The Call to Adventure

Amelia Earhart – ‘When a great adventure is offered, you don’t refuse it’.

When I applied to the Winter 2017 CertTESOL course, the word ‘adventure’ was appropriate for my overall feelings of what lay ahead. Looking back, my experiences reflect Joseph Campbell’s concepts of the ‘Hero’s Journey’ and the ‘Call to Adventure’. In essence this refers to when a person, living their normal life, suddenly receive an invitation or information which acts as a call to head into the unknown. To offer some perspective, I graduated in July 2016 with a BA (Hons) degree in History from Queen’s University Belfast. Like many graduates, I was stuck in this awkward limbo, unsure where the next chapter of my life would unfold. Looking back on it now, the day I stumbled upon the English Teacher Training College and their CertTESOL course on the Guardian jobs website was a blessing. This was my ‘Call to Adventure’.

Recommended by the Austrian Ministry of Education

We are very pleased to have been recommended by the Bundesministerium für Bildung - Austrian Ministry of Education - on their official website. The English Teacher Training College’s Bilingual Classroom Initiative (ABCi) was founded in 2011 with the goal of reaching every schoolchild in Austria with a free, fun and interactive English project by the year 2020. The organisation president, Mr. Frank Carle, is a former Fulbright Teaching Assistant who loved teaching in Austrian schools so much that he thought of a way to improve the school system and integrate English project work into the curriculum and deliver it in a fun and engaging way.

Our Spring Course 2017 Is Underway!

On Tuesday, April 18th, we welcomed 60 new Student Teachers to our Trinity CertTESOL and Cambridge CELT-P course. This is our largest intake to date and we are ready to start off the Spring Course with a bang!

Over the next 15 weeks, these Student Teachers will be earning over 220 hours of classroom experience in real Austrian classrooms as well as the world-renowned Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELT-P qualification. These Student Teachers will work with the College’s Bilingual Classroom Initiative (ABCi) in its aim to reach every child in Austria with a free, fun and interactive English project by the year 2020!

Through Thick and Thin: Graduation Winter Course 2017

We enjoyed a wonderful luncheon and Graduation Ceremony yesterday at Restaurant Schloss Hochhaus in Vorchdorf. Wonderful food and conversation were shared amongst staff and Student Teachers (now fully-fledged EFL teachers) as well as tearful goodbyes. Student Teacher Superlatives included "most fashionably late but always fashionable" and "loudest snorer". Surprise Course Tutor Superlatives, thanks to our Pressbaum Student Teachers, included "most likely to get your attention by yelling "Repeat After Me"" and "most likely to receive applause for walking into a restaurant". 

Day in the Life of a Student Teacher

Why You Should Spend Your Summer in Austria

There are many great reasons to visit Austria all year round, but we have compiled a list of five reasons why summer is one of the best times to visit Austria! Where will you be planning your next summer holiday?

Presenting English as a Living Language

One of your main challenges as an EFL teacher is presenting English as a living language. By living language we mean a way of communicating, the doorway to a new culture and a bridge to connect gaps in our understanding of this world we all share. Most students of English will only know English as a dry subject in a textbook. Students may know aspects of English and American pop culture, but may not be able to draw any connections to the language they learn in school. As an EFL teacher, you can really engage your students in their learning by making English useful to their everyday lives as well as a means to achieve greater goals

Can You Improve a School System?

YES! As a Student Teacher you have the opportunity to help children learn English while making meaningful contributions to an entire education system. Student Teachers gain an internationally recognized teaching qualification, the Trinity CertTESOL or Cambridge CELT-P, and over 220 hours of practical teaching experience – But we often hear about the intangible rewards being the most motivating, such as making a difference in the lives of children. Read about the ways becoming a Student Teacher and acting as a cultural ambassador brings value to the local community and works towards the bigger picture.

Pressbaum Campus Tour

How to Be a Cultural Ambassador

As an EFL teacher, you often find yourself sharing not only your language with your students, but your background and experiences as well. It is important to know how and why sharing our culture improves our language teaching. Enrich your lessons by offering your students the opportunity to go further in their understanding of English. Follow these five steps and learn how to be a cultural ambassador in the classroom!

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