Advanced TEFL certificate

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After completing the Basic TEFL (covered during the induction and the first 2 to 3 months of teaching practice and internship), a need to consolidate and grow is only possible through further teaching practice and personal research. The Advanced TEFL Certificate allows you to build on the skills and attributes you have gained so far whilst continuing to develop and attain further knowledge.

Working towards your Advanced TEFL Certificate you are required to submit 6 assignments for the Advanced TEFL.

Please ensure that you choose a topic from each of the 6 sections. See below for the full list.

There are also options and support for students who wish to specialise in a particular area of TEFL to complete extra assignments for further specialist certification. This should be discussed with your TEFL trainer.

We recommend 800 to 1500 words per Assignment.

Putting pen to paper

As certain topics are quite similar, please submit your choice of topics to your TEFL Trainer for approval before commencing your research.

You can choose between the following formats:

  • Case Study
  • Essay
  • Report
  • In any case you must annex your References and Appendices.

Dedication and Deadlines

These assignments should be completed and handed in within the 6 months. We do however allow for an extra 6 weeks after this for you to finish and review your work as we know that with a 40-hour teaching practice week, you may have time to read but not always to write about your research.

Once the assignments have been handed in and the placement has been completed, please allow 10 working days for the papers to be graded and for the Certificate to be sent to you by email. Hard copies of the Certificate are also available but represent a charge.

The grade on the Certificate will also reflect teamwork and attendance throughout the 6-month Internship.

Employment beyond the Internship.

Students who successfuly complete the TEFL and Advanced TEFL will be given an internationaly recognised certificate documenting their acheivments and a full employment reference to assist them with applications for TEFL positions. We also use our experience and network to help students find work and are made aware of new opportunites often before they apear on TEFL job boards and afilliated sites.

Assignment topics

There are 6 sections:

  • Student Motivation / Classroom Management
  • TEFL / The TEFL Industry
  • EFL Exams and Resources
  • Using Resources / Lesson Planning / Student Levels and CEFR
  • Cultural Awareness / Student Profiles
  • Different Ways of Teaching / Methodology

You can also choose your own topics; not those given as an example. Please verify these with your trainer before commencing with the assignment.

SECTION 1

Student Motivation / Classroom Management

  • Making students feel relaxed.
  • Learning timing as an EFL teacher.
  • How to help overcome learner anxiety.
  • Setting up real communicative situations when textbooks are not suitable or do not cover the learner’s professional interests and needs.
  • Teaching English with limited hours and low motivation for English instruction: the challenge of providing meaningful and stimulating lessons in this context.
  • Ideas for an out-of-class English club.
  • What are the main constraints in the classroom facing TEFL teachers (large multilevel classes, textbooks, curriculum, hours, motivation, special needs).
  • Carry out a poll on assessing needs outside of the language school. (Questions like: Do you need English for your job? When was the last time you spoke English outside this school?)

SECTION 2

TEFL / The TEFL Industry

  • Online TEFL Courses: is it worth it?
  • Preparing for the post placement TEFL interview.
  • The realities of TEFL.
  • Is TEFL a prejudiced industry (cf. immigration laws)? Is there place for non-native speakers of English?
  • Looking for a job in TEFL.
  • Questions you can ask regarding Material when you first start working in a language school.
  • Polishing up on your own English.
  • Professional development as a qualified EFL teacher.
  • How to find work overseas.
  • Preparing the perfect CV for TEFL.
  • Preparing a supporting file to teach abroad.

SECTION 3

EFL Exams and Resources

  • How can I make reading lessons less tedious?
  • How do I test my students?
  • What should I teach my students about writing? How can I help write what they want to write, in a way that their readers can understand?
  • What do students think of international English examinations?
  • IELTS.
  • TOEFL.
  • Cambridge Exams.

SECTION 4

Using Resources / Lesson Planning / Student Levels and CEFR

  • Tips on teaching for the first time.
  • Your experience in teaching with YouTube.
  • Online learning vs. Teacher Led Classes of EFL.
  • EFL outside the classroom
  • How can I conduct my lessons so that my students know what they are supposed to be learning and when they have learned it?
  • Learning timing as an EFL teacher.
  • How do I find out how much English my students know?
  • Your experience in teaching with grammar websites.
  • How can I get my beginner students to feel more confident with listening to English and not just freeze when someone speaks to them?
  • How to lay out a lesson.
  • Teaching speaking.
  • Teaching listening.
  • Teaching reading.
  • Teaching writing.
  • Teaching use of English.
  • Games and activities.
  • Teaching pronunciation.
  • Accent reduction games and activities.

SECTION 5

Cultural Awareness / Student Profiles

  • Making students feel relaxed.
  • Common mistakes to avoid when teaching.
  • Familiar and professionalism when teaching.
  • Define educational success in EFL.
  • When should fluency take some priority over accuracy? And how should your error correction policy reflect this emphasis?
  • Teaching in Western Europe.
  • Teaching in Eastern Europe.
  • Teaching in Asia.
  • Teaching in Africa.
  • Teaching in Central and South America.

SECTION 6

Different Ways of Teaching / Methodology

  • Making lessons student-centred.
  • Keys to a successful lesson plan for a small group.
  • Keys to a successful lesson plan for a large group.
  • There are many methods of language teaching. Which is best for me to use when teaching a large group?
  • Advantages of sticking to a rigid curriculum. Experiencing resistance to your innovations in the classroom.
  • Tips for tired teachers.
  • What can I do to get my students to really speak English to me and to one another?
  • What is the best way to learn vocabulary?
  • How to teach grammar (especially when I’m not too sure about grammar questions myself)?
  • Define and discuss the variety of ways in which you can organise your groups when teaching EFL.
  • Second Language Acquisition methods.
  • Learning a second or other language as a child.
  • Learning a second or other language as a teenager.
  • Learning a second or other language as an adult.
  • Error Correction.
  • Being observed and observing your peers.

Examples of TOPICS for Specialist TEFL Assignments

  • Differences between teaching EFL to Young Learners and Adults.
  • Learning the jargon to teach Business English.
  • Teaching EFL to kids. Didactics and pedagogy.
  • Learning difficulties.
  • What it means to be a young language learner.
  • Principles and theories for the young learner classroom.
  • Teaching teenagers.
  • Special needs of students. i.e. hearing or visual impairment.
  • Behaviour management with young learners.
  • Professional teaching: Academic English (English for Specific Purposes).
  • Teaching Medical English (English for Specific Purposes).
  • Classroom routines when teaching large classes. (English for Specific Purposes).
  • Effective teaching with limited resources.
  • Teaching very large classes (40+ students).
  • Motivation techniques when teaching total beginner young learners.
  • How to keep teenagers interested when learning EFL.
  • Communication skills when teaching business English to advanced students.
  • Incorporating audio-visual materials in the classroom.
  • Time management in One-to-One.
  • Using English in the home when nannying.
  • Volunteering in TEFL.

What is English as a foreign language

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English as a Foreign Language (EFL) is the use or study of English by speakers with different native languages around the world. Its usage is increasing greatly as English more and more becomes the lingua franca of the worldCurrently, English is a language that has great reach and influence, and it is taught all over the world under many different circumstances. For a native English speaker, now is the time to learn to teach English as a Foreign Language.

TASKS AND DUTIES OF A TEACHER OF ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE:

  • Planning, preparing, and delivering lessons to different age
    groups and classes
  • Preparing and creating tests, exams, exercises, and any other materials 
  • Classroom management and student behaviour management
  • Marking and correcting oral and written work
  • Providing adequate feedback on oral and written work
  • Devising new material – written and audio-visual material
  • Organising social and cultural activities such as sport competitions, school parties, dinners, and other excursions
  • Participating in any events concerning the school
  • Preparing information for inspection visits, and other quality assurance exercises
  • Basic administration – like keeping student registers and attendance records

Teaching English as a Foreign Language is not the same thing as being a regular English teacher. As an EFL-teacher, you will be teaching English to students whose first language is a completely different one, and that is not always an easy task. EFL-teaching usually occurs in the student’s own country, but can also be done in the UK and other English-speaking countries, and students may be learning English for business, academics, leisure, or a variety of different reasons.

As a teacher of EFL there are numerous possibilities for work. Teachers can work in a variety of settings with different age ranges, including commercial language schools across the globe, schools and institutions of higher education throughout the UK and internationally. Some may also teach in industry and business, while others are self-employed. In that sense, teaching EFL is a very flexible and ever-changing career choice. You may change location and age ranges as you please, which may result in a very versatile workplace.

EFL teachers use a wide range of different materials and course books, including audio-visual aids and online resources. The content of lessons will vary depending on the reason behind the students learning English – e.g. business use for adults or schoolwork for children, etc. The aim of each lessons is simply to encourage the students to communicate with each other using the structures and vocabulary the teacher has taught them, and to improve the four basic language skills: listening, speaking, reading, and writing.

WHAT DO YOU NEED TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE?

Qualification requirements for teachers of English as a Foreign Language may vary considerably from country to country and even among employers within the same country. In many institutions it is possible to teach without a degree in teaching or teaching certificate. Some institutions consider it necessary to be a native speaker, possessing a variety of the TESOL-degree (Teaching English as a Second Language). Other institutions have different requirements, so it is always recommended to investigate the requirements of your institution before applying for a job or beginning your EFL-training. ‘BASIC REQUIREMENTS FOR TEACHING ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE:

  • An excellent and extensive knowledge of English 
  • Very strong spoken and written communication skills
  • Confidence and a lively and cheery personality 
  • Above average listening skills
  • A good sense of humour never hurts (although ‘good’ humour is subjective) 
  • The ability to get on well with people of all ages, from different backgrounds and cultures
  • Creativity in order to plan both practical and enjoyable lessons

There are several certificates that an EFL-teacher in training can take in order to prove their competence and the certificates exist on several different levels, and assess different qualities and abilities. However, many schools and institutions consider a proof of English proficiencya University degreea basic teaching qualification and experience to be more than enough. Requirements and acceptance also depend on the demand for English teachers in a particular country at a particular time. With that said, it is still preferable to have a university degree in English language and literature, or any other specialist degree in English. Also, a candidate with experience in teaching and/or EFL-training will always be valued higher than a candidate without experience or training.

Unlike for many other types of teaching, the level of academic qualification of EFL-teachers need not be the most important qualification, as is visible in the list above. Many schools will be more interested in your interpersonal and social skills, rather than your academic achievements. An EFL-teacher is required to constantly interact with his or her students and must therefore be able to relate to and support all different types of people. Social capability and people skills are highly valued in the world of EFL because they are qualities that greatly aid and facilitate the process of language teaching.

‘WORK EXPERIENCE IN SPAIN’

As a general rule, employers and schools tend to prefer applicants who have been through a significant amount of teaching experience, and especially EFL-experience. Many schools believe that learning to teach without classroom experience is like learning to drive without ever encountering traffic and this is why it is important to learn to teach EFL properly, preferably in a foreign country.

Experience of EFL-teaching will not only prepare you for your future career and serve as a good qualification, it will also help you determine if teaching EFL is what you really want to devote your time to doing. By going through training and spending time in both classroom settings and one-to-one classes you will have all the information you need to make an informed and valid decision about your future.

As a teacher it is always important to be a ‘people person’, to enjoy social interaction, and to be patient and tolerant. This is especially important for EFL teachers and the teaching techniques require the teacher to be involved and enthusiastic. No EFL-learner will be able to fully learn the language without a committed, interested, and enthusiastic teacher.

Many online courses for teachers of EFL lack assessed teaching practice and experience, which is why many schools and institutions do not accept these qualifications solely. If you choose to learn to teach EFL in Spain, you are guaranteed a conclusive course of EFL-teaching, which will be combined with practical experience and elements of assessed teaching. You will be given all the necessary tools and knowledge to move on as a fully-fledged teacher of English as a Foreign Language.

SKILL DEVELOPMENT WHEN LEARNING TO TEACH ENGLISH AS A FOREIGN LANGUAGE IN SPAIN

Although there are no set entry requirements for teachers of English as a Foreign Language, there are still a variety of different skills and abilities that an EFL-teacher should possess. By learning to teach English as a Foreign Language in Spain, you will be put through intense training, and the course is designed to provide you with all the qualities you may need in your future career.

SKILLS YOU WILL IMPROVE AND LEARN DURING EFL-TEACHER TRAINING:

  • Improve knowledge of English – grammar, rules, expressions, history, etc.
  • Development of classroom management skills
  • Ability to teach effectively and efficiently to all age groups
  • Preparation and deliverance of lessons to different age groups and classes
  • Ability to explain complex and abstract concepts in a simple and understandable manner
  • Ability to communicate with students and development of listening skills
  • Development of ability to give appropriate feedback to oral and written work
  • Ability to teach creatively and flexibly – using a variety of materials and resources, etc. 
  • Improvement of sociability and people skills – interacting with people of different cultures, etc.
  • Preparation and creation of tests, examination papers, and exercises
  • Writing and producing new material for students – including audio-visual resources
  • Development of basic administration knowledge 

 

Internships

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Over the last five years we have trained over 1000 teachers of English as a foreign language, the majority of them came to us on their year out from British and American universities. 

As from 2015 we have teamed up with “HANDS ON TEFL” in order to offer a certification which will enable the applicants to find work after graduation if they should chose to do so. This course is a comprehensive course on how to teach English as a foreign language, the details of this course can be found by clicking on the following links.

Also in 2015 we are offering to our interns a more intensive course of four two hour “one to one” Spanish lessons per week.

The other benefit from our course is the availability of free accommodation.

Up until now we have relied on agencies such as “Spain internship”. to find candidates for us however as the nature of the working  internship has become more academic we would prefer to select our own candidates  direct from universities.

Here is a list of the universities where our interns studied.

If your university is interested in helping us allocate our intern positions could you please contact us for further information.

 University of Surrey

University of Salford
 Brunel University London
University of Oxford
Aston University
Queen Mary, University of London
Manchester Metropolitan University
 University of Liverpool
 University of Nottingham
 New Castle University
 University of Hull
 University of Bristol
University of Strathclyde, Glasgow
 University of Glasgow
 University of Bath
 University of Limerick

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Now is the best time to teach English in Spain

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English is the widest spoken language in the world; there are a high percentage of foreigners desperate to learn and therefore a high demand for native English teachers.

Spain is the worst performer of English in Western Europe. This could be due to the fact that the Spanish language is widely spoken throughout the world and so the Spanish already speak a useful international language. Compared to northern Europe with languages such as Dutch and Swedish, which doesn’t have much use else ware and there is more of an obligation to learn English.

In Spain, all of the programs shown on TV are dubbed, unlike other European countries which have the original in English and subtitles – which is a great way to learn a new language. Cinemas have the same arrangement, however recently, there are new cinemas showing OV (original version) which are becoming more popular.

The recent crisis in Spain has seen a big rise in unemployment with the current rate at 24.1% (September 2014). This has made is very difficult for many people to find work at the moment. Speaking English is becoming more and more popular with young people and to be a good candidate for jobs, it is necessary.

A large number of Spaniards have recently started emigrating to European countries to find work. English is often a necessity to live abroad even if it is not the native language. The UK is a big hotspot for Spaniards looking for work in another country as a Spanish teacher, working in Spanish bars and restaurants and a great deal more.

Over the past few years, Spain has opened up a number of bilingual schools throughout the country with a more affordable price than the private schools and private lessons. These schools teach the English curriculum and generally 30-50% of their lessons are in English. There is a big demand for native English speakers in these schools meaning a lot of new jobs for expats. Adults who missed out in school are also playing catch up and investing time and money into private or academy classes.

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Words with different meanings in British & American English

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There are a lot of words with different meanings between British and american English. Although both countries generally understand both terms, sometimes it can get a little confusing. Lets take a look at the differences between the most common words.

British English                         American English

Queue                                                                     Line

Film                                                                        Movie

Holiday                                                                  Vacation

Boot                                                                         Trunk

Petrol                                                                       Gas

Lift                                                                           Elevator

Pavement                                                               Sidewalk

Lorry                                                                        Truck

Class                                                                        Grade

Trousers                                                                  Pants

Parcel                                                                       Package

Play time                                                                  Recess

Car Park                                                                   Parking lot

Chemist                                                                    Drug Store

Sweets                                                                       Candy

Toilet                                                                         Restroom

Post code                                                                  Zip code

Bill                                                                            Check

number plate                                                          Licence plate

postbox                                                                    Mail box

Jumper                                                                    Sweater

 

These are just a few of the most common words that have different meanings but there are hundreds more! As most films and television shows are american it is very common for English as a foreign language speakers to use the american words.

The other thing you may notice is that British English and american English often spell the same word differently. This can sometimes be confusing so make sure you always check. Depending on what type of English you have been taught will define what spelling system to use.

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