20-hour Weekend TEFL Workshop
In-Class Weekend TEFL Course
This practical weekend TEFL course is perfect for new teachers who need to polish their teaching methods and get in in-class TEFL training before going abroad. It is the only program of its kind because you can use your prospective job as a case study to plan a curriculum using unique lesson plans that meet your students needs. If you do not know where you want to teach abroad, you can create a portfolio of lesson plans to show prospective employers your planning skills.
About the TEFL Workshop:
This 20-hour TEFL workshop focuses on the use of authentic material for different ESL levels. It will give you the opportunity to prepare lessons that are customized to your future students before you go abroad! The course also includes a 5-hour teaching practice module to prepare you for the classroom.
20-hour TEFL Workshop Syllabus:
Sessions 1 and 2 take place on Saturday. Sessions 3 and 4 take place on Sunday.
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
- 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.