LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB)

LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB)

ELTAB is designed for candidates who have very limited or no experience of teaching English language.

FormatFace-to-face or online, with teaching presentation
RQF level3
AssessmentMultiple-choice tests and assessed teaching presentation
Total Qualification Time148 hours
a. Guided learning” 105 hours
b. Self-study (SS): 35 hours
c. Formative Assessment: 4 hours across 3
d. Summative Assessment: 4 hours across 3
Qualification Accreditation Number601/8223/4

Candidate Category: Candidates for the ELTAB are likely to include those:

  • 1. needing to personally develop, or acquire practical skills, for a career in teaching;
  • 2. with very limited or no qualifications or experience in teaching English to adults;
  • 3. who wish to develop their understanding and/or gain a recognised Level 3 qualification in teaching English Language.

LRN Qualifications

LRN qualifications are designed to be relevant, stringently assessed and a true reflection of a candidate’s ability and knowledge. LRN qualifications are highly structured, offering a clearly marked progression route to higher education and professional development. Its qualifications are also standalone awards that have merit and value in themselves, so that if a candidate decides that they only wish or need to study up to a certain level, they can be assured – as can any potential employer – that they possess a qualification that totally equips them to work at that level and that they have demonstrated that they have the skills and knowledge to do so.


This specification provides an overview to the LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB) for candidates, centres, administrators, employers, teachers and examiners. The specification outlines the key features and administrative procedures required for this qualification.


ELTAB is designed for candidates who wish to enhance their knowledge, understanding and teaching practice with regard to the English language. The qualification is an intensive programme of study which will enable candidates to gain a recognised teaching qualification, with a focus in teaching English to either speakers of other languages or for those who wish to teach English Language.

Entry requirements

Candidates should have:
▪ a good command of English in all four language skills (i.e. listening, speaking, reading, writing) equivalent to B1 on the CEFR
▪ a good basic understanding of literacy, numeracy and ICT equivalent to Level 2
▪ access to at least 3 hours teaching practice in English Language education.

Prior basic teaching experience is not a prerequisite. Centres can manage their own entry requirements, based on experience and understanding as to the needs of the sector. It is
essential for centres to carry out an initial assessment to determine the suitability for the

Knowledge, Skills, and Understanding

Due to the nature of the qualification and required level of teaching ability, LRN must insist that candidates have the required knowledge, skills and understanding in the practices and principles of teaching.

Support and Recognition

This qualification has been developed with the support of centres who are currently delivering qualifications at this level in Education and Training or who plan to do so in the future.


Whilst the submitted title of this qualification is the LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, the brand name of this qualification will be the ELTAB. LRN will ensure it provides accurate and correct information regarding the title of this qualification to centres, candidates and other users of this qualification.


ELTAB reflects the wide variation in candidates’ origins, levels of education and career aims. Progression opportunities may, therefore, take a variety of paths. Depending on the level of qualification achieved, it may be appropriate for the candidate to progress to:

• Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages at Level 4 (subject to individual Awarding Organisation (AO) requirements)
• A degree level program in a teaching related discipline
• Any other AO qualification at level 4 or above in teaching or other discipline (subject to individual AO requirements)

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

Please refer to LRN’s policy on the Recognition of Prior Learning to determine whether previously achieved qualifications meet LRN’s policy on possible exemptions.

Teaching Qualifications

This is a qualification for candidates who have very limited or no experience of teaching English language. The course is an intensive programme of study for which you will need to be able to commit to fully. The course includes three units on: language awareness and analysis; planning and managing the teaching and learning process; and the practical application of teaching skills in ELT.

Mode of Delivery

This qualification has been constructed to be delivered within centres or via distance learning. Centres will need to demonstrate to LRN, through the centre recognition processes, they have the resources, facilities and competence to deliver through either method. Centres may apply to offer through both means if so desired. However, centres must be able to demonstrate, in line with LRN’s criteria, that they have the means, capability, capacity and resources (including suitably qualified centre staff) to deliver by the method chosen by the centre. Through either method, centres must ensure that practical teaching will be observed and assessed.

Language of Assessment

LRN aims to use English that is plain, clear, free from bias and appropriate to all candidates. LRN will ensure the assessment materials, stimuli and the assessment itself is carried out in English.

Credit Values and Rules of Combination

Whilst LRN acknowledges the rules for the determination of credit is no longer a requirement, it has chosen to continue applying credit to its qualifications. Each unit within a qualification has a credit value and a level. The credit value specifies the number of credits that will be awarded to a candidate who has achieved the learning outcomes of a unit. The level is an indication of relative demand, complexity and depth of achievement and autonomy.

The learning time is a notional measure which indicates the amount of time a candidate at the level of the unit is expected to take, on average, to complete the learning outcomes of the unit to the standard determined by the assessment criteria. Learning time includes activities such as directed study, assessment, tutorials, mentoring and individual private study. The credit value of the unit will remain constant in all contexts regardless of the assessment method or the mode of delivery. Candidates will only be awarded credits for the successful completion of whole units.

Each unit also contains information on guided learning hours (GLH). GLH are intended to provide guidance for centres on the amount of resource needed to deliver the programme and support candidates i.e. the time required for face to face delivery; tutorials, workshops and associated assessments. GLH are defined as all the time when a tutor, trainer or facilitator is present to give specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied on a programme. This definition includes lectures, tutorials and supervised study in; for example, open learning centres and learning workshops. It also includes time spent by staff assessing candidates’ achievements. It does not include time spent by staff in day-to-day marking of assignments where the candidate is not present


Results are reported as pass or fail grades. Candidates need to achieve a pass on each of the three units. A pass must also be achieved in the portfolio which will be assessed internally but will be subject to external moderation. There is no compensatory element to this qualification.


The timescales in which LRN will issue its results is between 4 to 6 weeks.

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