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

The ELTAB certificate is designed for individuals with little or no experience in teaching the English language.

Multiple-choice tests and assessed teaching presentation

Total Qualification Tim

148 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

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LRN Qualifications

LRN qualifications are crafted to be relevant, rigorously assessed, and accurately represent a candidate’s ability and knowledge. These qualifications are highly structured, providing a clear progression pathway for higher education and professional development. They also serve as standalone awards that hold merit and value on their own, ensuring that candidates and potential employers recognize their value.


This specification offers an overview of the LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (ELTAB) for candidates, centers, administrators, employers, teachers, and examiners. It highlights the key features and administrative procedures necessary for this qualification.


ELTAB aims to help candidates enrich their knowledge, understanding, and teaching practice concerning the English language. This intensive program enables candidates to obtain a recognized teaching qualification, focusing on teaching English to speakers of other languages or those who want to teach the English language.

Entry Requirements

Candidates should possess:

       strong English proficiency in listening, speaking, reading, and writing, equivalent to B1 on the CEFR;

       a solid understanding of literacy, numeracy, and ICT equivalent to Level 2;

       access to at least 3 hours of teaching practice in English language education.


Previous basic teaching experience is not mandatory. Centers can establish their own entry requirements based on experience and understanding of the sector’s needs. It is crucial for centers to conduct an initial assessment to determine a candidate’s suitability for the course.

Knowledge, Skills, and Understanding

Due to the qualification’s nature and required teaching competency, LRN mandates that candidates possess the necessary knowledge, skills, and understanding of teaching practices and principles.

Support and Recognition

This qualification has been developed with the support of centers currently delivering or planning to deliver qualifications at this level in Education and Training.


While the submitted title of this qualification is the LRN Level 3 Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, its brand name will be ELTAB. LRN will provide accurate and correct information about this qualification’s title to centers, candidates, and other users.


ELTAB accommodates the diverse backgrounds, education levels, and career goals of candidates. Progression opportunities may include:

       Level 4 Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (subject to individual Awarding Organization (AO) requirements);

       a degree program in a teaching-related discipline;

       any other AO qualification at level 4 or above in teaching or another discipline (subject to individual AO requirements).

Recognition of Prior Learning

Please refer to LRN’s policy on Recognition of Prior Learning to determine whether previously earned qualifications meet LRN’s policy on potential exemptions.

Teaching Qualifications

This qualification is intended for candidates with minimal or no experience in teaching the English language. The intensive program requires full commitment from participants. The course comprises three units: 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 can be delivered through centers or distance learning. Centers must demonstrate to LRN, via the center recognition processes, that they have the necessary resources, facilities, and expertise to deliver through either method. For the Summer of 2023, the course will be 100% online. Please note that the certificate you will get from our regulator in the UK will be face-to-face, and there will be NO mention of the word “online”.  Centers may apply to offer both options. However, they must ensure that practical teaching is observed and assessed in accordance with LRN’s criteria.

Language of Assessment

LRN strives to use plain, clear, unbiased English that is suitable for all candidates. LRN ensures that assessment materials, stimuli, and the assessment itself are conducted in English.

Credit Values and Rules of Combination

While LRN acknowledges that determining credit is no longer mandatory, it continues to apply credit to its qualifications. Each unit within a qualification has a credit value and a level. The credit value represents the number of credits awarded to a candidate who has achieved the learning outcomes of a unit. The level indicates relative demand, complexity, depth of achievement, and autonomy.


Learning time is a notional measure representing the average time a candidate at the unit’s level is expected to take to complete the learning outcomes to the standard determined by the assessment criteria. Learning time includes activities such as directed study, assessment, tutorials, mentoring, and individual private study. The unit’s credit value remains constant across all contexts, regardless of the assessment method or mode of delivery. Candidates will only receive credits for successfully completing whole units.


Each unit also includes information on guided learning hours (GLH). GLH provides guidance for centers on the amount of resources needed to deliver the program and support candidates, such as the time required for face-to-face delivery, tutorials, workshops, and associated assessments. GLH covers all the time when a tutor, trainer, or facilitator is present to offer specific guidance towards the learning aim being studied. This definition encompasses lectures, tutorials, and supervised study in settings such as open learning centers and learning workshops. It also covers time spent by staff assessing candidates’ achievements but excludes time spent by staff on day-to-day marking of assignments when the candidate is not present.


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


LRN will issue results within 4 to 6 weeks.