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The Accreditation Council for TESOL Distance Education Courses or ACTDEC is an independent, non-profit-making body founded in 1993 to seek to ensure quality in TESOL distance-learning courses.[1] ACTDEC is currently listed as a Company Limited by Guarantee.[2] ACTDEC has received adverse publicity due to suggestions that it was set up by Eurolink schools to accredit their own courses. However, ACTDEC is an independent accreditation body with an independent accreditation panel and an independent auditing panel.



ACTDECs first Chair, and one of its driving forces, was Dr W.R. Lee, who was also responsible for ACTDECs Code of Practice and accreditation procedures. Dr Lee was also a significant figure in the establishment and early development of IATEFL.[1]

Course levels

The courses and qualification levels framework was originally proposed by Monica Vincent of the Overseas Development Authority. The status titles she suggested were subsequently adopted by ACTDEC.

  • Level 1: Preliminary Certificate of Educational Studies in TESOL
  • Level 2: Certificate of Educational Studies in TESOL
  • Level 3: Certificate in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL
  • Level 4: Diploma in the Theory and Methodology of TESOL or TESP


ACTDEC is headed by its Patron Professor Arthur van Essen. A Secretary and Treasurer are elected annually at the AGM, which is held at the English Speaking Union in London. ACTDEC's current Chair is Kenneth Milgate BA (Hons), MIL, MA, M.Ed, Dip.FE, FCollT (TESOL). Chair of the ACTDEC Independent Accreditation panel: Jacqueline Sykes BA (Hons), LTCL (TESOL), Dip.TESOL, MA TESOL.


ACTDEC currently "accredits" 9 schools, 3 of which are effectively branches of the same school (Eurolink).

Furthermore, ACTDEC claim they are going through the process of being registered with the QCA. However, the QCA does not register accreditation agencies so this claim is likely unfounded.


  1. ^ a b Paul Simmonds. Find a course that talks your language. Telegraph, 24 January 2006. Retrieved on 2009-04-23.
  2. ^ Companies House listing. Retrieved on 2009-04-23.

External links

Further reading

  • "Q and A - what is ACTDEC?" The Teacher Trainer. Autumn 2006. Pages 20–21.


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