(In-Class) 20-hour Practical TESOL / TEFL Workshop for EPIK Teachers

Next Course in Toronto: December 15 and 16

Weekend TESOL / TEFL Course in Toronto for EPIK teachers

Get ready to teach English in South Korea! This practical workshop includes 20 hours of in-class TESOL / TEFL training customized for those who are planning to teach in South Korea with the EPIK program. In this workshop, you will create lesson plans customized to public k-12 classes in South Korea, using case studies of the textbooks and lesson planning models employed by the EPIK curriculum. You will also have the opportunity to meet and collaborate with other teachers going to South Korea with the EPIK program.

Upcoming Dates:
December 15th-16th
February 20th-21st
May 4th-5th
July 13th-14th

SAVE $150

When you enroll in our 120-hour Online TESOL Certificate + EPIK workshop

OnTESOL Students and Graduates Save $150!

Contact the office via e-mail using your student number or graduation date to request the discount code.

Entry Requirements:

A TESOL / TEFL / TESL certification is required. Graduates from other programs who need in-class training are welcome.

Current OnTESOL students who have not fully completed the TESOL course can enroll in this workshop if they have passed up to assignment 4 in the 120-hour TESOL course or assignment 6 in the 250-hour TESOL course.

Customized Training

This course is customized to the classroom situation you will experience in the EPIK program.

Lesson Plan Portfolio

You will get to analyze and create lesson plans that are specific to your job!

Teaching Practice Module

This course includes a 5-hour component where you will get to teach a class and observe other trainees!

Course Syllabus

Session 1: Student levels: Standards, assessment and classroom implications

This session will cover approaches to identifying and handling varying student skill levels. The major approaches will be covered, including:

  • Common European Framework
  • Canadian Language Benchmarks

The levels will be analyzed in some detail using specific examples in a workshop approach. Trainees will practice basic correlations between students’ skills and benchmark levels.

Session 2: Effective lesson design: The role of lesson planning

This session will cover, from a linguistic and pedagogic point of view, what there is to teach and learn:

  • Language patterns
  • Language skills
  • Combinations
  • Culture
  • Study skills

This session will also broadly consider the main lesson planning approaches and formats in Communicative Language Teaching (CLT).

  • Presentation-Practice-Production (PPP)
  • Test-Teach-Test (TTT)
  • Engage-Study-Activate (ESA)
  • Task-Based Learning (TBL)

Guided discussions will engage the group to consider the impact of levels on classroom approaches:

  • Selection of materials
  • Design of activities
  • Exploitation of materials and reinforcement of skills
  • Meta-language of the teacher

Session 3: Authenticity in the classroom

Part 1: The authentic classroom

This session will address the tenets of authenticity in English language teaching. The concept goes beyond the use of authentic material (though that remains a significant element) through to including “real life” in the classroom.

  • Understanding contexts and keeping them relevant
  • Identifying the elements that textbooks don’t cover
  • Recognizing the benefits of authenticity (and the limits)

Part 2: Authentic material

Most textbook material is developed from the linguistic aim; the aim comes first, and the material is generally developed to fit it. For this reason, the fit between the material and the aims is generally smooth. Authentic material is the opposite: the material comes first, and aims to fit it must be developed from there. This session focuses on the development of material from authentic sources. This requires a keen focus on linguistic aim and an ability to recognize key elements and adapt material for appropriate classroom use.

Session 4: Lesson development workshop with authentic material

This session puts the concepts of the previous sessions into practice. Participants will build lesson plans using authentic material. Considerations in the development of the lessons will include:

  • Preparation requirements
  • Identification of appropriate level(s)
  • Exploitation for a variety of aims
  • Choosing the best lesson design for the material and the aims
  • The place of the material in the lesson (central or peripheral)

Participants will have an opportunity to compare approaches and exchange feedback.


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