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Specialist Certificate in Teaching English as an International Language (27 March 2021 - 8 May 2021)

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Specialist Certificate in Teaching English as an International Language

Please download the application forms under 'Application Details' section before proceeding to Registration




The status of an ‘international language’ given to English due to its predominant use in a variety of international economic and cultural arenas has led to a paradigm shift from TESL/TEFL to TEIL (teaching English as an International Language).


As English is used as a lingua franca among speakers of diverse languages and cultures in today’s globalised world, there is a need to develop curriculum and pedagogical strategies that engage students in learning how to communicate across languages and cultures.


Based on the TEIL perspective, this specialist certificate course engages course participants in learning how to use and teach English across cultures.    



6 weeks (54 hours)  



The course is intended for English language teachers with at least two years of teaching experience in the classroom.


It aims to fulfil the following objectives:

  • To raise participants’ language awareness for teaching English as a lingua franca.
  • To enhance participants’ language and communication skills for multilingual and intercultural contexts
  • To guide participants to learn how to develop and teach materials/curriculum for teaching English as a regional/global lingua franca.
  • To profile pedagogical ideas that are informed by current literature on TEIL.

Outcomes and Deliverables

Upon completion of the programme, the participants will have been able to:

  • Develop awareness and understanding of the current landscape of the English language in the world and in the ASEAN region.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of the complex relationships between language and culture.
  • Use knowledge and skills to communicate and teach English across cultures.
  • Apply the pedagogical principles of teaching English as an International Language to various classroom situations.
  • Demonstrate the competency in teaching EIL by conducting oneself with sensitivity to, and appreciation of, diverse student populations.


Due to COVID-19 and the travel restrictions imposed by countries, it is not feasible to have the course conducted at SEAMEO RELC in Singapore. It will be conducted entirely online through synchronous webinars (via Zoom) and asynchronous lessons (via LMS).  


There will be:

  1. 5 x 3 hour synchronous webinars (15 hours)
  2. 4 asynchronous lessons: participants will be required to spend approximately 6.5 hours of study time per week (26 hours)
  3. Independent Study (e.g. assignment preparation): 6.5 hours
  4. Online Synchronous Assessment (e.g. oral presentation): 6.5 hours






The principles and practices of teaching EIL

  • EIL and World Englishes
  • EIL/Global Englishes Pedagogy
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Intercultural Communication and Pedagogical Implications


  1. 4 forum postings (1 task per week; word length approximate 500 words in response to guided questions): 15% x 4 reflections = 60%
  2. 2 X 30 minute oral assessment tasks: 20% x 2 oral tasks = 40%
  3. Attendance at 5 webinars

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

The requirements for admission to the course are:


  1. An approved bachelor’s degree (or equivalent qualifications) in Linguistics, English Language, TESOL or Education;
  2. At least two years of full-time English language teaching experience or experience in English language/curriculum planning and language development programmes; and
  3. Candidates must meet the minimum language scores for any of the following: 
  • IELTS: 6.5;
  • TOEFL: 550 paper-based, 213 computer-based, or 79 internet-based;
  • GCE O Level English: B3 and above;
  • GCE A Level General Paper: C6 and above; or 
  • Cambridge Advanced English (CAE): C and above
  • SPM 1119 English: B and above (GPK/PNG 3.00 and above)/Kepujian Tinggi and above
  • STPM General Paper/English Literature: B- and above (CGPA/HGMP 2.67 and above)
  • Malaysian University English test (MUET): Band 4 and above
  • CU TEP with a score of 65 (equivalent to 6.5) and above
  • APTIS (all four macro skills) B2 and above

Without meeting any of the above, applicants are required to pass the RELC English selection test.  

Application Details

Application Details

The closing date for application is 27 November 2020.


  1. Applications can be done via email at
  2. Please submit the following documents for your application:
  • Application Form (completed and endorsed)
  • Medical Examination Form (For overseas applicant only)
  • A copy of  your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution
  • A copy of  your transcripts, certified by your institution.  Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English.  (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)
  • Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)
  • A copy of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)  
  1. Please submit a soft copy of the above documents to RELC via email at



Year 2021 course fees

  • Tuition Fees: SGD1,300 (inclusive of GST)
  • Registration Fees: SGD64.20 (inclusive of GST)


Students from outside Singapore are advised to subscribe to the Group Health Insurance Scheme at S$53.50 per month (inclusive of GST), as medical costs in the event of illness can be very high. 


  • All fees are subject to change without notice; 
  • RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.


b)    Payment of fees


  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of S$50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.


c)    Refund policy


  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable; 
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing; 
  • An Administration Fee of S$160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation / withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  • Full course fees paid is non-refundable if the notice cancellation / withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.

Grad Requirements

Graduation Requirements

To complete the course successfully, the candidate must satisfy the below criteria. A course participant whose progress has not been satisfactory may be required to terminate his/her candidature.

  • Satisfy class attendance requirements;
  • Attain a satisfactory standard in required course work; and
  • Complete all assignments.



The course will lead to the award of a Specialist Certificate in Teaching English as an International Language (TEIL).

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