The TEFL course is highly practical, with just enough theory to provide sound principles on which to base your practice. In the morning, there are input sessions on the skills and methods of teaching and on language awareness. There are thirty-three input sessions lasting a total of fifty hours.
Most of the sessions on teaching skills are practical workshops, and there is a strong emphasis on selecting, evaluating and adapting teaching materials. The teaching skills sessions also develop your abilities in areas such as teaching grammar and vocabulary, creating your own materials and correcting students errors.
Language awareness sessions aim to consolidate your knowledge of grammar and pronunciation, and provide practical ideas as to how these can be taught. If English is your first language, it's mainly just a case of developing your awareness of what you already know instinctively, and discovering methods to help you transmit that knowledge effectively.
This is the only really theoretical session of the course. Trainees are introduced to key features of the most important language teaching methodologies, and encouraged to reflect on their own experience of language learning. Features of the methodologies are then linked to issues in syllabus design and trainees consider the approach they might take when teaching private lessons with different types of learners.
The course has a very strong emphasis on selection, evaluation and adaptation of teaching materials. As most lessons are based on published materials, this is reflected in our teaching practice, which also makes extensive use of interactive whiteboards. In this session, trainees are given a package of course books to analyze, and then present their analyses to the whole group.
This example illustrates how many of our input sessions combine revision of a grammar topic with practical ideas for how to teach that topic. This session combines a general introduction to language functions with a specific focus on modal verbs. Trainees then continue their work on materials evaluation by analyzing a series of lessons from a course book in order to see how they present the functions of modal verbs.
The teaching practice is the main component of the TEFL course - this is what you're here to learn to do, so we make sure you get plenty of practice. During the four weeks of the TEFL course, you will have a total of ten hours of teaching practice. We provide more teaching practice than other TEFL courses to ensure that you have sufficient opportunities to develop your confidence in the classroom and put into practice the teaching techniques that you are learning about in the morning sessions. Most of your lessons are shared with other trainees, and you teach progressively longer sections.
Each of the lessons that you teach during the TEFL course is observed by one of the trainers. After each lesson, you have a discussion with the trainer and the other trainees who were sharing the lesson. The trainer stimulates your reflection on your lesson, encouraging you to recall the significant events of the lesson. The trainer's feedback notes the development of your teaching abilities and suggests areas for attention. You are also given detailed written feedback and a grade for each lesson.
TEFL Greece courses meet the three requirements of international accreditation standards, which are to be externally validated by a state university, provide 120 hours of input, and provide six hours of teaching practice. The ten hours of teaching practice that we provide substantially exceeds the minimum requirement of six hours which is usual for most TEFL courses.