I would like to learn to teach English as a Foreign
Language in the UK
Numerous courses in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) are available in the UK. TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language) programs are also found in the UK, and more information on TESL may be obtained by contacting NATECLA (National Association for Teaching English and other Community Languages to Adults). What qualifications do I need to teach English?
The basic qualification is a TEFL/TESOL certificate, usually involving a minimum 4−6week intensive TEFL course. This is the minimum qualification and means you are ‘TEFL initiated’. Once you have passed the certificate and have some relevant experience, you can then go on to study for a diploma, which takes longer and is at a higher level. Once you have passed the diploma you are ‘TEFL-qualified’. However, many employers also ask for a degree in a relevant subject as well as the TEFL qualifications. In order to teach in the state school system in England and Wales you need to have Qualified Teacher Status (QTS).
To teach in the state system in
Scotland, you would apply for registration to the General Teaching Council for Scotland, and in Northern Ireland, you should apply to the Department of Education for Northern Ireland.
Does the British Council recommend TEFL courses?
No. BATQI (British Association of TESOL Qualifying Institutions) publishes a register of its accredited courses. BATQI works closely with two exam boards whose teaching qualifications are widely respected: the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES) and Trinity College London. There are many other qualifications on offer, but you should always make sure you choose a course that is externally validated by a reputable body (IE: a university or recognized examination board). Most employers will also expect the qualification to have included at least 10 hours of EFL teaching practice.
The CELTA is a practical teaching course and covers language awareness, the teaching/learning context, planning for effective teaching, classroom management, resources and materials and professional development for teachers. Assessment is on a continuous basis and candidates have to complete six hours teaching practice as well as observe experienced teachers. There are over 175 centres offering the course and all have had their course programme, staffing and facilities approved by UCLES. The course is a minimum of 114 hours and can be taken either full-time or part-time. Full-
time courses are normally intensive over four weeks and part-time courses vary from four months to a year.
CELTA is the only international award that has a job placement service for every successful candidate. Further details are available from the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).
TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON CERTIFICATE
SPEAKERS OF OTHER LANGUAGES (TESOL)
The Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (Cert TESOL) is a programme of 130 hours minimum offered at over 100 state and private sector teaching and training institutions in the UK and overseas, all of which have been validated by Trinity to provide a course consistent with its specifications. Courses are open to trainees with English as a first, second or foreign language, and are run on a full-time basis (e.g. four week) or part-time (anything up to nine months). They include observed and assessed teaching practice. The quality of courses is guaranteed through a rigorous inspection process prior to validation, and independent moderation of ever course. The Certificate is awarded to only those candidates who have completed that full course and been successful in all their practical and written assignments....
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