School Details - London Greenwich
The school is located in the heart of historic Greenwich, which is only 18 minutes from Charing Cross, 10 minutes from London Bridge and 18 minutes from Bank (DLR). Regular bus services stop right outside the School. Our location combines ease of access to central London and the benefits of working in one of London's most atmospheric towns. The centre has become well known for it's friendly and welcoming atmosphere.
Studying the TESOL at this school offers the following advantages:
We offer support for each trainee from the point of acceptance on the course, including the opportunity to observe school lessons prior to starting the course, through the course itself and throughout your professional life.
An average of eight hours' of observed teaching practice. The Trinity College stipulation is a minimum of six hours whereas some of our trainees have reached ten hours.
Small tuition groups (maximum ten trainees) mean that we can provide a personalized service that caters to your individual needs
Full participation in the daily life of a successful language school with a reputation for friendliness and quality.
Access to computer and library facilities, including a separate CertTESOL library and the School's staffroom library.
Help in job-finding and ongoing support throughout your career.
An accommodation service for trainees from outside the area.
Easy parking close to the school and good public transport connections
A dedicated team of trainers and tutors available throughout the day for support and advice.
Due to the intensive tuition of any certificate course there is a fair degree of stress on trainees. The support of the tutors is the key factor in this area and the team assembled at Greenwich will work to ensure any difficulties are dealt with immediately.
General Course Aims
This four week course leads to the award of the Trinity Certificate in TESOL. Along with the Cambridge CELTA, this is the most widely accepted qualification for teachers of EFL/ESOL, with recognition from schools and colleges worldwide and bodies such as the British Council and the QCA. You can anticipate a demanding but enjoyable month, at the end of which you will have the tools and the confidence to take up a first TESOL position either in the UK or abroad.
Successful trainees will be able to demonstrate the following on completion of the course:
-Knowledge of the main phonological, lexical and syntactic features of contemporary English
-Ability to create and maintain interest and motivate your learners
-Ability to prepare your lessons with recognizable and achievable aims
-Ability to evaluate and adapt up to date published materials and create your own simple teaching aids
-Broad understanding of the main advantages and disadvantages of various language teaching approaches
-Ability to evaluate the effectiveness of your own teaching
-Awareness of how your career might develop after the course
The course consists of four weeks of daily input sessions. School days generally last from 09.30 until 17.00, Monday to Friday, although some courses may be completed on slightly different hours. Additionally, there are course assignments, which will need to be completed at home in the evening and at weekends.
As this indicates, the course is extremely demanding and challenging.
However, the vast majority of trainees find the overall experience to be a rewarding and exhilarating one. Owing to the admissions requirements outlined below, we anticipate that the vast majority of trainees will successfully complete the course and gain the certificate. However, failure to meet the criteria as laid out at the start of the course will results in a fail grade
The course consists of several different components:
Input sessions with course tutors These take place during the morning and will examine both theoretical and practical aspects of EFL teaching, introducing techniques that can be applied to your own lessons. There will also be slots dedicated to the study of grammar, pronunciation and other aspects of the English language.
Each trainee completes a minimum of six hours supervised classroom teaching. Classes consist of a minimum of six people and are composed of multi-lingual students already enrolled in the school who attend on a 'Free Lesson' basis. Generally we will be able to offer more teaching slots to interested trainees.
You will be required to observe several lessons taught at the School in order to further trainee's ability to assess teacher performance. There are also opportunities to observe lessons prior to the commencement of the course.
Unknown Language Training
You will spend four hours learning an unknown language during the course to help you appreciate the problems faced by learners and encourage you to analyze your own reactions to the experience.
You will spend several hours interviewing, teaching and analyzing the language capabilities and study style of a student on a one to one basis.
You will be asked to complete a series of journals relating to the components above to help you analyze and reflect upon them.
There is no formal exam at the end of the course. However, trainees take a Language Awareness test in the final week and have the opportunity to meet a Trinity Moderator on the last day of the course.
The school provides accommodation options to trainees who do not live locally. Not all options are available on a year-round basis so you need to check to confirm availability.
A single room with a host family on a half-board basis costs £170 per week (bed and breakfast is £160 per week). A single room in a shared apartment costs £185 per week. A basic single standard room (en suite) on a self-catering basis in a student residence costs (en suite) on a self-catering basis in a student residence costs £235 per week.
A genuinely memorable and rewarding experience. I felt very well guided and supported throughout my time at this school. The trainers were fantastic - friendly, open, genuine people who were clearly experienced in the industry and willing to impart their wisdom. I enjoyed the course immensely and took a strong sense of accomplishment from it.
The trainers were excellent, very friendly and always willing to help with a query even if they were busy. They each had a different style, and really knew what they were talking about.
Although it was a lot of hard work, the four week period went quickly and the whole experience was enjoyable.
I thought the trainers were excellent. They were very knowledgable and professional but always approachable. The course was very well organised and there was a good balance between theory and practical experience. It was well structured in that you were gradually eased into teaching practice, which I very much enjoyed.
I thought the course was structured very well and the timetable was well planned and enabled everything to be completed on time. The trainers were all fantastic. They were very friendly and supportive throughout the course. They were very approachable and always willing to give advice.
Help for Jobs
This school is a major employer in the UK, particularly with regards to summer schools where 500 centre staff are needed annually. They have developed a network of contacts from their experiences outside the UK and can advise on most countries and direct to reliable employers in the major markets. They also offer a post-course trainee reference service.
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.