Specialist Certificate in TESOL with Cambridge Teaching Knowledge (Foundation)

Overview

Please download the application forms under the ‘Application Details’ section.

Rationale

With English becoming a global language and a widely spoken and learned language, the demand for English language teachers has been on a rise across the globe. This is especially so in Southeast Asia where English is the official language for the ASEAN member countries. Currently, there is a shortage of classroom teachers who are trained in teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). There are also more and more graduates and other professionals who aspire to be certified in TESOL and suitably trained in teaching English to adult learners.

This 120-hour RELC Specialist Certificate in TESOL with Cambridge Teaching Knowledge (Foundation) is a widely respected and accepted qualification that is designed to support teachers throughout their careers – from early classroom practitioner to experienced professional. Once you are a certified TESOL teacher, you will have access to a wide range of opportunities such as working in public schools, private language schools or centres, summer schools and universities with learners of different ages and abilities, including adult learners.

For private fee-paying applicants, the course is suitable for:

  • other professionals with a bachelor degree but little or no teaching experience, and would like to consider a career change in teaching English to adult learners; and
  • university graduates who want to teach English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) abroad.

Aims

The course aims to provide you with a solid foundation in the theory and practice of Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). It will prepare you for serving the needs of English language learners, as well as enhance your teaching career.

By the end of the course, you will be expected to demonstrate the following learning outcomes:

  1. Understanding of English Language Learning and Teaching in the 21st century
  2. Awareness of, and the ability to use current language teaching approaches and frameworks
  3. Understanding of an effective language classroom in which learners are actively engaged and appropriately supported
  4. Awareness of the individuals and groups of language learners, and of the motivation of learners in various cultures and contexts
  5. Awareness of, and the ability to respond to, specific needs of language learners for the current and possible future contexts
  6. Knowledge of grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation and their use of terminology in the classroom
  7. Knowledge of and skills in teaching listening, viewing, reading, speaking, writing and visually representing
  8. Ability to draw on and extend own repertoire of approaches and techniques for developing learners’ skills and learners’ language
  9. Ability to draw up lesson plans with clear and achievable aims and specific learning objectives
  10. Ability to manage a class of learners and provide a conducive learning environment and learning opportunities in relation to their learning objectives
  11. Ability to use and adapt published material, create own teaching material, and tap other print and non-print resources that can be used to support learning in and beyond the classroom
  12. Awareness of, and the ability to use a variety of methods of assessment including formative assessment

Duration

This 120-hour course comprises:

Phase 1: Four-week (96 hours) residential school at RELC in Singapore

  1. 3-week (72 hours) Specialist Certificate in TESOL
    • 20 input & supervised workshop sessions x 3 hrs = 60 hrs
    • 4 online sessions & supervised lesson planning x 3 hrs = 12 hrs
  2. 1-week (24 hours) Cambridge TKC Foundation
    • 8 input sessions & test practice sessions x 3 hrs = 24 hrs
    • TKT Module 1 Test & Closing


Phase 2: In-country Lesson Observation for Formative & Summative Assessments (3 to 4 days, with 24 hrs per participant)

  • One lesson observation with feedback for formative assessment
  • One lesson supervision with feedback for summative assessment, to be conducted in-country, at the course participant’s secondary/high school.


For private fee-paying course participants, special arrangements will be made for them to conduct lessons for their formative and summative assessments.

Delivery

The training strategies used in this course are highly interactive. They include lectures, task-based workshops, role-plays, discussions and micro-teaching sessions. 

Structure

Title

Module 1: Background to Language Teaching and Learning in the 21st Century

Description

Background to English Learning in the 21st Century (1 session)

  1. Who are today’s language learners and why are they learning English?
  2. What does it mean to be a proficient language learner today?
  3. Engaging and motivating today’s language learners
  4. Language learning within and beyond the classroom


Background to English Teaching in the 21st Century (3 sessions)

  1. What is English language teaching about in the 21st century?
  2. What is the role of a language teacher in today’s learning context?
  3. Current language teaching approaches and frameworks
  4. Managing differences in the classroom
  5. Managing classroom language learning
  6. Purposes and methods of assessment

Title

Module 2: Teaching Grammar, Vocabulary and Pronunciation (4 sessions)

Description

Teaching Grammar (2 sessions)

  1. Understanding the role of grammar in language proficiency
  2. Grammar awareness for language teachers
  3. Meaning, form and use of grammatical structures
  4. Strategies for teaching grammar
  5. Resources and technology tools for teaching grammar
  6. Designing authentic and meaningful tasks and activities to teach and assess grammar


Teaching Vocabulary (1 session)

  1. Understanding the role of vocabulary in language proficiency
  2. Phonology, orthography, and morphology
  3. Word formation and groupings
  4. Formal, informal, and colloquial language
  5. Meaning, form and use of vocabulary
  6. Resources and technology tools for teaching vocabulary
  7. Designing authentic and meaningful tasks and activities to teach vocabulary


Teaching Pronunciation (1 session)

  1. Understanding the role of pronunciation in speaking proficiency
  2. Phonetics (IPA) and phonology
  3. Segmentals and supra-segmentals
  4. Strategies for teaching pronunciation
  5. Resources and technology tools for teaching pronunciation
  6. Designing authentic and meaningful tasks and activities to teach pronunciation

Title

Module 3: Teaching Listening, Reading and Viewing (6 sessions)

Description

Teaching Listening and Viewing (3 sessions)

  1. The purposes of listening/viewing
  2. Listening/viewing skills and subskills
  3. Strategies for teaching listening/viewing
  4. Selecting resources and technology tools for teaching listening/viewing
  5. Designing authentic and meaningful tasks and activities for teaching listening/viewing
    Planning and teaching a listening/viewing-focused lesson


Teaching Reading and Viewing (3 sessions)

  1. The purposes of reading/viewing skills
  2. Reading/viewing skills and subskills
  3. Introduction to text types
  4. Strategies for teaching reading/viewing
  5. Selecting resources and technology tools for teaching reading/viewing
  6. Designing authentic and meaningful tasks and activities for teaching reading/viewing
  7. Planning and teaching a reading/viewing-focused lesson

Title

Module 4: Teaching Speaking, Writing and Representing (6 sessions)

Description

Teaching Speaking and Representing (3 sessions)

  1. The purposes of speaking/representing e.g. interpersonal, transactional, performative
  2. Speaking/representing and online interaction skills and sub-skills
  3. Strategies for teaching speaking/representing
  4. Selecting resources and technology tools for teaching speaking/representing
  5. Designing authentic and meaningful tasks and activities for teaching speaking/representing
  6. Planning and teaching a speaking/representing-focused lesson


Teaching Writing and Representing (3 sessions)

  1. The purposes of writing/representing e.g. creative, transactional, evaluative
  2. Writing/representing skills and subskills
  3. Introduction to text types
  4. Approaches to teaching writing/representing
  5. Written corrective feedback in the teaching of writing/representing
  6. Selecting resources and technology tools for writing/representing
  7. Designing authentic and meaningful tasks and activities for teaching writing/representing
  8. Planning and teaching a writing/representing-focused lesson

Admission Requirements

For private fee-paying applicants:

The requirements for admission to the course are:

  1. A bachelor’s degree, preferably from an English-medium university
  2. Little or no ELT experience
  3. With a B2 (CEFR) level English language proficiency (Common European Framework of References) or its equivalent.


Note: Applicants without a B2 (CEFR) level English language proficiency may be required to take the RELC English Selection Test.

Application Details

Closing Date : 19 July 2024

Applications can be sent via email at sa@relc.org.sg 

Please submit the following documents for your  application:

  • Application Form (completed and endorsed)
  • RELC Medical Examination Form (for overseas applicants only)
  • Copies of your certificates of degrees/diplomas, certified by your institution
  • Copies of your transcripts, certified by your institution. Where a transcript is in a language other than English, it should be accompanied by a certified translation into English. (In the absence of a transcript, a certified statement on the degrees/academic qualifications achieved with a listing of subjects studied and subject examination results is required.)
  • Reference letters (The two reference letters can be from an academic staff who has supervised you or a current/previous employer.)
  • Copies of current/valid IELTS or official TOEFL results certified by your institution (for applicants from non-English medium education systems)


Please submit a soft copy of the above documents to RELC via email At sa@relc.org.sg

Fees

Year 2024 Course Fees

Tuition Fees: SGD 2,500.00 (excluding GST*)

Registration Fees: SGD 78.00 (excluding GST*)

* Course fees exclude 9% GST, which will be added during payment.

Note:

  • All fees are subject to change without notice;
  • RELC does not accept any responsibility for accidents on journeys to and from Singapore or in Singapore, or for the loss of baggage and other personal belongings in transit or in Singapore;
  • RELC will also not be responsible for taking out air, travel and personal accident insurance for students; and
  • Students are expected to incur additional costs for miscellaneous learning materials.

Payment of Fees

  • The Registration Fee must be submitted together with the Application Form and supporting documents;
  • Fees are payable before the commencement of the course;
  • Cheques should be crossed and made payable to the SEAMEO Regional Language Centre; and
  • An administration fee of SGD 50.00 (inclusive of GST) will be imposed for cheques which are dishonoured.


Refund Policy

  • The registration fee is strictly non-refundable;
  • Cancellation of enrolment must be made in writing;
  • An Administration Fee of SGD 160.50 (inclusive of GST) will be payable if the notice of cancellation/withdrawal is made less than 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment is received;
  • Full course fees paid are non-refundable if the notice cancellation/withdrawal is made after 5 calendar days from the date on which the payment was received; and
  • Withdrawals after the course has commenced will not be eligible for refund.

Graduation Requirements

To complete the course successfully, the candidate must satisfy the below criteria. 

  • Satisfy class attendance requirements
  • Attain a satisfactory standard in required course work
  • Complete all assignments including planning and delivering lessons for observation, supervision and assessment by trainer
  • Take the TKT Module 1 test

Award

The course will lead to the award of a Specialist Certificate in TESOL by SEAMEO RELC and a Cambridge Certificate for TKC Foundation by Cambridge Assessment.