In-Class TEFL Course Curriculum
Our TEFL course Curriculum combines the traditional 120 hour TEFL teacher training course along with Thai culture and a full three days of teaching practice at real schools. We also included other disciplines such as Business English, Online English, teaching math and science so that you will have all the tools to upon graduation.
Introduction and orientation
We begin the course by giving you an overview on teacher decorum, teaching environments and what is expected during the course.
Within any EFL setting, culture plays a pivotal role. Teachers have an honored role in Thai society, so in order to integrate well into society a thorough understanding of Thai culture is essential. In this unit we focus on topics such as language, religion, societal values, cultural norms and general business practices.
A brief history of English
English has an extremely complicated system of rules – and a multitude of exceptions – for its syntax. Part of this complexity arises from both the location and the manner in which the language developed. This unit provides you with interesting insights into why the language functions the way it does.
This unit is dedicated to unravelling the key differences in learning styles that can be found between young children and teenagers, or between beginners and advanced students. We’ll illustrate ways to make adjustments that cater for these differences.
How students learn
There are many different teaching styles, and each teacher brings his or her own personality to the classroom, adding more spice to the proverbial pot. In order to capitalize on your effectiveness as a teacher, it helps to understand how the process of learning actually takes place. This unit looks at some Second Language Acquisition theories, different learning styles and how individual IQ influences the way learners interact with and process information.
Understanding what motivates learners is critical to managing their behavior. In this unit we uncover the myriad reasons, both individual and societal, that motivate students to learn.
Planning and delivery of lesson content is probably what most consider the cornerstone of TEFL training. This unit focuses on how you order and present your lessons. After this unit, you’ll be ready to speak and present anytime, anywhere.
Regulating and managing student behavior is at the forefront of any teacher’s job description because without such skills, hindrances to teaching are multiplied significantly. As such, we place great importance on your ability to successfully manage your learners’ behaviors.
Elicitation and error correction
The manner in which you encourage your students to practice and how you correct their mistakes cannot be overemphasized. Overtly correcting may inhibit students, while too lax an attitude may confuse and disorient.
When teaching a foreign language, much time is spent on teaching new vocabulary to your students. This unit covers different methods for teaching vocabulary, strategies for selecting appropriate words to teach and applicable activities to reinforce the items taught.
Teaching productive skills
In addition to reading and listening, learners need to master speaking and writing. This chapter looks at different conventions that govern these areas, like socio-cultural rules for speech and genre interpretation for written work. We’ll show you how to teach these skills in the classroom using various activities.
Written text has a number of conventions that set it apart from grammar or vocabulary. Understand the issues of the letter formation, word order and text formation, manifested by handwriting, spelling and layout punctuation. In this chapter you will study the different approaches to writing and data collection specific to genre and function.
The ability to speak fluently presupposes not only knowledge of language features, but also the ability to process information and language on the spot. In this chapter we explore the elements necessary for spoken production through interaction, language processing, communication games and speaking activities.
Teaching receptive skills
Another essential part of acquiring a language is learning how to read and listen. This unit explores different reasons for reading and listening in general, the different skills we use depending on those reasons and the different ways we process information. And we’ll show you how to teach these skills in the classroom.
To get maximum benefit from their reading, students need to be involved in both extensive and intensive reading. The chapter will cover teacher roles in reading and the different reasons for reading.
Students can improve their listening skills and gain valuable input through a combination of extensive and intensive listening material and procedures.
Teaching pronunciation, articulation and intonation
Pronunciation is a very sensitive but important topic, especially in the TEFL setting. We look at different theories on the methodology behind pronunciation teaching, the reasoning behind those theories, and the basic hindrances to good pronunciation. A large portion of this unit is also dedicated to articulation and intonation.
Knowledge of the structure of the language being taught is essential. This unit is devoted to grammar instruction and the different ways grammar instruction can be presented in the classroom.
Teaching the eight parts of Speech
In the English language there are eight parts of speech that are the most common as every single word that comes out of your mouth is one of the eight parts of speech. In this chapter we not only learn their function, but learn how to teach them to different class levels.
Teaching the Twelve Verb Tenses
The 12 verb tenses simply represent the reference to time and action or event in a sentence. In this chapter we start with the broad categories of tenses then work through the sub-categories completely removing the mystery and apprehension away from the 12 verb tenses. Through this chapter you won’t only be able to identify each verb tense, but teach them to different class levels.
You’ve probably heard of the Rosetta Stone and other similar approaches to language learning. Researchers have been trying for many years to find the golden method of language acquisition. With this in mind, this unit takes a look at some of the insights gained from applied linguistic research when learning a foreign language.
This chapter covers the administrative side of teaching beyond the lesson plans. The teacher trainees are taught to preform needs analyzes, create course outlines, create a course curriculum, create examinations, grading, behavioral reports, attendance sheets, and proper course material section.
Business English & Other Disciplines
We are convinced that every learner has a unique learning style, firmly shaped by professional challenges, everyday environment and personal interests. This chapter covers Business English. On-line Tutoring, and other teaching disciplines
Teaching English online is a very attractive possibility for many ESL teachers these days, and it a choice that is gaining popularity. Thanks to the advances in telecommunication technology and devices, you have the possibility to reach students from across the globe.
Teaching math & Science
Teaching Math and Science as an ESL teacher has become increasingly popular in many schools across Asia and Arabian Gulf states. The teaching of Math and Science is a bit different from teaching English with its unique skill set. During this chapter we explore those different skills to deliver these lessons.
Practicum – Practical teaching observation and Training
In addition to the in class sessions, each applicant is required to teach three solid days in real schools to students of a foreign language at various levels under careful observation and assessment. This allows the teacher trainees to gain both confidence and experience that can only be obtained by real life instruction to real students.
English Camp management and Implementation
Each applicant is given experience on how to run an English camp on the last day to the entire school. Obtaining real teaching experience during the course allows the teacher trainee needed feedback and confidence before graduating the TEFL program. Upon the commencement of the the English Camp, each teacher trainee is presented a Volunteer teaching certificate in their name by the director of the school.
Volunteer teaching certificate
Upon the commencement of the English Camp, each teacher trainee is presented a Volunteer teaching certificate in their name by the director of the school. This Volunteer certificate is written in Thai and holds official stamps and signatures from the regional educational director, which is a good and heartfelt way to start your teaching career in Thailand.
Graduation and Start working as a teacher
The thoroughness of our course, combined with the experience and expertise of our trainers, is a testament to the values and integrity of Entrust TEFL. Because of the quality of our TEFL program, we have been able to successfully train and place over 4,700 students across Thailand and Asia. Our course combines all the required skills and competencies required by an EFL/ESL teacher to successfully teach English abroad.