Teaching advanced grammar for exams

Why do I need to be able to teach advanced grammar?

Students who would like to reach a certain grade in exams such as the TOEIC often reach a “plateau” where their teacher isn’t able to explain advanced grammar points and no matter how many times they take the exam, they get the same scores.

What will I learn on the advanced grammar course?

Standard TEFL courses cover all the basic tenses in their simple, continous and perfect forms, as well as parts of speech, modal verbs, passives and so on. This is easily enough to get going as a teacher particularly when teaching the lower levels.
But higher level students who want to do well in exams need knowledge of more complex grammar.
So the course covers areas such as inversion, non definining relative clauses, cleft sentences, advanced question tags, and mixed conditionals. We can also tailor the course to a certain extent depending on what the trainees need focus on.
You will also receive tips on how to get your students performing better in their exams, and a revision of solid methods of teaching grammar.

How can I incorporate this into my teaching?

We will provide you with a toolbox of games and activities so that your students can practice each grammar point we cover in an enjoyable way

Confidence builder course for TEFL teachers

One of the best things about knowing more advanced grammar is that it gives you more confidence as a teacher, especially when students ask you questions like:

  • What’s the rule for using words like “rarely” or “seldom” if you want to begin a sentence with them? What if there’s no auxiliary?
  • What’s the difference between “You took the day off did you?” and “you took the day off, didn’t you?” How does the intonation change?
  • When do I use “either” and when do I use“neither”?
  • When do I use “so” and when “because”?
  • Why we can say “That’s the guy I helped” (without the “who”) but not “That’s the guy helped me”?
  • What’s this structure: “If I hadn’t been seen leaving the party in Downing Street, I wouldn’t be being asked all these questions by journalists today”?


Will I need advanced grammar knowledge to understand the course?

Not if you already have a TEFL certificate from a reputable organisation and know the basics such as what an adverbs and pronouns are. Don’t worry – it’s often the simplest aspects of English which end up being very diffucult for our students, for example the use of the word “the”. Why do we say “Jupiter, Saturn but the moon and the sun? Why don’t we say “the Monday” if the French and Spanish do in their languages, and why don’t we say “I like the dogs”?

How will it help me get my students through their exams?

Part of the course is on exam techniques – suggestions you can give to your students so that they approach exams in the best possible way.
This 6 hour course is specifically designed so that you understand the grammar that students really need to get those vital extra points for exams such as the TOEIC.

Can I do it online?

Yes this course can be done online or in class with us here in Toulouse

How much does it cost?

The course costs 180 euros , all taxes and materials and attendance certificate included.

Does it satisfy QUALIOPI requirements?

Yes, all TEFL Toulouse’s professional development courses satisfy the qualiopi requirement of showing ongoing professional development for teachers of English. A Certificate of attendance is awarded.

How can I pay?

The course can be paid for with FIFPL credits if you are already an “Autoentrepreneur” and we offer special group rates for 5 students or more which may be of interest to language schools.

Any discounts available?

20% discount if you purchase this by the middle of week one of your TEFL course.
Dates: January 7th 2022 (FULL)
February 10th 2022


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