Selecting the best initial TEFL qualification is not always as straightforward as it may at first seem. There are a variety of important aspects to consider and the following information will enable you to make a more informed decision.
There are two certificate options - the Trinity College, London, TESOL Certificate and the RSA Certificate, CTEFLA which are the only two internationally recognised certificates for people who wish to qualify as teachers of English as a foreign language.
Key Educational Travel work in association with ULT, who are a well-established language school, which specialises in the training of teachers to teach English as a foreign language.
The Trinity College, London, TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) Certificate which is recognised by the British Council and which is a fully validated course.
All tutors are experienced EFL teachers and teacher trainers who pride themselves in their commitment to effective teacher training and to their trainees' success. Courses are staffed by highly qualified and experienced tutors all bringing their own expertise to the course.
THE TRINITY COLLEGE, LONDON, TESOL CERTIFICATE
The Trinity College, TESOL, Certificate course is independently moderated to ensure that the high standard set by Trinity is always maintained. The course covers the teaching of English not only to adult groups but also to teenagers, children and individual students and therefore equips its trainees with the necessary skills to ensure a wide choice of career opportunities.
It is a full-time intensive 4-week course, which runs for 20 days Monday-Friday. The main aim of the 4-week TESOL course is to prepare trainees for their entry into the profession of teaching English as a foreign language. The course covers both the practical and the theoretical aspects and provides a broad perspective of current classroom practice.
Trinity College offers a professional package and attracts entrants who demand the best available qualification as a starting point to their career.
WHAT THE TRINITY COLLEGE CERTIFICATE COURSE COVERS
The Trinity College course is renowned for the breadth and depth of its course content.
The course consists of a series of lectures, seminars, tutorials, peer group teaching sessions and teaching practice. Key areas of the course are:
OBSERVATION OF EFL CLASSES
There are regular weekly classes for foreign learners at several different levels. Trainees are given the opportunity to observe qualified teachers teaching these classes.
AREAS OF ASSESSMENT
In the fourth week of the course both a Trinity College moderator examines the course itself and the trainees and the following areas are selected for special assessment. Teaching practice
· Student profile
· Materials project
· Foreign language journal
· Phonetics and Phonology
· Language awareness
On successfully completing the course trainees will be awarded the internationally recognised Trinity College, London, TESOL Certificate.
Accommodation in carefully selected host families can be arranged for you. The accommodation can be either bed and breakfast or half board.
FOREIGN LANGUAGE COMPONENT
This component provides trainees with the opportunity of learning an unknown foreign language as a complete beginner-learner in order to experience and assess modern language teaching techniques from a foreign student's point of view.
Other topics covered on the course include:
· Language Acquisition
· The Methodology of Language Teaching
· Language Awareness
· Phonetics and Phonology
· Lesson Planning and Preparation
· Classroom Management and the Role of the Teacher
· Analysis of Student Needs
· Teaching of the Four Basic Skills
· The Use of Teaching Aids
· Error Analysis and Correction
· Course Book Evaluation
TP is a situation in which trainees teach a group of foreign students under supervision.
Although trainees can learn a lot about language teaching by discussing the theory, methodology and techniques of teaching, it is a practical skill and therefore there are clear benefits in being able to practise this skill in a supportive atmosphere.
Trainees record an interview and obtain written work from a foreign student in order to analyse errors and suggest remedial teaching.