The TESOL course is designed to introduce teachers to lesson plans, efficient teaching methods and classroom management.
Our comprehensive 120-hour theoretical and practical skills development course in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) takes place once a month.
This course is a continuation from the 50hr TEFL course, taking all the methods learned in the first week and putting them into practice on authentic EFL students over five days of intensive teaching and observation. Each day you will be required to present two lessons on our students, in the morning and in the afternoon. The duration, topic, level and skills will be discussed on the course. Each session will be evaluated by a teacher and feedback will be given.
The course concludes with an assignment to be completed from home. Your final certificate mark will be a culmination of your marks from your theory week, practical week and assignment. You will also receive a reference letter from the facilitator giving a breakdown of your marks for each component and an assessment of your skills as a teacher.
The course has three components:
(1) Intensive classroom-based sessions
(2) Observation and teaching practice
(3) Assignment to be completed at home. This assignment will be given to you once you have completed the first two components.
CLASS BASED TIMES
Saturday: Introduction (09h00 – 14h00)
Monday – Friday: Theory (16h00 – 20h00)
Saturday : Micro teaching (09h00 – 17h00)
Monday – Friday: Practical teaching and observations (09h00 – 12h30)
Week three and four: Assignment
- Introduction to language teaching
- Classroom Management
- Contextualisation and getting meaning across
- Lesson planning
- Receptive skills procedure
- Lesson formats
- Teaching conversation
- Activities and materials
- Language awareness
- Practical aspects
Course participants will be supplied with a manual which consolidates concepts covered on the course and students are encouraged to keep their own notes during the course. Good English Grammar and Teaching books are discussed during the course. A list of recommended books is included in the information package as well as TESOL resource materials (Please bring a 4GB USB stick).
We require candidates to meet the high standards of the course, and we evaluate course participants in three ways:
- Course participation Attendance and level of course participation are recorded and assessed by the trainer.
- Candidates are required to submit a lesson planning project, complete an assignment and will receive continual feedback assessment on all tasks
- Observation and teaching practice
This would take place at our language school, in an authentic teaching environment. This component provides the opportunity for self assessment while teaching, under the guidance of the course facilitator. Assessment is continuous during the practical sessions. Course participants who receive positive feedback and assessments on all three points will receive a certificate indicating a grading of the candidate’s performance in each area. When a candidate does not meet the criteria or is struggling in any area of assessment, the course trainer will assist with further input and practice. Modules may need to be redone or additional practice will be arranged. As the course trainer works closely with all participants and monitors each participant’s progress from the beginning, there is plenty of time to work on any areas needing improving.
The home study component is assessed on the basis of an assignment. During the intensive, classroom-based component, assessment is continuous and based on participation in group discussions and performance in short, simulated teaching sessions.
CRITERIA FOR ACCEPTANCE
Acceptance on our course is not automatic. We do require that all applicants have English first language proficiency and tertiary education or work experience. Accent and use of English is very important if you wish to compete in an international TEFL environment.
At least 18 years of age
Matriculated, preferably with some tertiary education or work experience
An interview (face-to-face or telephonically) and pre-course task may be required
Difference between TEFL & TESOL?
There is no fundamental difference in methodology. Completely foreign contexts (where people learning English are exposed to absolutely no English outside the classroom) are becoming increasingly rare. TESOL is a catch-all term for foreign and second/additional language contexts.
We use the term TESOL for our comprehensive course because the trend in the field is increasingly tending to the use of TESOL rather than TEFL. Longer courses of 100+ hours are also becoming increasingly common.