Combine online learning with observed teaching practice to achieve a CELTA / Trinity alternative qualification without it costing a fortune in money or time ….
INTESOL Worldwide maintains the highest quality assurance standards for TESOL/TEFL training through external accreditation. This ensures that your TESOL certification is accepted and valued by ELT employers all over the world.
INTESOL Worldwide TESOL/TEFL courses are accredited and certified by ALAP (Awarding Language Acquisition for Professionals), a UK based Awarding Organisation. ALAP is an accrediting organisation that specialises in the ELT industry.
ALAP is supported by an esteemed Academic Panel who are all experts in the field of English Language Teaching. The ALAP panel oversee matters related to academic quality, ensuring that the value of an ALAP Certificate is upheld.
For the 190 hour INTESOL Certificate in TESOL, the overall aim is to provide a thorough course which includes a balance between the theory, methodology and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and to thoroughly prepare our trainees for teaching in any overseas environment.
This course is open to those with a good academic background, usually graduate status; qualified teacher status, or at least 2 ‘A’ levels or equivalent. If you are unsure of your eligibility please email the Course Director, Lynda Hazelwood, at firstname.lastname@example.org
Unit 1: Study Skills
(not assessed) – how best to organise your study time.
Pre Module Grammar
Self-assessed tasks with answers provided to help with Unit 2 The Study of English.
Unit 2: The Study of English
Module 1 – Grammar – tasks on the understanding of grammar, tense & structure – to be completed with the use of a grammar book.
Module 2 – Phonetics – tasks relating to the phonetic alphabet(given), stress & intonation.
Module 3 – Lexis – tasks relating to the presentation of vocabulary, compound words, word stems, language appropriacy & frequency.
Unit 3: The Teaching and Learning of ESOL
Module 1 – Basic Principles – answers from your own experience and the course materials on:
1) the blocks which may prevent learning
3) communicative competence.
Module 2 – Reading and Listening – tasks based on exploitation of authentic materials i.e. magazines, newspapers, radio broadcasts etc.
Module 3 – Speaking and Writing – tasks based as above but with a more productive bias – getting your students to produce language
Module 4 – Visual Aids – study of all the audio-visual aids available. Production of your own flashcards and aids to be used with a simple flannelgraph.
Module 5 – Error – looking at authentic student errors, classifying them, using a correction code, producing remedial exercises and improving your own practice.
Unit 4: Lesson Planning
Module 1 – Classroom Management – task relating to student teacher relationships and how to achieve genuine communication inside and outside the classroom.
Module 2 – Lesson Stages and Plans – putting all the above into a lesson; timing; warm-up; input; practice and production stages of your lessons.
Unit 5: Teaching Practice
Unit 6: Teaching Practice
Observed, assessed teaching & feedback sessions.
Award of Certificate
Certificates are graded as follows:
A1 – Distinction
A2 – Excellent
B1 – Very Good
B2 – Good
C – Pass
The course consists of 6 units (a total of 26 modules). Each of the online modules is marked and returned with comments and guidance from the trainers. The modules submitted are continually assessed, there are no written examinations. You will receive all the training you need, we work with you until you achieve your potential. The Teaching Practice component is available at a number of centres and online if you cannot get to a centre.
INTESOL offers you two ways to achieve your teaching practice as part of your TESOL course:
Onsite teaching practice
Online teaching practice
Onsite Teaching Practice
INTESOL was the first TESOL/TEFL training provider to offer its Online Cert TESOL trainees a full week of observed teaching practice. We have subsequently been able to develop a practice that will significantly enhance your skills and confidence not only in the classroom, but also during job interviews.
As part of the INTESOL Online Certificate in TESOL you must attend one of our TP centres for a full week of teaching practice or take our Online Teaching Practice. Trainees, who have been taught how to manage classes and set up one to one teaching sessions; have been given a sound introduction to materials and visual aids production and have gained confidence in planning lessons, are given the opportunity to observe experienced teachers and to produce a portfolio of lesson plans and observation assessments. Our trainees are then observed teaching several levels, both in groups and on a one to one basis.
During your teaching practice you will:
have a personal mentor to guide you throughout your practice.
observe experienced, qualified teachers in a real language school.
produce a portfolio of lesson plans.
receive detailed feedback and observation assessments.
gain experience teaching real ESOL students of several levels, from beginners to advanced. The students you will be teaching travel to the UK from a variety of locations throughout Europe, the Far East and the Middle East.
be observed teaching both groups and on a one-to-one basis.
gain significant confidence in the classroom.
For 8 hours per day, Monday to Friday you will be involved in observation, lesson preparation and teaching. By the end of the practice you will have completed at least 6 hours of observed and assessed teaching practice which satisfies the British Council requirement.
Starting day is Monday. The Teaching Practice component of the Certificate in TESOL is available all year. You will be able to choose your centre later in the course.
Please note: The Onsite Teaching Practice is a one-to-one course with your personal mentor for the week. You will have gained all of the theory before you take any teaching practice, plus you will practice on real students in a real language school not on your peers or fellow students.
Choose your teaching practice centre from the list below
Frisby’s College, Great Yarmouth
The Lakeside Centre, Southport
Riversway English Language Centre, Shrewsbury
INTESOL South Africa, Johannesburg
FirstClass INTESOL, Hong Kong
INTESOL Cyprus, Limassol
INTESOL Spain, Barcelona
Online Teaching Practice
A low-cost, time effective format and accessible by anyone wherever they are in the world is the INTESOL online TP. All you need is a computer and Skype. You will be given lessons to prepare. Your lesson plans and materials will be emailed to the Director of Studies in the school whose students you will be teaching.
You will be asked to suggest dates, and lessons will be arranged at times mutually convenient for you and the school. You will be able to decide whether to do your lessons on the same or different days. You will also have the option of planning and delivering just one group initially so that you can draw on the experience to plan the following group. You will be expected to plan 6 lessons of 40 minutes each, 3 at elementary level and 3 at a different level. You will be sent details of the lessons you must plan.
Here is an example of a lesson you may be asked to prepare and teach:
Topic: Where I live
Target Structures: There is/are; prepositions of place; quantifiers- some, any, a few, a lot
Vocabulary: Relevant adjectives to describe a town/city; places/buildings in a town/city
At the beginning of the TP, the tutor will have a quick word with you and after you have been introduced to the students the tutor will remain off screen.
All your lesson materials will be printed out ready for the lessons; you will be able to ask the tutor to assist by handing out materials, showing flashcards etc.
At the end of the TP you will be asked to reflect on the practice and for oral feedback. Full oral feedback will then be given by the Director of Studies or tutor.
The Online Teaching Practice is a totally flexible, convenient method of completing your training.
Duration of the Course
The length of time it takes to complete the course depends on your other commitments. There are approximately 190 hours of work in the course. As a general guideline most students complete the course within 3-6 months, however if more time is required this is not a problem.