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    TQUK Accredited Certificate

    The school in Barcelona maintains the highest quality assurance standards for TESOL/TEFL training through external accreditation. The TESOL certificate you will obtain upon graduation is accepted and valued by ELT employers all over the world. This course leads to an OFQUAL recognized TQUK Level 5 Award Certificate in TESOL.

    This 4 week course is internationally recognized and accredited by TQUK, and exceeds the international standards for a professional level TEFL Certification (most accredited TEFL courses run from 106-120 hours) as set forth by the British Council and other leading bodies in the international field of TEFL.

    The course curriculum has been externally monitored and approved for by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK), an officially recognized Awarding Organization that is regulated by Ofqual. Ofqual is the British Government body responsible for monitoring and maintaining educational standards in the United Kingdom. It is also recognized as a leader in providing vocational and professional qualifications to colleges and private training providers in Education & Training. The curriculum meets the internationally recognized requirements of more than 100 hours of academic work and 6 hours of practicum (student teaching/observation) for a professional level TEFL certification.

    Course Aims

    The overall aim of the Teaching English as a Foreign Language program in Barcelona is to provide a thorough course, which includes a balance between the theory and methodology of TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), and to thoroughly prepare you for teaching in any overseas environment.

    Who Can Apply

    To be accepted onto the course you do not need to have prior teaching experience or teaching qualifications. This is an initial teaching qualification in the specialized field of English teaching. If you do not hold a university degree, you should hold qualifications for entry to tertiary level education (e.g. A levels, High School diploma, etc.), although exceptions are made with those candidates who demonstrate their suitability for the certification through the questionnaire in the application form. Non-native English speakers will be accepted onto the course on equal terms to native English language speakers provided that they demonstrate a high command of the language. Applicants need to be at least 18 years old.

    Pre-Course Task

    Once you have been accepted, and you have paid your deposit we will send you a pre-course task consisting of a grammar workbook covering the most essential aspects of the English grammar with corresponding exercises so you can practice in preparation for the course.

    Here is some recommended literature:

    • The Practice of English Language Teaching, J Harmer, Longman (this is the set book for the course)
    • Learning Teaching, J Scrivener, Heinemann
    • Teaching English Pronunciation, J Kenworthy, Longman

    Please note this is merely a list of recommended reading for those willing to start ahead. The different concepts in the recommended literature will be introduced and revisited often during the certificate program.

    Arrival and Orientation

    On arrival, you will be given a welcome pack consisting of all sorts of practical information on how to get about in the city (map, public transport timetables, places of interest, local doctors who speak English, hairdressers, restaurants and shops where English is spoken, essential and emergency telephone numbers, cell phone information, etc.). Plus all our staff will always be there to help you with their extensive local knowledge.