This course is designed to help candidates acquire and improve the skills needed to teach English, with an emphasis on hands-on teaching practice. The course enables candidates to:
- Acquire knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching.
- Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a foreign language.
- Demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in a real teaching context.
This course is run by Spanish University Isabel I which collaborates with Cambridge English Language Assessment. Once the student has completed the course they will receive an Advanced TEFL certificate from Universidad Isabel I worth 6 ECTS* (150 hours).
This course has been developed for people who have experience teaching English to speakers of other languages. The candidates for this course will be people who:
- Want to sharpen their teaching practice.
- Want to prove their teaching practice.
- Want to grow in confidence and become more resourceful as a teacher by gaining knowledge and skills.
It is an efficient way to obtain a teaching qualification as this course is modular and flexible. By completing this course you will:
- Become more language-aware and able to apply this knowledge when teaching.
- Gain a range of practical skills for teaching English.
- Understand how and why others learn English and the role of the teacher and learner.
- Understand the principles and practice of effective teaching.
- Understand which resources to use with adult learners for teaching, testing and reference.
- Develop a professional career in the field of teaching.
Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context
- Cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds
- Motivations for learning English as an adult
- Learning and teaching styles
- Context for learning and teaching English
- Varieties and types of English
- Multilingualism and the role of first languages
Language analysis and awareness
- Basic concepts and terminology used in English Language Teaching (ELT) for describing form and meaning in language and language use
- Grammar – grammatical frameworks: rules and conventions relating to words, sentences, paragraphs and texts
- Lexis: Word formation, meaning and use in context
- Phonology: The formation and description of English phonemes; features of connected speech
- What similarities and differences between languages mean for TEFL teachers and learners
- Reference materials for language awareness
- Key strategies and approaches for developing learners’ language knowledge
Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Basic concepts and terminology used for describing reading skills
- Purposes of reading
- Decoding meaning
- Potential barriers to reading
- Basic concepts and terminology used for describing listening skills
- Purposes of listening
- Features of listening texts
- Potential barriers to listening
- Basic concepts and terminology used for describing speaking skills
- Features of spoken English
- Language functions
- Paralinguistic features
- Phonemic systems
- Basic concepts and terminology used for describing writing skills
- Sub-skills and features of written texts
- Stages of teaching writing
- Beginner literacy
- English spelling and punctuation
- Key strategies and approaches for developing learners’ receptive and productive skills
Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
- Principles of planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
- Lesson planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
- Evaluation of lesson planning
- The selection, adaptation and evaluation of materials and resources in planning (including computer and other technology based resources)
- Knowledge of commercially produced resources and non-published materials and classroom resources for teaching
- English for adults
Developing teaching skills and professionalism
- The effective organisation of the classroom
- Classroom presence and control
- Teacher and learner language
- The use of teaching materials and resources
- Practical skills for teaching at a range of levels
- The monitoring and evaluation of adult learners
- Evaluation of the teaching/learning process
- Professional development: responsibilities
- Professional development: support systems
Course dates will be as per university terms. This is an online course in English; a teacher will manage the classroom and assist you all along the way.
Certification: After the completion of this course, you will be awarded an ADVANCED TEFL CERTIFICATE issued by UNIVERSIDAD ISABEL I which will certify you have successfully completed the course and gained 6 ECTS (150 HRS).
*(ECTS) European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries.
Fees 360 €. Special offer for October 2016 enrolments: 20% off: 288 €.
- Single payment through bank transfer or by credit card.