TESOL Hong Kong Course Content, Syllabus

The main course content is delivered and assessed through five units. The work for Units 1, 2, 3 and 5 is marked by your internal course tutors and moderated or sampled and checked by a member of the Trinity moderators panel at the end of every course. The moderator externally assesses the work for Unit 4.

The Units are:

Unit 1 : Teaching skills, assessed through:

  • Tutors’ evaluation of six hours of teaching with real learners
  • A journal including trainees’ own lesson plans, with self- and tutor-evaluation
  • A journal covering trainees’ reflective comments following observation of four hours of ESOL teaching by experienced teachers

Unit 2 : Language awareness including grammar and phonology, assessed through:

  • A test or practical project
  • Ongoing use of spoken and written English

Unit 3 : Learner profile, assessed through:

  • The preparation of a simple linguistic profile and needs analysis, including some basic phonemic transcription, of a single learner
  • The planning of, and reflection on, a one-to-one lesson
  • The preparation of recommendations for the learner’s future language development

Unit 4 : Materials assignment, assessed through:

  • Written rationale for the development of one piece of teaching material
  • Written evaluation of use of this in classroom teaching
  • Interview with a Trinity moderator to discuss the above and the ways in which materials development is beneficial to the development of teaching skills

Unit 5 : Unknown language, assessed through:

  • A journal covering trainees’ reflective comments on four hours’ tuition in an unknown language from the point of view of the beginner, including an analysis of the key aspects of methods and classroom management that affect the learner positively and negatively

Professional awareness and development, are an ongoing theme.  Successful trainees must demonstrate an awareness of the needs of other colleagues in the team, teaching and non-teaching, and the value of mutual support in the teaching, learning and training environment. They must also demonstrate an awareness of the need for professional development during and after the course, based on a constructive response to training input and feedback from tutors and peers.

Assessment

All trainees complete at least six hours of observed and assessed teaching practice with genuine learners, and produce a number of reflective written assignments. All courses are visited at the end by a Trinity moderator. The moderator talks to all trainees in groups and then individually in an interview, and samples trainees’ written work.

Areas of Assessment:

Teaching Practice and Teaching Experience Log:

The most important feature of the course is the emphasis on the development of specialist teaching skills through practice with classes of foreign language students. This will be as varied as possible, thus on leaving the course you will be able to inform potential employers that you have taught full classes, adults of different levels, and have experienced one-to-one remedial teaching.

Professional Development:

You will be expected to show a professional awareness of other colleagues in the team, as well as demonstrate pertinent self-evaluation and improvement as you progress through the course. Good personal organisation is essential.

Learner Profile:

This is a piece of writing based on one-to-one meetings with a student. It will consist of a biographical sketch of your assigned student with a description of his/her problems in the spoken and written language, and information about a follow-up lesson in which you try to help your student overcome selected problems.

Unknown Language Journal:

At the beginning of the course, you will have a short course in learning an unknown language. You will be put in the position of a beginner learning a new language. Your language tutor will use the methodology that you will be expected to utilise in your English classes. You will record your reactions to the teaching and learning on a daily basis and then consider the implications derived from the experience for teaching complete beginners.

Teaching Materials Assignment:

You will be required to present, discuss and evaluate materials you have used during your teaching practice on the course.

Language Awareness Tests:

You will be tested on the grammar and phonology taught on the course. The knowledge you will need is based on your ability to analyse the English you already use in every day communication.

It is important to note that attendance alone is not a guarantee of success. In order to pass you will be required to successfully complete all the written assignments, and in your teaching practice, demonstrate the techniques of communicative language teaching that are taught on the course.

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