Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Southampton Courses

Where is Southampton? How do I get there?
What do I need to bring?
Who do I contact if I have questions?
When do I need to enrol and pay by?
Do I have to have any teaching experience?
Is there a minimum level of English?
Is there any pre-course preparation I should do for the course?
Do I get my meals provided? Can I cook for myself?
Where will I stay?
Where will the course be held?
Where should I go on the first morning and at what time?
How many trainers/ tutors will there be on the course?
How many people will there be in a group?
Will there be people from lots of other countries there?
Will I be given materials on the course?
Do I get a certificate?
How can I find out what others before me thought of your course?

Funding

Can I get funding to attend my chosen course?
What is Erasmus+?
Who can benefit from this funding?
Which part of the Erasmus+ programme do I have to apply under?
What is a European Development Plan?
Can I apply as an individual?
How can I / we apply?
Who do I contact in my school?
How much money can I apply for?
When do I have to apply?
Where can I find an application form?
When will I know if I have been successful?
I have previously had Comenius funding. Can I apply for Erasmus+ funding?
Where can I find more information?
Does Lewis have a PIC number?
Is my school / college / university / institution an organisation?
Is Lewis a recognised course provider?

CertTESOL Courses

Why Lewis and not somewhere else?
Why CertTESOL?
How long is the course?
What is the day like?
Is there a part-time course?
Do I have to attend it all, as I have already done xyz?
Will I be able to work/go to a wedding/ look after the kids, etc?
What is the format?
Who will I teach?
Do I have to teach every day?
Who will watch me teach?
Is there any written work?
Will I get personal (ie 1:1) supervision?
I have never taught before.
I have taught before.
How do I apply?
Will I definitely get a job at the end of the CertTESOL course?
What happens if I fail?
Can you organise accommodation?

Training in your Country

What can Lewis Teacher Training do for us?
What are the LTTC’s main areas of expertise?
Who has the LTTC worked with in the past?
Who are the people who work for the LTTC?

 

Southampton Courses

Where is Southampton? How do I get there?

Southampton is located in the centre of the south coast of England, just 75 minutes from London.

By taxi we are 20 mins from Southampton Airport (SOU), 45 mins from Bournemouth Airport (BOH), 1 hour from London Heathrow (LHR), 1.5 hours from London Gatwick (LGW), 2 hours from Luton (LTN) and 3 hours from London Stansted (STN).

For coaches visit www.nationalexpress.com. It is a very economical and convenient option from Heathrow or Gatwick. Your destination is Southampton Coach Station.

For trains visit www.nationalrail.co.uk. Your destination is Southampton Central.

What do I need to bring?

Passport
Any medicine you regularly take
Mobile phone
Letters from the Lewis School

Who do I contact if I have questions?

If you have questions about your payment or accommodation, or for any general enquiries, please contact Suzie at our reception. You can contact Suzie by email at suzie@lewis-school.co.uk or by telephone on +44 (0)23 8022 8203.

If you have more detailed questions regarding the course content or trainers, contact Jonny in the training department. Jonny can be contacted by email at jonny@lewis-school.co.uk or by phone on +44 (0)23 8022 8203.

If you need to contact the school in an emergency outside our normal opening hours, call +44 (0)23 8022 8203. You will hear a recorded message informing you of our emergency contact number.

When do I need to enrol and pay by?

Full payment is required 14 days before the start of the course.

Do I have to have any teaching experience?

No.

However, you must have clear aspirations of becoming a language teacher (in the very near future) and must be acting on those aspirations – these are serious (but fun!) courses for dedicated teachers.

Is there a minimum English level?

Our methodology courses have a minimum English level of Intermediate Plus. This is equivalent to B2.2 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Our CertTESOL course has a minimum English level of Advanced, or C1 on the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR).

Is there any pre-course preparation I should do for the course?

Only the Trinity CertTESOL Course has pre-course reading and tasks to complete.

There is no pre-requisite reading or study to be done before our other courses. However, if you would like to do more research in your chosen field before you arrive, please contact us and we will put you in touch with the course tutor, who will be able to provide guidance in this area.

Do I get my meals provided? Can I cook for myself?

If you have chosen to stay with a host family, you will be provided with breakfast, evening meal and all meals at the weekend. If you have opted for residential accommodation (available in summer only) you will be expected to cook all meals for yourself, although meals are available in several restaurants and snack bars within close proximity.

Where will I stay?

Accommodation is available year-round with carefully-selected host families. In the summer (late June to early September) there is also residential accommodation available at a local private residence 10 minutes’ walk from the school.

Where will the course be held?

Courses are held year-round at our teacher training centre in Southampton (on the same site as the Lewis School of English). We sometimes use rooms in the language school too.

Where should I go on the first morning and at what time?

You should arrive at Reception by 9.00am on your first day. You must remember to bring your passport or national ID card.

How many trainers / tutors will there be on the course?

Courses are normally taught by a pair of tutors, with some specialist topics covered by other members of the teaching staff.

How many people will there be in a group?

Normally around 10. Our minimum group size is 5 and the maximum group size is 14.

Will there be people from lots of other countries there?

Course participants come from all over the world, though some topics tend to attract higher enrolments from particular countries. Feel free to ask us at any time regarding the nationalities of other participants on your chosen course.

Will I be given materials on the course?

On the first day you will be given a personalised course folder.

Every course provides bespoke material, many will be hard copies and some will be accessible online through our dedicated forum – lewis.wiggiosites.com.

Do I get a certificate?

Yes – all course participants receive a certificate of attendance.

If you pass the CertTESOL, you will also receive a certificate from Trinity College London.

How can I find out what others before me thought of your course?

Join our online community of teachers at www.facebook.com/lewisteachertraining, where many former course participants are more than happy to share their experiences.

Upon request we can also provide a summary of student feedback.

Funding

Can I get funding to attend my chosen course?

Yes you can.

Teaching Methodology Courses
You can apply for Erasmus+ funding to attend any of our in-service teacher training courses (1 or 2 week courses). See the next questions for more detail regarding Erasmus+, including how to apply.

Trinity CertTESOL (4-Week Intensive Course)
There is a British Council scheme for graduates. For more information email opportunity@britishcouncil.org. Successful applicants will get 50% of course fees back after finishing the course.

The following conditions apply. Applicants must be:

• A university graduate within the last three years
• A UK citizen (must hold a British passport, or Irish passport for Northern Irish domiciled only).
• Employed for no more than 16 hours a week for the duration of your TrnityCertTESOL/CELTA
• Not employed as a teacher, or currently engaging or about to enrol in other higher education courses at the time of your Trinity CertTESOL/CELTA course

British military applicants should apply for ELCAS or go through their resettlement officer.

What is Erasmus+?

Erasmus+ is the new EU funding programme for education, training, youth and sport. It replaces the previous programmes such as Comenius, Grundtvig and Erasmus.
For more information, go to the Erasmus+ website.

Who can benefit from this funding?

You!

The programme is open to teachers, trainers and students from all EU Member States as well as Iceland, Turkey, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Norway and Switzerland.

Which part of the Erasmus+ programme do I have to apply under?

You must apply under ‘Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals’.

What is a European Development Plan?

Each school should have a development plan (sometimes called a ‘school development plan’ and sometimes a ‘European development plan’).

This is a document which outlines the training and professional development taking place in your school, and how it fits with European objectives. Your school can have a development plan for one or two years.

The final funding application should be for the total amount necessary for all staff training. If the funding is awarded, you and your school/organisation can then choose which LTTC course(s) you would like to participate in. Not all of our courses are eligible for EU funding.

Can I apply as an individual?

Erasmus+
Under Erasmus+ only organisations can apply. Your school/college/institution is an organisation, so you can apply through your school. The training you apply for has to fit into your School/European Development Plan.

Trinity CertTESOL
For Trinity CertTESOL, individuals can apply for funding.

How can I / we apply?

Erasmus+
We have broken this down into 6 important steps. Click here to find out more.

CertTESOL
Apply via our CertTESOL page.

Who do I contact in my school?

It will probably be the school principal, head teacher or whoever is responsible for training and development.

How much money can I apply for?

Your school must apply for the total amount needed to cover all training as identified in the European Development Plan. The money will cover course fees, travel costs and living and accommodation expenses while abroad.

When do I have to apply?

Erasmus+
>The deadline was Monday 17 March, 12 midday Brussels time.

The next deadline has NOT been set yet. The date will be released this autumn (according to our recent correspondence with Erasmus+). The next deadline date will probably be early in 2015. We will confirm the deadline date as soon as we know.

All Erasmus +applications have to be made through your National Agency.

CertTESOL
The latest date is 2 before the course starts as interviews have to be conducted.

Where can I find an application form?

Erasmus+
Application forms should be available on your National Agency website now. The draft EU Application forms are still available, for reference.

We would be happy to advise you on your final application. Contact study@lewis-school.co.uk.

CertTESOL
The application form can be downloaded from our CertTESOL page.

When will I know if I have been successful?

Erasmus+
You will be told if you have been successful within a maximum 10-12 weeks of the application deadline. This means that all LTTC courses from 1 July will be eligible for funding.

CertTESOL
We will inform you immediately after your interview.

I have previously had Comenius funding. Can I apply for Erasmus+ funding?

Yes. You can apply for Erasmus+ support even if you recently had EU funding.

Where can I find more information?

Erasmus +
For more information, please visit the Erasmus+ FAQs page, the EU Erasmus+ overview page or the EU Education and Training page. Also, visit the European Commission’s full guide to Erasmus+.

Your National Agency is the body in your country which is responsible for applications and information for the Erasmus+ programme.

CertTESOL
Contact us to discuss the course. Also look at http://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=201.

Does Lewis have a PIC number?

If you are naming Lewis Teacher Training Centre as a Partner Organisation, name us under our trading name: ‘Lewis School of English’. Our PIC number is 947673414.

Is my school / college / university / institution an organisation?

Your school is an organisation and you can apply through your school. Before your school can apply for funding, a nominated person will need to register with the European Commission Participation Portal.

Once this has been done, this person will need to register the school/organisation and get a PIC number.

For more information, Erasmus+ have provided a step-by-step guide to completing this process.

Is Lewis a recognised course provider?

Yes.

Many of the LTTC’s teachers’ courses in Southampton are eligible.

 

TEFL Courses

Why Lewis and not somewhere else?

LTTC CertTESOL tutors are highly experienced teachers and trainers, including tutors on many of LTTC’s other courses. All tutors have been approved by Trinity College London.

Why CertTESOL?

CertTESOL is an initial teaching qualification that employers know and trust.
The CertTESOL is at level 5 of the UK Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF). No other initial TEFL course (except the CELTA) is ranked on the RQF.

How long is the course?

4 weeks on the full-time course and 12 weeks on the part-time course.

What is the day like?

In a word, ‘intensive’.

The full-time course typically runs daily (Mon-Fri) from 9.30am until 5.30pm.

You should also expect to be working every evening for a minimum of 3 hours and during the weekends (self-study at home).

Is there a part-time course?

Yes. Check our CertTESOL page for dates and prices.

Do I have to attend it all the course, as I have already done xyz?

Yes. 100% attendance is required, regardless of prior study.

Will I be able to work / go to a wedding / look after the kids, etc?

No. You will need to be fully focused on the course. It is intensive and you will need the time.

What is the format?

Your first week will be more theoretical, but we do not follow a traditional lecture format. Rather, it will be an interactive week consisting of workshops, discussions, some lecture-type input and practical skills.

From the second week onward, your day will be structured so that there will be input in the morning and teaching practice in the afternoon.

In the second week you will teach 4 x 30-minute lessons. These are practice lessons.

In the third and fourth week you will teach 2 x 60-minute lessons per week. These will be graded.

Who will I teach?

You will teach students of mixed nationalities who will know that you are a trainee teacher. They attend the class for free.

Do I have to teach every day?

In week 2 you will teach 4 x 30-minute lessons (on consecutive days). These are practice lessons.
In weeks 3 and 4 you will teach 2 x 60-minute lessons per week. These lessons are graded.

Who will watch me teach?

Your tutor and your peers. There is an observation and feedback process which is very important to your development. Trainees often cite this experience in their post-course feedback forms as being the most worthwhile.

Is there any written work?

Yes. There are assignments and an exam.

Will I get personal (ie 1:1) supervision?

Supervision is in teaching practice groups of a maximum of four. Each trainee also has at least two individual tutorial meetings with their supervisor during the course.

I have never taught before.

Don’t worry – that’s what we teach you.

I have taught before.

Great! This will probably be different, but it is an opportunity to look at teaching in a different way.

How do I apply?

You can find the application form on our CertTESOL page. You can also click here to download it directly.

Will I definitely get a job at the end of the CertTESOL course?

Most trainees who pass the CertTESOL do go on to find employment after the course, but there is no guarantee of work.

What happens if I fail?

The CertTESOL is based on a system of continuous assessment throughout the four weeks. However, unlike the CELTA there is a referral system in place on the CertTESOL if you experience minor difficulties, for example if an assignment is not up to scratch. On rare occasions trainees do fail and these are dealt with on an individual basis. The continuous assessment process should enable tutors and trainees to identify areas of concern long before the end of the course.

Can you organise accommodation?

Yes, we provide homestay accommodation all year round, and in the summer we also offer residential accommodation located a 5-minute walk from the school.

 

Training in your country

What can Lewis Teacher Training do for us?

The LTTC provides consultancy support for short- and long-term projects and has delivered tailored training to schools around the world, including Russia, Europe (Italy and Turkey), the Middle East (Jordan, Israel & Palestine), South America (Colombia) and India.

We typically work with English language departments during term-time or vacation periods to update their methods of teaching and their language proficiency, and we can even go into their classroom to encourage and support adoption of new skills that are introduced throughout the course.

Typical course objectives:
“We want to adopt a Continuous Professional Development system.”
“Our teachers need to improve their English for the benefit of the students’ quality of education.”
‘We need to adopt newer methodologies so that students are more interested and engaged.”
“Our school wants to specialise in language teaching. How can we get there?”

Get in touch to learn about our past projects.

What are the LTTC’s main areas of expertise?

Teacher training and mentoring; student-centred strategies; trainer development; classroom observation and feedback practice; Continuous Professional Development (ie becoming a self-sufficient department of teachers); materials development and evaluation; ICT in language education; literature in language teaching; teaching in vocational contexts; intercultural awareness; English for teachers.

Who has the LTTC worked with in the past?

We have delivered training within teaching associations, on behalf of charities, and for public and private schools in more than 10 countries.

Who are the people who work for the LTTC?

First and foremost they are teachers – individuals who do not lose touch with the everyday challenges of teaching students (of all ages).

Additionally they are highly experienced teachers, trainers and materials writers. They come from various backgrounds and many have specialisms which lend themselves to specific language areas, such as Speech and Language Therapy, which lends itself to pronunciation, communication strategies, and awareness of learning difficulties.

Some of our trainers also present at teaching conferences.

What would you like to find out about?

Contact Us