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Frequently Asked Questions
English Teacher TRaining College FAQ

General Questions

TEFL Program General Questions

When does the next program begin?

We are accepting participants for our next TEFL Program in Spring/Summer 2018.  The scheduled dates are February 19th to August 10th 2018.

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 program. 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 programs.

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 program. One to two Saturdays per program 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.

Do I need to be able to speak German?

No – you are not required to speak any German as part of the program. If you speak German, that’s brilliant! 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?

Student Teachers spend most mornings and early afternoons teaching in Austrian schools as part of the College’s Bilingual Classroom Initiative (ABCi). 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 – occasionally they might even literally be next door!

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.

Example Days:

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 Lunch/One-on-one Mentoring /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?

Food vouchers for the local supermarket are provided to Student Teachers to cover basic food costs. Many Student Teachers budget additional funds to supplement what the College provides.  Past Student Teachers have recommended the amount of €25 a week for food costs beyond what is 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 if I feel sick or 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 program calendar.

What if a fellow Student Teacher is not behaving appropriately?

The Welfare Assistant is here to take care of all Student Teacher welfare needs and they take all concerns into consideration. We also have a Student Teacher warning system in order to maintain a comfortable standard of living for all.

The Courses (Trinity CertTESOL)

How much does a CertTESOL 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 program.  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 shows that the value of a place on our program is over €10,000.  However, the TEFL Program (including the TEFL-YL, Trinity CertTESOL) at the English Teacher Training College only costs a fee of €105.  We are able to offer scholarships to qualified candidates due to our generous sponsors and the way our program is structured to ensure that the teaching practice in Austrian schools helps fund program 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.

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.

 

How are the English Teacher Training College’s courses different from other CertTESOL courses?

Our program provides 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 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 CertTESOL?

CertTESOL

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 behavioural 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.

 

How is the Trinity CertTESOL assessed?

For the Trinity CertTESOL Student Teachers produce six written assignments during the course and these include a test of grammar, lexis and phonology. Student Teachers must also complete a minimum of six hours assessed teaching practice with genuine learners of English. All the above must be completed to the recognised standard and Student Teachers are given professional guidance and support throughout the program. During Final Moderation, moderators from Trinity College London come to the College to review Student Teacher portfolios and assess their progress.

How can the English Teacher Training College’s CertTESOL program showcase my teaching skills?

You will have official observations for the externally moderated course (CertTESOL) 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 program and see how you have developed.

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 Program is that you will also teach learners in this age group.

What if I have a complaint about the program?

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 Ombudsman who hears any complaints about the program 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.

Admissions

What formal qualifications do I need to apply for the program?

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 that is also the entry requirement at the English Teacher Training College.

What is the average age of Student Teachers on the College’s TEFL Program?

Most applicants are between the ages of 20 and 25. Participants must be 18 years of age by the first day of the program.

Do I need to have prior teaching experience for entry into the program?

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.

Do I need a visa to take part in the program?

As a rule, EU nationals do not require any special visa to take part in a short-term academic program in another EU country. The College would provide successful non-EU applicants with the documents required to acquire a student visa (D-Visum) from an Austrian embassy or consulate in their home country.

For further questions about the Trinity College London CertTESOL please see http://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=201

 

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