Can I make a group booking?

Yes. Please email Ian Foster with the number of people you would like to book onto the course and we can arrange a group booking for you.

Can I pay by invoice?

If you would like to pay by invoice, then please contact Ian Foster. Please note, access to the course will be granted upon payment.

When does the course start?

The course is completely self-access, so there is no prescribed start or end date. The 12-week period of registration begins at the point of purchase so it is up to you to pick a start date that suits you best.

Are there live sessions?

No. You can study whenever you wish during the 12-week period you enrol for. You don’t need to be online at any specific times. In addition, we offer optional webinars which provide an opportunity for discussion and feedback.

Do I have to be teaching TELLs learners now?

No, but you’ll probably find it helpful to try out techniques and activities you’re learning on the course.

How experienced are the course tutors?

Judy Kirsh and John Sutter each have in excess of 30 years’ experience teaching ESOL and ESOL literacy learners, and a huge amount of teacher-training and course development experience. They have both developed and delivered teacher-training and professional development courses and modules nationally and internationally for more than 20 years, particularly in the area of ESOL literacy.

How do I access the course reader?

Set up an account on, find the book at this link, click on ‘Add to cart’, then ‘Checkout’. On the checkout page, click on ‘add promo code’, which is where you can enter the code provided in the joining instructions (click ‘apply’) which should then redeem and make your basket £0 so you can finish the transaction without making any payment.

Can I buy a hard copy of the course reader instead?

Yes you can. You can buy Teaching Basic Literacy to ESOL Learners – a teachers’ guide here.

Do I need to read other books or materials?

We provide all the resources that you need, including the course e-reader. However, we encourage you to do some further research and follow your interests by following the links included in each section.

Will I get a course certificate?

You’ll be able to download a TELLs course certificate once you have successfully completed all of the units, topics and quizzes.