The program consists of 160 hours of training and includes 10(min)-20(max) hours of practice teaching with local EFL students. The program contains a large module on grammar including the thirteen tenses and parts of speech as well as semantics and pragmatics. Students receive approximately 16 hours of in-class instruction focused solely on grammar. Methodology is addressed right away in week one of the course and reviewed continuously throughout.
The teacher trainers use a variety of teaching techniques in the classroom and customize additional workshops to fit trainee's specific needs. Trainees are given prep-time and aid in lesson planning as well as feedback pre and post observations. Trainees also team-teach, observe each other and give peer feedback. This gives trainees the chance to experience and try out new strategies and techniques in a supportive learning atmosphere, while gaining skills and confidence as a new teacher. Teaching hours are observed by both teacher trainers and peers. The teacher trainers here each possess a M.Ed., TEFL or equivalent certification, and have over 20 years of combined classroom experience. The English students whom you will teach during your practices are local Costa Ricans who come 2-3 times per week to receive instruction. You will teach each level a number of times and observe your peers on days that you are not teaching. This will give you exposure to teaching a wide range of students and levels while still allowing you to see the progression of the specific classes over one month.
Trainees will be given job placement assistance which they can use while they complete the certificate program or at a later date. Teachers will also complete a portfolio of their work throughout the program, which will be used in their future classrooms and as a tool during job interviews.