Here’s what’s included on the 4 week course in detail:
Teaching practice with real students
You’ll have at least 6 hours of teaching real students, putting into practice everything you learn on the course. These lessons will be observed by a trainer and include a feedback session afterwards, where you’ll be expected to reflect on how the lesson went. The first lesson in week 1 will be planned for you!
Observation of experienced teachers and your peers
You’ll have the opportunity to observe your fellow trainees teaching their practice lessons, as well as see some experienced teachers giving lessons.
Knowing how the language works is important if you want to be able to teach it. We include input sessions on English grammar, including:
- Parts of speech
- Present and past tenses
- Referring to the future
- Conditional structures
- Auxiliary verbs, modal verbs, phrasal verbs
- Passive structures
- Reported speech
- Form and function
You’ll learn the different phonological (pronunciation) features of English, including:
- The consonant sounds and symbols
- The vowel sounds and symbols
- Intonation and meaning
- Word stress
- Sentence stress and weak forms
- Connected speech
- Regional and international variations
Teaching skills and techniques
In these input sessions we’ll look at how to teach – the different approaches and techniques you need for different stages of a lesson and different types of lesson. Input sessions include:
- Language presentation skills
- Teaching grammar and vocabulary
- Improving speaking skills
- Improving listening skills
- Improving writing and reading skills
- Lesson planning
- Lesson activities
- Using drama and roleplay
- Using songs and games
- Using dictation
- Error correction
- Teacher language
- Computer assisted and audio visual language learning
You’ll learn how to plan lessons effectively, how to think about appropriate lesson aims and make sure you achieve them, how to plan the individual stages of a lesson, anticipate problems that may arise during lessons and be prepared with solutions. We also look at:
- Learning to plan a lesson in 15 minutes
- Alternative approaches to Lesson Planning
Language learning theory
We look at some different theories of how we learn a language and different approaches we can take when teaching it, as well as the importance of different styles of learning and how they affect our approach.
- Basic principles of TEFL
- Language skills and systems
- Approaches to teaching EFL
- Learner styles
- Learner objectives
Using materials and resources
In these input sessions you’ll learn how to use both published course books and different types of authentic materials in your lessons.
- Exploiting authentic materials
- Using course books
You’ll learn how to deal with different situations that can arise in a classroom and different types of student, as well as how to organise your classroom effectively.
Teaching Business English
You’ll learn how a Business English class differs from a General English class, how to teach business skills like giving presentations, negotiating, dealing with phone calls, participating in meetings and socialising.
Teaching Young Learners
You’ll learn how to teach a class of Young Learners, some different approaches and activities that you can use.
Teaching One to One classes
You’ll learn how to diagnose and individual student’s needs, objectives and language issues, then plan and provide a tailor-made series of lessons.
One to one tutorials with the trainer
During the course you’ll have two one to one tutorials with your trainer to discuss your progress and any questions you have.
Lesson planning help
Every afternoon before the teaching practice session, trainers are on-hand to give help and advice for your lesson planning.
Job guidance and support
We’ll give you help and advice about finding a job, including CV and interview tips and techniques, where and how to look for a job, and how to set up as a freelancer (auto-entrepreneur) in France.
We also provide lifetime job guidance.
Here’s how you’ll be assessed during the 4 weeks:
- Teaching Practice
You’ll have a minimum of 6 hours of observed teaching of real students, followed by feedback with a trainer on your lesson plan and your teaching. You’ll need to show that you can reflect on your own teaching and put into practice constructive feedback.
- 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. You’ll choose a student, diagnose his or her needs in English, then design a lesson based on this diagnosis, teach it, and evaluate it in depth. Finally you’ll design an imaginary further short course of study for the student.
- Grammar tests
We’ll assess you on how well you’ve assimilated the English grammar and phonology input on the course.
- Unknown Foreign Language Observation Task
You’ll have two beginner lessons in a language that most trainees do not speak, given entirely in the foreign language, and write a short project based on this experience. Through this you’ll gain an insight into how it feels to be one of your future students, being spoken to in a new language. The aim is to help you adapt teaching methods to find other ways of getting our meaning across, and to help you empathise globally to a greater extent with your beginner students. You’ll write a short project based on this experience.