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ITAN TEFL / TESOL Course Curriculum

Pre-Course Grammar Module (non-assessed)

This module is designed to provide students with an opportunity to brush up on their grammar prior to beginning the course.  There are no assignments, however it does incorporate self-assessed tasks with answers provided to help with Unit 1 – The study of English. (Pre-course Grammar Module is available upon registration)

Graded Course

Unit 1: The Study of English

Module 1 – Grammar

– Tasks on the understanding of grammar, tense, and structure

– Completed with the use of a grammar book.


Module 2 – Phonetics

– Tasks relating to the phonetic alphabet (given), stress & intonation.


Module 3 – Lexis

– Tasks relating to the presentation of vocabulary, compound words, word stems, appropriate language & frequency.

Unit 2: The Teaching and Learning of ESL

Module 1 – Basic Principles

– Answers from your own experience, the course materials & handbook on:

  • The blocks which may prevent learning

  • Motivation

  • Communicative competence

Module 2 – Reading and Listening

– Tasks based on exploitation of authentic materials i.e. magazines, newspapers, radio broadcasts etc


Module 3 – Speaking and Writing

– Tasks based as stated above but with a more productive bias

– Getting your students to produce language


Module 4 – Visual Aids

– Study of all the audio-visual aids available. Production of your own flashcards and aids to be used with a simple storyboard.


Module 5 – Error Correction

– Examining authentic student errors, classifying them, using a correction code, producing remedial exercises and improving your own error correction methods

Unit 3: Lesson Planning

Module 1 – Classroom Management

– Tasks relating to student-teacher relationships and how to achieve genuine communication inside and outside the classroom.

Module 2 – Lesson Stages and Plans

– Putting all of the above into a lesson; timing; warm-up; input; presentation, practice and production stages of your lessons.

Option 2:


Online TEFL Certification Course

Length of training:  11 Weeks

– Online TEFL Class: 150 Hours

– Student Teaching: 20 Hours

Total TEFL TESOL Certification: 170 hours

Optional two-week bonus modules (available at no extra cost):

-Young Learners and Business Professionals: 30 hours

Total TEFL TESOL Certification Available: 200 hours

Tuition: $1,350


Course content:

Unit 1:

Unit 1 – Module 1: Grammar

  • Deductive Analysis

  • Grammar Rules

  • Form and Meaning

  • Language Purpose

  • Appropriacy and Register

  • Language Choice

  • Language as Text and Discourse

  • Genre and Grammar

  • Choosing Words

Unit 1 – Module 2: Pronunciation, Stress and Intonation

  • Pronunciation

  • The Elements of Pronunciation – AIM

  • Intonation

  • Intonation Patterns

  • Stress and Sentence Stress

  • Weak Forms

  • Stress-Timing

  • Sounds of the Language/Phonology

  • Unstressed Syllable – Shwa

  • Vowels and Consonants

  • Being a Pronunciation Teacher

  • Using Dialogues

  • Teaching Pronunciation

  • Problems with Teaching Pronunciation

  • When to Teach Pronunciation

  • Helping Individual Students

  • Working with Sounds

  • Phonemic Chart

Unit 1 – Module 3: Lexis

  • Lexis Defined

  • Selection and Formation

  • Word Stems and Parts of Speech

  • Prefixes and Suffixes

  • Synonyms and Antonyms

  • Teaching Groups of Words

  • Appropriate Language

  • Teaching Vocabulary

  • Computer Corpora

  • Word Meaning

  • Extending Word Use

  • Word Combinations

Unit 2:

Unit 2 – Module 1: The Basic Principles of TESOL

  • Relationships with your Students

  • Giving the Students Confidence

  • Using Realistic Language

  • Shortened Forms and Accents

  • Keeping the Students’ Interest

  • L.T.T.T. – Limit Teacher Talking Time

  • Correction

  • Visual Aids

  • Class Levels

  • Exams

  • Use of Mother Tongue

  • Age of Students

    • Young Children

    • Adolescents

    • Adult Learners

  • Learner Differences

  • Good Learner Characteristics

  • Learner Styles and Strategies

  • Individual Variations

  • What to do about Individual Differences

  • Language Levels

  • Language, Task and Topic

  • Motivation

  • External Sources of Motivation

  • Components of Motivation

  • Approaches to Teaching

  • The Structural Approach

  • The Communicative Approach

  • Effectively Teaching Communication

  • Communicative Movement

  • One to One Teaching

  • Approaches, Methods, Procedures and Techniques

  • Presentation, Practice, and Production (PPP)

  • Alternative to PPP

  • Four Teaching Methods

  • Communicative Language Teaching (CLT)

  • Task-Based Learning (TBL)

  • The Lexical Approach

  • What Methodology?

Unit 2 – Module 2: Listening and Reading

  • The Skills – Introduction

  • Skills and the Textbook

  • Listening Skills

  • Different Kinds of Listening – Intensive Listening

  • Extensive Listening

  • Available Materials

  • Extensive Listening

  • Intensive Listening: Using Audio Material

  • Who Controls the Recorded Material?

  • Intensive Listening: Live Listening

  • Intensive Listening: The Roles of the Teacher

  • Film and Video

  • Viewing Techniques

  • Listening (and mixed) Techniques

  • Listening Lesson Sequences

  • Reading in a Foreign Language

  • Dictionary Use

  • Types of Reading

  • Types of Texts

  • Exploiting Texts

  • Extensive and Intensive Reading

  • Extensive Reading

  • Intensive Reading: The Roles of the Teacher

  • Intensive Reading: The Vocabulary Question

  • Intensive Reading: Letting the Students In

  • Examples of Reading Sequences

Unit 2 – Module 3: Speaking and Writing

  • Speaking Introduction

  • What Does it Mean to Speak Well?

  • Setting up Speaking Skills Activities

  • Activities

  • Feedback

  • Students and Speaking

  • The Roles of the Teacher

  • Classroom Speaking Activities

  • Communication Games

  • Discussion

  • Other Activities

  • Speaking Lesson Sequences

  • Writing

  • Teaching Writing Skills

  • Before, During and After Writing Activities

  • Approaches to Student Writing

  • The Roles of the Teacher

  • Writing Lesson Sequences

Unit 2 – Module 4: Visual Aids

  • Audio-Visual Aids

  • Realia

  • Board – Black or White

  • Board Mistakes

  • Blackboard

  • Flashcards and Wall Charts

  • Overhead Projector (OHP)

  • Audio Recording and Playback Equipment

  • The Interactive Whiteboard

  • The Language Laboratory, SACs and Computer Suites

  • Computer-Based Presentation Technology

  • Searching the Internet

  • Practicing Language Online

  • What to Choose: Five Questions

  • Your Syllabus or Textbook

  • Assessing

  • Adapting

  • Axing and Adding

  • Designing Course Materials

  • Syllabus Design

  • Different Syllabi

  • The Coursebook

Unit 2 – Module 5: Error

  • Psycholinguistics

  • Attitudes Towards Error

  • Error Analysis

  • Interpretation of Errors

  • Ways of Marking Errors

  • Grouping Errors

  • Selective Marking

  • Responding to Comment

  • Teachers Assessing Students,

  • Students Assessing Themselves

  • Feedback During Oral Work

  • Accuracy and Fluency

  • Feedback During Accuracy Work

  • Feedback During Fluency Work

  • Feedback on Written Work

  • Correcting

  • Involving Students

  • Finishing the Feedback Process

  • Varying the Amount and Way of Marking

Unit 3

Unit 3 – Module 1: Classroom Management and Assessment

  • Basics of Everyday Class Management

  • Whole-Class Teaching and Grouping

  • Seating Whole-Group Classes

  • Individualized Learning

  • Pairwork

  • Groupwork

  • Ringing the Changes

  • Organizing Pairwork and Groupwork

  • Creating Pairs and Groups

  • Procedures for Pairwork and Groupwork

  • Troubleshooting

  • Additional Aims of TESOL

  • Promoting Autonomy

  • Learner Training, Learner Autonomy

  • Thinking about Learning

  • Taking Over

  • Learning Journals

  • Forcing Agency?

  • The Self-Access Centre (SAC)

  • After (and outside) the Course

  • Training Students to Continue Learning

  • Questions

  • What Kind of Questions?

  • Managing Students

  • How Can We Differentiate Work?

  • Managing Interruptions

  • Behavior Norms

  • How Teachers Can Ensure Successful Behavior

  • Modifying Problem Behavior

  • Learning Styles

  • Processing Information

  • Assessment

  • Ways of Assessing Your Students’ Progress

  • Test Writing

  • Testing

  • Characteristics of a Good Test

  • Types of Test Items

  • Direct Test Item Types

  • Writing Tests

  • Marking Tests

  • Teaching for Tests

Unit 3 – Module 2: Lesson Strategies and Planning

  • Lesson Planning

  • Long Term Planning (Over a term or year)

  • Planning Within a Section of Work

  • Day to Day Lesson Planning

  • Parts and Stages of a Lesson

  • Introduction/Warm Up/Revision

  • Presentation

  • Practice and Production

  • Plenary or Whole Class Review

  • Time Management

  • Planning for Group Work

  • Planning Review

  • Lesson Planning Appendix


   HYBRID ONLINE- 1 week of practicum, exploration, & instruction in Leon, Nicaragua

Class times:


Dates for 2014:

  • March 22nd – 28th

  • July 5th – July11th

  • August 23rd – 29th

  • October 25th – 31st


*Alternative Dates available please contact your ITAN Admissions advisor directly.

*12 week online class portion and 20 hours of observation/practicum hours must be completed before beginning one week of study in Leon.


Tuition $1,650

Discounted – $249 monthly for the dates above, pre-discount price is $1,899.

(After a $600 deposit, the balance is $1,050, with discount)

– Tuition includes ITA Accredited online TEFL certification course and 7 days of instruction in Leon, Nicaragua and instructional materials.

The package includes: classroom instruction and practicum with real English as a foreign language students in Leon, Nicaragua.

**Tuition does not include the cost of books, meals, housing, or transportation.  We also suggest that all international travelers are updated on their vaccines and purchase traveler’s insurance.

*A deposit reserves a spot for our Leon location. Classes fill up fast. Balance of tuition due 30 days prior to first day of class. Prices are for tuition costs only. Extra expenses vary depending on course options.


**Please check on availability if less than 30 days, as there may be a class opening due to a student transfer. We try to list classes that are full more than 30 days in advance on our website.

Course Content


All of the advantages of an 11 week on-line course with the added expertise of first hand experience in Latin America


*After you complete your 11 week course on-line you will receive additional training hours and first hand experience in Leon, Nicaragua.


Additional Content to be discovered in Nicaragua


You will receive a minimum of five hours of direct lecture/instructional time with our onsite instructors


Unit- covers such topics as

– English Language learning needs in Latin American classrooms and Nicaragua specifically.

– Introduction to needs based analysis strategies.

– Topics based on your specific interests and future teaching objectives.

– Latin America job guidance workshop


Student Teaching/Practicum in Nicaragua.


There will be a minimum of 18 hours of directly observed practicum during your week of study in Leon, Nicaragua.

– 4 hours of prep time with instructor availability

– 4 hours of observation

– 6 hours of direct teaching time

– 4 hours of feedback with instructor

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