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In-class Course Content
The course is essentially practical and is assessed continuously.
This is a typical course schedule (note that this is an example and timetables will vary from location to location): In the morning, there are input sessions on the skills and methods of teaching. The afternoon /evening consists of teaching practice (in small groups), lesson observation and lesson preparation. The course is, by nature, very intensive. The course is divided into six areas:
1. Classroom Management
This topic includes classroom arrangement, resource materials, maintaining discipline, giving instructions, the role of the student and teacher etc.
2. Teaching skills
This is a very practical element of the course aimed at building the candidates skills in areas such as teaching grammar, vocabulary, business English, creating own materials, correction skills etc.
3. Grammar/Language awareness
This section of the course aims to consolidate the trainees' knowledge of grammar and provide practical ideas as to how it can be taught.
Focuses on areas such as stress, intonation, rhythm and the International Phonetic Alphabet.
5. Unknown Language
Trainees are put in the position of language students and will be taught an unknown foreign language. This gives candidates a chance to view lessons as a student and note techniques used by the teacher when teaching beginners.
6. Teaching Practice
This is the most practical element of the course. The trainees teach real students of English and put into practice the skills learnt on the course. Through continuous assessment, thorough feedback and evaluation, trainees are kept up to date on their progress.