This summary describes the approach to language learning and teaching implicit in our TEFL/TESL/CCA™ Certificate Program.
Theory & Practice
- We all have theories of teaching/learning whatever our feelings about ‘theory’. The theoretical assumptions behind teaching techniques will be discussed so that you will become more aware of them.
- Our approach to language learning is a balance of practical and theoretical approaches with communicative competence as the focus. We examine and practice the use of a generally agreed-upon set of rules for successful communication to take place.
- We do not support the idea that a particular English dialect or form is, in and of itself, superior to another in its vocabulary, pronunciation or grammatical rules. Our criterion of “good” English, then, is what is acceptable and appropriate in the various circumstances where it is spoken and written.
- Cross-cultural awareness is an important concept here; learners are encouraged to become aware of the cultural backgrounds of both native and non-native English speakers, now that English is a global language for international communication.
- Our language analysis will include modern contextual concepts which contribute to meaning, i.e. communicative effectiveness, rather than the traditional focus on word and sentence structure alone. This means that you will be provided with a good understanding of the rules of use in English for their role in communication.
- We encourage you to learn to use a variety of teaching styles and be aware of learners’ different learning styles. You will need to investigate which styles seem to be the most suitable to a given individual or group of students, as well as which style is the most comfortable for you. The practicum section of the course, including observations of and by others, is designed to help you to do this competently.
We want you to benefit from our experience and knowledge of the field of teaching ESL, so that you can explore and test the validity of different teaching methods. You will then graduate with a sound foundation of knowledge and a feeling of confidence and, we hope, excitement about your future teaching.
"I learned a million new techniques and approaches,
as well as strengthened my grammar considerably. As a brand
new teacher I have learned so much about keeping my classes
fun and interesting. The course was challenging, but it
has absolutely made me a better teacher. Both myself and
my students benefited from the course."
"This course gives us a totally new view on how to teach
English...and how to be creative in the classroom. It's
a world of opportunities. Also, I have learned many
'tricks of the trade' that will be very helpful."
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