Whether you choose the Full-time or Part-time course, the core course content remains the same, based on six key components:
Observation of Classes
Observing other teachers teaching a class is one of the most productive ways to learn and pick up useful tips to improve your own teaching.
During the course trainees observe classes delivered by experienced teachers. These will be a mixture of live lessons of a teacher teaching a class and recorded lessons.
The trainers will guide you through these lessons, highlighting important points about the classes.
Although you can learn a lot about language teaching by discussing the theory, methodology and techniques of teaching, it is above all a practical skill and ours is a practical course.
Teaching practice is a key part of the course as it is where you can really try to put into practice what you are learning, get valuable feedback and help with your development - the trainers are always available to support you plan - and experiment with the different teaching methods.
On the course the trainers will help you to understand a wide range of grammar topics and show you how to apply this knowledge in order to help foreign learners understand it. Focus is on practical application.
You will also learn about the sounds, intonations, sentence and word stress in English, some of the phonological difficulties experienced by different language groups and how to integrate pronunciation into you lessons.
You will gather information about your Profile Student’s reading, listening, writing and speaking skills, which you can then analyse. You record an interview with a foreign student so you can examine the linguistic achievements and difficulties of an individual learner in depth .
Based on your analysis, you will devise a programme of lessons to help your student with selected language areas.
Unknown Language Journal
You will have lessons in a language that is not widely known (e.g. Russian or Turkish or Catalan). The aim is to give you experience of learning an unknown language as a complete beginner. The lessons will be using methods we cover on the course so you can assess our language teaching techniques from a foreign student’s point of view – you will be the student! You will be also able to see how you can teach complete beginners without translating.
Towards the end of your CertTESOL course you will be asked to select a piece of material that you will have used in your teaching practice. This piece of material is one which worked well in the classroom. You will need to evaluate its strengths and effectiveness.
This is then presented to the Trinity Moderator at the end of the course.