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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

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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.

The TEFL course is a lot of fun. Every lecture is packed with useful tips and information in a dynamic setting. The trainers amongst the most qualified and best EFL professionals around.

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 of 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. Your notes from the course will also be a valuable future resource for you. Therefore, while not formally assessed, full and active class participation is necessary and expected.

In addition to participating in daily input sessions, your cumulative grade/mark for the course will be based on the following:

 

Teaching practice: 8 to 10 hours of teaching with real students

  • You will learn how to write comprehensive lesson plans.
  • You will teach real students a variety of types of lessons.
  • You will be evaluated on how well you have applied the teaching methods you have learned on the TEFL course, as well as overall improvement throughout the course.
  • Lessons are marked using a standardized marking grid. See below for more information.

Grammar presentations: Two 15-minute presentations

  • You will be assigned two grammar topics to research and present to your peers.
  • A successful presentation clearly conveys the use of the grammar to the students.
  • Presentations are marked using a standardized marking grid. See below for more information.

Language awareness exam on the key language components of the TEFL course

  • You will have ample practice with grammar throughout the entire course, and will have plenty of information regarding the content of the test.
  • This test is similar to what you might be given at a language school when applying for a job.

 

One-to-one learner profile: An in-depth analysis of one student’s language needs and abilities

  • You will be assigned a student, and have two 60-minute meetings with them.
  • You will evaluate and analyze this student’s strengths and weaknesses in areas such as grammar, vocabulary and reading comprehension, and make recommendations for their future studies.
  • This assignment is marked using a standardized marking grid. See below for more information.

 

How are assignments assessed?

All assignments are marked using a standardized marking grid, to ensure consistency in marking. The marking grid for each assignment will be made available throughout the course. Marks for each assignment are assigned as follows:

  • Unsuccessful
  • Successful (borderline)
  • Successful
  • Strong pass
  • Distinction

How are teaching practice lessons assessed?

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

  • Classroom management: How effectively did you facilitate a student-centered lesson?
  • Lesson plan and activities: How effectively did you plan for the lesson?
  • Language focus: Did you meet your language aims for the lesson? How well?
  • Error correction: Did you correct student errors effectively?
  • Materials: Did you use the coursebook materials effectively? What did you add to the lesson?
  • Time management: Were you able to manage your time effectively in the lesson?

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.

Teaching practice observers assign a “grade” to each lesson, using the following marks:

  • Unsuccessful
  • Successful (borderline)
  • Successful
  • Strong pass
  • Distinction

Trainee teachers who have met the stated criteria in each section of the marking grid will receive a Successful grade for the lesson. Both Successful (borderline) and Successful marks are considered passing grades, but as the word describes, “borderline” is on the border, and 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 five of the six observed teaching practice lessons, including the final observed lesson.

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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