Probably you have come to our TEFL Course Contents page because you would like to teach English abroad, realize you need training first, and now wish to compare the contents of our course against that of others. If so, welcome! We believe you will be extremely pleased with what you learn here.
However, if you aspire to teach English as a foreign or second language and are on this page mainly out of curiosity, feeling you are already fully qualified without taking a tefl course, please be patient with us as you read on:
A degree and a teacher's license issued by your home country for teaching English, should you hold these qualifications, is a very laudable achievement which may even be accepted by some institutes or even some government agencies as a sufficent qualification to teach EFL.
However, we beg to assure you that if you feel a qualification to teach English to English native-speaking school children or to adult learners or university students who already use English as a second language, you are in for a terrible shock if you believe that you can teach English effectively to Asian students, or to any students still not practicing the use of English in everyday life!
Thus it is that we have trained twenty-eight PhD university lecturers in EFL so far, one of whom with more than 30 years' previous experience in teaching ESL exclaimed, "I have learned more about teaching English from this course than from my entire prior teaching experience!" Likewise, numerous trainees with Masters Degrees in education have said the same! For this reason, please read on to learn why our TEFL course contents make this so, and why TEFL training is absolutely necessary if you wish to teach English abroad.
First, please allow us to comment just briefly about the value and comprehensiveness of our materials. Although full information about our TEFL Course fees is given in our web page of the same name, it is appropriate nonetheless to mention, as we do below, the actual monetary value of the modules which are wholly unique to our course, and which we now provide to all trainees without additional charge.
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The materials depicted here include (in addition to many other valuable teacher aids not given in other training courses), THE TEACHER'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR MODULE and THE TEACHER'S LANGUAGE COMPARISON MODULE for customizing instruction for every Target Learner Group need, combined value U.S. $675.00. Plus, added just recently, our package now includes without extra charge our TEFL Diploma Course, Part II (with free textbook): Teaching English to Young Learners valued at U.S. $660.00, for a total ADDED course benefit of $1,335.00. (Do note, however, that neither the Language Comparison Module nor the Grammar Module is currently available for separate purchase.)
But enough of the 'money talk!' The following is the course content description and explanation that you came here to learn about.
In discussing this, it is important for you to realize that most persons teaching English abroad are teaching student groups who all share, or who mostly share, the same native language, and that we call such a class a 'Target Learner Group'.
There is a reason that we emphasize this point, and that is that while many teacher training courses stress teaching all, or nearly all, learners of English in almost exactly the same way, we know that if their teachers are not focused on the basic linguistic differences between their students' language and English, they are not looking at the entire 'bag' of learning problems their students (their 'Target Learner Group') have, nor on what has caused them. It's like shooting at a target blindfolded (forgive the imagery): Sooner or later (generally between a half-year and four years down the road), these students' teachers may begin to figure out both of these things and find a way to help. We can only hope that further on other training courses will begin to recognize this student need and will accommodate it in their training, at least when their graduates are going to be teaching EFL learners.Such a problem on the part of a teacher is, in fact, wholly needless, and the solutions are easy! Indeed, through the simple techniques taught in our course, you will learn how you can actually walk into a classroom of new students you have never met before and know in advance, and almost completely, what learning problems they have and what to do to help them. (Note that teachers do NOT have to actually know or speak their students' language to be able to do this!)
There are generally aggravated learning problems that have to be overcome, in the case of Asian students of English in particular. Most Asian learners, such as the Thais and multiple other nationalities, don't give themselves a chance to practice what they have already learned about our language. Indeed, most simply WILL NOT use English daily in speaking, reading or writing if it can be avoided, because, at the most basic level, they regard it as a foreign language that may later have its place, but which does not have to be used now. Our course accommodates these learners exceedingly well also, and actually gets students using our language rapidly!
To assist our teacher trainees to become proficient in all of these ways, as well as in all the 'standard' ways taught by other courses and types of courses (mainly through disposable sheets), our own course consists of six Library of Congress copyrighted Modules which are described as follows. Please note that although ALL of our course Modules, including the invaluable TEYL module included as a recent addition, are crucial to you in becoming an effective teacher of English as a foreign or second language (in the process maximizing your income at all times), none of these are more important than Module Three of our course, which is the 'Language Comparison Module' we have referred to, and Module Five, 'The Teacher's Grammar Module', as these are what set our course apart from all other training programs:
Module Three: Thai Problems in Learning English: Insightful Consideration of Differencesbetween Thai and English as the Origin of Many Learning Problems. (This Module, through linguistic comparision and contrast of the Thai language with English and vice versa unlocks the sum of Thai learning problems with English and what caused them, as well as what measures a teacher can take to help students overcome the problems. This is more than just a way of helping Thai students, however, as the principles taught here apply to any Target Learner Group in the world, such as native speakers of Arabic, to whom in the back of Module Three our trainees also are prepared to teach successfully! A crucial part of the Module Three teaching system also included with your course modules is the Pronunciation CD.This illustrates how you can help your students improve their pronunciation dramatically, and, of course, their listening comprehension at the same time.
Module Five: English Grammar in Communications: An Important "Portrait Summary" for EFL Instructors, with Special Emphasis on Asian Learner Group Need. This is the English grammar review needed by persons who were not excluded from our course just because they could not remember, or had not learned, the grammatical terminology and parts of speech in English well enough to be able to explain things to students. This is also the English grammar you will need to help you explain grammatical elements and structures to your students quickly, efficiently and accurately, so that you can get them right back into their conversation lesson. (We are in the classroom to get them talking, after all, not to lecture about grammar for an hour or two!) Finally, this is grammar explained in the way you will need to know it in order to help Thais and other Asian learners overcome their unique problems. It's not hard; it's actually fun, if you do not try to memorize the whole book all at one time!
Module Two: The Need for Grammatical Knowledge by the EFL Teacher; and What's in theBooks? Practice in Finding and Teaching the Grammatical Skills and Structure of EFL Dialogs.
Module Four, Unit 1: How Students Learn – Preparing the Environment. Elements of learning theory; environmental factors; the different roles of teachers; the different personality types of students; cultural imperatives for the teacher trainees; principles of teaching; Class Control; Teacher Faults; Job Aids for Course Preparation, and many, many other essential subject areas.
Module Four, Unit 2: Successful Lesson Planning. 120 pages to make sure you have a good "flight plan" when you step into the classroom! The most complete lesson planning materials of any teaching certificate training course.
Module Four, Unit 3: Effective classroom techniques. Setting up a a productive learning environment and constructing a really good lesson plan are crucial. However, nothing will work if there isn't a lot of fun going on in the classroom! This unit contains a wealth of fun role plays, games and interactive situations to get everyone in the classroom involved and having fun. (Everything else disappears, in the students' minds: The are learning English and they're having fun. That's all that matters to them!)
Module Six: Teaching in the "Real World": Practical Tips, Guidelines and Readings to Ensure Success in EFL Teaching. Something else missing from most teacher training programs! What to do if you have to substitute teach for a friend who is sick (and didn't leave a lesson plan); how to teach from another teacher's lesson plan; how to correct students' mistakes without destroying their confidence; how to teach children; how to teach private students; how to teach business English: indeed, everything you need to know to go and teach successfully in the real world of EFL! That's what it's all about, isn't it?
The TEFL Diploma Course Part II ('Module Seven'): Teaching English to Young Learners.This indispensable module covers child learning theory; how to teach in children's schools, especially Thai and other Asian schools; what to prepare for; lesson planning for young learners; classroom control; choosing and using teacher materials; conducting fun games and role plays, as well as pair and group work; where you should be in the classroom; the vital need for a sense of humor; how to teach larger classes; how to control your teaching situation and get on well with school owners, principals, administrators and other Asian teachers; getting shy students to talk; correcting student errors, and all the other chunks and bits of information you will need to know to be a happy and well-paid teacher of children!
Finally, we include among your
module materials, the
elementary level of Raymond Murphy's famous book, Essential
Grammar in Use.
The result of all this caring preparation on our behalf is best illustrated by the fact that our course certificate is readily and gratefully accepted by quality schools of all levels everywhere, sometimes even before our graduates are able to apply for work in person! Indeed, not only do our graduates find excellent work in Thailand, we also have graduates who are teaching on every continent of the globe except Antarctica – currently in over 30 different nations altogether.
In short, our courses are usually remembered very fondly by graduates, partly because of the fact that, instead of teaching sheets, they were given real teacher training books that they can refer to at any time, forever. The following teacher's unsolicited remarks illustrate this fact most eloquently:
" Hi James,
Ruth here. I'm still in Korea teaching at a 'hagwon' and have been meaning to email you for some time. After two years of teaching under my belt I have now realised that this has become my calling. It's a job that I love and it's all due to the outstanding training and content of your course. I have such fond memories of my time in Thailand, memories that I will never forget. Moreover the training that you give to potential teachers enables them to travel and teach anywhere in the world. Thank you for this gift James. I will treasure my freedom and new found joy in life." — Sincerely, Ruth B.
What will you do? if you wish to read on about our Diploma Course, please do so! However, if you would like to start off with just our TEFL Certificate Course, then all you need to do is...
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(Finally, earn a full TEFL Diploma Course qualification and documentation
at any point after completing our TEFL Certificate course!)
NOTE: Currently, Enrollees in our TEFL Certificate Course are given free of charge the text and materials of Part II of our TEFL Diploma Course, Teaching English to Young Leaners, as an added part of the Certificate Course. Thus, the fees for Part I of this course are just 1/2 the full Diploma Course amount. See Our TEFL Course Fees for full instructions on how to enroll.) For any further information or explanation, please feel free to email our Academy Director, Mr James Parmelee, or contact him by other means as shown here.
Finally, you may be sure that, of all TEFL Diploma programs
in the world, ours is at once the most unique, the most practical, the
most affordable and the shortest. It is not difficult to describe the
difference between a TEFL Certificate Course and a TEFL Diploma Course:
The former is to train people and give them the skills and confidence
to teach conversational English as a foreign or second language to
non-English speaking countries. The emphasis is, and must be, on
conducting successful conversation classes, as that is the most urgent
need for all foreign learners of English. It does not, and cannot,
train teachers to teach more specialized English classes, however.
A TEFL Diploma Course, on the other hand, comes after the Certificate Course, and is concerned with teacher development. In other words, it is designed to help already-trained teachers to improve and continue to improve and grow throughout their entire careers, in terms of teaching methods, techniques and cutting edge knowledge. It focuses teachers on how to improve, what techniques other teachers use and how successful these are, and on what new teaching discoveries have made that can be applied to one's own students. Such courses could be, for example, the Cambridge DELTA (Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults) Course, which is conducted online for about six months (an approach we do not quite approve of), and the Trinity Diploma Course which can run as long as two years to complete. Other diploma courses (heavily burdened by intensive educational theory) typically run 12 weeks, and still do not focus well, if at all, on the teaching of advanced skills courses.
Most such courses, and a number of others, are worthy of the study, particularly if one aspires to write one's own textbook materials and/or aspires to share knowledge that has been learned with others as a speaker at a TESOL Conference. However, in the real world that we share with teachers who need to maximize their earnings, and who in order to achieve that need must develop skills in teaching very highly-paid English classes other than just conversation, we see a diploma course as an Advanced Skills Diploma Course, that facilitates teacher development in the most important sense...
in order to be successful in both their lives and their careers.
this approach, teachers trained through our course become focused of
their own accord on their professional development, and on all of the
new cutting edge developments that are being made in the EFL/ESL
world. In other words, we minimize theory in the course by giving trainees the advanced skills they will need to best advance
both themselves and their students, while at the same time motivating
them to continue on their path of self-improvement. They
will develop themselves, and many, we have little doubt, will end up as
authors of teaching materials and speakers at any TESOL conferences
they might choose to address.
The Diploma Course Content. The content of our Advanced Skills Diploma Course is of two divisions:
1. The Career Studies Division. In order to get the best jobs, EFL and ESL users of English must have very high levels of English ability, ititially just to enable them to study in universities abroad. It is vital that such students take and pass either the TOEFL (Test of English as a Foreign Language) Exam or the IELTS (International English Language Testing System) Exam at a high level in order to achieve this objective. Unfortunately, very few English native-speaking teachers in Asia have been trained or are otherwise qualified to teach these students, with two very unfortunate results: The quality of teaching is very poor, resulting in low test scores; and there simply are not enough teachers around to meet the demand.
Another type of course is required to enable Asian students to obtain work in the airline industry in such jobs as air hostesses, check-in clerks, accountants, baggage handlers, controllers or pilots. This latter group prepare for their employment by taking the TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) Exam, though this test is also administered to persons throughout the business community as a gauge of how well staff are able to understand and relate to foreigners using English.
Still other teaching needs are courses to help students with their study skills, reading skills, writing skills and listening skills. Business English, per se, must also be taught, and taught well, to enable staff to do their jobs effectively and advance their positions. And students with special needs require teachers with ESP (English for Special Purposes) skills such as, for example, how to locate companies, set up appointments with managers, and powerfully present proposals to foreign company executives, while they are traveling outside their own country.
2. The Young Learner Division. A TEYL (Teaching English to Young Learners) Course is a very valuable block of training for anyone aspiring to teach English successfully to young children. While such a course is not mandatory, and our own TEFL Certificate Course provides enough substantial information to enable one to embark on teaching children, most teachers would prefer more specialized and intensive knowledge, in order to teach as well as they are capable of teaching, and to acquire the the best-paying jobs. This is why we currently offer this part of our TEFL Diploma Course as a complementary addition to our Certificate Course. Unfortunately, most such TEYL Courses are quite rare in Asia, and this division of our Advanced Skills Diploma Program fills that void with a pleasant, but comprehensive, internal course. Therefore, if you are planning on teaching English to children, or accept that that may be the best English teaching job you may be able to get for the time being, it would be a very good idea to apply yourself to the TEYL part of your TEFL Certificate Course, and take advantage of this free offer!
All of the above skills, and many more, are what you will acquire if you complete the Career Studies Division of our TEFL Advanced Skills Diploma Course (in addition to Part II, the Young Learners Division described immediately above, which is included automatially in our TEFL Certificate Course). See Our TEFL Course Fees for full instructions, details, and price savings on how to enroll in and complete Part I (for half price and at your own pace!) after you have completed Part II by simply doing our TEFL Certificate Course. For any further information or explanation, please feel free to email our Academy Director, Mr James Parmelee, or contact him by other means as shown here.
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