At our English school in Malta we organize professional TEFL Teacher Training Courses (also known as TEFL Induction Courses). These courses are recognised and approved by the TEFL Monitoring Board of the Ministry of Education in Malta and developed in terms of Legal Notice 60/96.
The course is designed and led by Alan Marsh B.A., M.A., M.Ed. (ELT), Cambridge ESOL CELTA and DELTA. Alan has 30 years teaching and teacher training experience in various countries. He has taught and developed teachers from all over the world. He is also President of MATEFL (Malta Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language).
These courses are designed for those who would like to learn how to teach English as a Foreign Language and who have no formal qualification. The courses are practical and provide participants with the methodological skills and techniques they need in the modern, learner-centred communicative English as a Foreign Language classroom. They also help participants improve their Language Awareness - grammar rules in particular.
Our courses are held all year round except from mid-July to mid-September. Corse is held from 9:15 am to 12:45 pm.
Session 1: 5 weeks: 3 mornings per week - Mon, Tues, Thurs (NB last day is a Wed.)
Session 2: 3 weeks: 5 mornings per week (NB June 7th is a holiday)
Session 3: 5 weeks: 3 mornings per week - Mon, Tues, Thurs
The course is designed to provide participants with the basic teaching skills and knowledge they need in a communicative, learner-centred EFL classroom. Participants will normally have little or no experience of teaching EFL.
The course is highly practical. The procedures used to teach the trainees on the course are the same procedures that will be used when they teach a classroom of EFL students. This makes all workshops highly dynamic and interactive classrooms, where the trainee just doesn't read or hear about methodology, but actually has it demonstrated on them. Teaching methodology is demonstrated by workshops/seminars, video, audio, and assignments, and there is a considerable amount of 'get up and try it out' on the course, where participants try out techniques on fellow trainees.
You are already a fluent speaker of English. You instinctively use grammar correctly, but you probably don't know why you use one form rather than another. This is what most learners want and need to know. Don't worry - the course also develops your Language Awareness. You'll learn the names of the tenses in English, and when they're used, for example. You'll also learn about many other grammatical forms (for example the articles, noun phrases and verb phrases, determiners, demonstratives, adjectives, present and past participles, infinitives and gerunds, passives, conjunctions, pronouns). We'll also teach you the International Phonetic Alphabet as it is applied to English.
We'll also show you videos of real teaching so that you'll know what an authentic EFL classroom looks and sounds like.
The course also consists of two assessed Teaching Practice sessions and two Assignments, and you'll get written and often verbal feedback on these from your trainers. You'll also get tutorials to help you prepare these thoroughly.
The TEFL course is a prestigious course, and is highly respected in Malta (and abroad). Past trainees come back to us again and again to tell us how the methodology and knowledge they learned on the course have helped them survive and flourish in EFL classrooms, both in Malta and abroad. Employers are aware that if you successfully complete our course you are highly employable. Rest assured that we will give you all the help you may possibly require. However, as a guarantee to employers that standards are high, passing the course is not 'automatic'. If you fail both of your assessed Teaching Practice sessions, or one Assignment and one Teaching Practice session, we will not be able to issue you with a certificate that you have successfully completed the course. If at any stage during the course we feel that you are not suited to teaching EFL, we will advise you and give you the opportunity to withdraw from the course. In such cases we will return 50% of your course fee.
Course Content: Specific categories that are normally covered include:
- Language awareness: the parts of speech; tenses; active and passive
- Modern teaching techniques in a communicative, learner-centred classroom
- Teaching and practicing grammar
- Teaching reading skills
- Teaching writing skills
- Teaching listening skills
- Teaching speaking skills
- Teaching and practicing pronunciation
- Teaching and practicing vocabulary
- Teaching adults
- Teaching teenagers
- Lesson planning
- Time management
- Classroom Management
- Effective use of textbooks
- Warmers and Icebreakers... and fun in the classroom
- Using pop music as a language development tool
- Starting a New Class
- Getting your first job
- Development after the course
We look forward to welcoming you on our TEFL course. You'll find it interesting, stimulating, and at times challenging. But most of all you'll find that it is enjoyable and memorable and that it provides you with the skills and knowledge you need to teach TEFL. See you soon!