Launch Your Teaching Career

The idea of teaching English to speakers of other languages attracts a variety of people from all corners of the English- speaking world, from university students taking a gap year to long-term travelers to those who have decided to change their careers (and their lifestyles) and those who have retired. Teaching English overseas is an unforgettable experience that will give you the rare opportunity to immerse yourself in a foreign culture and to learn about a country and its people while traveling and earning money. There are also many exciting opportunities to teach English as a second or foreign language in South Africa.

Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a satisfying and rewarding career. There are positions available to teach various levels and age groups, from kindergarten to tertiary education and Business English. Most second or foreign language English classes are student-centered, communicative and activity based so that the students are given the opportunity to interact and learn English in a stimulating and interesting environment while having fun. The TESOL course will prepare you for a career in English language teaching.


Who should attend?

  • Individuals interested in a career in English foreign or second language teaching who have no teaching experience.
  • Experienced teachers who are interested in developing themselves professionally in the area of foreign or second language teaching.


Admission requirements

To register on the TESOL course, you need to fulfill all of the requirements below:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • First language proficiency in English.
  • Minimum of a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12).
  • A degree is highly recommended for employment purposes post-course, although not essential.
  • Successful completion of the pre-course assessment and interview.
  • Access to a computer, printer and the internet.


Course structure

The course consists of both theoretical and practical components. During the input sessions, our trainers will cover theoretical aspects such as language awareness, teaching methodology and the basic principles of teaching English as a second language. The teaching practice component of the course offers trainees the opportunity to plan and present lessons to real English foreign language students from local communities.


Course content

  1. Basic principles of teaching English
  2. Teaching strategies
    • Warmers
    • Giving instructions and setting up activities
    • Clarifying and eliciting
    • Teaching and learning activities
    • Using video and film
    • Using songs and music
    • Visual Aids
    • Student error and correction
  3. Classroom management
  4. Lesson planning
  5. Language and skills
    • Vocabulary
    • Grammar
    • Reading
    • Writing
    • Listening
    • Speaking
  6. Resources and materials for teaching English
    • Evaluating and exploiting course books
  7. Testing, assessing and evaluating general English
  8. Introduction to other teaching contexts
    • Teaching mono and multilingual classes
    • Teaching business English
    • Teaching exam classes
    • Teaching young learners
  9. Working in English language teaching
  10. Teaching practice


Teaching approach

The course aims to develop basic practical awareness and skills to equip trainees with the confidence, resources, and knowledge that they will need in order to teach, as well as to continue their development as teachers. The TESOL approach involves participatory learning, where trainees are very much involved in the learning and teaching process.


Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous and there is no final exam. Trainees are assessed on their practical teaching as well as a portfolio of written assignments. In order to complete the course successfully, trainees are required to pass all of the written assignments and teaching practice lessons.


Certification

On the successful completion of the course, trainees will receive a Certificate of Competence from the University of the Witwatersrand.


Course duration

The TESOL course is a 120-hour contact course which includes six hours of observed and assessed teaching practice. The full-time TESOL course is an intensive four-week course and it is advisable that you have no outside commitments during this period. The full-time classes run Monday - Friday, from 08h00 to 17h00.

The part-time course is offered two evenings per week and on Saturday mornings, running over a period of 12 weeks. The evening classes are held from 18h00 to 21h00 and the Saturday classes run from 09h00 to 13h00.


Course fee

R15,800


TESOL via Blended Learning

The TESOL via Blended Learning course is designed for candidates who cannot attend training for the duration of an on-site TESOL course or who are geographically remote from a TESOL training provider. Studying online via Wits Language School is an excellent way to bring your studies directly into your home. You have the control and flexibility to design your study schedule around your existing commitments and to study where and when you want to. The course is delivered by the same trainers who train on the on-site TESOL course at Wits Language School, thereby ensuring that you receive the same high standard of instruction from experienced trainers.


Who should attend?

  • Individuals who are unable to attend either the full-time or part-time on-site TESOL course at Wits Language School in Johannesburg.
  • Individuals interested in a career in teaching English as a foreign or second language who have no teaching experience.
  • In-service teachers who are interested in developing themselves professionally as teachers of English as a foreign or second language.


Admission requirements

To register for the TESOL via Blended Learning course, you need to fulfill all of the requirements below:

  • Minimum of 18 years of age.
  • First language proficiency in English.
  • Minimum of a National Senior Certificate (Grade 12).
  • A degree is highly recommended for employment purposes post-course, although not essential.
  • Successful completion of an online assessment.
  • Able to attend a one-week on-site practical component at Wits Language School in Johannesburg.
  • Reliable access to a computer and the internet.


Course structure

The course is structured as a multi-channel course, which includes:

  • A 12-week online component that trainees complete through self-study and online support from the teacher trainers.
  • A week-long on-site component that must be attended immediately after the online component.


Assessment methods

Assessment is continuous and formative, and there is no final exam. As you progress through the course, you will receive constructive feedback about your performance to help you develop your knowledge and skills. Candidates are assessed on their practical teaching, as well as a portfolio of written assignments. Candidates are required to achieve a minimum grade of 50% in each of these components.


Certification

A Certificate of Competence in TESOL via Blended Learning is awarded on the successful completion of the course.


Course duration

The distance-learning component of the course runs over a period of 12 weeks, plus an additional week of on-site instruction and teaching practice. It typically requires 120 hours to complete the distance-learning component. Each week, candidates complete about 10 hours of self-study.


Accommodation

Please note: The fee for the TESOL via Blended Learning course does not include any costs (travel, transport, accommodation, or incidental) that may be incurred by the student while attending the one-week on-site course component at Wits Language School.


Course fee

R11,700

There’s a range of TESOL courses to suit your needs. Choose from our 120-hour courses, or opt for the TESOL via Blended Learning course.

- TESOL full-time TESOL part-time TESOL via Blended Learning
Internationally recognized University of Witwatersrand certificate X X X
Get qualified to apply for TESOL jobs & internships X X X
Enjoy shared learning and fun group activities X X X
120-hour course over 12 weeks X X
120-hour course over 4 weeks X
Monday – Friday classes X
Evening and Weekend classes X


2018 Course Dates*

Full-Time and Part-Time TESOL Courses

Full-time Part-time
15 January – 09 February 30 January – 19 April
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
26 February – 23 March
07 May – 01 June 28 May – 15 August
(Monday & Wednesdays)
02 July – 28 July
27 August – 21 September 11 September – 29 November
(Tuesdays & Thursdays)
05 November – 30 November


TESOL via Blended Learning

Online Components On-site Components
22 January – 09 April 16 April – 20 April
21 May – 06 August 13 August – 17 August
10 September – 26 November 03 December – 07 December


*Classes will run based on the number of student registrations per intake

Program taught in:
  • English
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