Structure of the course
The TEFL course is a fully intergrated component of the University of West Bohemia’s International Summer Language School [ISLS] now enrolling almost 600 students in courses in five languages. The practice classes taught by the TEFL participants are actual non-native speakers of English enrolled in the ISLS.
- Five days a week, TEFL participants spend:
- one 90 minute class period exploring TEFL/TESL theory, interculteral communication, and professional development and background
- one 90 minute class practicing highly practical classroom activities and management, preparing lesson plans, and debriefing taught lessons ;
- one 45-minute class applying the techniques of TEFL/TESL by leading small groups in English of students enrolled in the ISLS.
- First week, participants take:
- four 90 minute classes learning practical Czech to understand the "challenge" of learning a second language in context and to experience techniques for working with beginners who do not speak your language
- Second and third week, participants complete
- observations of EFL teachers from the UK, Australia, the U.S., Canada, Germany, and of course, the Czech Republic.
- independent tasks to develop awareness of their teaching skills
- Each student will receive at least two formal observation reports from a highly experienced EFL instructor.
- To pass the course at the highest level, each participant must prepare a profession portfolio of activities by the end of the course.