Initial Training Courses
Study for a BA Combined Honours in Languages and Internet Systems at the University of Portsmouth
University of Bradford
University of Essex Courses List - a description of modules in applied linguistics, linguistics and teaching languages together with up-to-date reading lists for most
Translating and Interpreting
1. RSA Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching To Adults (CELTA)
The Cilts Unit
The University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate
1 Hills Road
Cambridge CB1 2EU
Tel 01223 553 789
Fax 01223 553086
This is the most widely recognised course. It is validated by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations syndicate.
2. Trinity Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
This course is validated by Trinity College London.
Both the RSA and Trinity courses are regarded as adequate as initial training, and both courses will include elements of the following:
- Language awareness
- Teacher observation
- Teaching practice
- Written assignments
- Learner profiles
Prices for these courses vary from place to place, but you should be prepared to pay between £600 and £1000.
3. DOPLA Development of Postgraduate and Language Assistants
Another useful souces of information is the Development of Postgraduate
and Language Assistants (DOPLA)
A training course was developed at Birmingham by a team of tutors from the Modern Languages Unit, the School of Education and the Staff Development Unit. This five-day course links initial training and related activities with a further taught element combining reflection and additional training after a period of teaching practice. Novice teachers leave each element of the programme with a dossier of practical strategies for language teaching including:
- teaching grammar
- use of the target language
- the role of translation
- exploiting authentic materials
- communicative methodology
- marking and assessment
as well as techniques for classroom management.
Some universities, such as the University of Portsmouth and University of Sussex, run short preparatory TEFL courses for students prior to departure abroad and for other interested parties. An outline of the Portsmouth course is shown on the Rapport site (see TEFL pack).