ELTC Accreditation and Memberships

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Many courses at the ELTC, the University of Sheffield are accredited through Accreditation UK.  This means that we meet agreed quality standards guaranteed by the British Council. Courses not accredited include Teacher Training (Cambridge accredited) and Dyslexia support (BDA accredited). Further information on accreditation can be found on "Key Facts" pages for each course.

The British Council have assessed the standards of management, resources and premises, teaching and welfare, and have accredited the ELTC with meeting the overall standard in each area inspected.

The British Council inspected and accredited the University of Sheffield English Language Teaching Centre in August 2015.

In the report the British Council says:

"The large English language teaching department of this large university offers courses in general, academic and professional English for adults (17+) and vacation courses for adults (17+)."

"Strengths were noted in the areas of quality assurance, learning resources, academic staff profile, academic management, teaching, care of students and leisure opportunities."

"The inspection report stated that the organisation met the standards of the Scheme."

Cambridge Assessment English

The ELTC is a University of Cambridge Assessment English authorised centre for both teaching awards and exams.

Teaching Qualifications:

- CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- DELTA (Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test)

Cambridge Exams:

- B1 Preliminary (formerly Cambridge PET)
- B2 First (formerly Cambridge FCE)
- C1 Advanced (formerly Cambridge CAE)
- C2 Proficiency (formerly Cambridge CPE)

Cambridge Assessment English is a not-for-profit department of the University of Cambridge and Europe's largest educational assessment organisation.

English UK Member

English UK is the national association of accredited English language centres. Formed in 2004 from two previous associations (the Association of Recognised English Language Services and the British Association of State English Language Teaching), there are around 450 member centres in private schools, educational trusts and charities, further education colleges and universities. All the members are accredited under the Accreditation UK scheme, which are managed in partnership with the British Council.

Other Memberships

Professional Memberships include:

BALEAP: the global forum for EAP professionals
BDA: British Dyslexia Association
English UK North
IATEFL: International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language
NATESOL: Northern Association of Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages
PATOSS: Professional Association of Teachers of Students With Specific Learning Difficulties.

IATEFL 'Special Interest Group' membership includes:

Business English
English for Specific Purposes
Learner Autonomy
Leadership and Management
Literature, Media & Cultural Studies
Learning Technologies
Teacher Development
Testing, Evaluation & Assessment
Teacher Training & Education

EL Gazette Centre of Excellence

Leading English language and international education newspaper 'EL Gazette' has named the University of Sheffield's English Language Teaching Centre (ELTC) as a 'Centre of Excellence". The EL Gazette bases this on the British Council inspectors' publishable statements and awards this only those centres with 5 or more points of excellence noted during the latest inspection. This places the University of Sheffield ELTC in the top 10% of all accredited institutions in the UK and the only one in Sheffield to have gained this status.