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    28 March 2019

Our country thrives on its international community. Here you will learn how to teach essential English language skills to students from around the world.

If you want to teach English to Speakers of an Other Language (ESOL) in further education colleges, our PGCE will provide you with the skills you need, including teaching and classroom management.

The quality of teacher training in Further Education was rated as "Good" in Ofsted report for Initial Teacher Education 2016. The report noted that "newly qualified teachers successfully capture the learners' interests in their subject as a result of their good subject knowledge, coupled with the innovative and wide range of activities they use in lessons."

Training with us will lead to the essential qualifications required to achieve your goals. Our PGCE Lifelong Learning Sector focuses on a career teaching in colleges, adult education centres, art colleges, health care or community organisations. 

Our course also encompasses training for public services and a wide range of commercial and voluntary organisations.

Teaching and learning

Our course will teach you how language is acquired and learned. You will review and analyse a variety of innovative approaches and resources for the teaching of ESOL. This will include the four key skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. This is taught in a range of contexts and embedded models.

During your time with us, you will plan, deliver, assess and evaluate teaching and learning strategies. Most importantly you will learn how to generate enthusiasm for language learning, as well as how to challenge and empower your learners.

Degree structure

Our core programme will see you based in a placement college where you will participate in a range of professional activities.

In Phase 1, you will be there for three days a week to observe and undertake teaching in your subject area. For the remaining two days, you will be based at the university campus. You will complete between 25 and 50 hours of teaching during this time.

In Phase 2, you will attend your placement college for four days a week, and the university for the last day. In total, you will complete a minimum of 125 hours of teaching experience.

By the end of your teacher training with us, you will have gained an awareness of a range of key theoretical and practical issues for the teaching of ESOL in the lifelong learning sector.

What you will study

Students are required to study the following compulsory modules.


This qualification is mapped to the national professional standards for the sector. Graduates may pursue teaching careers in the Further Education and Skills sector.

Visit the Further Education and Skills: (ESOL) PGCE page on the University of Greenwich website for more details!





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