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Please note: You have one year from the date of purchase to complete your course.
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1A. Bookmark this page
Save this page in favorites so you can easily find it again.
1B. Read these directions
Read ALL the directions BEFORE you do anything. Read all the way to the bottom of this page. THEN go back and start your course.
2. Download the examination and lesson plan project
Read them. They will help you know what is required. The examination and first lesson plan are about 70% of this course. You can download it HERE. You are free to use the examination as a study guide.
3. Read these pages and listen to their related podcasts
Read the pages in the Teaching Skills and TEFL Skills pages on the website. You can find these sections on the navigation bar at the top of each page. See below:
Read the Teaching Skills pages first in the order they are placed on the navigation bar - top to bottom. See below:
Then read the TEFL Skills pages in the same order - top to bottom.
You may read the same pages in your course manual: TEFL Training for New Teachers, but the pages on the website are updated more frequently, often daily. You can download this ebook from the sidebar on the right side of this page.
Review the downloads on all these pages. For some of the longer downloads, just review for the main ideas.
4. Listen to the podcasts related to each page
Ten of the TEFL Skills and Teaching Skills pages will have a podcast to go with them. You can play the podcasts directly from the PODCASTS PAGE or you may download them and play them on your device. They are simple mp3 files.
Some people find it easier to listen to the podcast related to a webpage FIRST. The podcasts are informal and conversational explanations of the topics. They are typically only 5-6 minutes, though two are 16-18 minutes.
For the Teaching EFL Grammar page, download Fast Track Grammar Review for EFL Teachers and review areas where you might need help. You will need this ebook to help you with the grammar questions on the examination.
5. Please note:
Consider the materials we offer to be reference materials. You do not need to memorize everything here. It works best to familiarize yourself with the concepts and vocabulary from all the pages and go back to them when you need a more detailed perspective. Get the BIG ideas first and then go back later and get the details.
6. Take the examination and write your first lesson plan
Download your examination HERE. Read the directions carefully. It is an open book test with no deadline, except that you must complete it within the one-year time limit of your course.
Take the examination: refer back to your materials as needed.
Your first lesson plan is part of the examination and should be submitted at the same time. The directions for your first lesson plan are in the examination. Read those directions carefully.
The first lesson plan has an assigned topic. Write a detailed lesson plan teaching intermediate level high school students the language they would need to ask and answer questions about their hobbies. Do not submit a lesson plan with a different topic. Submit ONLY the assigned topic.
Below are three example lesson plans. Review them before writing your first lesson plan. Use the same format.
You can download our lesson plan format HERE.
These example lesson plans are Word files and will open in a new window.
These examples are all very good but each has a few flaws. Each is a real lesson plan submitted by a student who took this course and did very well.
Hobbies Lesson Plan – Example 1
Hobbies Lesson Plan – Example 2 – this is a more grammar oriented hobbies lesson
Hobbies Lesson Plan – Example 3A – Lesson Plan
Hobbies Lesson Plan – Example 3B – Worksheet
Hobbies Lesson Plan – Example 3C – Boardwork
You will notice small errors in these lesson plans. They were written by students and we have left them as submitted.
7. Submit the examination and lesson plan
Note: BEFORE you submit your lesson plan project, please review it with this Ten-Point Lesson Plan Checklist to make sure you have covered everything that is important.
When you have completed your examination and lesson plan project AND checklist, send them to TEFLbootcamp@Gmail.com
It usually takes 1-3 business days to review your work and send you some feedback. If your work does not meet the required standards, we will tell you what the issue is, how to fix it and ask you to resubmit that part of your work. We will do everything we can to help you learn the material and succeed.
8. Please do not submit any additional work until you receive our feedback on your examination and lesson plan project.
We will usually have suggestions/recommendations for your following lesson plan(s).
9. For the final component of your course.
Download your ESP manuals from the sidebar on this page.
Review your ESP manuals and write an ESA or PPP based lesson plan for each area. Write THREE lesson plans, one each for Business English, Hotel and Resort English and Teaching Examinations (TOEFL, IELTS, TOEIC, etc.).
For Business English and Hotel/Resort English, teach functional occupational language related to the students' workplace. Read HERE for information on functions. The Business English manual is full of functional lessons.
For the Teaching Examinations lesson plan, you may teach any topic you wish as almost everything is tested on those exams. We encourage you to consider writing a lesson teaching specific reading or writing skills, but will accept anything relevant to examinations.
HERE is a link for a webpage that has example lesson plans for each of your ESP lessons. They will help you understand what we are looking for. The example lessons range from simple to complex. None are perfect, but all are pretty good and all of them were written by students taking this course, so you might occasionally see a spelling or grammar error. We wanted to keep them authentic. The lesson plan page requires a password and it is 88888888 (yes, eight 8s).
Write the ESP lessons (above) for intermediate level students. ESP classes are most commonly 60-120 minutes.
When you have finished the lessons, review them with the Ten-Point Lesson Plan Checklist to make sure you have covered everything that is important.
When you have completed the checklists, send the lesson plans to TEFLbootcamp@Gmail.com
If the review of your work indicates that you have passed your course, your certificates will usually be printed within 2-5 business days after the decision. The hard copies are usually placed in the mail to you within a further 3-5 business days.
10. Submit your details for your certificates
At the same time that you submit your final lesson plan, please also send us your name exactly as you would like it on your certificates and the address to which you want the hard copies to be mailed.
PLEASE NOTE: Mailing certificates to China, South Africa and Saudi Arabia...
Mail to these countries is quite unreliable. We print and mail certificates to you free of charge via First Class service through the United States Postal Service. However, we provide this service only once free of charge. If we need to print an additional set of certificates and re-mail them, there are additional charges to do so.
For the countries above we strongly recommend that you pay for registered mail to help assure delivery (about US$25). For Saudi Arabia, we suggest FEDEX service (about US$120 depending on exactly where in the KSA). Contact us for the details.
If additional certificates need to be printed the cost is US$25 plus mailing costs for one and US$45 plus mailing costs for a set of four or five.
To avoid the costs, some people have their certificates mailed to friends or family that are coming to visit them.
For any country where you are not sure if the postal service is reliable, please send your address both in English and in the local language and include your local telephone number.
Note about lesson planning:
This course stresses the use of good teaching methodology and formal lesson planning. While most experienced and well-trained teachers rarely use fully developed lesson plans, there is a reason why we use them here.
Proper lesson planning, using good method, helps you learn how to think through the best way to teach language skills. Once you have gone through the process of writing a few good lessons, you will begin to see the process more clearly and it is that process that will help you become a much more effective teacher.
Be patient with that process, some people get it more quickly than others, but it does come. And you will see the difference it makes in your classroom.
Note for experienced teachers:
At the start, this course can be more difficult for experienced teachers who have never taken a TEFL/TESOL course that involved using proper teaching methodology.
This course requires you to use PPP or ESA methodology and you may need to break some existing habits. But by the time you finish this course, you will have some new and very effective teaching skills.
Be flexible, learn something new, and get your money's worth out of your course.
TEFL Training for New Teachers