On the eighth day of Christmas

…my CertTESOL gave to me…

As we mentioned before, Teaching Practice is the key component of the Trinity CertTESOL course.  During the five weeks, you’ll teach a minimum of six assessed hours with real language learners and you’ll also spend a further two hours working with an individual for the Learner Profile assignment.

The Learner Profile is the third assessed unit of the course and is a lengthy project in which you analyse the linguistic needs of your learner.  During the first hour you spend with them, you’ll do a series of tasks which will provide you with material to later analyse, thinking about their linguistic strengths and weaknesses as well as areas of the language they especially need in terms of functional language or topic-specific lexis.  This will help you prepare a one-hour, one-to-one lesson which is specifically tailored to this one learner’s needs.

Although eight hours of contact time with learners may seem like very little, remember that during the course you’ll be observing your peers teaching everyday and will also observe lessons taught by your tutors and other experienced teachers as part of a Guided Observation portfolio.

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