With 4 weeks top quality, practical training at OxfordTEFL, accredited by Trinity College London, you will get a Certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language). As a qualified TEFL teacher you will be able to travel and teach English anywhere in the world, experience new cultures, learn new languages and improve your students' chances in life.
4 week intensive TEFL (Trinity Cert. TESOL) course, an internationally recognised qualification, validated by Trinity College, London. The content of our TEFL course is highly practical, with teaching practice with real students taking a central role. Our course provides you with a headstart in an exciting new career as an English Language Teacher and is designed to give you the skills to enjoy teaching and teach effectively while you travel, experience new cultures and earn money. Our careers officers will help you to capitalise on your Trinity Certificate with advice on job prospects for teaching English in Prague and worldwide.
The practical nature of the course is emphasised from the very beginning. Trainees are divided into teaching practice groups on the first day and begin their teaching practice on the second. Each group is assigned a practice class of real Czech students and a teaching practice tutor. Teaching practice includes a feedback session where the teaching practice tutor discusses the lesson with you and gives you guidance on the teaching point for the following day. Halfway through the course the practice class is changed to provide trainees with an opportunity to teach classes whose English is at a different level. Assessment of your teaching practice is continuous and is based on both your classroom teaching and your ability to reflect effectively on your own and others' teaching.
We believe in learning through involvement, and students are expected to participate in many different ways during the sessions. Where necessary information will be supplied, but more commonly you will experience a workshop approach, where your tutor acts as a "facilitator/animator" rather than as a lecturer.
During these sessions you will acquire and practise a wide range of teaching skills found in mainstream current English Language Teaching. A large number of activities and areas are covered in detail and these are all of immediate practical value for planning your teaching practice lessons. Video is used in some sessions and observation of OxfordTEFL teaching staff and students provides further insights into lesson planning, staging and management.
These sessions cover areas of grammar and phonology and are designed to provide trainees with a basic working knowledge of these subjects and how to teach them effectively. Trainees find these sections particularly rewarding (and challenging!), as most native speakers of English have had very little previous opportunity of studying the nuts and bolts of their own language. You will sit a 60 minute written exam towards the end of the course, which will test your knowledge of grammar and phonology.
Learning an Unknown Language
You will participate in four language lessons in a language you have no prior experience of, taught completely in the language itself without recourse to English. This helps you put yourself in the position of a basic level learner of English and to experience communicative language teaching at first hand. Languages taught on past courses have included Czech, Arabic, Russian, Swedish, Hebrew, and Japanese.
During the course 3 written assignments are set. These are:
a record of your experience learning the unknown language (see above),
a case study of one of your students with a diagnosis of their language difficulties,
a project where you create original material to be used with your learners.