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SQA PDAs in TESOL
SQA PDAs in TESOL overview
The SQA PDAs in TESOL are designed for people currently in work or training who require a valid TESOL qualification or who need TESOL skills to supplement existing qualifications.
As part of the SQA suite of vocational qualifications, the SQA Professional development awards allow candidates to choose the award that matches their exact requirements.
There are currenly 3 different PDAs in TESOL ranging from an introductory qualification to an award at SQA level 10 for more experienced TESOL practitioners looking to uograde their existing qualifications.
PDA Introduction to Tutoring English to Speakers of Other Languages (ITESOL) SCQF level 6
This PDA is designed for people who are tutoring, or intend to tutor, ESOL (English for Speakers of Other Languages) learners as volunteers or assistants.
Candidates may have no prior ESOL teaching/tutoring qualifications. The course provides an introduction to the core knowledge required to work with ESOL learners in a supported context.
While the course is expected to be undertaken by those new to the field of ESOL, it might also be appropriate for teachers of other subjects who have ESOL learners in their classes and, therefore, wish to develop a broader understanding of issues related to English language development and how this might impact on their own teaching/tutoring contexts.
It might also be appropriate for those working in Community Learning and Development who have an added ESOL responsibility.
There are 2 mandatory units that need to done for this award;
Language and Learning in ESOL F43X 33
Developing ESOL Tutoring Skills F43W 33
The award will result in 16 SCQF Credit Points at level 6
PDA in TESOL SCQF level 9
The PDA in TESOL at SCQF Level 9 is a new award aimed at ESOL practitioners who intend to deliver, or are already delivering, ESOL in Scotland.
These practitioners may be in the role of tutor, teacher or lecturer, depending on the sector in which they are/will be working.
The qualification addresses the needs of ESOL practitioners working within the Scottish context, providing theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to ensure ESOL delivery is of a consistently high standard across sectors.
Its aim is to provide a qualification which is fit for purpose, by facilitating ESOL practitioner training in Scotland and, importantly, placing the English language needs of the ESOL learner at the centre of ESOL planning, delivery and evaluation processes.
The qualification provides initial TESOL training for candidates who wish to become ESOL practitioners, and for practitioners already involved in ESOL delivery who do not hold a nationally recognised TESOL qualification. It provides a progression route for candidates who have undertaken the PDA Introduction to Tutoring ESOL at SCQ F level 6, or informal/non - certificated TESOL/TEFL training. It also allows successful participants of this award to access further development by undertaking Units (at SCQF levels 9 and 10) which make up GC3D 50: PDA in Applied Practitioner Studies in TESOL at SCQF level 10.
The PDA in TESOL at SCQF level 9 develops candidates ’ knowledge and skills to allow them to work independently to deliver ESOL effectively to diverse groups of learners within a variety of context s and sectors (voluntary, college, com munity, the workplace etc) . Candidates explore areas of English language and its development within ESOL learning environments, reflect on strategies used by ESOL practitioners during delivery, and apply these within the teaching and learning environment t o enhance the delivery of learning programmes they engage in.
There are 4 mandatory units that need to done for this award;
ESOL and the Learners FE71 36
English Language Frameworks (TESOL) FE70 36
Language Skills (TESOL) FE6Y 36
ESOL Planning and Delivery FE72 36
This award will result in 32 SCQF Credit Points at level 9
PDA in Applied Practitioner Studies in TESOL SCQF level 10
The PDA in Applied Practitioner Studies in TESOL at SCQF Level 10 is a new award offering professional development for ESOL practitioners who deliver ESOL within a variety of sectors in Scotland. Practitioners may hold a variety of roles (eg tutor, teacher or lecturer), depending on the sector within which they work. The qualification addresses the professional development needs of ESOL practitioners working within the Scottish context, providing broad and contextualised theoretical and practical knowledge and skills across a range of specialised areas, building on those already gained through prior TESOL study and ESOL delivery experience.
The title of this award reflects the overall structure and the individual Units offered. The qualification includes in - depth analysis of the English language and its application in the ESOL classroom, the principles and processes of designing, evaluating and implementing ESOL assessment within the Scottish Qualifications Framework, and the theoretical and practical elements required to design effective, inclusive ESOL learning programmes. The mandatory and optional Unit structure allows candidates to gain essential knowledge and skills, while focusing on areas of professional practice which are relevant to their own teaching and learning contexts, and which will support them in their own professional development as reflective ESOL practitioners. The PDA in Applied Practitioner Studies in TESOL at SCQF level 10 provides coherent progression for ESOL practitioners who already hold an initial TESOL qualification such as the PDA in TESOL at SCQF level 9 and wish to extend subject - specific knowledge and skills. By equipping practitioners with a broad range of valuable knowledge and skills, this qualification will help to ensure that ESOL delivery is of a consistently high standard across sectors. Candidates undertake study of an analytical, research - based nature, coherently linked to the application of ESOL planning, delivery, assessment and evaluation, to positively inform their current and future ESOL professional practice.
The award will develop candidates’ knowledge and skills across a range of relevant areas to allow them to successfully deliver ESOL to diverse groups of learners within a variety of contexts and sectors (voluntary, college, community, the workplace etc). It is assumed that candidates undertaking this award will already be competent in working independently as ESOL practitioners. The award is intended to enhance the ESOL practitioner’s professional practice.
There are 2 mandatory units that need to done for this award;
English Language Analysis for TESOL (SCQF level 10) – double unit FK8X 37
ESOL Assessment and the Scottish Framework (SCQF level 9) - FK8Y 36
...and 1 optional unit from;
ESOL Syllabus Design (SCQF level 9) - FM1G 36
Teaching ESOL Literacies to Adults (SCQF level 9) - FK8W 36
This award results in 16 SCQF Credit Points at level 10 and 16 SCQF Credit Points at level 9.