language development

Improve your language skills in all areas from reading and writing to listening and speaking. Gain the confidence in your language ability you will need when you do your teaching practice.




TESOL methodology & language analysis

Focus in detail on the methodology that English teachers use when planning and conducting lessons. Learn and practise the skills that you will be using in your future lessons.
  Module 2 (3-6 weeks)
Teaching Practice

Put the skills that you are learning into practice by teaching real language students. You will teach a total of six hours of observed and assessed teaching practicum. You will also be required to observe and give feedback to your peers on their teaching and observe professional teachers in action.
  9.00pm-10.00pm Teaching Practice Feedback and further methodology input

Your tutor will provide detailed feedback on the strengths and weaknesses that you demonstrated in the classroom during your teaching practice sessions. In addition, you will be asked to comment on the teaching practice of your fellow trainees. You will also have a chance to discuss with your tutor lesson plans for your future teaching practice sessions.
Course Intake: Option 1 Part Time- Weekdays
06 May 13 to 14 Aug 13


Mon, Tue and Wed.