The Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT- Online) is a fully accredited, 12-week, online TEFL/TESOL certification. In this interactive course in teaching English as a second language, you’ll join a group of trainees who work through content together, week-by-week, under the guidance of a master’s-level instructor. The IDELT – Online also includes the option to earn 3 graduate-level credits 3 graduate-level credits

University-Affiliated TESOL Course

University affiliated TESOL course

University Partnership

The fully accredited IDELT – Online is a graduate-level TEFL/TESOL course taught my master’s level instructors, making it our most advanced online certification. Bridge has partnered with the University of Northern Colorado and Texas A&M University – Texarkana to offer qualified IDELT -Online trainees the option to take the 12-week course for 3 graduate level credits.

This esteemed partnership provides the opportunity for career-minded teachers to either earn university credit toward future TESOL study or earn a TEFL/TESOL certification with university affiliation.

What You Will Learn

The IDELT Online covers effective, modern methodology for professional teachers of English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Language Systems
How to Teach Grammar and Vocabluary
Effective Teaching all Four Language Skills
Classroom Management
Lesson Planning
Testing and Evaluation

International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT – Online)

  • Course Requirements

    In order to take this course you must be at least 18 years old with a minimum of a high school diploma or the equivalent.

    If you are not a native English speaker, you will be expected to show proof of English fluency at a C1 level or higher, according to the Common European Framework, upon enrollment. Your English level must be verified with the results of a recently taken English proficiency test (showing the equivalent to an IELTS test score of at least 7.0) or via an English proficiency test administered by Bridge.

    You will also be required to purchase a textbook for the IDELT – Online: The Practice of English Language Teaching, by Jeremy Harmer (5th edition, with DVD). This textbook can be ordered online and shipped worldwide by most major book distribution companies.

  • Course Outline

    The 150-hour IDELT Online is a graduate-level reading and discussion-based online TEFL/TESOL certification course, presenting effective methods for teaching English to adult speakers of other languages.

    While the curriculum is mainly focused on methodology, other aspects of English language teaching, such as applicable theories in linguistics and education, are also addressed. Additionally, students observe English teachers in action on the textbook’s accompanying DVD and online, and reflect on these current best-practice models.

    The course follows a 12-week schedule, guided by the instructor. Assignments (such as quizzes and written tasks) are due on a weekly basis, allowing for flexibility for students with a busy schedule.

    Week 1, Unit 1 
    Topic 1) World English and the World’s English Learners
    Topic 2) Describing Language with Systems

    Week 2, Unit 2 
    Topic 3) Language Acquisition: How Do We Learn to Communicate?
    Topic 4) Methodology: Balance and Structure

    Week 3, Unit 3 
    Topic 5) English Language Learners 
    Topic 6) The Role of the Teacher

    Week 4, Unit 4 
    Topic 7) The Learning Environment
    Topic 8) Providing Effective Feedback

    Week 5, Unit 5 
    Topic 9) Class Management and Affective Factors
    Topic 10) Appropriately Grouping Students

    Week 6, Unit 6
    Topic 11) High- and Low-Technology Resources 
    Topic 12) Approaching New Structures

    Week 7, Unit 7 
    Topic 13) Effective Grammar Teaching
    Topic 14) Effective Vocabulary Teaching

    Week 8, Unit 8 
    Topic 15) The Sound of English 
    Topic 16) The Integration of Language Skills

    Week 9, Unit 9 
    Topic 17) Teaching Reading 
    Topic 18) Teaching Listening

    Week 10, Unit 10 
    Topic 19) Teaching Writing 
    Topic 20) Teaching Speaking

    Week 11, Unit 11 
    Topic 21) Lesson Planning
    Topic 22) Testing and Evaluation

    Week 12, Unit 12 
    Topic 23) Encouraging Independent Learning
    Topic 24) Professional Development 

  • Assignments/Assessment

    Throughout the IDELT – Online course, you will:

    • Read, view, analyze, and draw inferences from the concepts found in the textbook, on the accompanying DVD, and in the recommended outside resources (links provided).
    • Complete weekly reading comprehension quizzes within the online course.
    • Contribute to weekly online discussion forums regarding the concepts found in course materials.
    • Produce a written assignment or group project demonstrating understanding of the principles of effective, current methodology for teaching English to adult speakers of other languages.

    Your overall grade for the course will be based on the successful and timely completion of quizzes, forum discussions, and a final paper or group project, and will be calculated as follows:

    Weekly reading comprehension quizzes 12%
    Weekly written analysis and discussion 48%
    Writing Assignment or Group project 16%
    Final paper 24%

  • University Credit

    Qualified enrollees (who are at least in their junior year of university in good standing and with a 3.0 GPA) have the option of concurrently taking the IDELT – Online for 3 graduate level credits from one of two U.S. universities: University of Northern Colorado or Texas A&M University – Texarkana.

    To take the IDELT – Online for university credit, simply choose a start date that is eligible (marked with an asterisk) and upon registration, check the box to indicate you would like to earn credit. A Bridge advisor will then assist you with the process of registering with the university (please note the university registration fee is $450).


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Jan 09, 2018 - Apr 03, 2018* Jan 23, 2018 - Apr 17, 2018* Feb 20, 2018 - May 15, 2018*
Mar 13, 2018 - Jun 05, 2018 Apr 10, 2018 - Jul 03, 2018 May 01, 2018 - Jul 24, 2018**
May 15, 2018 - Aug 07, 2018* Jun 05, 2018 - Aug 28, 2018** Jun 19, 2018 - Sep 11, 2018**
Jul 17, 2018 - Oct 09, 2018** Aug 14, 2018 - Nov 06, 2018* Aug 28, 2018 - Nov 20, 2018*
Sep 11, 2018 - Dec 11, 2018* Sep 25, 2018 - Dec 24, 2018** Oct 16, 2018 - Jan 22, 2019**
Nov 13, 2018 - Feb 19, 2019** Dec 11, 2018 - Mar 12, 2019**

*Date falls within academic term at UNC and is eligible for 3 graduate credits.
**Date is approved for 3 graduate credits through Texas A&M University-Texarkana. Please contact us for more details.

  • Is this course right for me?
  • About the Certificate
  • FAQs
  • Is this course right for me?

    If you answer yes to the following questions, this is the right course for you!

    • I would like to earn the most advanced online TEFL-TESOL certification possible with university affiliation.
    • I prefer to take my course as part of an international group of trainees, rather than study individually.
    • I would like a structured, 12-week course schedule with weekly due dates for assignments.
    • I would like to take a course taught by a master’s level instructor who can guide me and answer my questions.
    • I would like personalized job placement assistance such as access to a Jobs Advisor and lifetime access to the BridgeTEFL Job Board.
    • I am a native English speaker or a non-native English speaker with a C1 proficiency level.
    • I would like access to printable, pre-made lesson plans and flashcards for my English classroom.
  • About the Certificate

    Upon successful completion of the IDELT – Online, your hard copy, 150- hour certificate will be mailed to you, featuring the embossed Bridge seal, a foil strip for added security, and detailed transcripts on the back. You can also access your certificate online, where you can download, share, or print it at any time.

  • FAQs

    • Is the course self-paced?

      The course is 12 weeks long, and trainees must work through the course as a group, completing assignments weekly. However, the course provides flexibility during the week to access the course and complete assignments when it is convenient for you.

    • Do I have to purchase a textbook?

      Yes. There is a required textbook for the IDELT Online, which is called The Practice of English Language Teaching, by Jeremy Harmer (5th edition, with DVD). The textbook can be ordered online and shipped worldwide by most major book distribution companies.

    • Do I have to complete any assignments?

      Yes. There are readings and forum postings required each week, as well as weekly comprehension quizzes. You’ll also complete two written assignments as part of the course, and the master’s-level instructor provides guidance and feedback on all written work.

    • Who can take this course?

      To take the IDELT – Online you must be 18 years or older with at least a high school diploma or the equivalent. If you are not a native English speaker, you must demonstrate English proficiency at a minimum of a C1 level (according to the Common European Framework (CEFR), or have earned the equivalent to an IELTS test score of 7.0.

    • What are the technical requirements for the course?

      The IDELT Online is accessed and delivered online, so you must have access to the Internet, including the ability to watch online videos using Adobe Flash Player. The IDELT – Online may be completed on any device, including a desktop computer, laptop computer, tablet or smartphone.

    • Can I earn university credit for this course?

      Yes! If are qualified (i.e. you are at least a junior in good standing with a GPA of 3.0 or higher), you can register to earn a three graduate-level credit transcript from either the University of Northern Colorado or Texas A&M University – Texarkana (depending on course dates) upon successful IDELT – Online course completion. Please note that an additional university registration fee of $450 is required with this option.

    • Does the course include a teaching practicum?

      A practicum is not included, but you may add one by registering for the 20-hour Specialized Certificate: Guided Teaching Practicum. This course provides the framework for trainees to gain hands-on experience in a real ESL classroom and meet the requirements of more teaching jobs

    • How will I receive my certificate?

      You can download, save, and print your certificate from the online platform free of charge, once the instructor has posted final grades. If you would like a hard copy mailed to you (with notarization or apostille) you may order that for an additional fee. Visit Certificate Services to learn more.

Meet the IDELT Online Instructors

Team Member

Ann Leonard

Ann Leonard has a B.A. in Germanic Studies and an M.A. in TESOL and has been in the field of adult language education since 1991. Ann is also an instructor for the graduate-level, online TESOL course, the Bridge International Diploma in English Language Teaching (IDELT Online).

Team Member

Terry Mclean

Terry Mclean earned her undergraduate degree in Business from Brenau College, and later completed a Masters in Education in ESL from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. She has over 15 years’ experience teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), both in the U.S. and Europe. She is currently studying for her Doctorate in Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Phoenix.

Upgrade your Training with Bridge Specialized Certificates

Take your training further and gain valuable teaching skills in high-demand areas by adding 20 to 40-hour Specialized TEFL/TESOL Certificates to your IDELT – Online!

Teaching English Online

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Teaching English to Young Learners

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Teaching English Grammar (Grammar Advisor)

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Guided Teaching Practicum

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Designing Custom Courses

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Learn to create your own English for Specific Purposes courses in this highly specialized course.

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What are Bridge graduates saying?

  • Team Member

    “I felt that apart from improving my prospects in the job market in Chile and giving me a competitive edge, that it would also give me a better foothold into teaching, help me improve upon my knowledge and build upon my experience, as well as give me new tools to apply with my students; all the while fitting into my very busy schedule.”

    Rose Mary
  • Team Member

    “The course introduced teaching techniques and methods that were new to me. The course got progressively more challenging which kept me engaged and focused.”

  • Team Member

    “Exposure to fellow students with diverse backgrounds was a delightful source of information and education as well. I couldn’t have asked for better peers.”


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