TESDA English as Second Language Basic A1 and A2 Level

The English as a Second Language Beginner Course (A1 and A2) levels by TESDA builds foundational English skills, focusing on listening, speaking, reading, and writing. Aligned with CEFR standards, it equips learners with essential skills for basic communication, helping them master simple expressions and phrases for daily interactions.

Also read: List of TESDA Language Courses

This Language Program is designed for foreign beginners to quickly learn English, focusing on essential expressions and daily communication. It covers basics like self-introduction and answering questions about personal details. The course aims to enable participation in routine conversations with clear, slow-speaking individuals, setting a solid foundation for advanced English learning and effective communication in diverse settings.

TESDA English as Second Language Basic A1 and A2 Level


Here are some benefits of taking this English as Second Language Basic A1 and A2 Level:

  • Achieve competencies in listening, speaking, reading, and writing at a beginner level.
  • Align language skills with Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) standards.
  • Understand simple expressions for daily use and basic phrases for immediate needs.
  • Enable introductions and simple conversations about basic personal details.
  • Facilitate interaction in simple and routine tasks with clear, slow communication.
  • Prepare foreign learners for more advanced English language learning.

Units of Competency

This qualification comprises the following units of competency:



Upon completing this program, learners are well-equipped to successfully pass any language proficiency examination at the A1-A2 levels, corresponding to the Beginner level.

Sample of Certificate of Completion



Applicants interested in enrolling in the course must meet the following prerequisites and qualifications:

  • Must have a proficiency in the English Language.
  • Must be a non-native speaker of the English Language.

This list doesn’t include specific prerequisites like education, work experience, clearances, and other requirements for TVET programs.

NOTE: Filipino citizens, eligibility for scholarship programs will be determined in accordance with the most recent Omnibus Guidelines issued.


To enroll in this course, you will need the following documents:

  1. PSA Birth Certificate
  2. High School or College Diploma
  3. Certified True Copy of Official Transcript of Records or Form 137
  4. Certificate of Good Moral Character or GMRC
  5. 1 x 1 and/or 2 x 2 pictures

To obtain further details, please reach out to the enrollment site that aligns with your requirements. Kindly note that the criteria may vary.

Trainer Qualifications

A. Educational Background:

  • Must possess a minimum of a bachelor’s degree in any 4-year course or a PQF Level 5 program specifically related to the English language.

B. Language Proficiency:

  • Required to have achieved a language proficiency of B1 level or higher in the language intended to be taught.

C. Certification Requirements:

  • Candidates must hold a training certificate in teaching English as a Second or Foreign Language, which could be any of the following:

a. DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults)

b. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults)

c. TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

d. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)

e. TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test)

f. Trainer’s Methodology I (TM 1) Certificate

g. A teaching license issued by the Philippine Regulation Commission (PRC)

D. Experience:

  • Must have at least one (1) year of related experience in teaching the specific language within the last five (5) years.

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. How long does it take to complete the English as a Second Language Beginner Course?

A: The course typically takes 100 hours to complete.

2. Can I enroll in this course if I am not a Filipino citizen?

A: Yes, the course is open to all nationalities.

3. Is there an age limit for enrollment in this course?

A: No, there is no age limit for enrollment. As long as you meet the qualifications and requirements, you can enroll in the course.

4. Will I receive a certificate after completing the course?

A: Upon completing all units, learners get a Certificate for the English as a Second Language Beginner Course, recognized worldwide.

5. Can I use this course to prepare for language proficiency examinations?

A: This course prepares students with the skills needed to pass A1-A2 language exams.

6. Are there any scholarships available for this course?

A: Filipino citizens may qualify for scholarships based on the latest Omnibus Guidelines.

7. If I already have a degree in the English language, can I still enroll in this course?

A: Yes, you can enroll to enhance your skills if you meet the qualifications, but priority is given to those without an English degree.


TESDA’s English as a Second Language Beginner Course (A1 and A2) offers essential basic communication skills, aligned with CEFR standards. It builds a strong foundation for advanced English learning, paving the way for numerous opportunities. With expert trainers, it promises high-quality education and helps achieve language goals, making it a valuable investment for personal or professional growth.

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