Introduction to Tutoring English to Speakers of Other Languages (ITESOL)

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The course

Focusing on adult ESOL learning, this SQA-accredited Level 6 qualification is an introduction to teaching ESOL. It provides practical, flexible and accessible ESOL tutor training. This qualification builds your knowledge of the English language and teaches the skills needed to apply this knowledge when tutoring ESOL learners. We also include discussion of teaching in the Glasgow context.

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A brief outline of course content

The course comprises two units which will be delivered in person, in our offices. The first unit aims to provide context and the background knowledge required to teach ESOL in the community; to a basic level. This unit is assessed through project work and an exam. The second unit develops practical knowledge of teaching and includes a live teaching element, where you will be assessed on planning and reflection of your lessons. You will be guided and supported throughout.

Upcoming Course Dates

We will begin recruiting for the 2024-2025 course in July 2024. It will run from August 2024 until April 2025**. Precise dates will be confirmed. To register your interest, please email or

We require a commitment of one full afternoon per week to attend taught sessions, plus time for self-study. Candidates will also be required to commit to teaching practice once a week in the latter part of the course.

**Please note this is the current timeframe for ITESOL and is subject to change. 

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Course Fees

The course is free of charge if you commit to volunteering for 9 months on our Volunteer Tutor Project upon successful completion of the course.

We have limited spaces for people who wish to volunteer for another organisation upon completion of the course. These spaces are charged at £300.

Criteria for Applying

Any person considering volunteering, working in or teaching ESOL is welcome to apply.

Applicants who have lived experience of settling in Scotland as refugees or asylum seekers are particularly welcome.

All potential candidates must:

  • be ‘working towards’ or have achieved SQF Level 6 (Higher) ESOL level of English
  • have an interest in developing their language teaching skills
  • be committed to equalities and anti-discrimination
  • be interested in other cultures
  • have a willingness to work with others
  • have a commitment to volunteering
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Jaclynne Smith
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Development Worker

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