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Transforming EFL Teacher Training: How the Directors of the English Teacher Training College Make a Difference

The English Teacher Training College and its Bilingual Classroom Initiative began its mission of helping children through English education and cultural exchange in 2011. The vision of the organisation came from two educators who had fallen in love with Austria and wanted to find a way to add value to the school system as well as transform the way EFL teacher training was happening.

Interview with English Teacher Training College President, Frank Carle

Our Marketing and PR Officer, Katharina Grabner, sat down with organisation President Frank Carle to ask him some deeper questions regarding the organisation and its impact on the TEFL sector. To find out more about how the College was founded, why Austria and the legacy Mr Carle hopes to leave, read on!

Interview with English Teacher Training College Co-Founder, Ben Stone

1. Why do you think teaching is so important?

Learning is a privilege. The opportunity to learn is an even greater privilege. In turn, teaching is a privilege and the opportunity to learn how to teach is an even greater privilege. Through learning and through teaching, we open doors for ourselves and for our learners which may never have existed for us.

The Beginning: TEFL-YL Program

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.

Day in the Life of a Student Teacher

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

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?

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!

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