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TESOL Course for Intermediate English Auckland
Please note that all TESOL TKT exams are scheduled for the Saturday immediately after the last Friday of the course, and TECSOL TKT exams are scheduled to be on the last Friday of the course

A minimum of 8 students is required. 7 weeks prior booking is required with payment to avoid late fees for the TKT test registration.

About the TESOL Course in Auckland

TESOL: Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

TECSOL: Teaching English to Child Speakers of Other Languages

Just one word - GREAT!! The more I studied about TESOL, the more I wanted to become an English Teacher in my home country!!

All the teachers trainers were very helpful and thanks to that, even though it was a very hard course, I could complete it. Before I joined this course, I thought it would be too difficult.

The truth is that I really enjoyed this course because day after day I could learn so many skills and techniques for teaching English.

- Students comments - TESOL Course / Auckland, New Zealand

Who is the TESOL or TECSOL Course For?

TESOL participants are non native English speakers that are either practising or aspiring to become English language teachers in their home countries. Participants have come from a range of backgrounds. Some participants have just finished university; some from the business world, some have already been teaching but want to upgrade their skills and some have a desire to focus skills on teaching children (TECSOL)

TESOL is an intensive, full time, English Language Teaching Methodology Course taught by highly experienced and qualified international teacher trainers. The course is designed to give you a range of practical skills for use with groups and individuals in the language classroom. There is 35 hours a week of contact time plus an additional 10 hours a week of self directed study

The TESOL and TECSOL Courses enable you to:

  1. Acquire essential knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching
  2. Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English to adult learners
  3. Demonstrate your ability to apply your learning in a real teaching context
  4. Experienced teachers will be able to up grade their skills
  5. Develop your English Language ability through practice and use

TESOL and TECSOL: In addition to the core teaching skills that you will learn, you will also gain:

  1. Confidence in the classroom and in front of groups of people – a great plus if you make presentations in your work
  2. Increased knowledge of available materials and resources
  3. The opportunity to observe and assess experienced teachers in the classroom
  4. Work with course participants from other countries

TESOL & TECSOL Course Entry Requirements

  • Participants should have at least an IELTS score between 5.0 and 5.5 (General or Academic), Cambridge First Certificate (FCE)"A","B" or "C" pass, or TOEFL 500 – 530 paper based test / 170 -200 computer based.
  • Participants without IELTS, FCE, or TOEFL, should have a "good intermediate" level of spoken English fluency, they will be sent a test to complete in order to prove their level.
  • Meeting the NZLC placement test criteria
  • Age: 18+

The Cambridge University Teachers Knowledge Test (TKT)

We are proud to announce that candidates for the TESOL course will also sit the new Cambridge University TKT exam, which will give them an internationally recognised certificate.

Cambridge University which is famous for its native speaker qualifications such as the CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) has now started an exam for non native teachers. The TKT exams can be taken around the world and for the first time offers teachers an internationally recognised standard.

An Overview of TKT

TKT tests professional knowledge about the teaching of English to speakers of other languages. It should be noted that TKT tests teaching knowledge rather than teaching ability and that language proficiency, e.g. listening, speaking and extended writing, are not tested.

TKT can be taken at any stage in a teacher’s career and offers candidates a step in their professional development and enables them to move on to higher-level teaching qualifications and access professional support materials such as journals about English language teaching (ELT).

The TKT Exam format and syllabus areas

TKT consists of five parts, the 3 Modules, the Practical, and the KAL, each testing different areas of teaching knowledge.

TKT: Module 1 (80 minutes / 80 questions)

Language and background to language learning and teaching

This module consists of three parts:

  • describing language and language skills (40 questions)
  • background to language learning (15 questions)
  • background to language teaching (25 questions)

What is TKT Module 1 test?

This module tests candidates’ knowledge of the terms and concepts common in English language teaching. It also focuses on the core knowledge underpinning the learning of English and knowledge of the options and resources the teacher can use in the classroom.

TKT: Module 2 (80 minutes / 80 questions)

Lesson planning and use of resources for language teaching

This module consists of two parts:

  • planning and preparing a lesson or sequence of lessons (40 questions)
  • selection and use of resources and materials (40 questions)

What is the TKT Module 2 test?

This module focuses on the knowledge and skills teachers need to be able to plan a lesson framework or series of lessons. Teaching in this context also refers to any assessment required by the teacher to consolidate learning. It also focuses on the resources that are available to guide teachers in their lesson planning.

TKT: Module 3 (80 minutes / 80 questions)

Managing the teaching and learning process

This module consists of two parts:

  • teachers’ and learners’ language in the classroom (40 questions)
  • classroom management (40 questions)

What does TKT Module 3 test?

This module tests candidates’ knowledge of what happens in the classroom during language learning, the teacher’s role and the ways in which the teacher can manage and exploit classroom events and interactions.

TKT: Practical (Specialist Module) (40-minutes lesson or two 20-minutes lessons)

TKT: Practical is an accessible and affordable way for teachers to get certification of their teaching abilities. It is ideal for teachers who have developed their skills and need formal confirmation of their practical teaching competence.

What is the TKT Practical test?

TKT: Practical includes assessment of:

  • lesson planning
  • classroom management
  • teaching skills

The test consists of the observation of the candidate’s teaching by a Cambridge ESOL assessor.

For NZLC TESOL students, the test can take place as part of a teacher training or teacher development course. The template will be provided by Cambridge ESOL.

TKT: Knowledge About Language – KAL (Specialist Module) (80 minutes / 80 questions)

What is the TKT: Knowledge About Language test?

TKT: Knowledge About Language (KAL), tests knowledge of the language systems needed by teachers.

TKT Knowledge About Language also focuses on the teacher’s awareness of the language needs of learners and the challenges students encounter in learning a second language.

The test is divided into four parts: testing knowledge of English from a teaching perspective in the areas of;

  • Lexis
  • Phonology
  • Grammar
  • Discourse

Course Syllabus Areas

Language Skills Development

Through the demonstration and participation of model lessons TESOL candidates will develop their own linguistic skills. All the topics for the demonstration lessons are taken from English language teaching contexts, for example different learning styles or methodology for staging skills lessons. Input includes:

  • Developing fluency in spoken English
  • Developing listening, reading and writing skills
  • Expanding vocabulary with particular reference to educational context
  • Building confidence in using English

Language Awareness

  • Language for describing language
  • Tense names and aspect. Using Timelines
  • Methods for presenting grammar to students
  • Understanding and teaching conditionals
  • Correction techniques for writing and speaking

Classroom Lesson Observation

Participants have the opportunity to watch experienced teachers with "real" students. Participants are given observation tasks, which form the basis of later discussion on the teaching techniques, and methodology. There is also video lesson observation.

Classroom Management

These sessions are designed to ensure that you can manage groups of people, with motivating and useful tasks.

The syllabus includes:

  • Task design
  • Lesson planning
  • Effective monitoring and minimising open class report back
  • Dealing with mixed levels and problem students
  • Classroom language and the role of the teaching voice

Materials and Task Evaluation

The syllabus areas include:

  • Evaluating published materials
  • Guidelines for creating materials
  • CALL

Methodology in Action

  • Discussions, readings and input include the following areas:
  • Understanding the learner and the learning context
  • Working with input test
  • Task based learning approaches to lessons
  • How to test in order to teach
  • Using the Total Physical Response method

Teaching Practice Internship

Participants will teach for a total of 3 hours to "real" students. Trained observers will observe these lessons. Participants will receive:

  • Group oral feedback
  • Tutor oral feedback
  • A written summary of the lesson with developmental points

TECSOL Course core content:

  1. Roles of teachers and learners
  2. Learning styles and their application to planning
  3. Lesson staging for both productive and receptive skills
  4. Drama, songs, music
  5. Story telling techniques
  6. Effective classroom management
  7. Using games to motivate and learn
  8. Discipline for young learners
  9. Developing resources, activities and creating varied lessons
  10. TKT Young Learner preparation
  11. Testing and assessing

TECSOL: Young Learners Key Features of the course:

  1. 2 primary school visits and lesson observations
  2. Library visit for “Wiggle and Rhyme”
  3. 6 peer-teaching sessions with written and oral feedback
  4. 3 assessed written tasks, journals and homework
  5. Pre-course task provided
  6. NZQA Level 4 approved Course Completion Certificate
  7. Performance Reports from trainers

About the TESOL trainers

The TESOL trainers have worked internationally and bring a wide range of key experience, qualifications and knowledge to the course. All TESOL trainers undergo a rigorous selection and training process. To further enhance quality the Training Center invests in recruiting top trainers from other centres around the globe to work at the Center. To ensure that the trainers are up to date with methodology the Teacher Training Department also encourages the TESOL tutors to work abroad each year on the international training/teaching circuit.

Grading and Assessment on the TESOL Course

After fully completion of the TESOL course and having taken the TKT test, you will be awarded with the following things:

  1. The Cambridge TKT exam gives you a final independent qualification, the TKT Certificate from Cambridge University.
  2. At the end of the TESOL you will receive a Certificate in TESOL from the Training Center in Auckland and a report. The report is the most important thing for you because it is what your future employers will require; it will be an invaluable tool in gaining employment. The TESOL report contains comments on the following areas:

Professional Development

The areas commented on in this area include:

  1. Punctuality in attendance and submission of work
  2. Attitude to work and colleagues
  3. Willingness to participate in the course and to support others

Written Work

The areas commented on in this area include:

  1. Quality of presentation
  2. Demonstration of theory into practice and an understanding of the input sessions
  3. Accurate use of language

Teaching Practice

The areas commented on in this area include:

  1. Your ability to transfer the theory into teaching practice
  2. Your ability to write comprehensive and logical plans
  3. Your ability to perform a range of classroom management functions
  4. Your ability to teach a variety of different activities


The areas commented on in this area include:

  1. Portfolio presentation and organisation
  2. Ability to maintain good records

A Typical TESOL Day

8.00 – 9.00Supervised Self study periodCourse participants focus on study and preparation for the days input sessions
9.00 – 10.40Input 1 – Introduction to Teaching PronunciationA hands on lesson introducing participant to the key terms of pronunciation and their meaning
11.00 – 12.15Learner styles and their impact on task types...
12.15 – 1.15Lunch...
1.15 – 3.15TKT preparation – lesson planning theory and practicePractical input focussed on Module 3 of the TKT exam
3.30 – 4.30Active study groupsCourse participants will complete work units from Module 2 of the TKT preparation course
After hoursHomeworkPreparing lesson plans or assignments and pre-reading for next days input. Please expect at least an hour a day of homework
**Please note the teaching practice will take place in Week Four for the course. This will mean changes to the afternoon program

How to apply for the TESOL course in Auckland

  1. If you believe you cover the minimum requirements to be considered as a candidate for the TESOL course fill in an initial application. If you haven’t taken the IELTS, FCE or TOEFL please, ask the Programmes Coordinator to also email you an English level test.
  2. Prospective trainees must complete the application form and return it to the Programmes Coordinator including a scanned copy of their IELTS, FCE or TOEFL certificate proving their level of English. The applicants who haven’t got the IELTS, FCE or TOEFL certificate will have to complete and email back to the Programmes Coordinator the English test that he will have previously emailed to them upon request.
  3. The trainers in Auckland will assess the application, and will decide at their own discretion if a vacancy for the TESOL course will be offered to the candidate.
  4. Successful applicants will receive an offer of a place on the course of their choice, if there is a place available.
  5. The balance is due 28 days, at the latest, before the course starts.
  6. The demand for vacancies on these courses is very high. Applicants are advised to apply at least two to three months before the start of the course, although there are occasionally places available due to last-minute cancellations.

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