ITTC Certificate in TESOL
ITTC Certificate in TESOL is an initial certificate course in Teaching English Language to Speakers of Other Languages, often known as TEFL. It is designed for speakers of other languages who have an Upper Intermediate (B2 CEFR) level of English. It is for people who have little or no experience in the English language classroom, or for current English teachers who want a more solid foundation to their teaching. It is awarded by ITTC but follows the same programme as the Cambridge CELTA. You will be attached to a group of teacher trainees on a CELTA course at ITTC and will have the same course content, except for teaching practice, in which you will only teach at lower levels. In four weeks, you should acquire the skills, knowledge and experience to teach with confidence, and get the satisfaction of knowing you’re doing a great job for your students.
If you would like to start your career teaching English language, or are already a teacher but want to gain a qualification to give you a more solid foundation in your teaching, the ITTC Certificate in TESOL may be exactly the course for you. It is very practical in nature and you will teach our highly-motivated multinational adult learners from week one. The input sessions and assignments are also very practical, all helping you develop language awareness and teaching skills to benefit your lessons. The course is very rewarding but it also requires a lot of effort from you during the course. However, your fellow trainees and course tutors will always be there to provide guidance and support. During the four weeks, as well as attending the course, you’ll also need to spend some time in the evenings and at weekends on your lesson preparation and assignments, but you will have free time to see Bournemouth and other parts of the UK, perhaps on our social programme excursions, organised through BEET Language Centre.
For the ITTC Certificate in TESOL, there is a thorough interview procedure. When you apply, we will send you an interview task, with questions to help us see your language level, language awareness and teaching ideas. Your own level of English must be at least Upper Intermediate (B2 CEFR). Then we will discuss your task with you at interview, either here in Bournemouth, by phone or over the internet, and you can ask any questions you have about the course and ITTC. It’s important to note that we want you to be as successful as possible so we will only offer you a place if we firmly believe it is the right course for you!
The ITTC Certificate in TESOL is designed to teach you the principles of effective teaching, provide a range of practical skills for planning and teaching English to adult learners, and give you lots of hands-on teaching practice.
The course consists of:
- Two daily input sessions
- Lesson planning guidance
- 6 hours teaching practice
- Reflection and feedback sessions
- 6 hours observation of experienced teachers with real classes
You’ll cover the following syllabus areas:
- Learners and teachers and the teaching and learning context
- Language analysis and awareness
- Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing
- Planning and resources for different teaching contexts
- Developing teaching skills and professionalism
There will be no formal assessment of you on the course and no exam at the end. However, you will receive detailed feedback and guidance on your planning, teaching and reflection, and on four classroom-related written assignments. There are lots of opportunities for you to discuss your progress with a tutor, in feedback sessions and individual tutorials, so as to provide support, encouragement and guidance on areas to develop. When you have completed the course, you receive your ITTC Certificate in TESOL, stating all the areas you have covered, as well as your ITTC written report, indicating your strengths, any areas to work on, and overall progress.
The full-time ITTC Cert TESOL lasts 4 weeks and is very intensive, but very rewarding. As well as attending the whole course, you’ll also need to spend time in the evenings and at weekends on your lesson preparation and assignments. The following is an example to give you an indication of your typical weekly timetable.
Here are comments our recent graduates wanted to share:
“I had useful and fun time at ITTC. All the staff were helpful and could be found anytime I needed them. They understood our difficult situation. Most importantly, I learnt many things from this course which are going to change my professional life in future.” Haneen, Saudi Arabia