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Preparing for the CELTA etc 15 practical suggestions on what you should do prior to taking any CELTA or similar TEFL certificate course 1. Learn a language This can help you put yourself in the shoes of your future students and get some ideas on what ways you like learning and therefore are most likely to choose when teaching. If possible, try studying in a monolingual class (one where English isn’t used), learn to use phonetic symbols in a dictionary (languages where the spelling is irregular like French are good for this), and learn as much grammar terminology as you can. Learning another script like Thai or Russian can also be good experience. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. Leave a comment...

AusELT Resource Wiki [licensed for non-commercial use only] / Home The #AusELT Resource Wiki has now been transferred to the #AusELT website: These wiki pages will be left as an archive for a short while, but are no longer being updated. Please visit the pages for current resources and links. CELTA Syllabus - Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages :: CHESTER School of English, Madrid :: CELTA Syllabus information - taken from the Cambridge ESOL CELTA Syllabus & Assessment Guidelines Course Aims The course enables candidates to: Candidates who complete the course successfully can begin working in a variety of ESOL teaching contexts around the world. Syllabus Overview This document outlines the syllabus and assessment criteria for CELTA. of prospective candidates and outlines both the subject knowledge and the pedagogic knowledge and skills required for beginner ESOL teachers. The syllabus consists of five specific topic areas: Assessment Overview CELTA is awarded to candidates who have completed the course and who have met the assessment criteria for all written and practical assignments. The overall assessment aims for each topic are that candidates should be able to: Assessment Framework There are two components: Syllabus Topic Details Topic 1 - Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context 1.1 Cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds 1.5 Varieties of English

Using the webcam to develop pronunciation - EnglishUp Developing students’ pronunciation is vitally important to help them achieve a good communicative speaking level. The best time to work on pronunciation is when we first introduce new language items such as grammatical structures, vocabulary or expressions. This should ensure that they learn them from good clear models and are able to include references to pronunciation features in their notes. The webcam can be a vital tool in helping to support our students’ pronunciation habits and helping them to ‘see’ how words and expressions are pronounced and what particular pronunciation features they need to be aware of. So here are a few tips and examples to help you use your webcam to help with your students’ pronunciation. Find out about Aptis for Teachers Syllables on fingers When learning new words and especially longer words, students often have problems identifying how many syllables the word contains and which syllables are stressed or emphasised. Showing contractions and catenation Best

Free EFL English resources for teachers & students: - #AusELT | Connecting ELT professionals in Australasia and beyond Certification Note: We mainly use the term TEFL on these pages but in most cases the terms TESOL/TESL could equally well be used. Frequently Asked Questions General What does “TEFL certification” mean? What’s the difference between a TEFL certificate and a TESOL certificate? What kinds of jobs can I get if I pass a TEFL certificate course? What TEFL certificate has the best name recognition? Are there any international accreditation bodies for TEFL certificates? How can I compare two (or more) different TEFL certificate courses? How can I tell if a course is really equivalent to a CELTA or not? I’ve heard that TEFL certificates aren’t really valued in the country/school that I want to work in/I won’t get any extra pay for having a TEFL certificate. My future boss says/The visa regulations say that any TEFL certificate will do. What TEFL certificates does the British Council accept? There are wildly differing reports online about the TEFL course that I plan to take. Why are TEFL courses so expensive?

Fluency activities for lower levels Tips Provide careful preparation – give lots of vocabulary practice and language practice beforehand.Offer visual support – a grid to follow, a table to complete or a series of picture cards to hold will help students focus and remember languageHalf an hour is too long. Short ten-minute bursts are better.Plan class management – everyone has to know what they are supposed to be doing or the class breaks down. Stem sentences Give students the first part of a sentence which they have to complete. On Sundays I usually ... Ask me more – improving conversation technique Each student writes four facts about themselves or their families/friends (guide this with your own examples). Why? One person makes a statement about their interests. A: I like cats.B: Why do you like cats? The witness – a fluency game Prepare a series of four or five pictures of people which can be easily copied (for example, four men with beards or moustaches of differing ages).

TESOL Certificate or Diploma - Travel Forum Hi Mike, Yes they are different, particularly the course you've provided a link to. If you’re talking about getting work teaching English as a second language overseas then you only need the certificate, and I’d say get as much ‘practical’ experience as you can during your TESOL studies. Regarding the diploma, this is more suited to the management and string-pulling side of things, if that’s what you’re looking for. Louise is right by the way, I totally agree. And… degrees don’t make good teachers. PB, for what it’s worth I have to say I’m not ‘really’ using any of the documented techniques I studied on the 120hr practical TEFL course. NB: - The TESOL Diploma is a further 250 hours of own-time online study (beyond the original certification) with milestone examinations along the way..