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TEFL CourseThe TEFL Lab is a dedicated teacher training centre, and we specialise in training people to become Teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

Our aim is to train teachers right at the start of their career, so that they can provide the high standards of English teaching that is in demand throughout the world. With this in mind we’ve set ourselves three simple goals:

  • To encourage intelligent, talented people from a diverse range of backgrounds to choose English teaching as a career
  • To give our students the best training possible, using excellent course materials and inspirational teaching methods
  • To send our new teachers out into the world, confident and fully equipped to teach English anywhere on the planet

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By Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

teacherThe CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults), a quick re-cap: a full-time course over 4 weeks wherein, as part of a teaching group of 4-5 people, you learn to teach English as a foreign language. You start teaching on your second day and you also have to hand in assignments. Both lessons and assignments are graded determining whether you pass or fail. That is the gist of it.

The CELTA is an intense course and not for everybody, so at a cost of around £1200 (approx figure, 2011), it is not a choice to be taken lightly. However, if it is for you, it is very rewarding and although at times challenging, also very enjoyable.

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By Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

As promised, I’m giving you my book tips for surviving your CELTA course. Last week I mentioned that as well as all that lovely teaching, there are also assignments that need to be done. Throughout those four weeks, the help I received from my tutors and my peers was invaluable, but so were the following books:

Good All-rounder
This is your TEFL bible. An all-rounder. It will help you in all aspects:

  • Teach EFL by David Riddell (Hodder)

Grammar
There are plenty of grammar books out there. You will need to use them for your assignments, but they are also infinitely helpful when preparing for lessons.  These two are my favourites:

  • English Grammar In Use by Raymond Murphy (Cambridge)
  • How English Works by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter (Oxford)

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CELTA: The Basics

By Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

studyingFour weeks isn’t very long. Whichever way you look at it, it is a short space of time. This is what was most blindsiding to me when I began my CELTA. I had friends who spent years at university becoming teachers and they were doing very well for themselves because of it, and I was supposed to be a teacher after four short weeks? I was disinclined to believe such a notion, but it seemed to indeed be a tried and tested formula so I dove right in.

The first day was much like any other that I’d experienced in various learning institutions: an amalgamation of meet and greets combined with a whirlwind of paper denoting timetables and deadlines. But. for the rest of the course the basic structure was this: input in the morning, teaching practice in the afternoon.

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By Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

I loved doing my CELTA. I worked my last shift in a bar on the Saturday and by the following Monday morning I was told that the very next day I would be meeting my first set of students. An ACTUAL class were supposed to be learning from me. Crazy! But first, let’s journey back just a smidge…

interview prepWe must first get through the rigmarole of online forms and interviews. Aside from the usual requirements: education, past employment and the fact you have a strong individual initiative as well as being able to work well as part of a team, there are a couple of extras. For instance there are a few language awareness questions, and for mine, I also had to write 500 words on my best language learning experience. I must admit, the first time I was faced with this online form, I closed the window and had to return to it at a later date. However, I did manage to re-group and was called for an interview.

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By Donna Hutchinson
Newly-qualified TEFL Teacher, @donnatamara

studyingThe CELTA. Where it all begins, where you learn from the oracles of TEFL and begin your emotional rollercoaster of a journey into the unknown TEFL world. I mean, yes, this is true, my tutor Danny was an all-knowing, all-seeing, all-powerful TEFL being, without whom I would have no clue how to function in this world in which I currently reside. BUT, it is one’s motivation to do a CELTA that I feel is wholly more fundamental.

My pre-CELTA days were spent doing the usual: gap year (yah), university (BSc Psychology) and working in bars.  I couldn’t help feeling, however, that there was something out there that would be better suited to my brain and my heart and my sleeping pattern.

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By Jon Duckett
Experienced TEFL teacher and director at TEFL Jobs London

TEFL courses in London

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There are many TEFL Courses on offer in London. If you are thinking about doing a TEFL course in London it is important to think how you want to use that course. That way you can pick the right course for your intended goal.

TEFL Courses are NOT all the same. There are now hundreds of course providers and different types of courses meaning it has now become very confusing for prospective TEFL teachers. TEFL Jobs London puts a stop to that confusion with our clear points below:

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