African Language Class 

Frequently Asked Questions

TEFL TrainingWe have listed below some of the more frequent questions that we are asked. If you are in any doubt or need to ask anything else please don’t hesitate to contact us.

 

You don’t need any qualifications to take part. All you need is to have is a reasonable level of English and by this we don’t mean that you have to be an English professor, so don’t worry if grammar isn’t your strong point – we will give you lots of help and advice during the course to help you and make you feel more confident in some of the more challenging aspects, such as grammar.

  • Do I have to be a native English speaker?

No. English doesn’t have to be your native language, but for the course to be worthwhile you do need to have a reasonable level of English. If English isn’t your native language, please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss your suitability with you.

  • TEFL Training MaterialsDo I need to be able to speak a foreign language?

Being able to speak another language can be very useful but it’s not essential. On your course you will be given the skills necessary to teach English in English! If you do have experience of learning a foreign language then that’s great as you will find it useful as you can draw upon your learning experiences which will aid you when teaching.

  • What are the age limits?

You need to be at least 16 years old to do the course. There is no upper age limit and TEFL teachers are of all ages from late teens to retirement age.

  • Will I be able to get a job after doing the course?

Taking part in the course is certainly going to help but we can’t give any guarantees that it will guarantee any future employment. What it will do is show any potential employer that you are committed to teaching English as a foreign language and that you have already made a concerted effort to acquire the relevant skills and qualifications. It will make you stand out from other hopefuls who haven’t taken the course. From a personal perspective, it will also give you confidence in your ability to teach English as a foreign language. All of these things will certainly aid you when applying for positions. A TEFL certificate is also be a valuable addition to any CV.

  • Where is the course held?

We currently hold courses in London as it has excellent accommodation options and transport links. We sometimes hold courses at a number of other city locations throughout England.  Click here to see the dates and locations, or contact us for details.

  • How do I apply?

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All you need to do is complete the booking form (click on the “Book Now” tab in the navigation). To secure your place you will need pay a deposit of £40 for classroom-base courses or pay in full for the distance learning course. For classroom-based courses, if you are applying within 28 days of the course date you will be required to pay in full at the time of booking.

  • What happens after I book?

On receiving your completed booking form, together with the appropriate payment of either a deposit of £40 GBP or full payment (for distance learning courses and late bookings), we will write to you (by email) to confirm your booking. You will then receive an itinerary and an invoice confirming your booking and you will also be given further information on what happens next. For classroom based courses, we will also send you further course confirmation notice once you are within 14 days of your start date. This will provide you will all the finalised details, including providing you with a map and instructions on how to find the venue and advice on what to bring with you on the day. For classroom-based courses, your course pack will be provided to you on the day. For distance learning courses, you will be sent all the information for your course on booking, so that you can begin your course immediately.

  • What should I bring?

You don’t need to bring all that much with you. Its best to wear nice comfortable clothing that you can feel relaxed in. You should bring some basic writing materials and a notepad. A clipboard is also very useful. You may wish to bring a packed lunch and a bottle of water. We will provide flipcharts and pens, and any textbooks that you may need.

  • What facilities are there at the venues?

Where ever possible we try to ensure that the venue is well-located and that it is within easy reach of road and rail links. We also try to ensure that there is good access to parking. As most of our venues are hotels, there will usually be accommodation, and usually a restaurant, available at the venue. Sometime these can prove to be a bit on the expensive side so you are welcome to make your own arrangements, including bringing with you a packed lunch. Any other facilities may vary between venues.

  • Do you arrange accommodation?

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Unfortunately we aren’t currently able to make arrangements for accommodation for participants. However, we will be happy to provide you with a list of nearby accommodations available. Our courses are held in hotels and there are usually rooms available, although we advise that you book early to avoid disappointment (please don’t make any bookings until you’ve received your final course confirmation notice from us).

  • Is the weekend course difficult?

It’s not difficult but it can be fairly intensive – although it’s also a lot of fun too! Anyone with a passion for people, for teaching, with a reasonable standard of English should be more than able to cope with any demands the course makes of them. If you would like to know more about the course please don’t hesitate to contact us and we will be happy to go through it with you.

  • What breaks do we get on the weekend course?

Course times are 9:00am to 9:00pm on the Saturday and 9:00am to 5:00pm Sunday - it might sound a long time but it does go by surprisingly fast! We have a short tea/coffee break mid-mornings and mid-afternoon and a break for lunch at midday. In addition we have long tea-break late in the afternoon on Saturday. Coffee, teas, mineral water and biscuits are provided. Please note that meals aren’t provided.

  • How quickly can I do the distance learning course?

TEFL TrainingIf you apply for only the distance learning course, then you will receive the course pack when we send out your confirmation to you, so within a day or so of you booking. If you apply for the distance learning course in addition to the weekend course, then you will receive your distance learning course pack when you arrive for the weekend course. As soon as you’ve got your course pack from us you can start. Although the distance learning course is designed to be an 80 hour course, people work at different speeds, with some people working more quickly than others. If you work hard at the course, you can hope to complete the course within the space of a month.

For the distance learning course you are required to submit two assignments; it can take anywhere up to 21 days to mark the assignments and return them back to you (although it is often much quicker than this).

  • How much time can I take in completing the distance learning course?

We ask that the course is completed within 6 months of starting, but ideally you should look to complete the course within 3 months. This is important because it ensures that the course stays fresh in your mind.

  • What if I want to make changes to my booking?

Changes can be made up until 21 days of your start date. No changes can be made once you fall within 21 days of your start date. Changes carry a minimum administration charge of £15.00.

  • What if I change my mind and want to cancel?

For classroom-based course:-

You can cancel your booking, without charge, whilst you are within the Cooling-Off Period. The Cooling-Off Period runs for 7 working days, starting the day after you book. An exception to this rule is where the cancellation is made within 14 days of your start date, in which case normal cancellation terms will apply.

If you are outside of the Cooling-Off Period, the following cancellation charges will apply:-

  • More than 28 days before your start date = loss of deposit;

  • 28 days or less before your start date = 100% of the course fee.

For distance learning courses:-
You can cancel your booking, without charge, whilst you are within the Cooling-Off Period. The Cooling-Off Period runs for 7 working days, starting the day after you book. If you cancel at any time after the cooling-off period you will incur a cancellation charge of 100% of the course fee.

  • What happens if I fail the courses?

You cannot fail the weekend course. Your certificate is for attending and participating.
The distance learning course is assessed. In the unlikely event that you do not ‘make the grade’ on the distance learning course, our tutors will help you overcome the difficulties and give you the opportunity of another assessment.