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On-site TESOL Courses - Course detail

The Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) course will prepare you for a career in English language teaching.

Who is the course suitable for?

  • Individuals interested in a career in English foreign or second language teaching who have no teaching experience
  • Experienced teachers who are interested in developing themselves professionally in the area of English foreign or second language teaching
  • Individuals involved in education or training who want to develop their awareness of language issues in learning, as well as techniques for bridging the language gap in their current teaching or training practices

What are the entry requirements?

To be registered as a trainee on the TESOL course you need to fulfil all of the requirements below:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age
  • First language proficiency in English
  • Minimum of a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12)
  • A degree is highly recommended for employment purposes post-course, although not essential
  • Successful completion of the pre-course assessment and interview

What are the aims and objectives of the course?

On completion of the course, candidates will:

  • Develop an understanding of vocabulary in context
  • Identify and use the different approaches and methods used in English language teaching
  • Apply the basic principles of the Communicative Language Teaching approach
  • Know and explain aspects of English grammar
  • Demonstrate techniques and approaches used to teach grammar
  • Know and explain aspects of phonology
  • Demonstrate techniques and approaches used to teach pronunciation
  • Show an understanding of the formation of words and their relationships
  • Demonstrate techniques and approaches used to teach lexis
  • Identify and explain the skills needed for successful reading and listening
  • Demonstrate techniques and approaches used to teach reading and listening skills
  • Identify and explain the skills needed for successful writing and speaking
  • Demonstrate techniques and approaches used to teach writing and speaking skills
  • Design and use language teaching aids
  • Identify and correct student errors
  • Generate and facilitate communication
  • Plan and design detailed lesson plans
  • Use language teaching and learning resources effectively
  • Prepare and deliver effective English language lessons
  • Reflect on and evaluate his or her teaching

How is the course structured?

In the input sessions, our trained and experienced teacher trainers will cover theoretical aspects of the course, such as: language awareness, teaching methodology and the basic principles of the teaching and learning of English as a second or foreign language. The teaching practice component of the course offers trainees the opportunity to plan and present lessons to real English language students from the local community. These teaching practice sessions are observed by an experienced team of trainers who provide constructive feedback and help you to develop your teaching skills. In addition to the input sessions and teaching practice, trainees are also provided with the opportunity to observe language classes.

What approach is used?

The course aims to develop basic practical awareness and skills to equip trainees with the confidence, resources and knowledge that they will need in order to teach, as well as to continue their development as teachers. The TESOL approach involves participatory learning, where trainees are very much involved in the learning and teaching process. Most input sessions will focus on trainees discovering new concepts and information in teaching English through discussions, research, activities and presentations. Trainees are required to contribute to their groups by sharing and completing duties. Trainees will be provided with a course file. There are additional books available for purchase.

What will the course include?

  1. Basic principles of teaching English
  2. Teaching strategies
    • Warmers
    • Giving instructions and setting up activities
    • Clarifying and eliciting information
    • Teaching and learning activities
    • Using video and film
    • Using songs and music

Apply now for the onsite TESOL course.

Next course
05 Nov to 30 Nov

   TBA 2019

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NOTE: Please do not pay any course fees until you have been interviewed by Wits Language School staff and accepted onto the course.
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