There is now a wealth of choice when choosing a location for English teacher training and TEFL certification. 4 week in-class courses can be taken in countries such as Costa Rica, Argentina, China, Vietnam, Spain, and France, the two most popular countries for TEFL certification being Thailand and Italy. As the demand for English language knowledge and ability grows, more and more countries have English teacher training courses specific to the needs of that particular country. One example of specific needs per country is that English language learners in Thailand face different obstacles than those in say Italy. This is simply because the Thai language is so very different to English while Italian is fairly similar. Thus when Thais learn English, they have to learn a whole new alphabet in addition to their own alphabet which has 72 characters: 44 consonants and 28 vowels. Although there are specific needs in different countries, in-class TEFL courses tend to follow a similar well developed structure and cater to specifics where required. Courses are available each month of the year in 20 exotic and interesting locations and provide 140 hrs of English teacher training. tefl course
A typical day during a 4 week in-class TEFL course consists of a 3 hour input session in the morning; this is where trainees are taught grammar, phonetics, classroom teaching skills and classroom management. During the afternoon trainees plan lessons and produce materials which will be delivered to actual students of English in the evening. These teaching practice sessions are all observed by teacher trainers and feedback on each lesson is given. This daily pattern continues throughout the course with the subject of the input session focusing on different areas of language awareness and teaching techniques. In line with this, the subject of the lesson and level of the learner taught change each day so that the trainee English teacher receives as wide a variety of teaching practice as possible. Input sessions and teaching practice take up 80% of the entire course.
The other 20% of the TEFL certification course is taken up with the following: Foreign language experience, this is where trainee teachers learn the local language: This is a very useful course component for trainee teachers as they are able to experience learning a foreign language themselves and can empathize and better understand the needs of their students who are learning English as a foreign language.
Student profile: trainees work with individual students of English on language error analysis and correction techniques, rapport building and individual student needs. Transcripts of student progress and problems are produced and a final session with the student is observed by an English teacher trainer.