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Teacher development course

Certificate in Teaching IELTS

Who is this course for?

The Online Teaching IELTS (International English Language Testing System) course will be of particular interest to teachers who need to plan lessons for IELTS exam preparation. It is suitable for recently qualified TEFL/TESOL teachers with an interest in improving in this area quickly. The advanced course is designed to meet the needs of teachers with some experience who would like to develop specific teaching skills or techniques for helping their students pass IELTS exams.

What will you learn?

This course covers a range of topics which will help you gain a deeper understanding how to effectively prepare students for taking IELTS exams, including:

  • Managing learning
  • Exam format & Strategies
  • Materials & Resources
  • Planning & Assessment
  • Receptive skills & Blended learning
  • Reading skills
  • Listening skills
  • Online support & blended learning
  • Productive skills & Working with Language
  • Writing skills
  • Speaking skills
  • Working with language

How will this course help you develop?

IELTS is an increasingly popular exam for young adults around the world. It is often used as a marker for entry to English speaking universities. By the end of the Online Teaching IELTS course you will have a greater understanding of how to approach teaching IELTS exam courses and improve your chances of finding work in this sector. You will have looked at a range of teaching materials and activities which can be used in classes and you will have a better understanding of how to train learners in key strategies for these exams.

How will the course work?

For information about how this course works, the schedule and how you will be assessed, we recommend reading our FAQs section at the bottom of this page.

Course Tutors

As a participant of the Online Teaching IELTS course, you will receive personalised guidance from Stephen Mander. He has over fifteen years of experience teaching IELTS online and face-to-face all over the world, including in Asia, the Middle East and Europe.


How can you take this course?

Online one-to-one course

  • Flexible – study over 3 or 6 weeks
  • 30 hours
  • Personalised attention from an expert tutor
  • Feedback on tasks and live tutorials

It’s easy to enrol in these courses, and you don’t need to be one of our graduates to participate.
Simply complete the application form and make payment to secure your place.


  • 1 course €375
  • 2 courses €700 (Save €50)
  • 3 courses €1000 (Save €125)
  • 4 courses €1300 (Save €200)
  • 5 courses €1575 (Save €300)


Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive a digital Oxford TEFL certificate.

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Courses start every Friday


Our teacher development courses are provided on a one-to-one basis with individualised attention from an expert tutor who will guide you through the three modules covering a range of topics. All of these courses are 100% online so you can take these courses from anywhere in the world.

You will need a laptop or computer, a webcam and speakers/ headset and a good internet connection. You do not need to purchase any account to connect with us but you will need to ensure that you have downloaded Skype / Zoom onto your device.

Our 30-hour teacher development courses are taken over either 3 or 6 weeks (you choose). If you choose to take the course over 3 weeks, you will need to dedicate around 10 hours per week to the course. If you take the course over 6 weeks, you will need to dedicate around 5 hours per week to the course.

You can start our teacher development courses on any Friday of the year. Your start date is when your tutor will get in contact to introduce themselves and connect you to the online learning platform. This doesn’t mean you need to be available on Fridays specifically.

The course is designed to be very flexible. The only thing you will need to schedule will be your three online tutorials with your tutor (one at the end of each module, around 25-30 minutes each). You will arrange a convenient time for this directly with your tutor.

The rest of the work (watching videos, reading articles, reflecting on your own teaching and completing assignments) can be done on a day and time which suits you. We will help you set some deadlines and you would simply need to make sure that you work through the content and complete your assignments on time.

This makes our teacher development courses ideal for busy teachers anywhere in the world.

During your teacher development course you will read articles, watch videos, reflect on your own teaching and complete tasks. You will then discuss the content with your tutor in our online learning platform and during your one-to-one live tutorials. For each module there is an assignment for which you will receive written and verbal feedback specific to your context and development.

In order to complete your teacher development course successfully, you will need to participate fully, meet deadlines and submit tasks to a satisfactory standard. Your tutor will measure your progress and provide feedback on your tasks. At the end of the course we will provide you with an Oxford TEFL digital certificate which states that you have completed and passed the course.

Taking a teacher development course will not only help you develop and fine tune your skills, it will also prove to potential employers that you are serious about your profession and willing to invest in your future.

When deciding which course to take, you should consider the area(s) you would like to develop, your goals for the future and demand in your area or in the industry.

It is not unusual to take more than one teacher development course if you are keen to advance your career and enhance your CV. This will also widen the employment opportunities within the ELT industry.

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