About the TEFL Course

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About the TEFL Course 2017-05-31T13:52:42+00:00

TEFL Worldwide is officially accredited and externally moderated by IATQuO (The International Accreditation of TESOL Qualifying Organisations) and the Czech Ministry of Eduction.

A TEFL certificate is an initial qualification for teaching English as a foreign language. The TEFL Worldwide Prague TEFL course offers quality training, both theoretical and practical in nature, and provides you with an excellent insight into EFL teaching methods and language awareness as well as 8-10 hours of supportive teaching practice with real students at all levels. This is an intensive and challenging yet rewarding and enjoyable 120 hour TEFL course. Previous teaching experience or a second language is not required for the course or for teaching English abroad. Be prepared to work hard as a lot of material needs to be covered during the 4-weeks. The trainers make it a very valuable experience and you will truly enjoy the friendly atmosphere we create.

“The concepts and techniques that I learned at TEFL have been invaluable here; and without them, I would never have been able to manage this job. A great deal of the success I’ve had recently, I owe primarily to my course at TEFL Worldwide. So, thank you again.”

Dan Noel - Taught in Prague and Japan

See what TEFL Worldwide graduates have to say about the TEFL course and their experiences teaching English abroad.

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Our TEFL program also provides lesson planning assistance so that you will have plenty of help and guidance for the preparation of classes. You will be given lesson plans, teaching materials and suggestions during the TEFL course to provide you with a range of ideas and resources for your own teaching practice.

100% attendance is required for this course unless you are sick in which case you’ll need to make up some lessons (this all depends on how much you miss) and get notes from classmates. The more you miss the higher the chance of not passing. The course is very intense. A doctor’s note will be required. We can help arrange a doctor if need be.

The TEFL Worldwide course will give you a good understanding of teaching methodology, language awareness, lesson planning and an array of student-centered lesson plans and helpful techniques for teaching English abroad. Throughout the TEFL course each lesson is supplemented by informative worksheets, tips and suggestions as well as a list of useful titles for further reading.

In addition, our trainers, who are highly qualified with 20 years of experience between them teaching English abroad, are always available to offer lots of support and advice with the selection of appropriate materials, course books and supplementary worksheets to create enjoyable and engaging lessons for your students.

The teaching methodology lessons, during our TEFL course cover a variety of topics including teaching vocabulary, error correction, classroom management, one-to-one teaching and the use of course books, authentic materials, video, and English for Special Purposes (ESP). Throughout the four-week TEFL course you will also be given survival Czech lessons, see demonstration lessons from experienced teachers, learn about English grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and take away a variety of practical activities.

The teaching practice component during the TEFL course consists of 8 to 10 hours of teaching throughout the course, and gives you the opportunity to teach classes at a variety of levels. The classes are made up of friendly and motivated Czech students. Teaching practice takes place four afternoons a week and allows trainees to work cooperatively in a supportive atmosphere with valuable feedback and comments from your trainers at the end of each lesson.
Though the TEFL course is a lot fun, it is also intense and challenging. Every lecture is packed with useful tips and information, so it is important to retain this information by writing it down and referring back to it later. You will learn how to write comprehensive lesson plans which you will turn in at the start of class every day. You will be evaluated on your teaching performance and you will be critiqued on how well you have applied the teaching methods you have learned in the classroom. You must complete two 15 minute grammar presentations. You will pass these by clearly conveying a grammar function to your classmates. In addition, in the last week of the course, you will need to complete a grammar test. You will have ample practice with grammar throughout the entire course, and will have plenty of information regarding the content of the test. You will also do a written assignment based upon three one-to-one lessons with a private Czech student. You will evaluate this student’s progress by writing about their strengths and weaknesses in areas such as grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension. The combination of your written lesson plans, teaching sessions, class participation, attendance, grammar presentations, class feedback in peer evaluation sessions and the grammar test will be your cumulative grade.

There is no universally accepted definition of what makes a good or effective teacher of English as a foreign language, nor is there a universally accepted method for assessing teaching on initial training courses.  It is impossible to remove context from teacher assessment and all judgments of performance must be made with this context in mind, so what is appropriate in one context may not be in another.  As a result, all teaching practice observers are thoroughly trained and standardized regularly to ensure consistency in classroom observations and to ensure a broad and holistic view of the lessons.

All lesson are scored according to a marking grid focusing on key competencies, which are widely accepted as important considerations in deciding good teaching.

– Lesson planning and activities

– Time management

  • Teaching language
  • Classroom Management
  • Error correction
  • Lesson materials

To avoid trivializing the act of teaching and reducing it to arbitrary numerical values, grading is carried out qualitatively rather than quantitatively.  This means that no percentage grades are assigned to lessons, so teachers can focus on improving problematic areas of their teaching, rather than trying to improve a numerical mark.  All teachers will receive a written evaluation of their lesson according to the grading criteria as well as a written commentary of the lesson.

Markers assign a “grade” to each criterion using the following levels.

  • Unsatisfactory
  • Satisfactory
  • Good
  • Excellent

Overall lesson grades are awarded according to three criteria.

-unsuccessful

-borderline

-successful

Trainee teachers who are deemed to have met the satisfactory criteria in each section will awarded a ‘successful’ grade for the lesson. Both borderline and successful lessons are considered passing grades, but as the word describes, borderline is on the border so improvement will be needed.  Unsuccessful lessons are considered as a failing grade.

To pass the teaching practice component of the course, teachers must obtain a passing grade on the majority of their assessed teaching, with the final assessed lesson receiving a successful grade.

100% attendance is required. If you miss a day you will need to get notes from a classmate in order to catch up. If you are sick, try to still come to sessions, if you are well enough. If you cannot come, a doctor’s note is required. See the office staff or the Welcome Pack for contacts to a doctor. If you miss any more than 2 days (with a doctor’s note) you must come back on a future available course to make up sessions otherwise you will not be able to receive your certificate. If you do not have a doctor’s note and you miss class, you will also not be able to receive the certificate.
The TEFL Worldwide certificate program takes place over four weeks, Monday through Friday from 10:00am to about 6:30pm with several breaks and a one hour lunch. Below is an example of the lessons and training sessions:

TEFL Course Week 1

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TEFL Course Week 2

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TEFL Course Week 3

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TEFL Course Week 4

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If you would like to do some reading before the TEFL course the list below offers a helpful introduction and insights into English grammar, pronunciation and communicative teaching techniques. **Please note, during the course we will provide you with a course book and grammar book. 

We’ve listed 2 grammar books below and a few other books that might be of interest to you.

  • “How English Works” – Michael Swan and Catherine Walter (Oxford University Press 1997)
  • “English Grammar in Use” – Raymond Murphy (Cambridge University Press 2004) Grammar Book
  • “Practical English Usage” – Michael Swan (Oxford University Press 1995) Grammar Book
  • “Learning Teaching” – Jim Scrivener (Heinemann 1994)
  • “How to Teach English” – Jeremy Harmer (Longman 1998)
  • “Teaching English Pronunciation” – Joanne Kenworthy (Longman 1987)

Teaching English abroad is the experience of a lifetime. We look forward to seeing you on one of our future TEFL (TESOL) courses!

“The secret of teaching is to appear to have known all your life what you learned this afternoon.”

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