TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHILDREN (TEC)

TEC advanced courses follow the TEFL Certificate Program or may be taken by any certified ESL teacher who wishes to expand his/her knowledge in how to teach English to Children. This part-time course will help the teacher learn the special needs of teaching children, including:

  • special skills in classroom management
  • positive discipline
  • creative activities for children
  • how to teach to a first-language learner

This course is mornings only for two weeks for a total of 30 hours of instruction.  Classroom observations and practice teaching are included in this course.

TEACHING BUSINESS ENGLISH (TBE)

Conducting business is developing enormously, making the use of English in business mandatory for many second language speakers.  Simply learning speaking skills and basic English grammar is not definitely enough these days for the executive who needs to do business internationally.

With this in mind, we offer this program which helps the ESL teacher meet the special needs of these business people.  The focus of this course is on how to teach English and International business affairs to the executive, including:

  • Preparing a business plan
  • Needs Analysis
  • Marketing research and Promotion
  • Business writing skills, letter writing, and internationally accepted resumes
  • Management skills
  • Intercultural Communications
  • International Banking and Money
  • Comparing Business Practices internationally
  • Telephone Skills
  • Conducting Business Meetings in English
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Business Idioms
  • Case study work
  • Classroom observations and practicum

This advanced course is designed to be taken after the TEFL Certificate Program, or by any already-certified ESL teacher who wishes to expand his/her knowledge in how to teach Business English. Check out also this post on the benefits of a bilingual education.

This course is afternoons only (and the occasional evening) for two weeks for a total of 30 hours of instruction.  Classroom observations and practicum are included in this course.
What are the differences between TESL and TEFL?

Well, actually there are not that many differences. TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language and TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

EFL is more of a British term and ESL is an American term, and beyond that, there is a distinction made between teaching the English Language to non-native speakers in non-English speaking countries (EFL) and teaching the English Language to non-native speakers in English-speaking countries (ESL).

However, this distinction is not always observed consistently.   Some British teachers are using  EFL (or TEFL) as a sort of blanket term whereas several American teachers use ESL (os TESL) as a sort of blanket term. The same applies to TESL and TEFL.

(ESL is ignoring the fact that students may very well be at their 3rd, 4th, 5th or 6th language.  EFL should stand for (on pedagogical grounds, some contend) “English as First Language!

In short, teachers holding TESL certificates are generally considered qualified to teach TEFL and teachers with TEFL certificates are usually deemed to have the qualifications to teach TESL.