Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Teacher Training Courses
The LTTC provides consultancy support for short- and long-term projects and has delivered tailored training to schools around the world, including Russia, Pakistan, Italy, Turkey, Cyprus, Jordan, Israel, Palestine, 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?”
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; developing reflective practitioners; intercultural awareness; English for teachers.
We have delivered training within teaching associations, on behalf of charities, and for public and private schools in more than 10 countries.
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.
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.
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.
4 weeks on the full-time course and 12 weeks on the part-time course.
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).
Yes. 100% attendance is required, regardless of prior study.
No. You will need to be fully focused on the course. It is intensive and you will need the time.
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.
You will teach students of mixed nationalities who will know that you are a trainee teacher. They attend the class for free.
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.
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.
Yes. There are assignments and an exam.
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.
Don’t worry – that’s what we teach you.
Great! This will probably be different, but it is an opportunity to look at teaching in a different way.
Most trainees who pass the CertTESOL do go on to find employment after the course, but there is no guarantee of work.
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.
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)
Advanced Learner Loans
CertTESOL is eligible for Advanced Learner Loans – see the catalogue on the UK Government website. You can get a loan of up to £811. The final date for enrolment is 31 July 2019. The course is listed as number 60001926. See the UK Government website for more information about Advanced Learner Loans.
Armed Forces Learning (ELC) Scheme
Lewis School of English is an Approved Learning Provider under the Armed Forces Learning (ELC) Scheme, and our provider number is 6467. This scheme is open to all serving members of the Armed Forces and any ex-service personnel who are registered for ELC. If you are planning your resettlement training or want to further your own professional development, contact us about the Level 5 Trinity CertTESOL course.
Professional and Career Developments Loans
We are approved by the Professional and Careers Development Loan organisation as a learning provider for CertTESOL. This means that you can, if eligible, apply for a loan to help pay for your CertTESOL course at our training centre.
Professional and Career Development Loans are commercial bank loans that you can use to help pay for work-related learning. You can borrow between £300 and £10,000 to help support the cost of up to two years of learning (or three years if it includes one year’s relevant unpaid practical work). The Government will pay the interest on the loan while you are learning and for one month afterwards. Following this, you will need to start repaying the loan as you would any other commercial loan product. You can use the loan to pay course fees or other costs such as travel and living expenses. You can also use the loan to supplement other forms of support such as grants or bursaries.
British military applicants should apply for ELCAS or go through their resettlement officer.
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.
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.
You must apply under ‘Key Action 1 – Learning Mobility of Individuals’.
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.
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.
For Trinity CertTESOL, individuals can apply for funding.
It will probably be the school principal, head teacher or whoever is responsible for training and development.
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.
>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.
The latest date is 2 before the course starts as interviews have to be conducted.
We would be happy to advise you on your final application. Contact email@example.com.
The application form can be downloaded from our CertTESOL page.
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.
We will inform you immediately after your interview.
Yes. You can apply for Erasmus+ support even if you recently had EU funding.
Your National Agency is the body in your country which is responsible for applications and information for the Erasmus+ programme.
Contact us to discuss the course. Also look at http://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=201.
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.
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.
Many of the LTTC’s teachers’ courses in Southampton are eligible.
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.
Yes – all course participants receive a certificate of attendance.
If you pass the CertTESOL, you will also receive a certificate from Trinity College London.
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.
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.
Normally around 10. Our minimum group size is 5 and the maximum group size is 14.
Courses are normally taught by a pair of tutors, with some specialist topics covered by other members of the teaching staff.
You should arrive at Reception by 9.00am on your first day. You must remember to bring your passport or national ID card.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
Full payment is required 14 days before the start of the course.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or by telephone on +44 (0)23 8022 8203.
If you have more detailed questions regarding the course content or trainers, contact Richenda in the training department. Richenda can be contacted by email at email@example.com 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.
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