Professional Certificate in English Language Teaching (PCELT)

AMIDEAST, the largest American provider of English language training in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA), has partnered with World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute a U.S.-based global leader in teacher education—to launch a unique certificate program for teachers of English. Representing over 100 years’ experience in education, the two prestigious nonprofit organizations have joined forces to meet the growing demand in the Arab world for quality training in English language teaching and provide current and future teachers the first such American-accredited program available throughout the region.

English language teachers--and particularly certified, expert English language teachers--are in high demand worldwide. With English language proficiency increasingly linked to better opportunities for youth and improved business performance in the MENA, the need for qualified teachers is now more critical than ever. PCELT directly addresses this need by developing informed, analytical, and up-to-date teachers prepared to impact learners of all ages and backgrounds with different language goals. PCELT has a flexible, adaptable design that takes into account the many perse language classrooms and everyday realities of teachers in a complex and rapidly changing environment.

PCELT is an internationally recognized TESOL certificate developed by AMIDEAST and World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute to be delivered through AMIDEAST’s network of offices in the MENA. The 120-hour program provides flexible delivery options and adaptable content to address different English language teaching needs and contexts – from public to private, urban to rural, traditional to alternative, resource-rich to resource-poor classrooms.

Who is PCELT for?

PCELT is designed for current and aspiring teachers of English who are proficient English speakers but who have little or no teaching background, as well as for experienced teachers who wish to upgrade or update their knowledge and skills based on the latest language teaching methodologies and emerging trends in the field. PCELT-certified teachers gain many rewards, including a competitive edge for career advancement and increased confidence in the classroom.

What is the PCELT approach?

PCELT is designed to provide the 10-12 participants in each course with needs-based, inpidualized attention throughout. PCELT provides a meaningful blend of theory and practice, with an ongoing emphasis on hands-on experience and practical application to a wide variety of teaching situations. The overall program approach is grounded in experiential learning, critical thinking, and creative problem solving within a learner-centered framework.

What do PCELT participants gain?

PCELT participants gain professional competence as English language teachers through interactive workshops, guided lesson planning, observed practice teaching, and continuous peer and trainer feedback. The comprehensive curriculum covers both the fundamentals of effective English language teaching and a wide range of adaptable modules on such topics as assessment, teaching young learners, teaching English for specific purposes, materials evaluation and development, computer-based language learning, and classroom research. In addition, PCELT incorporates workshops on emerging trends and issues of particular relevance to the Arab world, such as the role of English in international communication, social media, economic opportunity, and education reform. Participants also receive information about English language teaching options in the Arab world. 

About World Learning/SIT

Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), World Learning/SIT Graduate Institute is the oldest provider of the Masters of Arts in TESOL in the United States. PCELT draws on over 70 years of WL/SIT’s pioneering teacher education programs around the world.

PCELT offers you 

  • A foundation in the latest English teaching methods
  • A suite of adaptable modules for different teacher needs
  • Workshops on emerging trends and opportunities in English language teaching in the MENA region
  • Hands-on practice teaching with real students
  • Flexible course options, intensive and non-intensive
  • Networking with English teachers across the region


PCELT at a Glance














To gain confidence and a professional edge as a teacher


120-hour TESOL certificate program on a wide range of topics, with 6 practice teaching lessons per teacher


For aspiring or current teachers, novice or experienced, with the required English level


Classes of 12 participants, taught by expert PCELT-licensed trainers in an interactive environment


AMIDEAST offices across the MENA region

Contact our Training Manager for upcoming PCELT courses



Course Schedules (non-intensive)

 10-Week Course



 Week 1






 Learning & Teaching Contexts



 Experiential Learning



 Guided Lesson Planning



 Week 6



 Student Feedback & Error  Correction



 Guided Lesson Planning



 Practice Teaching &  Feedback



 Week 2



 Second Language Acquisition



 Guided Lesson Planning



 Practice Teaching &  Feedback                     



 Week 7



 Low- & High-Tech Aids



 Materials Adaptation



 Guided Lesson Planning



 Practice Teaching &  Feedback



 Week 3



 Teaching Approaches



 Planning & Managing Learning



 Guided Lesson Planning



Practice Teaching & Feedback



 Week 8



 Learner Assessment



 Guided Lesson Planning



 Practice Teaching &  Feedback






 Week 4



Language Analysis



Teaching Form & Meaning



Guided Lesson Planning



 Practice Teaching & Feedback



 Week 9



 Language & Culture



 ELT in the MENA Workshops



 Guided Lesson Planning



 Practice Teaching &  Feedback






 Week 5



 Teaching Listening &  Speaking



 Teaching Reading & Writing



 Guided Lesson Planning



 Practice Teaching & Feedback



 Week 10



 Practice Teaching &  Feedback



 Teacher Portfolio &  Professional Development  Project












 120 Hours




PCELT trainings are scheduled based on demand. Contact Tunisia@AMIDEAST.ORG to register your interest.