The course is 120hrs, 4 weeks, Mon to Fri, and additional hours will need to be done in your own time for resourcing, studying and planning. Your certificate is for the standard 120h course, including observed practical lessons. This is the preferred requirement for schools worldwide, and they are now reluctant to accept online courses or the shorter 60hr courses. You get your certificate on the last day of the course, along with a letter of recommendation and a detailed report to show prospective employers.
All of the learning is done hands on through games and interactive activities. You will never just be lectured to, but will always be involved in every lesson. The theory in the course is presented by the trainer using games, activities and strategies that you will then be able to use in your own teaching, allowing you to build your portfolio of activities and teaching tools from day one. Your observed teacher pracs will start from week two, when you’ll be able to apply these techniques yourself.
We limit our numbers to small groups, so that we can offer personal assistance with lesson planning and any area you may need help with such as grammar etc. Our practical training includes both youth and adult lessons, at various schools and businesses around the island. Should your course be over a school holiday, we’ll use the same children, but teach them in the form of a summer camp.
Kathryn Webb is our head trainer and co-owner of the school, and she’s highly qualified to teach the course. She left the USA 20 years ago to move to Italy. She not only has a degree in psychology, (great for some pointers on classroom management!) but has a DELTA (Diploma of English Language Training to Adults) as well as a CELTYL (Certificate of English Language Training to Young Learners), so is qualified to teach both adults and children. Prior to moving to Samui, Kathryn owned a prestigious language school in Italy for nine years. Her company, Language Studios, trained teachers, placing them in contracts to teach at Italy’s top fashion houses and other businesses. Language Studios also ran classes for children and adults at their own school. Kathryn believes in making classes fun and has some brilliant ideas to share with trainee TEFL teachers.