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TEFL Courses in Phuket

TEFL Phuket

Taking the time to take a TEFL course will give you greater earning potential and will help you in planning lessons and give you ideas about how to keep students motivated and enthusiastic.

The TEFL Certificate qualifies you to teach anywhere in the world. It takes a number of weeks to complete and course fees can be quite expensive. You want to find a school that will offer value for money and give you the best training.

If you are currently outside Thailand you will need to obtain a visa before entering the country to take the course. Assistance with getting a visa is often provided by the school offering the course.

TEFL Certificate Course Outline

The TEFL course has a very practical emphasis and deals primarily with the real skills and knowledge needed by teachers in the classroom. While the course timetable may vary slightly from location to location, the content should be very similar.

The following is a standard TEFL course. The course is divided into six main areas, which are:

  1. Teaching Practice

    The most practical and fundamental area of the TEFL course is teaching real students and putting into practicing the skills learnt on the course.
  2. Foreign Language Experience

    Trainees receive training in a foreign language to provide experience of being a learner to help direct their own teaching methods.
  3. Language Awareness

    Grammar – Topics covered are: word classes, simple sentence elements, complex sentences and clauses, verb tenses, aspect, conditionals, modals, phrasals and voice.
    Phonology – Topics covered are: phonemics, word stress and intonation, sentence stress and intonation, rhythm and intonation, and connected speech.
  4. Student Profile

    Trainees work with individual students on rapport building, error analysis, correction and addressing individual student needs. Three meetings with the student are required including transcription and error analysis of audio and written samples, which culminate in a 60-minute session observed by a trainer.
  5. Teaching Techniques

    This component of the course covers areas such as:
    – Lesson planning
    – Classroom management
    – Establishing rapport
    – Discipline in the classroom
    – Managing equipment and teaching aids
    – Creating materials
    – Correction techniques
    – Evaluation and testing
    – Teaching vocabulary
    – Teaching grammar
    – 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
    – Teaching business English
    – Teaching young learners
  6. Materials Project

    All trainees must develop two sets of materials used during teaching practice. Each set must be durable, capable of being used for more than one lesson context and easily portable. The materials may include visuals, audio or video tape, cue cards and class handouts, but may not be photocopied from published sources. Trainees are required to adapt from commercial sources or develop original materials. The summation of this project is a presentation to the trainers on how the materials were used, how they could be improved and how they might be used in another context.
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