what is actdec?
ACTDEC stands for Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses. We are a non-profit independent accrediting body, responsible for maintaining professional standards in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) online and distance programmes. Our function is to provide frameworks and accreditation structures for providers of ELT (English Language Teacher) training programmes.
We accredit course providers by ensuring that they meet and continue to adhere to a rigorous professional Code of Practice and we accredit specific courses from these providers at different levels, from introductory to advanced. While the same domains of learning, standards and learning outcomes are covered at the respective levels by all ACTDEC providers, the course methodology, approach and delivery may differ. Our partners and their accredited courses are regularly audited to ensure that quality expectations are being met.
Want to experience the expertise of ACTDEC for yourself? Contact us today and we will be in touch to see how we can help you get your organisation and your course(s) recognised internationally.
WHY is ACTDEC important?
Standards are essential in the training of teachers of English to speakers of other languages. This is especially true in the case of free-standing, online TESOL programmes as the anonymity of cyberspace can provide ideal camouflage for some unscrupulous operators. Organisations that are not prepared to submit themselves or their courses to the scrutiny of external accreditation very often have something to hide. The really first-class ELT training organisations take pride in their provision and prove it with accreditation.
However, many online course providers simply "accredit" themselves through "virtual universities" which are not recognised universities in any commonly understood sense. Such providers are not subject to regular inspection or external audit.
ACTDEC is one of the longest-standing internationally recognised non-profit-making independent accreditation bodies whose regulatory function aims to benefit all those interested in raising standards and protecting the public. Our conscientious accredited members take pride in offering their teacher trainees a superlative learning experience and know that by becoming accredited they are able to prove it. Whether they are just starting out or are already experienced course providers, we help them to improve their course(s) and enhance the service they provide on an ongoing basis.
Meet the Team
At ACTDEC, we have an exceptional team with a vast range of experience and expertise in TESOL. We are commited to staying on top of research and learning new ways of doing things. We love being able to provide you with a personalised service that will get you where you want to go. Learn a bit more about us below.
MA in Applied Linguistics; B.Ed. (Hons)
I have worked in the TEFL industry for some 25 years, as a teacher, teacher trainer, coordinator, and administrator, both in the UK and abroad.
I joined ACTDEC as Administrator in mid-2019. Since then I have worked closely with our small team to help revise our various structures and update the Audit & Accreditation process.
Perhaps most importantly, I have worked on getting ACTDEC’s name more widely known. Over the next few years, I hope to help further increase the number of our member providers.
Audit & Accreditation Panel - Reviewer
PhD in Education, MA in TESOL, BA Hons
I have worked in the field of TEFL and TESOL for 20 years, as a teacher, teacher trainer, coordinator, researcher and lecturer. My particular area of expertise is language testing and assessment.
I joined ACTDEC’s Audit and Accreditation Panel as a second reviewer in 2014. While I work closely with the first reviewer, each of us approaches the review independently so our providers gain the benefit of feedback from both of us.
What I most enjoy about working with ACTDEC is the chance to collaborate with our enthusiastic providers on the design of their courses and see a wide range of projects come together.
Audit & Accreditation Panel - Reviewer
M.Ed in TEFL, DTEFLA, CTEFLA
I became a TEFL teacher way back in 1995 and since then I have worked as a TEFL teacher, high school teacher, English coursebook designer, and have been a teacher trainer since 2008.
I joined ACTDEC's Audit & Accreditation Panel in 2014 and took a lead role in revamping our audit and accreditation procedures in 2020.
What I most love about the work is that it keeps me on my toes and up to date with the latest research on education and TEFL. I learn just as much from our members - their creativity and dedication to their students is awe-inspiring - as they do from me.