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TESOL via Blended Learning - Course detail

The TESOL via Blended Learning course is designed for candidates who cannot attend on-site training for the duration of an on-site TESOL course. Studying online via Wits Language School is an excellent way to bring your studies directly into your home. You have the control and flexibility to design your study schedule around your existing commitments, and to study where and when you want to..

Who is the course suitable for?

This course has been designed for the following individuals who are unable to attend either the full-time or part-time on-site TESOL course at Wits Language School in Johannesburg:

  • Individuals interested in a career in English foreign or second language teaching who have no teaching experience
  • In-service teachers who are interested in developing themselves professionally as teachers of English as a foreign or second language
  • 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 via Blended Learning course you need to fulfill 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
  • Able to attend a one-week on-site practical component at Wits Language School in Johannesburg
  • Reliable access to email and the internet

What are the aims and objectives of the course?

On completion of the course, candidates will:

  • Have developed an understanding of vocabulary in context
  • Have developed an awareness of various teaching methodologies of TESOL
  • Develop their teaching style to become more ‘communicative’
  • Improve their understanding and application of teaching skills
  • Improve their understanding of meta-language related to TESOL
  • Identify the form, functions and learner problems related to teaching tenses and aspects in English
  • Identify the ‘contexts’ in which English tenses, aspects and grammar are used
  • Be familiar with a wide range of teaching aids
  • Be able to plan, produce and present lessons aimed at improving learners’ reading, listening, writing, speaking and grammar skills
  • Know how to use phonology to identify and assist in correcting learner pronunciation problems

What does the course include??

  1. Study skills
  2. The study of English
    • Grammar
    • Phonology
    • Lexis
  3. The teaching and learning of English
    • Basic principles of teaching English
    • Listening
    • Reading
    • Speaking
    • Writing
    • Grammar
    • Visual aids
    • Error and error correction
    • Classroom management
    • Assessment
    • Teaching English for specific purposes – young learners, exam classes and business English
    • Lesson planning
  4. Teaching practice

How is the course structured?

The course is structured as a multi-modal course which includes:

    • An online component that students complete through self-study, supported by weekly online tutorials.
    • A one-week, on-site component undertaken in Johannesburg.

The online component

The online component on the course is run through an online learning platform, where our qualified and experienced teacher trainers will guide you through the 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 support materials will be provided to you via email and an online virtual classroom, so that you have the opportunity to communicate with your TESOL trainer as well as other candidates completing the TESOL via Blended Learning course. This approach ensures that you are supported throughout the course.

Candidates are provided with a course file, and additional resources through email and the virtual classroom. At the end of each module, you will have a set of tasks to complete and return to your trainer via email or the online virtual classroom. This simple way for you to submit your assignments means you can study from anywhere in the world. With each returned module you will receive an assessment sheet, which allows your trainer to comment on your progress, giving constructive advice and guidance for future modules.

The on-site component

During the one-week, on-site component, you will have the opportunity to observe language classes delivered by experienced teachers, attend 20 hours of instructional workshops, and practice your teaching. Teaching practice is a valuable experience that offers candidates the opportunity to plan and present lessons to 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.

On-site teaching practice takes place at Wits Language School, on the campus of the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, at scheduled times throughout the year. Candidates can complete this valuable teaching practice component of the course according to their availability, and subject to the number of candidates registering. Spaces for the on-site components are currently limited to eight candidates, so early registration is essential.

How long does it take to finish the TESOL via Blended Learning course?

The distance learning component of the course runs over a period of 12 weeks, plus an additional week of on-site instruction and teaching practice. It typically requires 120 hours to complete the distance learning component. Each week, candidates complete about an hour of online tutorial time with their trainer, and around 10 hours of self-study. It is possible to finish the online component of the course in as little as four weeks if you have the time to dedicate and really set your mind to it. If you’re in a hurry, for example due to an overseas job placement deadline, inform your trainer, who will be happy to work with you to achieve your goal.

What approach is used?

The TESOL via Blended Learning course consists of a series of modules, with each module being illustrated by practical methods and strategies for use in the TESOL classroom. The course aims to develop basic practical awareness and skills to equip candidates 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 candidates are very much involved in the learning and teaching process. Most input sessions will focus on candidates discovering new concepts and information about teaching English through online discussions, research, activities and presentations. Candidates are also directed to a wealth of good online teaching resources that have been reviewed and selected by the course trainers. There are also additional books available for purchase from Wits Language School to assist with theory, methodology and grammar.

Candidates are required to demonstrate learning by participating in discussions and completing and submitting tasks via email and online.

Transport and accommodation

Accommodation and transport to Wits Language School are not included in the TESOL via Blended Learning course fee and candidates are responsible for arranging these.

However, we can provide information regarding Wits-approved accommodation, transport, visas, insurance and any other information you may need to plan your stay in Johannesburg.

Candidate support and services

The Wits Language School student liaison officer, Frederika Baxter, is on hand to assist all Wits Language School students with:

  • Finding suitable accommodation in a range of options, such as host families, bed and breakfast, etc.
  • Arranging study visas (although not typically required for the TESOL via Blended Learning course)
  • Arranging medical insurance if necessary
  • Co-ordinating buses and transport for our students and trainees
  • Co-ordinating sworn translations

What are the methods of assessment?

Assessment is continuous and formative, and there is no final exam. As you progress through the course, you will receive constructive feedback about your performance, to help you develop your knowledge and skills. Candidates are assessed on their practical teaching, as well as a portfolio of written assignments. Candidates are required to achieve a grade of 50% in each of these components.

What certification is issued?

A Certificate of Competence in TESOL via Blended Learning is awarded on the successful completion of the course. The Certificate of Competence in TESOL via Blended Learning is at an NQF level 5 qualification.

Why study with Wits?

Wits is one of the leading universities in the country and on the continent. It is one of only two universities in Africa ranked in two separate international rankings as a leading academic institution in the world. The prestige and reputation associated with Wits transcends across all of its faculties and departments. As part of the University, Wits Language School adheres to the proud tradition of academic excellence. Not only are we committed to quality and excellent service, we also encourage our learners to aspire to excellence and to draw inspiration from their teachers and fellow students.

Our courses and services are maintained through quality assurance procedures and all courses are aligned with the National Qualifications Framework. The teaching methods we employ are based on sound research and are designed to facilitate the learning process. The Language Teacher Education Unit at Wits Language School is a centre of expertise in the field of pre- and in-service teacher education.

Wits is proud to bring you qualifications that have been accredited as being at NQF Levels 5 by NCFE, a regulated National Awarding Body, which is recognised worldwide, as well as by the University of the Witwatersrand, an international educational institution of excellence.

This means that:

  • Your training is of the highest quality
  • Your qualification is respected by employers worldwide, giving you the best opportunities and working conditions
  • Your qualification fits into the National Qualifications Framework (NQF), a requirement often asked for by potential employers worldwide
  • Your course is moderated and the procedures are checked by an external body
  • You will receive two certificates, one from the prestigious University of the Witwatersrand  and one from NCFE
  • You will receive an Accreditation Confirmation Report (Course Transcript) from NCFE showing what you have studied
  • Employers worldwide will know that your course is of a high academic standard
  • Your course provider is inspected annually

What is included in the course fee?

The course fee includes:

  • Registration
  • Comprehensive course notes for all areas of study
  • Access to the WLS online learning platform
  • Weekly online tutorials with a qualified and experienced trainer
  • Support and feedback from your trainer
  • Access to other learners via chat rooms and guided discussions
  • Access to a range of online resources to assist with your professional development
  • One-week on-site training and observation with qualified trainers
  • Assessment of portfolio assignments and teaching practice lessons
  • Certification fees on successful completion of the course
The course fee does not include the following services, although they can be provided at the candidate’s expense:
  • Courier and standard postal service for surface mail delivery of materials and resources
  • Additional online tutorial assistance with a trainer
  • Translation and notary services
  • Transport to and from Wits Language School for the one week on-site training component
  • Accommodation in Johannesburg for the one-week on-site training component
  • Transport in and around Johannesburg during the one week on-site training component
  • Assessment of any assignments that are resubmitted in order to achieve a satisfactory grade
  • Additional copies of certificates
  • Any incidental costs that may be incurred by the student while attending the one-week on-site course component at Wits Language School

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