Fundamentals of TESOL, Self-Study


You can register for The Fundamentals of TESOL at any time and have three months from the time of enrollment to complete the course.

Who Should Attend?

The Fundamentals of TESOL is a new online course designed for current or prospective teachers and administrators who have little or no formal training in English language teaching. This self-study course allows you to learn fundamental theories and teaching strategies at your own pace.

More About This Course

This online course gives you an overview of the various issues that make up the field of TESOL.You will work at your own pace in an individualized learning experience.

You will spend the first half of the course learning theories of language, and language learning and teaching. During the second half, you will learn practical knowledge regarding the English language and understanding how classrooms and lessons should function.

The course has six modules, covering the following topics:

Theoretical Base: An Introduction to the Knowledge Base of TESOL
1. Introduction to Language
2. Introduction to Language Learning
3. Introduction to Language Teaching

Practical Application: An Introduction to the Practice of TESOL
4. Understanding the English Language
5. Facilitating Language Learning
6. Preparing Lessons

Note: Self-study courses do not count toward the TESOL Core Certificate Program (TCCP). If you’re interested in the TCCP, please visit the TESOL Core Certificate Program page or email


TESOL Member: $385
Global Member: $160
Nonmember: $440

Refund Policy

No refunds or transfers will be issued and all sales are final.

How to Register

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Course Requirements

TESOL courses are asynchronous, which means that you can log in at any time. You should plan to spend about 10 hours in each module for a total of 60 hours. Each module includes a variety of learning materials, including power point guides, video clips describing each module, readings, and quizzes.

You must score 80% or higher on each module quiz before moving on to the next module. When you finish the course you will receive a certificate of completion. It will list the hours of professional development you spent for the course.
All the materials you will need for the course are available on TESOL’s online course platform. Cost for the materials is included in the registration fee.


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