TEFL course content and objectives
Course objective: To equip traineees with sufficient teaching practice, knowledge of grammar, phonology, teaching approaches and techniques, to enable them to provide excellent English training wordwide, without needing to know or resort to the students' first language.
Coursework is largely completed at our training centre during the working day, but trainees will need to spend a proportion of most evenings and weekends doing home study and preparing lessons.
The course runs from Mondays to Fridays, from 9 am to 7pm with an hour and a quarter for lunch. We work on any public holidays that might arise during the week in order to avoid adding days to the end of the course. There are slight variations with timings depending on how many trainees are on each course.
Successful graduates will be able to teach:
75 hours of grammar and teaching theory
6 hours observed teaching practice, plus observations of experienced teachers
Supportive team of qualified teacher trainers
Lifelong job guidance
Course content includes:
Past, present, perfect and future tenses, conditionals, phrasal verbs, auxiliary verbs, modal verbs.
Parts of speech
Form and function
The consonant sounds and symbols
The vowel sounds and symbols
Intonation and meaning
Regional and international variations
Learning to plan a lesson in 15 minutes
Language presentation skills
Approaches to teaching EFL
Exploiting authentic materials and course books
Using drama and roleplay
Using songs and games
Computer assisted and audio visual language learning
Teaching young learners
Alternative approaches to Lesson Planning
Lifelong job guidance
There are 2 projects to complete:
The UFLOT (Unknown Foreign Language Observation Task):
In the first week, you have 2 beginner lessons in a language that most trainees do not speak, given entirely in the foreign language. As a result of this you gain an insight into how it feels to be one of your future students, being spoken to in a new language. The objective is that you adapt teaching methods that help you find other ways to get our meaning across. The task also helps you empathise globally to a greater extent with your beginner students.
You write a short project based on this experience.
The One to One project
This project gives you experience in preparing a course of study based on a student's needs and interests, and also gives you practice teaching just one student. The procedure is that you choose a student and diagnose his or her needs in English, and interests. Based upon the diagnosis, you design a lesson for the student, teach it, then evaluate it in depth. To what extent did it work? Why? Finally you design an imaginary further short course of study for the student.
Also in the course:
2 tutorials (one to one - you and the trainer)
4 hours of observation of experienced teachers
6 hours minimum of observed teaching practice
Lesson planning help - every afternoon
Observation of your peers' classes and feedback
How you are assessed and graded:
One to One project
Successful trainees receive an official certificate from IATQuO, numbered and stamped, showing completion of the course. They will also be issued with a certificate for employers, which highlights their performance and provides explanation of grades. We are always happy to issue a reference and further information when requested by an employer.
The fees include course materials, welcome drinks evening, certificates for successful candidates and end of course celebrations including champagne and lunch / dinner
Note: As you can see, the course - whilst perfectly "doable" - is intensive. You will be busy part of your evenings and weekends doing home study, for the 4 weeks. But due to our superb locations, you will still be able to really appreciate Biarritz or Toulouse
See below for a video of a TEFL trainee practising: