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Teacher development course

Certificate in Teaching English Online

Who is this course for?

The online Teaching English Online course is designed for qualified/unqualified teachers who are teaching or planning to teach in an online environment. You may be tutoring a student in another country via video conferencing, or supplementing your face-to-face classes with a live online component. Your institution may be preparing to offer online courses and you want to be prepared for the change. It is ideal if you are looking for a way to improve the way you teach English online, help you plan live lessons and it will give you plenty of practical ideas and practice.

It is recommended that you have a CELTA / Trinity CertTESOL or initial teaching certificate to take the Teaching English Online course, although it is not strictly necessary if you have some initial teaching experience. No experience in online teaching is needed for this course.

What will you learn?

The online Teaching English Online course covers a range of topics including:
  • The pros and cons of teaching English online and how to ensure your learners get the most out of an online environment
  • How to effectively use software and hardware for live online teaching 
  • The importance of tutor presence in online courses
  • Activity planning, lesson planning and syllabus design for online courses
  • Option to focus on either business English online or teaching young learners online, both growth areas in online language instruction
  • How you can further your career as an online teacher, even starting your own business teaching online

How will this course help you develop?

The course content is very practical. Not only will you be finding out about successful examples of teaching English online from other teachers via reading and watching tasks, you’ll also get a chance to practice and develop your own skills with a tutor in individual live online sessions. You will develop an awareness of what strategies work best with a variety of learners, and activities that can motivate them. You will gain more confidence and learn how to create engaging, interesting lessons when teaching English online.

How will the course work?

For information about how this course works, the schedule and how you will be assessed, we recommend reading our FAQs section at the bottom of this page.

Course Tutors

As a participant of the online Teaching English Online course, you will receive personalised guidance from Daniel Lawrence or Anna Stubbs. They have a combined total of over 30 years teaching students online and developing resources for online EFL teachers.

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How can you take this course?

Online one-to-one course

  • Flexible – study over 3 or 6 weeks
  • 30 hours
  • Personalised attention from an expert tutor
  • Feedback on tasks and live tutorials

FAQ

Our teacher development courses are provided on a one-to-one basis with individualised attention from an expert tutor who will guide you through the three modules covering a range of topics. All of these courses are 100% online so you can take these courses from anywhere in the world.

You will need a laptop or computer, a webcam and speakers/ headset and a good internet connection. You do not need to purchase any account to connect with us but you will need to ensure that you have downloaded Skype / Zoom onto your device.

Our 30-hour teacher development courses are taken over either 3 or 6 weeks (you choose). If you choose to take the course over 3 weeks, you will need to dedicate around 10 hours per week to the course. If you take the course over 6 weeks, you will need to dedicate around 5 hours per week to the course.

You can start our teacher development courses on any Friday of the year. Your start date is when your tutor will get in contact to introduce themselves and connect you to the online learning platform. This doesn’t mean you need to be available on Fridays specifically.

The course is designed to be very flexible. The only thing you will need to schedule will be your three online tutorials with your tutor (one at the end of each module, around 25-30 minutes each). You will arrange a convenient time for this directly with your tutor.

The rest of the work (watching videos, reading articles, reflecting on your own teaching and completing assignments) can be done on a day and time which suits you. We will help you set some deadlines and you would simply need to make sure that you work through the content and complete your assignments on time.

This makes our teacher development courses ideal for busy teachers anywhere in the world.

During your teacher development course you will read articles, watch videos, reflect on your own teaching and complete tasks. You will then discuss the content with your tutor in our online learning platform and during your one-to-one live tutorials. For each module there is an assignment for which you will receive written and verbal feedback specific to your context and development.

In order to complete your teacher development course successfully, you will need to participate fully, meet deadlines and submit tasks to a satisfactory standard. Your tutor will measure your progress and provide feedback on your tasks. At the end of the course we will provide you with an Oxford TEFL digital certificate which states that you have completed and passed the course.

Taking a teacher development course will not only help you develop and fine tune your skills, it will also prove to potential employers that you are serious about your profession and willing to invest in your future.

When deciding which course to take, you should consider the area(s) you would like to develop, your goals for the future and demand in your area or in the industry.

It is not unusual to take more than one teacher development course if you are keen to advance your career and enhance your CV. This will also widen the employment opportunities within the ELT industry.