Course Aims and Objectives
In many ways an online TEFL course is actually more effective than a full-time course. Not only is the online course longer but it also takes a more theoretical approach to teacher training that will benefit you throughout your career. It will give you a solid foundation to build upon, adding experience and further qualifications if and when you desire.
Every module will take you through a different aspect of teaching abroad, giving you all the time you need to take the information in. While the full-time course devotes a significant portion of its study time to planning and giving lessons, the online course ensures that you fully understand TEFL methodology so that when you take up your first teaching position you can apply it in the classroom.
You may find that your first days of actual teaching are challenging but the rewards of an Online course extend far beyond simply preparing you for the first week. Indeed, the in-depth content of the online course is something you will come back to again and again. Your thorough understanding of TEFL theory and methodology will be invaluable as you progress through your career and will enable you to quickly develop and excel within your new role. What’s more, the Online TESOL / TEFL course will enable you to better understand the needs of your class and to assess individual members more effectively to ensure that they are receiving the help that they need. The most prominent debate surrounding online TEFL courses is the complete absence of practical teaching experience. The course Video Clips will certainly help and what’s more, if you’re planning to work abroad for more than a year, your online course will be perfectly complimented by the practical teaching experience you will receive.
For the Preliminary Certificate programme as a whole the overall aim is to provide a basic introduction to the teaching of English to speakers of other languages for those who are unfamiliar with the field. With the TTC Online Learning course, you can enroll and begin the programme at anytime during the academic year –whenever it suits you! This course aims to provide students with new insights into language teaching, providing a deeper understanding of the principles and practice of English language teaching to foreign young learners and adults. The focus of the course is on both practical and theoretical aspects of English Language Teaching and will prepare the prospective teacher for an exciting and rewarding career in many different locations around the globe!
The general objectives of the course require each student to be able to:
• demonstrate a general understanding of, and familiarity with the world of teaching English to speakers of other languages including general terminology, the profession’s qualifications, further training options and career opportunities.
• create an effective learning environment for learning to take place, utilizing different classroom management strategies, options and techniques.
• write objectives and appropriate lesson plans.
There will be regular assignments (3), but no formal examinations. Each assignment makes up for the total assessment mark and is to be completed once the course readings have been covered. The overall pass mark for the Preliminary course is 50%.
The weighting of each assignment is based on course content and syllabus requirements and is as follows:
|The World of TESOL and Study Skills||15 marks|
|The Study of English||70 marks|
|The Teaching and learning of English to speakers of other languages||65 marks|