School Details - London High Holborn
The school is located is a large central London language school based in 2 adjacent buildings: one on High Holborn and the other on Catton St. The school has been providing affordable English courses to students from all over the world for over 20 years and has, since 2009, run Cert TESOL courses
Forget school. Forget university. This is the course that you will remember for the rest of your life. It's fun, it's fast paced and, yes, it's hard work. But it's worth it. Being a good teacher is good, but being a great teacher is, well, great.
This is an exciting week when everyone gets to know each other. It's full of new experiences for everyone so relax, get rid of your inhibitions and enjoy yourself.
You'll explore: a) the basic principles and practices of language, language learning and language teaching, b) different approaches to presenting language, grammar and phonology, c) ways to use the classroom creatively, d) what classroom activities are most effective and, e) what's actually going on in a student's brain while you're teaching them.
Weeks Two to Four
We have various sessions during these weeks. They'll be delivered as Interactive Workshops. These are always a very interesting and engaging way to learn. Subjects we'll cover are: a) using texts and voice recordings in class, b) Second Language Acquisition applications for the classroom, c) Other approaches to presenting new language, d) error correction, e) further language awareness, g) teaching young learners, h) using video, I) task-based instruction, j) Humanistic approaches, k) testing and assessment and l) classroom management.
You'll also get some invaluable teaching practice in a safe and supportive environment. The lessons will be planned by you, but don't panic: you'll be given tons of help from our very experienced, highly-qualified and very friendly tutors.
Lessons start in Week Two when you'll teach four thirty-minute lessons.
In both Weeks Three and Four, you'll teach two one-hour lessons.
Your Tutor will give you verbal and written feedback after every lesson. Your colleagues will chip in too. But don't worry feedback is always given in a collaborative and supportive manner. We're all in this together.
You will also be given four written assignments on the course: a) the Language Learner Profile, b) The Unknown Natural Language report, c) ongoing Teaching Practice Evaluation, and d) a Materials Assignment.
These vary in length from 1,000 to 3,000 words. But once again don't panic. You'll receive you loads of support and guidance.
Finally (phew!) you'll have a take-home exam towards the end of the course. It's designed to help you bring together all the strands of the course.
You'll also receive four hours of instruction in a language that's completely unknown to you. Why? Because there's no better way for you to experience how your future students will sometimes feel. Vulnerable. Baffled. And excluded. Bless them.
Once you've found a great place to study in London, you may also need to find a great place to live. This school can help with any type of accommodation and trainees can stay either in our nearby student residence (Raleigh House) or in a homestay.
The vast majority of week 1 will consist of input sessions. Thereafter the days are divided between input (mornings) and teaching practice (afternoons).
Great school and top-notch quality of trainers. Very informative course - prepared me very well for my current TEFL job.
- Alexander Jeffery - September 2014
That I really have enjoyed the course. Matt is a fantastic young teacher. Thank you for your support these last weeks. Your service is great!
- Margriet Nieuwenkamp-Leest - July 2011
Excellent facilities and very good tuition. Good breadth of content and excellent introduction to TEFL.
- Colin Thompson - March 2011
The course was just perfect for what i needed to know about teaching English abroad and I am very glad i did it.
Absolutely brilliant. the teacher seemed to have lots of experience and he was helpful at any time.
The trainers on the course were absolutely superb. I've already recommended the school to all my friends.
I really want to thank the tutors for being so inspirational. The school is beautiful in every way.
-Luis Fernando Pereira-
Help for Jobs
A Trinity CertTESOL qualification is your passport to teaching in some of the best schools worldwide. Trinity accredited TESOL courses are internationally renowned and respected. If, having finished your course, you decide you'd like to teach in London, you could walk straight into a job teaching at the school's sister company (The school guarantees a working placement to all our graduates in the school). Based in Holborn, this large, successful language school is always looking for talented teachers and reserves places throughout the year for the school's brightest stars. Alternatively, if you've got your sights set on a job further afield, the school also has great partnerships with charities, NGOs and teaching establishments, offering the chance of jobs all around the world.
How to Apply
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