English for Specific Purposes : TESOL


English for Specific Purposes: TESOL (ESP: TESOL) is designed for students who are considering becoming a teacher of English as a second language (ESL) or who are already ESL teachers in their own country. 

ESP: TESOL focuses on developing English language skills through topics of general interest and TESOL-related content.

ESP: TESOL is only available as a customised group program and can be coordinated to meet program partner requirements. Group programs generally require a minimum of 14 participants, to a maximum of 18 per class.

It is offered as a 5 or 10-week course, and tuition involves 20 hours of face-to-face classes each week.

Teaching Knowledge Test preparation

ESP: TESOL also provides preparation for the Cambridge English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT).

  • ESP TESOL A (5 weeks) focuses extensively on themes relevant to Cambridge TKT Module 2 (Lesson Planning and use of Resources for Language Teaching) with a brief focus on the Cambridge TKT Module 1 (Language Background). Participants will undertake the Cambridge TKT Module 2 test only.
  • ESP TESOL B (5 weeks) focuses extensively on themes relevant to Cambridge TKT Module 3 (Managing the Teaching and Learning process). Participants will undertake the Cambridge TKT Module 3 test only

The TKT is not a teaching qualification but an assessment tool that aims to increase the knowledge and confidence of students and enhance future job and training prospects.

Entry requirements

  • IELTS: 5.0 (Speaking & Writing: 5)
  • TOEFL iBT: 56 (Speaking: 15; Writing: 17)
  • TOEFL PBT: 500 (Writing: 55/4)
  • PTE: 42 (Speaking & Writing: 42)
  • or completion of ICTE GE Level 5 with a pass in each macro skill.

Course outcomes

The ESP: TESOL program at ICTE enables participants to:

  • develop awareness of the theory and practice for TESOL
  • learn practical teaching techniques to engage learners in the language classroom
  • gain direct experience teaching English in English through practice teaching sessions
  • improve English communication skills and confidence for teaching purposes
  • prepare for the Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT).

Please note: while ESP: TESOL contains content related to teaching English the course is not a formal teaching qualification.

Course content

Course modules include:

  • English for Specific Purposes (ESP): analysis and discussion of current methods for teaching English
  • TKT Preparation: familiarisation and practice for the TKT
  • Integrated Language Skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing skills development using general and TESOL-related themes
  • Practice Teaching Session: assisted preparation for and guided feedback on a Practice Teaching Session
  • TKT Examination: 1 module

Assessment and certification

Level: Higher Intermediate (CEFR B2.2)

The TKT is held in the last week of each 5-week ESP: TESOL course. Students taking the TKT will need to register for the test with their course enrolment. TKT payment should be made with tuition fees. Read more about TKT.

In addition to the TKT, separate Speaking, Listening, Reading and Writing tests are held at the end of each 5-week session.

Students are also required to adhere to the ICTE Attendance Policy.

What our students say

To date, more than 165 students from universities across Chile have participated in ICTE ESP: TESOL programs and launched their teaching careers with confidence.

Hear Luis from Chile talk about his ESP: TESOL experience (Vimeo, 2m:41s)