IH Certificate in Teaching English

The IHC is an entry-level course that trains candidates to teach foreign languages to non-native speakers. Upon qualifying, participants will have reached a standard suitable for employment as a language teacher.

Who is it for?

  • Those with no prior experience of teaching
  • People that have done some teaching but got no formal qualifications
  • Teachers that have taught other subjects, but not a foreign language


The IHC focuses on the planning and execution of lessons through teaching practice, written assignments and group discussions, all of which are observed by experienced tutors, online and face-to-face, who provide helpful feedback and encourage continuous self-evaluation.

Areas covered include: lesson preparation and the selection of teaching materials, classroom management skills, student motivation, language awareness and identification of common learning problems.

Structure and assessment

The course is run online, with a face-to-face teaching practise component. There are 14 compulsory modules, plus further optional modules towards the end of the course. Candidates are assessed on three main areas: coursework, written assignments and teaching practise. They are expected to complete a minimum of 6 hours teaching practise throughout the course eg. 8 x 40 minute lessons with two different levels.

The course is taught by qualified, experienced tutors who hold an online tutoring qualification. Suitably qualified local tutors conduct the observations and the final portfolio is moderated by the IH Assessment Unit.

You can find out about the certificate you will receive here.

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Time commitment

The course consists of 120 hours of input and a minimum of 80 hours of homework and reading tasks.


The course fees stated are exclusive of 20% VAT.  VAT will be added to the fee if it is paid by a business or individual located in the UK.

Course fees must be paid in full prior to the start date. 

Please note: If there are no suitably qualified local tutors at the centre to assess teaching practice, the centre will have to arrange this at additional cost.