There are FIVE main components:
- Teaching Skills
The Spainwise CertTESOL course is a practical, ‘hands-on’ course. Trainees are divided into working groups at the start of the course and each group is assigned a practice class of students and a teaching practice tutor. After each teaching practice session, trainees have feedback sessions with their tutors. We conduct continuous assessment of teaching practice, based on your classroom teaching, your reflections on your own teaching and your observations of experienced teachers.
- Language Awareness and Skills
Although non-native English teachers are usually more comfortable with learning and teaching the grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation needed in the classroom, native English speakers are often concerned about these challenges. The language awareness input sessions are designed to overcome any concerns you might have and help you to become more knowledgeable and confident when dealing with these issues.
- Learner Profile
As part of the course you will conduct a case study of one of your students. You will analyse their background and the challenges facing them, give them a one-to-one lesson, and make recommendations for the student’s future studies.
- Materials Assignment
Another component of the course involves you creating your own original material to use with your students in the classroom and evaluating it afterwards. You will also present this material in the assessment interview conducted by an external course moderator at the end of the course.
- Learning an Unknown Language
Whether you have experience learning a second language or not, trainees find this part of the course (where you participate as a learner in four hours of lessons at beginner level in a foreign language you have never studied before) really interesting. Finding out what it’s like to be a student on the receiving end of language teaching can open your eyes to what you can improve about your own teaching.