Teacher Qualifications at EF English First
What makes EF English First different to other English language companies is our commitment to teacher support and education. We understand that for many of our teachers, gaining qualifications and developing a sound knowledge in teaching is an important part of the job. That’s why EF offers a wide variety of sponsored courses and qualifications. EF provides access to qualifications on everything from the foundations of teaching, such as the 120-hour TEFL certificate, up to more advanced courses such as DipTesol and IDLTM. These courses are open to EF’s teachers as part of our ongoing commitment to fostering teaching talent. Teacher qualifications at EF are recognised by employers from all around the world and will help you get a head start in your career.
Teaching Knowledge Tests
You will take written tests, each assessing different aspects of your teaching knowledge. These qualifications are highly flexible as they do not require any commitment to an intensive training program. Assessment emphasizes teaching relevant to any context, meaning it takes into consideration your ability to work in your center, with your student groups, using your center’s tools and methodology.
You will attend face to face input sessions as part of a group of up to 15 peers. You will learn about aspects of language, teaching and learning, phonological theory, teach six hours of observed lessons and create a highly personalized learner profile for a student of your choosing.
You will create a teaching portfolio focusing on observation, developmental teaching practice and independent research. Each week you will give and receive feedback with up to 15 peers on the course. You will have the opportunity to focus on specific areas of teaching which you are engaged in (e.g. teaching young learners, business English, teacher development) and develop an understanding of current and historical developments in language learning theory and teaching methodology. Finally, you will take part in practical teaching with five observed and assessed lessons.