Intermediate Course Overview

Intermediate TEFL-YL Course

The College has signed an agreement with Cambridge University to integrate their CELTP (A version of the CELTA for Primary school aged-children, 6-12 years-old) into our existing Intermediate TEFL-YL course. This historic agreement between College President Frank Carle and Cambridge University Representative Tim Banks represents a big step in the increased recognition of the college’s teacher training program and the specialized training that we can offer young EFL teachers looking to advance their careers.

The College’s intermediate TEFL-YL consists of two components, the second of which contains a rigorous preparation for the TKT examination and the examinations themselves (Core modules 1, 2, 3, CLIL and Young Learners). In the first component, trainees review key issues in communicative language teaching methodology and the teaching program used which primarily focuses on improving learners speaking and listening competences. Why Cambridge University’s TKT? TKT is offered by Cambridge English (a part of the University of Cambridge), arguably the world’s most well-known and well-respected provider of qualifications in EFL and TEFL. As an official Cambridge English Exam Preparation Centre, the College’s Intermediate TEFL-YL course is designed to prepare trainees for the highest band possible on the TKT. Cambridge English states that, by testing into the highest band on the TKT examination, a candidate will demonstrate to employers a greater depth and range of knowledge than someone who has completed a CertTESOL, CELTA or other entry-level qualification (“Developing” as opposed to “Foundational” according to the Cambridge framework.

For those of you seeking to extend your EFL career and to gain more than an entry-level certificate, this is the course for you. It is important to understand that most employers do not specifically ask for the TKT in the way that some job ads ask for the Cambridge CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL (or equivalent) – there are more jobs (and far more applicants) asking for entry-level qualifications just as there are fewer jobs (and far fewer applicants) asking for higher level qualifications (TKT, DELTA, DipTESOL). The TKT examinations include specialised ESL topics like CLIL and this course specifically prepares trainees to work effectively with Young Learners, the fastest growing ESL age group in the world. The content of these examinations go beyond the basic language awareness and teaching skills included on the entry-level CELTA or CertTESOL, but not as much as a DipTESOL or a DELTA., successfully bridging the certified CPD gap between level 5 and level 7 on the QCF. A high mark on the TKT examinations help set you apart from other job applicants and ensures easier access to higher level courses like the DELTA, DipTESOL or Masters in TESOL. This course will help prepare participants to test into the highest band on all 5 modules, which will demonstrate to future employers a superior level of language awareness, teaching skills, CLIL and young learner knowledge compared to the holder of an entry-level CertTESOL or CELTA certification. Finally, as the TKT certification will be accompanied by over 30 observed and assessed hours of classroom experience during the practical component, past applicants have reported a nearly 100% employment rate 9 months after the completion of the Intermediate course.

Practical Component: Young Learners and Project Work

During this component, intermediate trainees are given extensive training on how they can adapt their teaching by adding new skills specific to communicative language teaching, project work and the young learner age group. After reviewing the essential skills associated with teaching English communicatively, trainees are given comprehensive input on teaching young learners combined with the ability to learn and then adapt lesson plans specific to different learners. Trainees are given the opportunity to teach independently but also to observe more experienced teachers, peers and vice-versa. These observations culminate in a comprehensive observation journal which allows trainees to reflect on their own teaching as well as that of others. Trainees are introduced to advanced aspects of communicative language teaching methodology. Trainees learn how to manage a classroom, communicate clearly and effectively, engage and motivate students and manage behaviour issues. Trainees are also introduced to game-based learning and techniques for creating an immersive environment in their classrooms. Working with young learners poses several challenges that one would not encounter when working with adults, and it is essential that many practical techniques in the classroom are mastered before moving on to more universal EFL themes that will apply to working with all age groups in the second course component.

This component covers the following units:

  • Unit 1: Communicative Language Teaching Skills
  • Unit 2: CLT Lesson Planning
  • Unit 3: Teaching Young Learners
  • Unit 4: Project Work in the EFL Classroom

Theoretical Component: Cambridge TKT

After a solid foundation of teaching practice experience, it is in component two where the course changes direction. The intermediate course starts the TKT preparation which provides trainees with a review of the most important aspects of teaching ESL and then focuses on the young learner age group and CLIL methodologies. It is after this component (which the college is certified by Cambridge English to run as an official exam preparation centre) that trainees are externally invigilated through five exams (TKT core modules 1,2,3, CLIL and Young Learners). The results of these examinations are on a separate graded certificate. This is an internationally recognised certification and performance resulting in the top band of the TKT demonstrates a higher competence in language awareness, teaching skills, CLIL, YL than an entry level certificate like the CertTESOL. These exams are recognised by employers and schools alike as bridging the CPD gap between a bachelor and a post-graduate level certificate. Trainees will complete a series of written assignments, classroom observation tasks and practical and theoretical workshops to prepare for the successful completion of the Cambridge English Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT). This component culminates in the trainees sitting 5 external Cambridge TKT modules (1,2,3, CLIL and Young Learners).

This component covers the following units:

  • Unit 1: Language and Background to Language Learning
  • Unit 2: Lesson Planning and Use of Resources for Language Teaching
  • Unit 3: Managing the Teaching and Learning Process
  • Unit 4: Content and Language Integrated Learning
  • Unit 5: Young Leaners

To receive the final certificates you will need to complete the course and pass both written and practical assignments.

Advanced Component: Teaching English to Primary Learners


  • Unit 1: Cambridge CELT-P
  • Unit 2: Teaching Portfolio
  • Unit 3: Continuing Professional Development (CPD) in the EFL/ESL Sector

Learn in order to teach
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