International TEFL Academy Nicaragua Course Syllabus
Throughout this course, students will learn everything from creating lesson plans, teaching the four components of language learning: listening, speaking, reading & writing, building a student centered classroom, assessment and management techniques. Students will also gain an understanding of different teaching methodologies associated with EFL learning.
The course is comprised of:
– 180 hours of training – which includes class work, readings, tasks, lesson planning, work you complete at home, etc.
– 10 hours of practicum – which includes observation and student teaching.
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Part 1: Unit and Module Outline
Important Note: Refer to the course calendar for specific task and lesson plan due dates. Course activities and tasks will be explained in detail within each corresponding learning module. If you have any questions, please contact your course instructor.
Your 190-Hour TEFL/TESOL Course covers a total of 4 units which includes the Thematic Unit, and two additional units that cover Business English, and English for Young Learners. Each unit contains its own set of modules.
Pre-Course Grammar Module
The Pre-Course Grammar Module is a thorough overview of grammar from adjectives to compound verbs to gerunds, and more, and is sent to students upon registration. It is required to read the Pre-Course Grammar Module before your class begins to review important grammar points.
Module 1 – Grammar: Reading and tasks on the understanding and importance of grammar. This module will also focus on the issues involved with teaching grammar to EFL students.
Module 2 – Pronunciation, Stress and Intonation: Reading and tasks related to communicating with good pronunciation, the importance of teaching good pronunciation, and some teaching ideas on how to incorporate pronunciation, stress and intonation into your lessons.
Module 3 – Lexis: Reading and tasks helping future EFL teachers begin to think about the language they will be teaching. This module also helps give a basic understanding of the importance of word formation and teaching the appropriate language. Future ESL teachers will also learn possible difficulties their students will have with vocabulary choice and how to help these students.
Unit 2: The Teaching and Learning of TEFL
Module 1 – The Basic Principles of TEFL: Reading and tasks related to the principles of good EFL teaching. This module includes information on how to provide a caring classroom environment and why this is essential to language production and progress. The module also touches on the topics of communicative teaching and communication versus correctness.
Module 2 – Listening and Reading: Reading and tasks based on training and helping EFL learners develop successful extensive and intensive listening and reading skills. This module also gives future EFL teachers authentic material ideas (newspaper, radio broadcasts, etc.) to promote these skills.
Module 3 – Speaking and Writing: Reading and tasks related to teaching successful oral and writing skills by being able to identify problems with achieving these skills and by designing activities in the classroom to promote them
Module 4 – Visual Aids: Reading and tasks that detail various audio and visual aids that can be used in the classroom. This module gives future EFL teachers a variety of ideas for using visual aids in the classroom. The pros and cons of various visual aids will also be discussed in this module.
Module 5 – Error: Reading and tasks focusing on authentic student errors, classifying them, using a correction code, producing remedial exercises and improving your own practice with correcting errors.
Unit 3: Lesson Planning
Module 1 – Classroom Management and Assessment: Reading and tasks related to the overall aims of TEFL. This module focuses on student/teacher relationships and how to achieve genuine communication inside and outside the classroom.
Module 2 – Lesson Stages and Plans: Reading and tasks focusing on the importance of lesson planning including timing, warm-up, input, practice and production stages of your lessons. This module also touches on how to be aware of teacher and student roles in your lessons and how to become a reflective teacher for your future career.
Unit 4: Thematic Unit
At the end of the course, each student will need to complete a thematic unit. Your thematic unit will cover 3 days’ worth of lesson planning that you will create. The time frame of 3 days simulates a typical week of classes for a TEFL instructor abroad. The thematic unit is worth a total of 50 points. (More details can be found under Assignments and Tasks.)
Business English: Reading and tasks focusing on teaching business English to professionals. This module focuses on needs analyses, creating a business English syllabus, creating lesson plans for business English students, and more.
Young Learners: Reading and tasks focusing on teaching English to young learners. This module focuses on the different learning styles between adults and children, developmental stages of young learners, teaching techniques, and more.
Part 2: Textbook and Course Materials
Each TEFL student will need to purchase the International TEFL Academy Course Book (in paperback or PDF) for your TEFL certification course in Nicaragua.
- Paperback version of International TEFL Academy Course Book:
- PDF version of ITA Course Book:
In addition to purchasing these required materials, it is also recommended to do the following before your course begins:
- Review the Pre-Course Grammar Module to brush up on your grammar:
- Purchase a grammar book to use during your course and while you are teaching abroad. Here are our recommendations:
- Fundamentals of English Grammar, 3rd Edition by: Betty Schrampfer Azar
- Practical English Usage by: Michael Swan
- A Practical English Grammar by: Thomson and Martinet
- How to Teach Grammar by: Scott Thornbury
- Arrange to purchase or borrow a lap-top computer to use for the duration of the course. *International TEFL Academy Nicaragua has a computer lab, however having a computer for your own personal use will be beneficial.
Part 3: Assignments and Tasks
Each module contains its own set of tasks (assignments.) Tasks and assignments will be assigned by your course instructor throughout your TEFL Course.
Each module has a different number of tasks that you must complete. Students must complete each task in order to successfully pass the class.
Your course calendar outlines the number of tasks that are to be completed for each module.
Late Work Policy
Be sure to pay close attention to due dates given by your course instructor. Tasks and assignments that are turned in after the assigned due date will receive an automatic grade of “ZERO.”
Each week you will receive a grade from 0 – 35 points based on your class participation for the entire week. Class participation is based on the following criteria:
- Level of involvement in group/class discussions
- Involvement in peer to peer feedback
- Preparedness/being on time
- Appropriateness and Relevance
- Willingness to participate
* Students who use the Internet during class hours, not including lunch, for non-related activities will lose an automatic 10 points of participation for the week.
* Students who use cell phones during class hours will lose an automatic 10 points of participation for the week.
Each student will be required to create a unique lesson plan with one of our local Nicaraguan EFL learners. The idea is that the students will first meet with them and assess their level, and find out their wants and needs. Based on that interview, the students will come up with a unique lesson plan customized for that EFL student. This is done to practice all that is learned within the four week course. Think of it as a sort of final project.
Throughout your course you will be asked to complete 2 course evaluations – a Mid-Course Evaluation and a Final Course Evaluation. The evaluations cover the course material, course instructor and International TEFL Academy. The evaluations should only take 10 – 15 minutes.
The Mid-Course Evaluation is worth 10 points and the Final Course Evaluation is worth 15 points.
Below is an outline of the course tasks that are to be completed for each unit and module. Some tasks will be completed in class and others will be completed as homework. Students will also be graded on the presentation of these tasks (i.e. correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.)
Unit 1 Module 1 – Grammar
- Task 1: Grammar – 12 points
- Task 2: Grammar – 10 points
- Task 3: Grammar – 4 points
- Task 4: Grammar – 20 points
- Task 5: Grammar – 32 points
- Task 6: Grammar – 3 points
- Task 7: Grammar – 6 points
Unit 1 Module 2 – Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation
- Task 1: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation – 14 points
- Task 2: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation – 15 points
- Task 3: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation – 6 points
- Task 4: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation – 10 points
- Task 5: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation – 10 points
- Task 6: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation – 9 points
- Task 7: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation – 22 points
- Task 8: Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation – 10 points
Unit 1 Module 3 – Lexis
- Task 1: Lexis – 10 points
- Task 2: Lexis – 15 points
- Task 3: Lexis – 10 points
- Task 4: Lexis – 15 points
- Task 5: Lexis – 11 points
- Task 6: Lexis – 15 points
- Task 7: Lexis – 28 points
Unit 2 Module 1 – The Basic Principles of TESOL
- Task 1: The Basic Principles of TESOL – 20 points
- Task 2: The Basic Principles of TESOL – 20 points
- Task 3: The Basic Principles of TESOL – 20 points
Unit 2 Module 2 – Listening and Reading
- Task 1: Listening and Reading – 10 points
- Task 2: Listening and Reading – 30 points
- Task 3: Listening and Reading – 40 points
Unit 2 Module 3 – Speaking and Writing
- Task 1: Speaking and Writing – 25 points
- Task 2: Speaking and Writing – 25 points
Unit 2 Module 4 – Visual Aids
- Task 1: Visual Aids – 25 points
- Task 2: Visual Aids – 25 points
Unit 2 Module 5 – Error
- Task 1: Error – 28 points
- Task 2: Error – 25 points
- Task 3: Error – 40 points
Unit 3 Module 1 – Classroom Management and Assessment
- Task 1: Classroom Management and Assessment – 25 points
- Task 2: Classroom Management and Assessment – 25 points
Unit 3 Module 2 – Lesson Stages and Plans
- Task 1: Lesson Planning – 40 points
- Task 2: Lesson Planning – 10 points
- Tense Presentation – 15 points
- Thematic Unit – 100 points
- Mid-Course Evaluation – 10 points
- Final Course Evaluation – 15 points
- Class Participation – 140 points (35 points per week)
Part 5: Grading Scale
Final grades assigned for this course will be based on the sum of the total points earned on tasks and assignments and are assigned as shown in the chart below. Students must receive 700 or more points to pass the class.
|A||900 – 1000||90 – 100%|
|B||800-899||80 – 89%|
|C||700-799||70 – 79%|
The final grade on your certificate will read as followed depending on your final grade:
- A1 – Distinction, Outstanding Work (90 % and above)
- A2 – Excellent (80 % and above)
- B1 – Very Good (70 % and above)
Students will receive a separate grade for their student teaching/practicum. Each teaching session will be graded by your TEFL Instructor. TEFL students will receive a grade based on the average score they received during their teaching practice. Please refer to the Teaching Practice Grading System document for an overview of the grading scale.
Part 6: Practicum
Practicum is an essential component to a teacher’s training process, as it provides valuable insight and experience prior to obtaining independent teaching positions. International TEFL Academy Nicaragua requires that all students accumulate a minimum of 10 hours for TEFL certification. These hours will be achieved through observation and student teaching.
Hands-on experience with English language learners provides an opportunity for teacher trainees to apply teaching principles to real-life situations, build confidence in their skill and pedagogical style, gain exposure to various learning styles and classroom situations, and acquire valuable teaching experience. These components will assist a teacher in feeling more prepared, as well as add a competitive edge during one’s job search and interview process.
Part 7: Attendance Policy
Regular attendance is vital for success as an English teacher. Students who do not adhere to International TEFL Academy Nicaragua’s attendance policy will not be able to receive their TEFL Certification.
Students can miss up to a total of 8 hours of class, or one full day. If a student is more than 15 minutes late to class in the morning or after a break, it will count as one hour of being absent.
Part 8: Course Policies
Withdrawing From Your Course
Students who are unable to complete the Nicaragua TEFL Certification class must write a letter to International TEFL Academy Nicaragua stating that they will not be able to complete the course. Please refer to your ITAN Terms and Conditions for a description of the withdrawal process.
Commitment to Integrity
As a student in this course you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism, commitment to active learning, participation, and integrity in your behavior in and out of the classroom. Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course.
Cheating is defined as “an act of lying, deception, fraud, trickery, imposture, or imposition. Cheating implies the breaking of rules.”
Plagiarism is defined as “the wrongful appropriation, close imitation, or purloining and publication, of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions, and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”
Students who are caught cheating and/or plagiarizing on course assignments will receive an automatic grade of “ZERO” on their assignment with no chance of redoing the assignment for credit. If the student continues to plagiarize he or she will be automatically withdrawn from the class. Students who get caught cheating and/or plagiarizing on the Final Project – Thematic Unit will receive an automatic grade of “0” on the project, but will still be required to redo the assignment in order to pass the class.
If you have any questions regarding the task policies, due dates, etc. please contact International TEFL Academy Nicaragua at 1-708-357-3351, (Claro) 8449-8663, (Landline ) 2311-7411 or visit our website at www.NicaraguaTEFL.com.
Continuing with the course assures International TEFL Academy Nicaragua that you are aware of your role as the student and what is required of you throughout this course!
Important Note: This syllabus, along with course tasks and due dates, are subject to change. It is the student’s responsibility to check with International TEFL Academy Nicaragua for corrections or updates to the syllabus. Any changes will be clearly noted.