Vantage TEFL's In-Class Course
A Comprehensive 4 Week In-Class Course
Vantage TEFL Certification’s 120-hour In-Class courses last for four weeks and are held throughout the year.
We'll teach you the foundational skill set to be successful in the classroom. This course will give you the tools to become the best teacher that you can be.
We’ll teach you how to create your lessons through the international standard of the communicative approach.
We also run small class sizes so we can conduct our classes in a 'hands-on" workshop style rather than lectures.
Six Key Areas of Study:
"The Practicum" or the
Observed Teaching Practices
This is the most practical and fundamental area of training that many consider it to be the most valuable.
You’ll teach real students and put your new-found skills into practice immediately, so you can see exactly how to perfect your teaching.
You’ll also learn from observations of your peers. When sessions are done, verbal and written feedback is provided by the course trainer.
Here we’ll cover basic grammar such as tenses, parts of speech and other language points.
We’ll teach them to you as well as show you how to teach your students through easy-to-follow lessons and fun activities.
We'll also cover pronunciation (Phonology) through learning how to use the International Phonemic Alphabet, intonation, word and sentence stress as well as articulation.
Each trainee will be asked to meet with an individual student so as to work on rapport building, error analysis and correction, as well as addressing individual needs.
Three meetings are required for the profile and they will culminate in a one-to-one lesson.
You will write a report about the lesson.
This covers several areas:
Discipline in the classroom
Managing equipment and teaching aids
Evaluation and testing
Teaching receptive skills (reading and listening)
Teaching productive skills (speaking and writing)
Games in the classroom
Songs in the classroom
Teaching beginner students
Teaching individual students
Here, trainees are required to take raw materials and convert them into materials useful for the classroom.
The trainee will be charged with designing a game and constructing materials to accompany the game.
These games must be original and will help to foster the teacher's creativity and resourcefulness. Projects should be durable, reusable and adaptable.
Once finished, you’ll present your game to a trainer, who’ll make suggestions on how to improve the game before actually using it in the classroom.
Foreign Language Experience
So you can better understand where your students are coming from, we provide all our trainees with instruction in Thai language.
The objective is to have you sit on the other side of the desk so you can experience what its like for your students when you’re teaching them English
This is done over two lessons and you will submit a journal summarizing what you have learned.
Where Knowledge Becomes Skill
You also undergo a minimum of 6 hours of observed teaching practice. Called “The Practicum,” you will teach real non-English speaking students in a live classroom—and get valuable feedback from our professional trainers..
The practicum is where professional teachers are born.
The practicum is the heart and soul of a professional TEFL certification program and it's one of most valued parts of the course. It’s also why many schools—particular the better ones—won’t accept a TEFL without a practicum.
Learn how Vantage’s practicum works.
Grammar—A Big Worry for Many TEFL Students
We teach the “communicative approach” which deemphasizes traditional grammar and memorization as the primary technique in second language acquisition.
Yes grammar is important—and our course covers that and the equally important phonology as well. But our emphasis in the classroom is to get the students speaking through an elicited and directed technique called the ESA methodology.
On our Grammar Question page, we’ve put together a more detailed answer—as well as a great short video on what the ESA method is all about.
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