As you may have already read in our TEFL: Getting started with section A” post, our RTW trip will begin with a TEFL internship in China from February 2015 with Immerqi. To get us ready for the challenges of teaching in China, we’ve been following the i-to-i TEFL 120-hour Online Course formed of two 60-hour sections: A and B.
How does Section B differ from Section A?
Section B is very much the consolidation of the TEFL training, drawing upon the foundation provided by Section A which teaches you the key theories and principles that you will later have to teach and use. We found that Section B wraps this together with active teaching techniques, providing you with ideas of activities that can be used and how to develop your own.
We found Section B to be much more interactive, with lots more mini-activities for you to complete during the learning process than Section A. These multiple-choice, selection and short-answer activities really helped to draw the ideas together, giving you the opportunity to reflect on what you have learnt and how to put it all into practice.
What are the assessments like?
The formal assessments (Checkpoints) are far more demanding than those in Section A – not because they are longer (in fact, some are only two questions long) but because they require you to apply what you’ve learnt at a much higher level. Across the three Checkpoints, we:
- wrote lesson plans;
- assessed student work, providing feedback;
- designed activities to consolidate student knowledge and develop specific skills.
These gave a really good insight into what it is going to be like working as a TEFL teacher – you could really see yourself preparing to deliver these lessons. As an added bonus, the feedback provided by the assessing tutors means that with a couple of tweaks for your particular group you have these resources ready to go!
What happens next?
So, now we’ve completed our 120-hours of online training (plus an additional 10-hour course on Teaching English Online), we don’t have any more preparatory training for the teaching side of things before we go to China. When we get there, we will have 20 hours practical training, making sure we’re as prepared as we can be for our first step into a Chinese classroom.
In the meantime, we’ll be switching our focus from TEFL to learning some basic Mandarin to help us along our way when we get there. We won’t be ignoring the TEFL ideas though – we don’t want to forget what we’ve put the effort into learning before we get there and a bit more grammar won’t go amiss!
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