AUA Language Center, Bangkok, Thailand

Frequently
Asked Questions







 


Some answers to frequently asked questions about the SIT TESOL Certificate Program:

  1. Why should I take the SIT TESOL Certificate course?
  2. Who teaches the course?
  3. Is the course the same at all sites and how are standards maintained?
  4. What kind of people take this course?
  5. What are the entrance requirements?
  6. What can I expect on the course?
  7. What kind of job will I be able to get with this certificate?
  8. Does everyone who attends the course get a certificate?
  9. What accommodation options are available near the Bangkok training site?

     
1.Why should I take the SIT TESOL Certificate course?

The SIT course provides practical teacher-training and certification for people who want to teach English as a second or foreign language (ESL / EFL). Participants develop skills in planning lessons Participants develop skills in planning lessons, teaching lessons, and reflecting on how successful lessons have been.  

During the course all participants will learn how to teach lessons covering speaking, listening, reading, writing, grammar, vocabulary, pronunciation and culture. The sessions are all highly interactive and experiential.

During the course you will have the opportunity to plan lessons, practice teaching 'real' students and observe up to 24 hours of classes with 'real' students. Trainers observe your teaching and give practical advice after each session.

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2. Who teaches the course?

The SIT TESOL Certificate course is taught by at least two, but usually three, full-time trainers working in tandem. In most cases, the trainers will hold an MA in TESOL from the School for International Training or another reputable university. Trainers are experienced ESL/EFL teachers who have worked with adult learners, and have previous training experience.

The trainers teach the course contents, process discussions, coach participants in developing lesson plans and in planning and teaching. They also observe participants' teaching and provide feedback to participants after each teaching session.

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3. Is the course the same at all sites and how are standards maintained?

All courses follow the same basic curriculum and are taught by SIT-trained trainers. The SIT TESOL Program in Thailand have been customized to some extent to cater to the specific needs of teachers planning to teach in Thailand and other Asian countries.

In addition, each course is assessed by an external assessor who observes sessions, reviews participants' written work and collects direct feedback from course participants. The evaluator ensures that the program meets SIT standards, and that participants are meeting the requirements of the course and are on track to receive their certificates at the end.

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4. What kind of people take this course?

Participants are a diverse group. Some are college-age students who are interested in traveling and working overseas. Many others are working professionals preparing to teach English as an alternative career or in retirement. 

Non-native English speakers with strong English skills also take the course so they can teach English in their own countries or elsewhere. Many experienced teachers find the Certificate course a valuable introduction to SIT's model of reflective practice.

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5. What are the entrance requirements?

You must be a high school graduate and show a capacity for college-level education, including a good understanding of the English language and solid writing skills. You must remain calm under pressure, be willing to accept the authority of your trainers, commit to conveying a difference of opinion in a respectful manner, and be willing to work as a positive team player. 

All applicants must submit an application along with a one-page essay, as well as have an oral interview (if possible) with the program manager. Non-native speakers should either attend an interview or have a minimum TOEFL score of 550 for the written test or 213 for the computerized version, or an IELTS Band 6.0 or higher. All participants must show a willingness to plan and teach in groups and to work reflectively.

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6. What can I expect on the course?

This is a very intensive course. While most days run from approximately 8:00 or 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 or 4:30 p.m., you will often need to remain later than this for lesson planning. There is also a lot of homework to complete. The course itself is comprised of four key components:

  • Workshops: These are usually based on hands-on experiential activities. During these sessions paticipants are fully engaged in discovering and developing their own set of language learning / teaching principles. Practical knowledge and skills in the fundamental aspects of language teaching are covered.
  • Lesson Planning: Participants prepare for teaching practice with trainer and team guidance. During this time, participants increase their understanding and ability to plan a learner-centered lesson.
  • Teaching Practice: Participants put into practice the theory and techniques they've covered during the workshops by teaching real ESL students. Most mornings begin with participants either teaching or observing his/her peers. This is a vital component of any TESOL Certificate course.
  • Practice Teaching Feedback: Participants who have taught the day's lesson, other participants in the teaching group, and trainers collaboratively analyze the lesson, enabling the participants to recognize strengths and to identify areas for future growth and development.

7. What kind of job will I be able to get with this certificate?

This certificate can help you find a position in a language institute or an adult education program throughout the world. The course is also well regarded throughout Asia. In Thailand, all language schools recognize the SIT Certificate. The certificate will also enable schools to get you a teacher's license and a work permit.


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8. Does everyone who attends the course get a certificate?

No. Acceptance into the course is not a guarantee that you will receive the certificate. If trainers feel that any participant has not successfully completed or mastered any segment of the course, or has not completed the written work satisfactorily, the participant will not be awarded the certificate, but will be awarded a letter of course attendance instead. To qualify for the certificate you must meet all the program requirements:

  1. attend all the program sessions (allowances are made for absence due to emergency situations);
  2. communicate effectively and fluently in written and oral English;
  3. successfully meet the goals and objectives of the program;
  4. successfully complete all the student teaching requirements and all program assignments.

Trainers in the course will meet with you regularly to give you feedback on all aspects of your work in the program. You will also do a self-assessment and a peer assessment as part of your program.

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9. What accommodation options are available near the Bangkok training site?

There is no shortage of guest houses and cheap hotels near the course site. Rates can be negotiated on a monthly basis and generally start from about 15,000 baht. It is also possible to rent a studio apartment nearby for as little as 7000 baht per month (plus a 2-3 month deposit). The most coveniently located accommodaion is just one Skytrain station away from AUA. AUA itself is just a 4 or 5 minute walk from Rajadamri Station.

We We also have available for participants, a free electronic copy of our SIT / AUA Bangkok Accommodation Guide. This contains a wealth of information on affordable accommodation in numerous areas within a 20 minute commute of the training site.

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For more information, please contact us at:
AUA Language Center
21st Floor, Chamchuri Square, 319 Phyathai Road, Patumwan, Bangkok 10330, Thailand
Tel: +66 2 657 6411-7
Email:
training@auathailand.org



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