Frequently Asked Questions
- How much does a CertTESOL and CELT-P cost at the English Teacher Training College?
- Where will I be living?
- With whom will I be living?
- Do I need to be able to speak German?
- What will my day look like?
- Is food provided with my scholarship?
- How will we travel between campuses?
- What do I do if a fellow Student Teacher is not behaving appropriately?
- What do I do if I feel sick? What do I do if I have an out-of-hours emergency?
- How much free time will I have?
- How well recognised are the Trinity CertTESOL and Cambridge CELT-P?
- How are the English Teacher Training College's courses different from other CertTESOL and CELT-P courses?
- What is the difference between the Practical Module and the Theoretical Module of the TEFL-YL course?
- How are the Trinity CertTESOL and Cambridge CELT-P assessed?
- How can the English Teacher Training College’s CertTESOL and CELT-P course showcase my teaching skills?
- What if I have a complaint about the course?
- When does the course start?
- What formal qualifications do I need to apply for the course?
- What is the average age of Student Teachers on the College's TEFL-YL courses?
- Do I need to have prior teaching experience for entry into the course?
- Will I be qualified to teach children as well as adults or will I need an additional qualification?
- Do I need a student visa to take part in the course?
How much does a CertTESOL and CELT-P cost at the English Teacher Training College?
When you fill out an application, you are applying for a scholarship which covers your costs to participate on the course. Prices for externally moderated courses are set by the individual provider so there is no limit for what each provider can charge. Usually a four-week intensive CertTESOL course costs over €1800. A look at our 2016 budget, will show that the value of a place on our course is over €10,000. However, the course at the College only costs the Student Teacher a membership fee of €105. We are able to offer scholarships to qualified candidates due to our generous sponsors and the way our our course is structured to ensure that the teaching practice in Austrian schools helps fund course fees. This all leads back to the College’s mission as a non-profit to provide scholarships for quality teacher training to young people based solely on their academic merit and potential as cultural ambassadors.
Where will I be living?
The College provides dorm-style living within walking distance of our three campuses, Vorchdorf, Pressbaum and Wolfsberg. These dorms are same-gender shared bedrooms with communal kitchens and bathrooms. Student Teachers will rotate between two or more of our campuses.
With whom will I be living?
You will be sharing the dorms only with other Student Teachers on your course. This allows you to form a close bond with your fellow Student Teachers, bringing the teacher development into the informal environment of the dorms and encourages you to work together to master our intense courses.
Do I need to be able to speak German?
No – you are not required to speak any German as part of the course. If you speak German, that’s brilliant! Of course it helps if you can understand what the children are trying to say and can help them along to say it in English. For anything you need related to the College we will have a German-speaking member of staff available to help you.
What will my day look like?
Teaching practice takes place in Austrian state schools. Schools in Austria generally begin around 7.45am and end around 1.30pm. The school day is typically 6 lessons of 50 minutes each, usually with 5 minute breaks between each lesson and longer breaks between the 2nd and 3rd, and 4th and 5th periods. On days where you have 90 mins to travel to a school, you will be leaving the dorms before 6am and returning after 5pm. This is an extreme example and there are also many commutes that are just 30 minutes to and from the teaching practice locations.
Some days you will be allotted professional development days on campus. These days Student Teachers are expected to be on campus and might be scheduled for the VLE (Virtual Learning Environment) or adult learner sessions in the evening.
TEACHING PRACTICE DAY:
6:30am-7:30am Travel from Campus to School
7:30am-1:30pm Teaching Practice in schools
1:30pm-2:30pm Travel from School to Campus
2:30pm-3:30pm One-on-one coaching / supervised lesson planning / group feedback
3:30pm-4:30pm Input Session
PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT DAY:
8:00am Arrive on campus
8:00am-10:00am Teaching practice with the Morning VLE
10:00am-1:30pm Reading / Prep Time
1:30pm-3:30pm Teaching practice with the Afternoon VLE
3:30pm-4:30pm Input Session
4:30pm-6:00pm Teaching practice with the Adult Learner group.
Is food provided with my scholarship?
Basic food is stocked in the communal kitchen at the dormitory on a monthly basis. The essential food which is provided does not allow for specific dietary needs. Many Student Teachers purchase their own food to supplement what the College provides. Past Student Teachers have recommended the amount of €25 a week for food costs beyond the essentials provided by the College.
How will we travel between campuses?
Most of the time you will be driven in a College car by staff between the campuses. Due to logistics, you may on occasion be asked to travel by train between the campuses. For this reason any luggage you bring with you should be small and light enough to carry on a train. You will be notified of any moves you will be making like this in advance.
What do I do if a fellow Student Teacher is not behaving appropriately?
The College Welfare Coordinator is here to take care of all Student Teacher welfare needs and they take all concerns into consideration. We also have a strict Student Teacher warning system in order to maintain a comfortable standard of living for all.
What do I do if I feel sick? What do I do if I have an out-of-hours emergency?
Our Welfare and HR staff begin their day at 6:30am. If you are ill please contact them and they will help get you to a doctor. There is always a member of staff on call over the weekend to help solve any emergencies and their contact information can be found on the course calendar.
How much free time will I have?
Typically, evenings and weekends are always free as well as any Austrian public holidays which occur during the duration of the course. One to two Saturdays per course are referred to as 'Change-over Saturdays' - On these days Student Teachers will be travelling from one campus to the next on their rotation schedule.
How well recognised are the courses at the College?
The Trinity CertTESOL
Worldwide there are only two immediately recognizable preparatory certificates for ESL teachers, the Trinity CertTESOL and the Cambridge CELTA. The CertTESOL is accredited by Ofqual, the statutory body authorised to regulate qualifications in this field in England, and the (former) British Association of TESOL Qualifying Institutions in establishing a national framework of specifications. The CertTESOL is accepted as an initial qualification by the British Council; English language teaching organisations accredited by the Council; and in their own teaching operations outside the UK.
The TKT and the Cambridge CELT-P
The CELT-P and the TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) are 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.
How are the English Teacher Training College's courses different from other CertTESOL and CELT-P courses?
Our courses provide at least 29 hours of observed teaching practice hours (peer observations, observing an experienced course tutor, being observed yourself and self-observations via microteaching videos) and over 300 teaching practice hours total (official observations, unofficial observations and unobserved lessons), more than any other CertTESOL or CELT-P course. Most of your teaching practice will be with the fastest growing market in the EFL industry: Young Learners, but you will have opportunities to have teaching practice with adult learners as well as distance learners on the College’s online Virtual Learning Platform, a fast growing part of teaching ESL around the world.
What is the difference between the Practical Module and the Theoretical Module of the TEFL-YL course?
In the Practical Module, Student Teachers are introduced to the fundamentals of communicative language teaching methodology and the in-house active learning teaching program. Student Teachers learn how to manage a classroom, communicate clearly and effectively, engage and motivate students and manage behaviour issues. By starting with a theoretical module Student Teachers have a unique opportunity to become used to the classroom environment before beginning the CertTESOL. This allows Student Teachers to focus on learning the more theoretical elements of teaching in ESL before applying these methods during the second module.
During the practical module Student Teachers follow Trinity College of London’s CertTESOL syllabus and have their 8 observed CertTESOL lessons in Austrian schools with Austrian pupils.
In the Practical module of the CELT-P course, Student Teachers are introduced to communicative language teaching methodology and the in-house active learning teaching program. Student Teachers learn how to manage a young learner classroom, communicate clearly and effectively, engage and motivate students and manage behaviour issues. Student Teachers are also introduced to game-based learning and techniques for creating an immersive language environment in their classrooms. Working with young learners poses particular challenges that one would not encounter when working with adults, and it is essential that 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 module.
In the theoretical module, Student Teachers on the CELT-P course complete a series of written assignments, classroom observation tasks and practical and theoretical workshops to prepare them for successful completion of the Cambridge English CELT-P. The CELT-P itself is a blended learning course that combines classroom teaching and in-person input sessions with online study materials and is externally moderated via their online platform. This module culminates in the Student Teachers sitting the externally invigilated Cambridge TKT:YL examination and a final summative observation conducted by the College’s Director of Studies.
How are the Trinity CertTESOL and Cambridge CELT-P assessed?
For the CertTESOL you will have to produce six written assignments during the course and these include a test of grammar, lexis and phonology. You will also have to complete a minimum of six hours assessed teaching practice with genuine learners of English. All the above will have to be completed to the recognised standard but you will be given lots of professional guidance and support.
How can the English Teacher Training College’s CertTESOL or CELT-P course showcase my teaching skills?
You will have official observations for both the externally moderated courses (CertTESOL / CELT-P) and in-house official observations done by Course Tutors. These, along with a portfolio of lesson plans you prepare yourself, will help you when applying for jobs as future employers can follow your improvement throughout the course and see how you have developed.
What if I have a complaint about the course?
We hope your time with us doesn’t give you the need to make an official complaint, but the College does have an independent external Ombudsmann who hears any complaints about the course or your assessment results and rules objectively. If you are not satisfied with the handling of your complaint in Austria, Trinity College of London has their own complaint channels that can be followed.
When does the course start?
Our next course begins August 28, 2017.
What formal qualifications do I need to apply for the course?
Trinity College London states that all Student Teachers must possess sufficient educational qualifications to gain entry to higher education (i.e. university or equivalent), and therefore is also the entry requirement at the English Teacher Training College.
What is the average age of Student Teachers on the College's TEFL-YL courses?
Most applicants are between the ages of 20 and 25. However, as long as you are over the age of 18 there are no restrictions on age and the College accepts applications from mature students as well.
Do I need to have prior teaching experience for entry into the course?
Experience working with young learners (particularly in non-traditional teaching environments, such as summer camps, youth groups or outdoor education) is advantageous; however, no prior teaching experience is necessary.
Will I be qualified to teach children as well as adults or will I need an additional qualification?
CertTESOL: This course will give you experience with a range of learners from primary school to adult. The teaching of young learners, especially those aged between 8 and 12 years old, requires special methods, materials and means of assessment. Young learners’ motivation and attention are different to those of adults. The advantage in doing the CertTESOL as part of the College's TEFL-YL course is that you will also teach learners in this age group.
CELT-P: This course is aimed at those wanting to specialize in teaching young learners, although you will also have opportunities to gain teaching experience with adult learners. Experience gained through this teaching practice will help you diversify your skill set and give you a chance to see how teaching young learners differs from teaching adults. You will be notified of this in advance via the course calendar and these adult learner lessons can take place on your professional development days.
Do I need a student visa to take part in the course?
As a rule, EU nationals do not require any special visa to take part in a short-term academic course in another EU country. The college would provide successful non-EU applicants with the documents required to acquire a student visa from an Austrian embassy or consulate in their country.
For further questions about Trinity College of London’s CertTESOL please see http://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=201
For further questions about the CELT-P, please see http://www.cambridgeenglish.org/teaching-english/teaching-qualifications/celt-p/