English Language Teaching (ELT) Foundation Course

You wouldn’t learn to drive without getting in a car. Likewise, it’s essential any teacher training course provides you with guided practice in teaching real foreign students.

What is the TEFL Foundation? 

A weekend course in English Language Teaching (TEFL)

How long is it? 

15 hours over a Saturday and Sunday

Who will I teach?

Real foreign students, with lots of guidance from expert trainers

What will I learn about?

How to teach grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation

How to give clear instructions and feedback

Classroom activities you can use with your students

The ELT industry in the UK and around the world

How much is it?

£175 including lunch on Saturday and refreshments

Course Overview

The ITTC TEFL Foundation Course is an excellent entry point to the English Language Teaching industry. In 2 days, you will learn about language, teaching and the profession around the world today. You will also experience what it is like to be a student leaning a language and, most importantly, you will actually teach genuine overseas students in a real classroom.

On completion of the course you will receive an ITTC TEFL Foundation Certificate. You can also ask for expert advice on any TEFL-related matter and on taking your teacher training further.


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ITTC Tutors

ITTC tutors are all approved by the University of Cambridge. They are highly qualified with a huge amount of experience in teaching, training and management, with many being experienced Cambridge assessors, Directors of Studies, IELTS examiners and examiner trainers.

Guide to Choosing a Teacher Training Course 

Choosing a Teacher Training course can be a complicated business. To help you make sure you select the right one for you, we have produced, including questions to ask any Teacher Training Centre. If you have any questions for us, we’d be only too happy to answer them. Feel free to come into the centre or get in touch through the contact details below.


TKT Cambridge ESOL Teaching Knowledge Test

Intended for all teachers, whatever their background and teaching experience, and also suitable for people who would like to teach English but do not yet have a teaching position.

Key Facts
Course codeTKT
Entry DatesPlease consult the school
LevelIntermediate writer and speaker

(Level B1 for non-native speakers)

Course Length2 weeks
Attendance per week30 lessons per week
Class Size15 for input




To increase teachers’ confidence and enhance job prospects by focusing on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners, anywhere in the world.


Entry Requirements

There are no formal entry requirements. Applicants are strongly advised to have at least an intermediate level of English (level B1 on the CEFR).



TKT has three core modules.

Module One

Covers language and the background to language learning and teaching.

Modle Two 

Covers the planning of lessons and use of resources for language teaching.

Module Three

Covers the management of the teaching and learning process.

Each module is assessed by an 80-minute exam consisting of 80 objective questions which require you to select the correct answer and mark this on a computerised answer sheet.

There is no Pass/Fail. Every candidate receives a certificate for each module taken.



The full-time course is available to closed groups of teachers, lasts two weeks and is highly intensive. Each week candidates will have 20 lessons on teaching methodology, followed by 10 lessons of guided self-study preparing for the Teaching Knowledge Test.

TimesMonday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 
09.00 – 10.20Types of ErrorOanguage systems GrammarTypes of ErrorTypes of SyllabusLearner needs
10.20 – 10.50Break
10.50 – 12.20Error Responses & AttitudeEvaluation & AssessmentInteraction PatternsLanguage systems GrammarVisual Aids Supplementary Materials
12.20 – 14.15Lunch
14.15 – 16.15Guided Self-study for TKT examination


This is an example of a week’s timetable for a TKT course to give you an idea of what is in store for you if you come on the course. Remember that the timetable on your course is unlikely to be exactly the same as this one.


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Cambridge ESOL Teaching Knowledge Test


TKT: CLIL tests knowledge about content teaching in a target language, and the learning, thinking and language skills which are developed across different curriculum subjects. TKT: CLIL tests knowledge of lesson planning and the understanding of activities and resources needed to support a CLIL approach. It also tests knowledge of lesson delivery and how assessment is carried out in CLIL contexts.

Cambridge ICELT Courses

Key Facts

Course Code:RC / RC+4 / RC+8
Qualification:ICELT: Module 1
Entry Dates:Weekly from late June to
early August
Level:Upper-Intermediate writer
and speaker (Level B2)
Course Length:2 – 4 weeks (min / max)
Attendance Per Week:RC: 20 lessons per week + use of self-access suite

RC+: 20 lessons +4 or 8 x 45 min options lessons per week

Class Size:16 for RC input
12 for Options classes


ICELT Syllabus

Intended for speakers of any language who are teaching, or intend to teach, English. The courses bring together teachers from many different countries and present the opportunity for you to share ideas and experiences, which has proved a very popular feature of training at ITTC.


To improve your command of English, develop insights into language teaching methodology and provide a range of practical classroom ideas.

Entry Requirements – Applicants should normally:

  • have experience of teaching English as a foreign language


  • have gained a teaching qualification in their own country and are considering a career in English language teaching.
  • have a level of written and spoken English which enables them to participate fully in the course (level B2 on the CEFR).


The course takes place during June, July and August or at other times subject to a minimum of six participants. It is designed for both primary and secondary school teachers, is very practical in content and consists of 20 x 45-minute sessions per week of language improvement and methodology plus 5 hours per week of self-access study in the multi-media centre. You may also be able to attend teaching practice given by candidates studying for the University of Cambridge CELTA for 2 hours each afternoon.

For each self-contained week, the programme will be drawn from selected areas of methodology and language. Participants complete a pre-course questionnaire which allows us to add areas of methodology and language of your choice. The following provides an indication of the range of topics available:

  • language development in grammar, vocabulary and phonology
  • current idiomatic use of English
  • exploiting current language teaching materials
  • developing learners’ spoken and written skills
  • ideas for teaching vocabulary, grammar and functions
  • incorporating phonology into language teaching
  • working with video and computers
  • role-play and simulation in language teaching


Example Timetable

09:00-10:20Evaluation and correction of lerners’ spoken language
(*Task 1)
Selecting and evaluating speaking activities
(*Task 4)
Setting up and conducting effective fluency tasks
(*Task 4)
Adapting or creating materials for teaching grammar
(*Task 5)
Adapting or creating reading tasks
(*Task 5)
10:20-10:50 Coffee Break
(*Task 1)
(*Task 1)
Observation of BEET teachersAdapting or creating writing tasks
(*Task 5)
Adapting or creating materials for teaching vocabulary
(*Task 5)
14:15-16:30Guided self-studyTP:
speaking activities
speaking activities
Watch video recording of TP (*Tasks 2 & 4)

This is an example of a week’s timetable to give you an idea of what is in store for you if you come on the course. Remember that the timetable on your course is unlikely to be exactly the same as this one. * Assessed tasks for ICELT: Module One.

Erasmus+ Funding

ITTC PIC Number: 943855009

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You can obtain funding for ITTC courses through the Erasmus+ programme. From 2014, this has replaced Comenius funding and one major difference is that you now need to apply for funding through your school, college or institution – so speak to the person in charge where you work and ask them to support your application.

The deadline for applications is 17 March 2014, and you can find all the details in the Erasmus+ guide

What to do:

1. Talk to the person in your school who is responsible for staff development about EU funding and the course you want to take.

2. Find which course(s) would be right for you and your school. (For a list of our courses, look here)

3. Read through the Erasmus+ Programme Guide (http://www.Erasmusplus.org.uk/sites/default/files/erasmus-plus-programme-guide_en.pdf )

4. Your school / organisation needs to submit a European Development Plan for one or two years, in line with the EU 2020 Education, Training, Youth and Sport Proposal. Part of this plan will be asking for grants for teachers to attend training courses at ITTC.

5. If your organisation is not already registered with the Research & Innovation Participant Portal, then do this now. You can do this here: http://ec.europa.eu/research/participants/portal/desktop/en/organisations/register.html

Erasmusplus in the UK provides a guide to help you with this.

This process will give you a PIC number, which you will need for your application.

6. When you have your PIC number you can compete your application form. The application forms should be available some time in January 2014, but you can see draft forms here: http://ec.europa.eu/programmes/erasmus-plus/documents/form/school_education_staff_mobility_en.pdf

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ITTC Certificate in TESOL

Key Facts

Course Code:CTESOL
Qualification:ITTC Certificate in TESOL
Entry Dates:12 times per year
Level:Independent writer and
speaker (Level B2 CEFR)
Course Length:4 weeks
Attendance Per Week:40 hours average
Class Size:15 for input / 5 for teaching practice

Intended for speakers whose first language is not English hoping to gain some experience in teaching English language learners.


To provide introductory training for those with little or no previous experience of teaching languages.

Entry Requirements – As a candidate, you should normally:

  • be a minimum of 20 years old;
  • have completed secondary education;
  • have a level of written and spoken English which enables you to follow the course (level B2 on the CEFR).


You will be attached to one of the CELTA courses running at ITTC and will follow exactly the same programme as the CELTA candidates except in the teaching practice, where you will only teach at lower levels.

The course is highly practical in emphasis and will require a lot of hard work and commitment from you. Input sessions each morning will help you develop your own language awareness, become familiar with the principles and practice of effective English language teaching and create ideas for you during supervised teaching practice.

You will also complete a number of written assignments to show your ability to analyse language, evaluate materials and assess learners’ language.

You will have the opportunity to discuss your work in detail during your individual tutorials.

An ITTC Certificate in TESOL is awarded on successful completion of the course.


The full-time course lasts four weeks and is highly intensive. Teaching practice and lesson observation take place at the Centre.

Example Timetable

09:00-10:20Course IntroductionReceptive SkillsVocabularyPronunciationLesson Planning
10:20-10:50 Coffee Break
10:50-12:10Language Awareness OverviewLanguage LessonsClassroom ManagementObservationThe Learner
12:20-13:15Feedback & Preparation/Guidance for Teaching Practice (TP)
13:15-14:15Lunch Break
14:15-16:30Teaching Practice
HomeworkLanguage Task EvaluationMaterialsFocus on the Learner

This is an example of a week’s timetable to give you an idea of what is in store for you if you come on the course. Remember that the timetable on your course is unlikely to be exactly the same as this one. * Assessed tasks for ICELT: Module One.


For decades, ITTC has offered a wide range of English language teacher training courses for both first and second language speakers of English of all levels of experience.
Go further in your teaching career with ITTC!

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