4-week TEFL Course La Fortuna, Costa Rica
SIT TESOL Certificate
There is an application fee of USD 50 to be paid to the school directly.
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This course comprises 130 hours of input and provides participants with professional knowledge and skills in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) as well as tools for their own reflection and growth as teachers.
The course provides practical training through teaching demonstrations, lesson planning and analysis, and practice teaching and feedback. Participants develop skills in teaching, speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar and culture. The course begins with a brief look at second language acquisition through the experience of being a learner. Participants then examine specific teaching areas each day, which they apply in their daily practice teaching of adult ESOL learners. Participants gain skills in analysis through examining their lessons with teacher trainers.
The TESOL course focuses on three main areas:
Participants engage in a language-learning experience in order to explore the relationship between language learning, teaching, and aspects of second language acquisition from the point of view of the learner. This experience provides the foundation for the examination of teaching practices.
Participants examine the theory and practice of planning, teaching, grammar, culture, and assessing lessons in the four skills (speaking, listening, reading, and writing) through experiential activities, teaching demonstrations, discussions, lesson planning, materials development, and readings.
Participants put their new knowledge and skills into practice through daily teaching sessions. Trainers observe and facilitate feedback sessions after these lessons. Participants learn to reflect on and assess their own teaching as well as to examine the teaching of their peers.
Graduates of the course find challenging teaching positions in the U.S. and abroad, or return to their current jobs with new skills and greater knowledge, awareness, and satisfaction. To facilitate networking, the course provider maintains a listserv that connects graduates of all the TESOL courses that it offers.
The course starts on a Sunday evening with dinner and an orientation session. The school runs an airport (San Jose) pickup on Sunday afternoon at 2pm.
There are a few accommodation options available:
- single and shared rooms at our school
-rooms with families in our town
- cabins near the school
Participants have shared or private rooms with shared baths. All housing has electricity, potable water, and Costa Rican style hot showers. Participants may have to walk up to 20 minutes from thier housing to the school.
In order to stay with a host family you would need to have high-intermediate Spanish language skills and outstanding time management skills.
Room, board (3 meals a day (Costa Rican style) plus snacks, 2 meals on weekends), use of laundry facilities, all materials needed for the course, use of computers and basic internet access, and roundtrip transportation from the airport in San Jose together cost US$700.
School Details - La Fortuna
The school premises are located on a farm in a small village near La Fortuna, Costa Rica. La Fortuna is a popular tourist destination because of the volcano and hot springs. The village, El Invu, has 400 people and though it is quiet, it is also full of life. Course participants teach students from this town and neighboring towns. Many people in the area want to learn English and feel a need to learn English for both work (many want to work with tourism, many want to further their studies in other
countries) and pleasure. The practice teaching English classes are free for the English language students.
Help for Jobs
We provide job counseling for all participants and access to our network of course graduates (600 from 17 countries) as well as the alumni network.
How to Apply
1. Choose the start date which interests you. If you’re still unsure, please choose an approximate date for now – you will be able to specify later.
2. Register your details with Cactus TEFL (1 minute) to help us track your application.
3. Download the application form and save it on your computer.
4. Complete it offline in your own time
5. Go back to www.cactustefl.com, sign in and submit your completed form.
You can also submit an application by email. We will explain how to do this on the application form. Please contact us if you have any problems with the application procedure.
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