© QuiTE 2001 - 2011
The Association for the Promotion of
British Association of TESOL Qualifying Institutions
In 2001 BATQI merged with the Institute of English Language Teaching Departments in Higher Education (IELTDHE) with both being dissolved in 2001 to be replaced by QuiTE and BIELT (BIELT was subsequently dissolved). Between 1991and 2001 the efforts of many in the profession, through BATQI, developed a Qualifications Framework which has been used by the major TESOL teacher training examination boards as a benchmark. It has also been found to be useful by the British Council in judging qualifications equivalence in connection with the Accreditation Scheme for language schools in the UK. The Framework relates to three levels of professionality in TESOL, certificate (initiating), diploma (TESOL Qualifying) and Masters level.
There are many teacher training courses available for teaching English as a foreign or second language, but not all are equally recognised and accepted by employers. Before enrolling on an initial TEFL/TESOL course, it is very important to be sure that the qualification will be recognised by employers. If the course has no external supervision or validation, or if it has no supervised and assessed teaching practice (often the case with online courses), or if the course is for less than 100 - 120 hours in length, it may not be recognised by reputable employers.
The BATQI Qualifications Framework provides a measure for assessing whether or not a qualification is likely to be recognised.
Some BATQI publications are still available and can be obtained here.
Quality in TESOL Education
BATQI developed a Code of Practice which was published in 1994 and formed the basis of the accreditation scheme that the association operated until 2001.