Thailand TEFL Course Contents
A Complete Academic Description of our Maximum Earnings TEFL Certificate Program
The TEFL Certificate Course for teaching Target Learner Groups Worldwide
Probably you have come to our TEFL Course for Target Learner Groups contents page because you would like to teach English abroad, realize you need training first, and now wish to compare the contents of our course against that of others. If so, welcome! We believe you will be extremely pleased with what you learn here.
However, if you aspire to teach English as a foreign or second language and are on this page mainly out of curiosity, feeling you are already fully qualified without taking a tefl course, please be patient with us as you read on:
A degree and a teacher's license issued by your home country for teaching English, should you hold these qualifications, is a very laudable achievement which may even be accepted by some institutes or even some government agencies as a sufficent qualification to teach EFL.
However, we beg to assure you that if you feel a qualification to teach English to English native-speaking school children or to adult learners or university students who already use English as a second language, you are in for a terrible shock if you believe that you can teach English effectively to Asian students, or to any students still not practicing the use of English in everyday life!
Thus it is that we have trained twenty-eight PhD university lecturers in EFL in our TEFL Course for Target Learner Groups Cso far, one of whom with more than 30 years' previous experience in teaching ESL exclaimed, "I have learned more about teaching English from this course than from my entire prior teaching experience!" Likewise, numerous trainees with Masters Degrees in education have said the same! For this reason, please read on to learn why our TEFL course contents make this so, and why TEFL training is absolutely necessary if you wish to teach English abroad.
First, please allow us to comment just briefly about the value and comprehensiveness of our materials. Although full information about our TEFL Course fees is given in our web page of the same name, it is appropriate nonetheless to mention, as we do below, the actual monetary value of the modules which are wholly unique to our course, and which we now provide to all trainees without additional charge.
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The materials depicted here include (in addition to many other valuable teacher aids not given in other training courses), THE TEACHER'S ENGLISH GRAMMAR MODULE and THE TEACHER'S LANGUAGE COMPARISON MODULE for customizing instruction for every Target Learner Group need, combined value U.S. $675.00. Plus, added just recently, our package now includes without extra charge our TEFL Diploma Course, Part II (with free textbook): Teaching English to Young Learners valued at U.S. $660.00, for a total ADDED course benefit of $1,335.00. (Do note, however, that neither the Language Comparison Module nor the Grammar Module is currently available for separate purchase.)
But enough of the 'money talk!' The following is the course content description and explanation that you came here to learn about.
In discussing this, it is important for you to realize that most persons teaching English abroad are teaching student groups who all share, or who mostly share, the same native language, and that we call such a class a 'Target Learner Group'.
There is a reason that we emphasize this point, and that is that while many teacher training courses stress teaching all, or nearly all, learners of English in almost exactly the same way, we know that if their teachers are not focused on the basic linguistic differences between their students' language and English, they are not looking at the entire 'bag' of learning problems their students (their 'Target Learner Group') have, nor on what has caused them. It's like shooting at a target blindfolded (forgive the imagery): Sooner or later (generally between a half-year and four years down the road), these students' teachers may begin to figure out both of these things and find a way to help. We can only hope that further on other training courses will begin to recognize this student need and will accommodate it in their training, at least when their graduates are going to be teaching EFL learners.
Such a problem on the part of a teacher is, in fact, wholly needless, and the solutions are easy! Indeed, through the simple techniques taught in our course, you will learn how you can actually walk into a classroom of new students you have never met before and know in advance, and almost completely, what learning problems they have and what to do to help them. (Note that teachers do NOT have to actually know or speak their students' language to be able to do this!)
There are generally aggravated learning problems that have to be overcome, in the case of Asian students of English in particular. Most Asian learners, such as the Thais and multiple other nationalities, don't give themselves a chance to practice what they have already learned about our language. Indeed, most simply WILL NOT use English daily in speaking, reading or writing if it can be avoided, because, at the most basic level, they regard it as a foreign language that may later have its place, but which does not have to be used now. Our course accommodates these learners exceedingly well also, and actually gets students using our language rapidly!
To assist our teacher trainees to become proficient in all of these ways, as well as in all the 'standard' ways taught by other courses and types of courses (mainly through disposable sheets), our own course consists of six Library of Congress copyrighted Modules which are described as follows. Please note that although ALL of our course Modules, including the invaluable TEYL module included as a recent addition, are crucial to you in becoming an effective teacher of English as a foreign or second language (in the process maximizing your income at all times), none of these are more important than Module Three of our course, which is the 'Language Comparison Module' we have referred to, and Module Five, 'The Teacher's Grammar Module', as these are what set our course apart from all other training programs:
Module Three: Thai and Other Asian Problems in Learning English: Insightful Consideration of Differences between Thai and English as the Origin of Many Learning Problems. (This Module, through linguistic comparision and contrast of the Thai language with English and vice versa unlocks the sum of Thai learning problems with English and what caused them, as well as what measures a teacher can take to help students overcome the problems. This is more than just a way of helping Thai students, however, as the principles taught here apply to any Target Learner Group in the world, such as native speakers of Arabic, to whom in the back of Module Three our trainees also are prepared to teach successfully! A crucial part of the Module Three teaching system also included with your course modules is the Pronunciation CD.This illustrates how you can help your students improve their pronunciation dramatically, and, of course, their listening comprehension at the same time.
Module Five: English Grammar in Communications: An Important "Portrait Summary" for EFL Instructors, with Special Emphasis on Asian Learner Group Need. This is the English grammar review needed by persons who were not excluded from our course just because they could not remember, or had not learned, the grammatical terminology and parts of speech in English well enough to be able to explain things to students. This is also the English grammar you will need to help you explain grammatical elements and structures to your students quickly, efficiently and accurately, so that you can get them right back into their conversation lesson. (We are in the classroom to get them talking, after all, not to lecture about grammar for an hour or two!) Finally, this is grammar explained in the way you will need to know it in order to help Thais and other Asian learners overcome their unique problems. It's not hard; it's actually fun, if you do not try to memorize the whole book all at one time!
Module One: Teacher Orientation: Course Description, Requirements, Objectives and Benefits.
Module Two: The Need for Grammatical Knowledge by the EFL Teacher; and What's in theBooks? Practice in Finding and Teaching the Grammatical Skills and Structure of EFL Dialogs.
Module Four, Unit 1: How Students Learn – Preparing the Environment. Elements of learning theory; environmental factors; the different roles of teachers; the different personality types of students; cultural imperatives for the teacher trainees; principles of teaching; Class Control; Teacher Faults; Job Aids for Course Preparation, and many, many other essential subject areas.
Module Four, Unit 2: Successful Lesson Planning. 120 pages to make sure you have a good "flight plan" when you step into the classroom! The most complete lesson planning materials of any teaching certificate training course.
Module Four, Unit 3: Effective classroom techniques. Setting up a a productive learning environment and constructing a really good lesson plan are crucial. However, nothing will work if there isn't a lot of fun going on in the classroom! This unit contains a wealth of fun role plays, games and interactive situations to get everyone in the classroom involved and having fun. (Everything else disappears, in the students' minds: The are learning English and they're having fun. That's all that matters to them!)
Module Six: Teaching in the "Real World": Practical Tips, Guidelines and Readings to Ensure Success in EFL Teaching. Something else missing from most teacher training programs! What to do if you have to substitute teach for a friend who is sick (and didn't leave a lesson plan); how to teach from another teacher's lesson plan; how to correct students' mistakes without destroying their confidence; how to teach children; how to teach private students; how to teach business English: indeed, everything you need to know to go and teach successfully in the real world of EFL! That's what it's all about, isn't it?
The Teaching English to Young Learners Module: This indispensable module covers child learning theory; how to teach in children's schools, especially Thai and other Asian schools; what to prepare for; lesson planning for young learners; classroom control; choosing and using teacher materials; conducting fun games and role plays, as well as pair and group work; where you should be in the classroom; the vital need for a sense of humor; how to teach larger classes; how to control your teaching situation and get on well with school owners, principals, administrators and other Asian teachers; getting shy students to talk; correcting student errors, and all the other chunks and bits of information you will need to know to be a happy and well-paid teacher of children!
Finally, we include among your module materials, the elementary level of Raymond Murphy's famous book, Essential Grammar in Use. This book is too easy for you! It's your 'pharmacy'. In other words, when you see your students making the same mistakes over and over again (that is, by habit), you just copy the appropriate two pages from this book and give these to your students to do as homework. Then you spend a few minutes going over the homework and giving just a few short explanations and making some examples, and your students' mistakes begin to be a thing of the past.
The result of all this caring preparation on our behalf is best illustrated by the fact that our course certificate is readily and gratefully accepted by quality schools of all levels everywhere, sometimes even before our graduates are able to apply for work in person! Indeed, not only do our graduates find excellent work in Thailand, we also have graduates who are teaching on every continent of the globe except Antarctica – currently in over 30 different nations altogether.
In short, our courses are usually remembered very fondly by graduates, partly because of the fact that, instead of teaching sheets, they were given real teacher training books that they can refer to at any time, forever. The following teacher's unsolicited remarks illustrate this fact most eloquently:
" Hi James,
Ruth here. I'm still in Korea teaching at a 'hagwon' and have been meaning to email you for some time. After two years of teaching under my belt I have now realised that this has become my calling. It's a job that I love and it's all due to the outstanding training and content of your course. I have such fond memories of my time in Thailand, memories that I will never forget. Moreover the training that you give to potential teachers enables them to travel and teach anywhere in the world. Thank you for this gift James. I will treasure my freedom and new found joy in life."
— Sincerely, Ruth B.
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