Summer Certification Course in TESOL, Certificate

Summer Certification Course in TESOL, Certificate


Would you like to get a taste of what it is like to be a teacher of English to speakers of other languages in an intensive, multilingual learning environment? Our five-week Summer Postgraduate Programme will introduce you to core teaching theory and encourage you to explore classroom practice through a refreshing lens of creativity, innovation, and personal growth.

Study Information

At a Glance

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On Campus Learning
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1 month
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If you are an undergraduate student in any discipline and would like to get a taste of what it is like to be an English language teacher who is skilled, creative and resilient, this Summer TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certification Programme is for you.

This intensive five-week Summer TESOL Certification Programme will provide foundational knowledge in TESOL and opportunities for you to experiment with ways in which theory and classroom practice meet. You will develop a teaching philosophy by exploring how you could use novel, innovative techniques in your teaching context. You will consider what creativity means in the classroom and how teachers and learners alike may benefit from being creative.

Teaching English can open the door to a range of rewarding opportunities, from teaching and tutoring to international employment. On the completion of our Summer TESOL Certification Programme, you will obtain a Certificate of Attendance. We are happy to say that many of our TESOL students discover that they have a passion for teaching and go on to do a Master’s degree.

You would have experienced your motivation going up and down in various areas of your life. In your exploration of English language teaching, you will experiment with ways of maintaining your motivation and bolstering your professional purpose. You will learn a range of methods that are known to increase the well-being of educators and their students, and you will be encouraged to reflect on how you may adapt them to your professional and personal needs.

We would like you to thrive as an English language teacher – to notice, enjoy and savour the gifts that teaching brings as well as to be ready to deal with adversities that may come your way. We hope to inspire you to be the best language teacher that you can be so that you may inspire others. Come and join us.

What You'll Study

Creativity and Innovation in Language Teaching and Learning: You will examine what creativity means, how it relates to teaching and learning strategies and outcomes, and how you can better enact creativity in your classroom practices. The course will also consider how language teaching has changed, and the possible reasons and implications for innovations in the field that are happening around the world.

The Psychology of Well-being in Language Teaching: You will explore the interplay among psychological and environmental factors that influence the well-being of language teachers and learners. You will examine techniques that can be used to promote well-being as well as coping strategies to utilise when facing work-related stressors. You will reflect on your priorities as a teacher with the notion of well-being in mind.

Theories of Learning: This course will focus on TESOL-oriented theories of learning, and how/to what degree they can be applied in the classroom.

Second Language Acquisition: You will examine how English phonetics, lexis, morphosyntax and semantics are learnt as a second/foreign language, and you will explore areas of difficulty for English language learners from different linguistic backgrounds, and design classroom activities to address these areas.

Please contact for more information about this programme.

We will endeavour to make all course options available; however, these may be subject to timetabling and other constraints. Please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

How You'll Study

Learning Methods

  • Group Projects
  • Individual Projects
  • Lectures
  • Peer Learning
  • Seminars
  • Workshops

Assessment Methods

Students are assessed by any combination of three assessment methods:

  • coursework such as essays and reports completed throughout the course;
  • practical assessments of the skills and competencies they learn on the course; and
  • written examinations at the end of each course.

The exact mix of these methods differs between subject areas, years of study and individual courses.

Honours projects are typically assessed on the basis of a written dissertation.

Why Study Summer Certification Course in TESOL?

  • The University of Aberdeen provides a perfect backdrop for intensive TESOL study. This is an ancient university – 5th oldest in the English-speaking world.
  • The university employs experienced English language teacher trainers and specialists in high-demand TESOL areas such as creativity, innovation, wellbeing and the use of technology in English language teaching and learning. 

  • Some of our TESOL graduates have published elements of TESOL-oriented research.

  • Beyond the skills you will develop and the academic qualification you will earn, you can explore Scotland's history, beauty, and wonder.
  • We have experts in high-demand TESOL areas including creativity and innovation, materials and curriculum design, well-being and resilience for language teachers and learners, individual differences among language learners (e.g. motivation, memory, learning strategies) and the use of technology in the classroom.

What Our Students Say

Zhewei Zha (Aurora)

Zhewei Zha (Aurora)

Zhewei Zha (Aurora)

The TESOL programme has been an incredibly meaningful journey for me. The lecturers’ innovative and student-centred teaching styles as well as their patience in mentoring students equipped me with confidence in both teaching and academic writing.

Sharmin Akter Shimu

Sharmin Akter Shimu

Sharmin Akter Shimu

The TESOL programme provided me with a thorough understanding of language learning, the ability to apply it on my own, and an increased interest in TESOL research. I appreciated the effort and mentoring of the extremely knowledgeable instructors.

Faraj Alharbi

Faraj Alharbi

Faraj Alharbi

I acquired vast knowledge in the field of TESOL and Linguistics through different teaching methods led by highly qualified staff. I liked the diverse aspect of this programme as I studied and worked collaboratively with multicultural cohorts.

Entry Requirements


The information below is provided as a guide only and does not guarantee entry to the University of Aberdeen.

The information displayed in this section shows a shortened summary of our entry requirements. For more information, or for full entry requirements for Arts and Social Sciences degrees, see our detailed entry requirements section.

English Language Requirements

To study for an Undergraduate degree at the University of Aberdeen it is essential that you can speak, understand, read, and write English fluently. The minimum requirements for this degree are as follows:

IELTS Academic:

OVERALL - 6.0 with: Listening - 5.5; Reading - 5.5; Speaking - 5.5; Writing - 6.0


OVERALL - 78 with: Listening - 17; Reading - 18; Speaking - 20; Writing - 21

PTE Academic:

OVERALL - 59 with: Listening - 59; Reading - 59; Speaking - 59; Writing - 59

Cambridge English B2 First, C1 Advanced or C2 Proficiency:

OVERALL - 169 with: Listening - 162; Reading - 162; Speaking - 162; Writing - 169

Read more about specific English Language requirements here.

Fees and Funding

Please refer to our InfoHub Tuition Fees page for fee information for this programme, or contact

Scholarships and Funding

Students from England, Wales and Northern Ireland, who pay tuition fees may be eligible for specific scholarships allowing them to receive additional funding. These are designed to provide assistance to help students support themselves during their time at Aberdeen.

Additional Fees

  • In exceptional circumstances there may be additional fees associated with specialist courses, for example field trips. Any additional fees for a course can be found in our Catalogue of Courses.
  • For more information about tuition fees for this programme, including payment plans and our refund policy, please visit our InfoHub Tuition Fees page.

Our Funding Database

View all funding options in our Funding Database.


  • Many of our former TESOL students choose English language teaching as a career. Some of them teach in the UK. Others teach international learners abroad. We have had communication from our former students who have gone on to teach in Europe, Asia and North America.
  • If you wish to continue studying with us, we offer an MSc in TESOL programme that you could join at a later stage.
  • On the completion of our MSc in TESOL programme, some students embark on an academic career. We have had international students who secured the posts of Teaching Assistants and Lecturers in their home country after graduating. Some students have decided to undertake PhD studies in our department and have gone on to become Lecturers, Senior Lecturers, and Professors.
  • Some of our students continue their education and do a related Master’s degree (e.g. in Education).

6th in the UK for Linguistics

We ranked 6th in the UK for Linguistics by the Complete University Guide 2024.

1st in Scotland for Linguistics

We are ranked 1st in Scotland for Overall Student Satisfaction in Linguistics by the National Student Survey 2023.

Our Experts

Our experts specialise in several high-demand areas in TESOL. Popular areas of specialisation include creativity and innovation in English language teaching and learning, well-being and resilience in English language teacher and learner education, and the use of media and technology in English language teaching.

Other Experts
Dr Vincent Troy Greenier
Ishrat Rehman-Feltell
Programme Coordinator
Dr Agni Connor

Information About Staff Changes

You will be taught by a range of experts including professors, lecturers, teaching fellows and postgraduate tutors. Staff changes will occur from time to time; please see our InfoHub pages for further information.

Get in Touch

Contact Details

Student Recruitment & Admissions
University of Aberdeen
University Office
Regent Walk
AB24 3FX