1 – QQI TESOL (level 7) TEACHER TRAINING COURSE (Ireland’s first provider) + UNIVERSITY of CAMBRIDGE TKT YL Certification:
We offer an internationally recognised TEFL teacher training course, approved and accredited by QQI ( Irish Department of Education). we are Ireland’s first accredited provider to offer this Level 7 award in TEFL teaching.
This course is open to degree and non degree holding applicants and a member of staff will answer any questions regarding recognition of the course and your needs.
The course is designed primarily for native English speakers, but it is also open to non-native speakers who hold a C1 English Language Qualification or equivalent.
Successful Graduate Teachers who go on to teach English in Ireland with students under 18 years of age will need to be Garda vetted by their future employer prior to taking up a teaching position. Also Successful Graduate Teachers wishing to go on to work in ACELS accredited schools must hold a University degree level 7 qualification alongside a recognised TEFL teaching qualification. Those wishing to teach overseas should check the specific country requirements.
The course includes:
- Classroom tuition with experienced, qualified TEFL trainers
- Lesson observations in actual classrooms with bona-fide overseas students and experienced teachers
- Individual tutorials
- Project work
- Access to a TEFL resource library
- Supervised preparation for teaching practice
- 6 hours of assessed teaching practice with students from overseas – topics include- Vocabulary, Grammar, Functions, Reading & Writing, Integrated Skills and Speaking
- 3 written assignments and a Course Diary
- 6 half-hour feedback sessions with an assessor
- Advice in seeking employment in Ireland and abroad
- Full time courses timetabled as a 4-week course, consisting of 140+ hours (min. 100 contact hours). Maximum of 16 students to a group.
- Part time courses timetabled as a 9 or 11 week course, consisting of 140+ hours (min. 100 contact hours). Maximum of 16 students to a group.
- To successfully complete the course all assignments must be passed and 5 out of 7 hours Teaching Practices must be passed. Candidates must only submit their own work for assessment and certify that this is the case.
- PLEASE NOTE COURSE WORK PORTFOLIOS will only be stored for 3 MONTHS after the end of the course and must be collected before then.
- Also please note the school does NOT provide photocopying services or printing services for students – Students an avail of discount facilities at Right Price Ink Dominic Street. Printing services and desktops are available in the student room in the main building.
- Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre wants to make sure you get the most out of your course and that you are fully supported whilts you study with us. If you consider yourself to have any disabilities or medical conditions you feel we should know about, please let us know at the time of booking.
UNIVERSITY OF CAMBRIDGE CERTIFICATION – TKT ( Teaching Knowledge Test) YL (Younger Learners)
The school is now recognised by University of Cambridge as a testing centre for the Cambridge Teacher Certificate TKT YL. CELT candidates can add these qualifications to their certification with completion of the Cambridge TKT YL examinations. This costs €75 each (€150 each for external candidates) and can be booked (and taken) at Bridge Mills Galway Langauge Centre at the time of registration for CELT TEFL courses. Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre is the only school in Ireland offering this combination of certification (CELT + CAMBRIDGE TKT YL) for TEFL teachers.
TKT examinations are scheduled about 14 days following each TEFL course. (Minimum 4 candidates required.)
Full time courses: 4 weeks – 9.00-5.30
17 January – 11 February
14 February -11 March
21 March – 14 April (Thursday)
25 April – 20 May
23 May – 17 June
05 September – 30 September
03 October – 28 October
(Tuesday) 01 November- 25 November
Part time courses – 2022
- 25 January – 22 April
Evenings per week – Tuesday and /or Wednesday and /or Thursday 5.45pm-9.45pm
- 13 September – 24 November
Evenings per week – Tuesday and /or Wednesday and /or Thursday 5.45pm-9.45pm + 3 Sundays 11.30am -5.00pm
- Minimum applicant age: 18
- Minimum attendance required: Class meetings: 90% – Teaching practice and lesson observations: 100%
- Students should own a standard English grammar book, suitable for use in EFL teaching (e.g., English Grammar in Use by Raymond Murphy; Practical English Usage by Michael Swan), and a good English dictionary.
- A non refundable deposit of €150 is required at the time of booking. The balance of fees will be due one week before the first day of the course and are non refundable. N.B. All course fees are non-refundable once paid and cannot be transferred to later courses, other courses, other candidates or refunded for unfinished or uncompleted courses.
- Course fees are subject to change with 3 months notice.
- Maximum enrolment: 16 students Minimum enrolment: 9 students
- TEFL Course Coordinator or a member of staff will discuss with all accepted applicants (in person or by phone or email) any questions they may have before the beginning of the course.
- All applicants may be asked to attend an interview (Telephone or Face to Face) before acceptance to the course.
- All candidates are asked to complete a pre-course task to be presented on the first meeting of the course.
- Course cost €1395 (€1465 including TKT YL) (registration fees and certificate). Fees are non refundable once paid. Candidates cannot defer to a later course once a course has begun.
- Non native speakers must hold an English level C1 or equivalent.
- We do not require trainees to have an in-depth knowledge of English grammar. Language Awareness is acquired over time and over the course of your teaching career.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
2 – ACELS JUNIOR TEFL COURSE (Preparatory Qualification for State-Qualified Teachers):
This course is designed specifically for teachers (Native and Non Native Speakers) who wish to learn to teach outside the state system. Only state-qualified school teachers who hold or are in the process of being awarded a H.Dip. or B.Ed. qualification will be awarded ACELS certification (SQT TEFL) which allows them to teach English to juniors in the private sector in Ireland. Non state-qualified teachers will be awarded a certificate of attendance only.
The course includes:
- Grammar and Langauge review
- Teaching Methodology
- Classroom observation
- Minimum English Language Level – B1
- Lesson Planning
- Maximum 16 candidates
- PLEASE note candidates cannot use this course as part completion of a CELT certificate qualification at a later time. Each course is independent of the other.
Full Time Courses:
- Summer 2022 – Dates TBC
- Minimum age: 20
- State qualified teachers must complete the assessed teaching component of the course in an Irish Department of Education and Science Recognised School or State School within 3 years of completing the certificate
- Maximum number per course: 16 students. Minimum: 9 students
- A non refundable deposit of 150 is required at the time of booking. The balance of fees will be due one week before the first day of the course and are non refundable. N.B. All course fees are non-refundable once paid.
- Course fees are subject to change with 3 months notice
- Course cost €450 (inc. registration fee and certificate)
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3. DELTA TEACHER TRAINING COURSE (NEW):
Bridge Mills Galway Language Centre is delighted to begin offering the Cambridge Delta – Diploma in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages to ELT professionals in Ireland. The school has partnered with NILE – Norwich Institute for Language Education, established in 1995, to provide a combination of face to face and online training. Small training groups will be led by experienced and highly qualified trainers, using a bespoke platform and specially-designed synchronous and asynchronous interaction tools as well as a wealth of unique content and resources preparing for Modules 1, 2 and 3 of the Cambridge Delta the most recognised and respected professional qualification for experienced teachers who are looking to take their language teaching career to the next level.
Candidates will have a dedicated online tutor to support them through the course, and in the case of Module 2, a local tutor to provide observation, feedback and support in the practical component of the qualification. As a Cambridge examinations centre candidates can take the Exam for DELTA module 1 as well as Cambridge TKT examinations at the school.
Delta Module 1 (12 weeks starting September or March)
This module begins by examining ELT terminology, from definitions of technical terms to the analysis of published teaching materials for sub-skills and discourse features. You will consider how these things would be taught to a specific group of learners.
You will then look at the use of authentic texts, analysing them for features of genre, and the meaning, form, use and phonological aspects of language items present in them.
Later in the course, you will examine strengths and weaknesses of student-generated spoken or written texts in relation to areas such as task achievement, cohesion, use of collocation and so on.
Following on from this, you will evaluate a range of ELT examinations and tests, looking at their effectiveness relative to their stated purpose. In a similar way, extracts from published course book materials (including resource books and lesson plans) will then be studied in order to identify and discuss the underlying key language learning assumptions. You will also look at how other teachers have adapted or interpreted these materials and discuss what implications this has for classroom practice (in terms of methodological analysis, language acquisition theories, resources, and learner and teacher roles.)
For more detailed information about the examination please refer to the Cambridge English website.
Delta Module 2 – (9 months duration starting March each year):
You will need to complete 5 practical assignments.
These are: The Professional Development Assignment (PDA)
This consists of:
- An observed, unassessed diagnostic lesson to start you thinking about areas to work on in your teaching
- A reflective essay, written in stages through the course; in it you consider areas to work on in your teaching, suggest strategies for improving in these areas, and reflect on your development during the course (2000 to 2500 words)
- An experimental practice assignment, in which you investigate an area of classroom practice that is new to you, teach a lesson (unobserved) to try out this practice, and reflect on what you learn from it.
Two Language Systems Assignments (LSA):
These focus on any two of the following areas: grammar, lexis, phonology, discourse
Two Language Skills Assignments (LSA):
These focus on one receptive skill (reading or listening) AND one productive skill (speaking or writing) Three of the four LSAs are assessed internally by your Personal Delta Tutor (PDT). The fourth is assessed externally by a visiting assessor. Each LSA is made up of three parts:
- A background essay, which looks into the theoretical aspects of the area you choose to focus on, and discusses how these relate to the classroom (2000 to 2500 words)
- A taught lesson, which is supported by a detailed plan including a short commentary
- A post-lesson evaluation (PLE) which reflects on the strengths and weaknesses of the lesson
Delta Module 3 (12 weeks starting September or March):
Module Three aims to develop knowledge of and competence in:
- a chosen specialism
- approaches to needs analysis
- curriculum and syllabus design principles
- different types of syllabus
- course design and evaluation
- assessment of learners
The covers the five assessment areas and comprises the following seven units of work:
- Principles and procedures: Needs analysis; Goals and objectives
- Principles and procedures 2: Diagnostic testing
- Principles and procedures 3: Conceptualisation of content; Grading (staging and sequencing); Materials
- Principles and procedures 4: Evaluation; Student assessment
- Problems and pitfalls
Running through these seven units there are 35 tasks of varying lengths, designed for individual reflection on course reading and practical experience. Answers / comments on the tasks are provided within the online materials, but tasks can be submitted to a course tutor via email for more personalised feedback and discussion. Drafts of each of the five sections of the Extended Assignment should be submitted via email as they are completed for feedback from a course tutor, who will also give feedback on a final draft of the entire assignment. You should expect to be doing around 15 to 20 hours per week.
- Module 1 – Introduction Tutorial February plus online course and training (British Pounds 995 ) – Does NOT include Examination fee
- Module 2 – Introduction Tutorial February plus online training and examination assessment fee (British pounds 2500)
4. REFRESHER COURSES FOR OVERSEAS TEACHERS – ERASMUS + 2022
- Course tuition + teacher training
- Closed groups can start on any Monday (min 5 participants)
- Enrolment for courses run in association with NILE U.K starting Monday 04th and 11th July 2022
- Irish Culture and Training Course – 25th July 2022
- Enrolments on General Teacher Refresher Courses with CLIL – Monday 18th & 25th July and Tuesday 2nd August 2022
- Tailor made teacher education courses can be organised. For detailed inquiries please contact us.
Week 1 – Sample – General Teacher Refresher Programme with CLIL
|9.00-10.30||Orientation and introduction. Background and rationale of CLIL||Language improvement through phonology 1||Phonology 2||Language improvement through CLIL: past verb forms||Peer teaching using CLIL methodology|
|11.00-12.30||Lesson planning using CLIL methodology||Adapting and exploiting texts in the context of CLIL||Receptive skills 1: teaching listening||Lesson planning using CLIL methodology||Published / online materials / resource book evaluation and adaptation|
|13.45-15.15||City walking tour||Classroom Observations||Classroom Observations|
|15.30-17.00||Classroom Observations||Classroom Observations|
|9.00-10.30||Irish culture :literature and poetry||Language improvement: phrases with prepositions||Language improvement through CLIL: future forms||Project work for the classroom||Peer teaching using CLIL methodology|
|11.00-12.30||Receptive skills 2: reading||Lesson planning using CLIL methodology||Lesson planning using CLIL methodology||Lesson planning using CLIL methodology||Course feedback & evaluation|
|13.45-15.15||Classroom Observations||Visit to local museum||Classroom Observations|
|15.30-17.00||Classroom Observations||Classroom Observations|
For information on grants available for this type of summer study, overseas teachers should contact us directly or consult their local Education Authority.
Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.