School Details - Hong Kong TEFL
Ideally situated in Sheung Wan, adjacent to Central and one of Hong Kong Island's most interesting districts, the school was established in Hong Kong in 1997, Macau in 2001, and Shenzhen in 2003. This is a teacher-operated organisation committed to providing a wide range of courses and services dedicated to improving standards of English and English teaching in the Asia-Pacific region.
As the Lonely Planet guide says, "This entrepreneurial, irrepressible city means different things to different people. For some it is the view from the Peak by day or Hong Kong Island's skyline by night as the skyscrapers flash their neon rainbows, competing like tetchy cuttlefish to out-display each other. It can be about a lingering morning of tea and bite-sized dim sum, or a multidish Chinese banquet. Others hikers, birders, climbers say nothing beats the Hong Kong countryside for its beauty, facilities and accessibility.
It is all these things, of course, a city of teeming streets and empty wilderness, dazzling modernity and traditional observances. Brash, buccaneering and Westernised, yet conservatively minded and Chinese to its core, Hong Kong surprises, delights and confounds with its cheerful contradictions and energetic inconsistency."
The Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) is a teaching qualification which will enable you to teach English to people whose first language is not English. If you seriously want to become an ESOL teacher and look for international job opportunities, you need a recognised qualification validated by an international examinations board. The Trinity Certificate in TESOL is one of the worlds most respected and sought after initial qualifications in teaching English to speakers of other languages.
The Trinity CertTESOL is accredited at Level 5 on the National Qualifications Framework (the NQF) by the Qualifications and Curriculum Development Agency (QCDA) in England. Level 5 is regarded as comparable in difficulty to the second year of an undergraduate degree, or to postgraduate degree programmes offered in the UK.
Unit 1: Teaching Skills, including six hours of teaching with real learners
Unit 2: Language Awareness, including grammar and phonology
Unit 3: Learner Profile, the preparation of a simple linguistic profile and needs analysis, including some basic phonemic transcription, of a single learner; the planning of, and reflection on, a one-to-one lesson and the preparation of recommendations for the learner’s future language development
Unit 4: Materials Assignment, written rationale for the development of two pieces of teaching material; written evaluation of use of these in classroom teaching; interview with a Trinity moderator to discuss the above and the ways in which materials development is beneficial to the development of teaching skills
Unit 5: Unknown Language, a journal covering reflective comments of four hours’ tuition in an unknown language from the point of view of the beginner, including an analysis of the key aspects of methods and classroom management that affect the learner positively and negatively
The full spectrum of accommodation options is covered in Hong Kong, one of Asia’s most accessible – and thrilling – cities.
The school can provide assistance in finding suitable accommodation, which you should book directly. Prices range from around HK $3000 per month to stratospheric, depending on your budget!
Tuesday and Thursday evenings and Saturday all day for 3 months. Plus the Sunday in the last weekend of the course which is moderation day.
Help for Jobs
The school provides ongoing career guidance, during and following the course. TESOL teachers are in constant demand in Hong Kong and abroad with positions advertised in local and national newspapers, magazines and on the internet. In Hong Kong, Macau and Mainland China, we often have part time and full time vacancies we can offer to our trainees; many successful candidates will be offered the chance to begin their teaching career almost immediately after completing the course.
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.