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Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Looking for adventure? Here is a way for you to teach English abroad.

Whether you're new to teaching or already have some experience, the TESOL course will prepare you to teach English as a second or foreign language. The course emphasises the Communicative Language Teaching methodology while providing you  with substantial opportunity to develop your practical teaching skills in an authentic English language classroom.

The course is offered full-time, part-time and via blended learning to cater for all lifestyles.

Course Fee

The full-time and part-time course cost is R15 950.

Duration

The full-time course runs for 4 weeks and the part-time course runs for 12 weeks (120 hours).

Qualification

Participants who meet all minimum requirements for the course are awarded a certificate of competence. 

Programme Overview

The TESOL course consists of both theoretical and practical components for teaching English.

During the input sessions, our trainers will cover theoretical aspects related to teaching English as a second or foreign language. These include language awareness, teaching methdology and the basic principles of TESOL and TEFL.

The teaching practice component offers trainees the opportunity to present lessons to real English foreign language students while receiving individual feedback from highly qualified trainers with local and international teaching experience. 

You are at the centre of your learning throughout the course. This is what makes Wits Language School's TESOL course one of the best in Johannesburg.

Our course dates for 2019 are
  • (Full-time) 14 January - 08 February, 18 February - 15 March, 20 May - 14 June, 08 July - 02 August,  26 August - 20 September, 28 October - 22 November.
  • (Part-time) 29 January - 25 April, 27 May - 24 August, 10 September - 07 December
Curriculum

Teaching Communicatively, Classrom Management, Teaching Aids, Phonology, Teaching Vocabulary, Teaching Grammar, Teaching Listening Skills, Teaching Reading Skills, Teaching Speaking Skills, Teaching Writing Skills, Error Correction and Assessments.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • Minimum 18 Years                             
  • Matric Certificate                                 
  • Proficiency in English (Assessed)                               
  • Although you do not need a degree in order to the TESOL course, please note that several countries require this as part of the visa process for jobs. 
Application Process

Step 1: Submit an enquiry form

Step 2: Download and Complete the registration form and pre-interview tasks

Step 3: Email your completed application form, pre-interview tasks and a certified copy of your ID to wls@wits.ac.za.   

Step 4: We will arrange a time for you to come in for an interview (approximately 1 hour).

Step 5: We will notify you within 24 hours of your acceptance. NB. No payment is to be made until we confirm that you have been accepted.

Step 6: Upon receiving confirmation of acceptance into the course with attached invoice, please send us the proof of payment to secure your seat. Note that the course must be paid upfront as we do not offer payment installments. 

Career Opportunities

Teach English in language schools around the world.

**The TESOL course does NOT qualify you to teach in public schools in South Africa.**

FAQS
1. Is the TESOL course accredited?

Yes. Wits Language School courses are registered as short courses with the Academic Planning Office of Wits University. Wits University is an accredited tertiary institution. The TESOL course also meets the international requirements of 120 hours with 6 hours of observed teaching practice.

2. Do you offer a TEFL? / What is the difference between TEFL/TESOL/CELTA

WLS offers a TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Although the names are different, TEFL, TESOL and CELTA all qualify you to teach English in a language school in South Africa or abroad.

3. Where can I teach with a TESOL?

You can teach in language schools (not public schools) in South Africa or abroad.

4. Must I have a degree?

To do the TESOL course, you must be at least 18 years old and have completed matric. However, please be aware that many countries also require a degree (in any field) as part of the work visa requirements for teaching abroad.

5. What is the latest that I can apply for the course? 

Since you need to do a pre-assessment and interview as well as a pre-course assignment, applications for the full-time and part-time TESOL courses close one week before the start of the course. For the blended learning course, applications close on the Thursday preceding the start of the course.

6. Do you do job placements? / Do you help with finding a job?

During the course, our trainers will provide you with information on where to apply for jobs. We also work with a number of reputable recruiters who can assist you in finding work abroad. However, please note that Wits Language School does not arrange job placements directly.

7. Is there an age limit to do the TESOL course?

For WLS, there is no upper age limit for people wanting to do the TESOL course. However, please be aware that many schools abroad prefer teachers under the age of 55 years due to the retirement age/immigration requirements in their countries. However, if you are a citizen of the country in which you would like to teach, the age limit does not apply.

8. Is there any funding available?

Unfortunately, no funding is available since it’s a short course.

 

TESOL via Blended Learning

The TESOL via Blended Learning course is designed for candidates who cannot attend on-site training for a full 4-12 weeks. This option offers you the best of both with 12 weeks of online studying and one week of on-site, contact sessions. You have the control and flexibility to design your study schedule around your existing commitments, and to study where and when you want to while still benefitting from teaching practicals.

Course Fee

The course costs R11 900.

Duration

The course runs for 13 weeks (120 hours).

Qualification

Participants who meet all minimum requirements for the course are awarded a certificate of competence. 

Programme Overview

The online component is run via an online learning platform where our qualified and internationally experienced teacher trainers will guide you through the theoretical aspects of the course, such as language awareness, teaching methodology and basic principles of teaching English as a second or foreign language.

Support materials are provided for each module, and you have the opportunity to communicate with your TESOL trainer as well as other candidates completing the course. This approach ensures that you are constantly supported in your online studies.

The on-site component is done in the 13th week and provides you the opportunity to teach lessons that you have already planned and received detailed feedback on. During this week, you will teach adults who are learning English as a foriegn/second Language. Each lesson is observed by one of our experienced trainers who will also provide individual feedback to help you develop further as an English language teacher.

Our course dates for 2019 are:
  • 14 January - 05 April (on-site: 8 - 12 April)
  • 20 May - 08 August (on-site: 12 - 16 August)
  • 09 September - 29 November (on-site: 02 - 06 December)
Curriculum

Teaching Communicatively, Classrom Management, Teaching Aids, Phonology, Teaching Vocabulary, Teaching Grammar, Teaching Listening Skills, Teaching Reading Skills, Teaching Speaking Skills, Teaching Writing Skills, Error Correction and Assessments.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • Minimum 18 Years
  • Matric Certificate
  • Proficiency in English (Assessed)
  • Regular access to a computer and internet
  • Although you do not need a degree in order to the TESOL course, please note that several countries require this as part of the visa process for jobs.
Application Process

Step 1: Submit an enquiry form

Step 2: Complete the registration form.

Step 3: Email your completed application form and a certified copy of your ID to wls@wits.ac.za.   

Step 4: We will arrange a time for you for an interview (approximately 1 hour).

Step 5: We will notify you within 24 hours of your acceptance. NB. No payment is to be made until we confirm that you have been accepted.

Step 6: Upon receiving confirmation of acceptance into the course with attached invoice, please send us the proof of payment to secure your seat. Note that the course must be paid upfront as we do not offer payment installments. 

Career Opportunities

Teach English in language schools around the world.

**The TESOL course does NOT qualify you to teach in public schools in South Africa.**

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