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Custom Courses

Create your own courses with this Specialized Certification!


This 40-hour, comprehensive online training with tutor is designed for TEFL/TESOL certified teachers who would like to gain valuable skills in designing custom courses for particular groups of students (English for Specific Purposes).

Perfect for busy professionals, this course is self-paced, with a 3-month time limit for completion, during which you may log in and work when it’s convenient for you.

Course Curriculum

Unit 1 – Introduction to Designing Custom Courses
Unit 2 – A Foundation in Discourse
Unit 3 – Determining Target Needs
Unit 4 – Analyzing and Organizing Needs
Unit 5 – Student-Centered Course Objectives
Unit 6 – Creating the Syllabus
Unit 7 – Creating, Selecting, and Adapting Materials
Unit 8 – Appropriate Methodology and Strategy
Unit 9 – More Appropriate Methodologies and Strategies
Unit 10 – Assessing and Revising ESP Courses

Learning Objectives

When you graduate, you’ll be able to:

  • Identify the requisite components of a needs-based, specialized English for Specific Purposes (ESP) syllabus.

  • Examine the theories and develop an ESP syllabus that reflects appropriate content material based on a researched-based second language acquisition framework.

  • Evaluate appropriate needs-based and course assessment tools.

  • Design lesson plans that link the needs of the students to sound educational language acquisition principles and the content area.

Requirements to take this course:


  • 18 years of age.

  • An intermediate or higher level of English proficiency (B1 level, according to the CEFR, the Common European Framework Reference for Language)

  • Teaching experience or a general TEFL/TESOL certificate (recommended).


Throughout the course you will:

  • Read and view material found in the course, as well as in linked online resources, teacher’s contributions, and other included components.

  • Complete self-check, non-graded quizzes in each unit to check your understanding of these materials.

  • Analyze the concepts found in those materials to draw inferences in your written assignments (such as forum posts and essays) regarding best practices in designing custom TEFL-TESOL courses.


Your final grade for the course is based on the completion of two 1,000-1,500-word written assignments (graded by your tutor) and a final exam. These components are weighted as follows:


Assignment 1 – 30% of your overall grade
Assignment 2 – 30% of your overall grade
Final Exam – 40% of your overall grade


100% Online
Start anytime and work from any device.

Personal tutor
Get feedback and ask questions throughout the course.

Flexible schedule
Work at your own pace - complete in as little as 3 weeks!


Interactive content
Instructional videos, downloadable resources, quizzes & activities, and discussion board.

Certificate of completion

Qualify for jobs teaching online with a specialized certification.

Start Learning Today!

R$ 444,00 (or 3 x R$ 148,00)

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