The Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course is designed to give students the necessary skills for effective TEFL teaching for a range of levels and student populations. It provides theoretical information in TEFL methodologies and language learning, practical language teaching skills through classroom activities, peer-teaching and observed teaching practice sessions with English as a foreign language (EFL) learners.
The course is delivered part-time, through blended learning. Teaching and learning methodologies consist of a broad range of activities, including: classroom-based lectures, practical workshops, online discussion groups, e-tivities, directed study, microteaching, project based learning, assignments and portfolio development. Throughout the course the methodologies of adult education are employed and emphasis placed on an integrative approach to both teaching and learning. All classroom activities take place on the NUI Galway campus.
The course is designed to comply with ACELS* requirements for English language teaching.
*The Accreditation and Coordination of English Language Services
Classes are in the form of lectures, discussions, microteaching and supervised teaching practice. Teaching practice is arranged by, and takes place in, NUI Galway during the course. Each student must design a portfolio of relevant material to be submitted at the end of the course. Classes are held two evenings a week from October to May (7-10pm).
The course covers Basic Teaching Skills, Teaching Practice, Language Analysis, Theories and Approaches to Language Teaching, English as a Foreign Language Methodology, Grammar Presentation, Syllabus Design, Testing, Evaluation, Introduction to Linguistics, English for Special Purposes, Portfolio Preparation, Microteaching, Teaching Young Learners, Assessment of Young Learners, Teaching Adults, Multicultural Education, Modern Developments in English as a Foreign Language and Teaching Overseas.
The course aims to:
Provide participants with the skills necessary to teach English as a foreign language, effectively plan lessons and manage students in a classroom environment
Provide an introduction to the theories underlying the teaching of English to non-native speaking students
Develop analytical and critical skills in language analysis, language learning and teaching methodologies for use in the EFL learning environment
Provide practical teaching experience in real EFL learning situations with observation and feedback from course lecturers
Course modules include:
Methodology and Approaches in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
Linguistics, Language Analysis and Language Learning
Teaching Practice, Micro- teaching and Portfolio Development
Whos Suited to This Course
This course is suitable for:
Individuals who hold a degree and who would like to teach English as a foreign language abroad
Individuals who wish to teach English as a foreign language in ACELS recognised centres
Teachers who wish to teach English as a foreign language
Successful completion of this course enables you to:
Demonstrate a critical and comprehensive understanding of the evolution of language, its cultural influences, language systems and their complexities as they relate to English language teaching
Evaluate advanced skills in the field of English language teaching to develop a high level of judgement, selection and practice as a reflective teacher
Implement curriculum and lesson planning approaches, teaching methods, assessment techniques to successfully facilitate language learning for diverse learners within a variety of complex learning environments
Critically analyse and reflect on your own professional teaching practice with due regard to the context and situation of the learning environment, its complexities and its cultural context
Exercise autonomy and judgement in applying knowledge and skills when implementing teaching, learning and assessment strategies, including ICT, which promote active learning in the classroom
Manage complex and diverse learner-centred learning environments and take responsibility for decisions in unpredictable situations; manage learning, teaching and assessment tasks independently, professionally and ethically
Develop professional relationships with pupils and colleagues, taking responsibility for the work of others and providing leadership as appropriate