Description of the ETECT
The ETECT can be taken at level 5 or level 7 of the European Qualifications Framework (EQF). Adopted by the European Parliament in 2008 as part of the continuing effort to promote workers’ and learners’ mobility in Europe, the EQF is a framework of 8 qualification levels defined in terms of knowledge, skills and competence. This framework enables professional and vocational qualifications earned in one country to be related to those earned in another.
At level 5 the ETECT assesses the candidate’s ability to apply sound principles and effective practices in TESOL. It also examines language awareness, the knowledge of how English functions, and the ability to convey that knowledge to students in a way that facilitates learning.
Certification at level 5 is appropriate for entry-level professionals. It signifies the acquisition of knowledge and skills that would be taught in a post-secondary teacher-training program of at least 120 hours that includes a Practicum.
The Level 7 ETECT assesses the candidate’s specialized knowledge of contemporary theories of language acquisition and principles of language teaching. The test also certifies the candidate’s knowledge of the English language at an advanced level. Candidates must show that they can articulate links between research and practice in a coherent text supported by academic references.
Certification at Level 7 is for professionals with a recommended three years of teaching experience who wish to develop a critical awareness of knowledge issues in the field or begin graduate studies in TESOL. It signifies the acquisition of knowledge and skills that would be taught in a post-secondary teacher-training program of at least 200 hours that includes a Practicum.