Can you describe a typical day? How is the TESOL course organised?

Typically, mornings are devoted to learning about teaching – how to manage groups, how to analyse language for teaching purposes, different approaches to pronunciation and so on.

The afternoon is devoted to putting it all into practice. Trainees are divided into small groups and these teaching practice groups work with their trainer to advance the learning of practice students. Trainees teach 2 different groups for 2 weeks each, guided each day by the trainer who is supervising them. The trainers endeavour to create a real-life teaching situation by having trainees work with contemporary published materials, keep attendance records and so on.

After teaching there is group or individual feedback, the opportunity to comment on what has been more or less successful and why. As well as learn from the experience of teaching and watching their peers, trainees also observe 8 live lessons taught by their trainers or other experienced teachers.

Sample timetable:

Every morning, from 9.00-13.30 the Lesson Preparation takes place before the teaching practice and Feedback. The Input Sessions take place in three sessions during the afternoon.

Below is a typical timetable for week 2 of the course.

Week Two 

9.00-13.30 Lesson Preparation, Teaching Practice and Feedback.
15.30-19.00 Input sessions:

  • Monday
  • Teaching Listening
  • Assignment Guidance: Learner Profile and Materials Project
  • Grammar 2
  • Tuesday
  • Creating your own Materials
  • Phonoly 2
  • Teaching Using Video
  • Wednesday
  • Phonology 3
  • Grammar 3
  • Teaching Speaking
  • Thursday
  • Job Slot – Working in EFL
  • Error Analysis
  • Error Correction

Start and end times, both of the day and of individual input sessions, may vary from course to course. However, the total hours spent in seminars and TP remains the same. There are no classes on Friday, Saturdays and Sundays.

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