IDLTM Frequently Asked Questions

International Diploma in Language Teaching Management (IDLTM)


Why should I take this course? What will the course do for me?

The course is designed to help professionals in language education who want more practical skills in administration or management. It is particularly helpful for new managers or for experienced teaching professionals with increased administrative responsibilities. Participants gain a foundation in management theory and practice, which they can then apply directly to their own institutions, as well as a wider understanding of the workings of language teaching contexts in general.

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Who teaches the course?

The diploma course is taught by faculty from SIT Graduate Institute's degree programs in language teaching and international and intercultural management. Additional experts and faculty from other institutions are brought in to contribute to the training. Every trainer is experienced in the fields of management and/or language teaching, and continues to contribute to the field through publications or training.

Trainers work with participants during the face-to-face portion of the program, and continue to provide input and facilitate group discussions during the distance portion of the course.

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How are participants assessed?

Each of the eight modules is assessed in a way that suits the subject. For example, the financial management module might require participants to make up a costed action plan. A human resource module might conclude with a case study. Participants must pass each of the eight modules in order to receive the diploma.

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What are the entrance requirements?

Online access is a must. In addition, candidates should have the following:

  • Bachelor's degree or equivalent
  • 3 years full time language teaching experience
  • English level sufficient to cope with academic study

We also hope that candidates will be working in a capacity that allows them to practice what they are studying, but this is negotiable.

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How is the course structured?

In stage one, participants undertake two weeks of face-to-face training, building a relationship with the tutors and materials. Stage two is a six-month distance learning program. Students receive more sophisticated resources and apply them to their individual situations. Tutors and participants give each other feedback, and submit a series of integrated real-life projects based on their own experience. This culminates in an online simulation bringing together all of the work done on the course.

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Do I have to travel to the U.S. to complete this course?

We are more than happy to provide training wherever it is needed. If a number of people in your area are interested in taking this course, please let us know. If there is sufficient interest, we would be pleased to arrange a course locally.

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What is the SIT Graduate Institute?

The SIT Graduate Institute is recognized nationally and internationally for its work in language teaching and international management. Its mission is to prepare students to be interculturally effective leaders, professionals, and citizens. In so doing, the SIT Graduate Institute fosters a worldwide network of individuals and organizations committed to responsible global citizenship. Accredited by the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and located on a historic 250-acre campus in Brattleboro, Vermont, the SIT Graduate Institute offers graduate degrees, short-term and professional programs, and undergraduate study abroad programs in more than 40 countries.

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How much does the course cost?

Tuition for the 7 month course is $3500, payable at the beginning of the course. If necessary payment installments can be arranged. The deposit due on application is $350. This amount is deducted from the tuition fee.

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