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The Licentiate Diploma in TESOL, also known as LTCL DipTESOL, is a professional qualification awarded in the teaching of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) by Trinity College London. It is an advanced teaching qualification, often seen as a follow-up to the CertTESOL, and is accredited in England by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority at Level 7 on the UK National Qualifications Framework as are master’s degrees in related subject areas.[1] Holders of the LTCL DipTESOL are also eligible for credit transfer on some master's degree programs.[2][3]

Entry Requirements[edit]

All candidates for the LTCL DipTESOL must have completed a course validated by Trinity College London. In addition, they must have a first degree or equivalent, a minimum of two years' recent full-time ESOL teaching experience, and an ability to speak and write English appropriate for a teacher of English at advanced levels.[4]


The diploma is awarded upon successful completion of a course which includes four units. All components are monitored or examined by Trinity examiners.

  • Unit 1 - The written paper.

Unit 1 consists of an externally examined written paper in which the candidate is assessed on their knowledge of language, teaching and learning, and professional development. The written paper lasts for 3 hours.

  • Unit 2 - Coursework portfolio.

Unit 2 is an internally assessed and externally moderated coursework portfolio. The portfolio contains a record of professional development, the design of an observational instrument, and a piece of original research.

  • Unit 3 - Interview.

Unit 3 consists of an externally examined interview, in which the candidate is required to display their knowledge of English phonetics and phonology, as well as issues relating to the teaching and learning of phonology.

  • Unit 4 - Assessed teaching.

Unit 4 is a teaching practice component that includes four internally assessed and externally moderated lessons, as well as one externally examined lesson. Candidates must complete lesson plans and reflections, as well as teach each lesson.[5]

Accreditation and Comparison with other Qualifications[edit]

The LTCL DipTESOL is accredited in the United Kingdom by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority at NQF level 7,[6] and is widely recognized by language schools around the world.

The LTCL DipTESOL and Delta are viewed internationally, and by major language teaching organizations such as the British Council, as equivalent qualifications.[7][8]

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