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550-hour Expert Package with tutor support (TEFL/TESOL Certificate & Diploma-Young Learners & Business + Online Teaching + Practicum)

550-hr diploma course: (TEFL/TESOL Certificate & Diploma-Young Learners & Business + Practicum)
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The 550-hour Expert Package is the most comprehensive course option currently available through ITTT. It covers a very wide range of knowledge and skills that ESL teachers need in order to thrive in a variety of different classroom environments all over the world. By completing the full course package you should find you are more than ready to tackle all manner of teaching jobs and management-level roles at home or overseas.

This extensive package consists of six course components:

  • Part 1: 120-hour TESOL course with tutor & videos
  • Part 2: 50-hour course in teaching business English (CTBE)
  • Part 3: 50-hour course in teaching English to young learners (CTEYL)
  • Part 4: 50-hour course in teaching English online (CTEO)
  • Part 5: 250-hour Diploma in TESOL course (DipTESOL)
  • Part 6: 30-hour certificate of teaching practice recognition (CTPR)

The 120-hour TESOL course (Part 1 of the package) must be completed first, however, parts 2 to 6 can be taken in any order you decide. After successfully completing the 120-hour course you will have the option of receiving a 120-hour certificate then five further individual certificates for each section successfully completed (there is an additional charge for this option), or you can choose a single 550-hour certificate that covers the entire course package, the cost of which is included in your course fees. Please note that you can only choose one of these certificate options, but PDF certificates are made immediately available to graduates for all certificates issued.

Once your application has been received you will be sent the details required to gain access to your personal section of our online training platform. Once logged in you can choose to study the course materials directly online or you can download them to any device you have available, such as a personal computer, laptop, tablet, or smartphone. Each course component can be completed at any pace you choose and your progress will be assessed via an automated test at the end of each individual course unit.

Tutor Support

The Expert Package includes the support and assistance of an online tutor throughout all sections of the course. Whenever you have any questions or encounter any problems you can contact your highly experienced tutor who will get back to you with all the answers, guidance, and motivation you need to get over any hurdle. All correspondence with your online tutor will be answered promptly via email within one working day.

Course Components

Part 1 (must be taken first): 120-hour TESOL course

The initial 120-hour TESOL course gives you all the basic groundwork required by focusing on two fundamental areas of ESL teaching. Around half of the course is focused on the essential teaching skills that all teachers need, such as teaching theories and methodologies, classroom management, lesson planning, and how to test and evaluate the progress of your students. The rest of the course is focussed on language awareness. Within these sections you will look at important grammar subjects, including the parts of speech, the tense system, and pronunciation.

To make the course more digestible, it is divided into twenty individual units that are designed to gradually build on each other to develop your understanding. Thanks to this user-friendly design it should be possible to comfortably work through the course units at whatever pace you feel works for you. As well as our high-quality written materials, you will also have access to a range of additional videos that add extra depth to each topic.

120-hour TESOL Certification Course Units

  • Introductory Unit
  • Unit 1: Teachers and Learners (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 2: Parts of Speech (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 3: Theories, Methods and Techniques (plus 2 videos)
  • Unit 4: Present Tenses (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 5: Managing Classes (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 6: Past Tenses (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 7: Teaching New Language
  • Unit 8: Future Tenses
  • Unit 9: Lesson Planning (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 10: Video Lessons (plus 2 videos)
  • Unit 11: Teaching Receptive Skills (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 12: Teaching Productive Skills
  • Unit 13: Teaching Pronunciation & Phonology (plus 2 videos)
  • Unit 14: Course Books and Lesson Materials (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 15: Evaluation and Testing (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 16: Conditionals & Reported Speech (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 17: Equipment and Teaching Aids
  • Unit 18: Modals, Phrasal Verbs and Passive Voice (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 19: Teaching Special Groups (plus 1 video)
  • Unit 20: Troubleshooting
  • Summative Task

Part 2: 50-hour course in teaching business English (CTBE)

The continuing globalization of trade and industry across the world has led to business related English becoming one of the fastest growing areas of ESL teaching. The CTBE component of the Expert Package looks at ways to adapt the basic skills and knowledge taught in the initial 120-hour course to suit this unique area of the TESOL world.

Any background you have in business might provide some advantage in this area of teaching. However, it is not a requirement as the majority of language skills your students need to work on will be the same as any other English language learner. During this part of the course you will learn how to create a curriculum for your clients, right from the first meeting through to an end-of-course assessment. By completing the CTBE you should find that your English language knowledge, teaching skills, and overall job prospects will all be greatly enhanced.

CTBE Course Units

  • Unit 1: Course Introduction
  • Unit 2: Teaching and Learning
  • Unit 3: Course Development
  • Unit 4: Materials
  • Unit 5: Teaching Themes
  • Unit 6: The Business English World
  • Summative Task

Part 3: 50-hour course in teaching English to young learners (CTEYL)

In most parts of the world young learners make up a very significant amount of the overall number of English language students. It is not uncommon to find children as young as two years old taking their first English lessons in some countries. During this part of the course we look at the differences between teaching young learners and adults and how you can adapt what you already know to this specialized area of teaching.

It is often the case that adults decide to learn a second language for themselves, however, this is not typically true with young learners. The CTEYL component looks at specific teaching strategies that can be used during lessons to keep your young students motivated and interested. By completing the CTEYL, you should further increase your English language teaching skills and knowledge, and increase your overall employability.

CTEYL Course Units

  • Unit 1: Course Introduction
  • Unit 2: Teaching and Learning
  • Unit 3: Course Development
  • Unit 4: Materials
  • Unit 5: Teaching Themes
  • Unit 6: Professional Development
  • Summative Task

Part 4: 50-hour course in teaching English online (CTEO)

Teaching English online is probably the biggest area of growth within the TESOL world right now. It has even been stated that the number of online English students will soon overtake those learning in a traditional in-class setting. The CTEO component aims to provide all the additional skills and knowledge required to be a successful and productive teacher in this unique teaching environment.

An added benefit of this course component is that you gain access to our unique network of CTEO graduates. Many of our graduates are currently working as online tutors for the biggest platforms in online learning and are happy to share tips and advice to help you break into this very popular avenue of ESL teaching.

CTEO Course Units

  • Unit 1: Course Introduction
  • Unit 2: Equipment
  • Unit 3: Working Options
  • Unit 4: Teachers and Learners
  • Unit 5: Social Media
  • Unit 6: The Online Teaching World
  • Summative Task

Part 5: 250-hour TESOL diploma course with tutor

The Diploma in TESOL is the most advanced part of the 550-hour Expert Package. This high-level course has been designed to take TESOL certified teachers’ credentials to the next level which should allow them to apply for a wider range of jobs that potentially offer greater rewards.

Benefits of the TESOL Diploma component include:

  • Enhancing development and knowledge as an EFL teacher.
  • The potential to earn a higher income.
  • The opportunity to obtain a more prestigious teaching position.

Diploma in TESOL Course Content

The Diploma component is divided into 11 separate modules:

  • Course Outline
  • Module 1: Study Skills
  • Module 2: A Brief History of ELT
  • Module 3: Second Language Acquisition
  • Module 4: Course Design
  • Module 5: Discourse Analysis
  • Module 6: Material Design
  • Module 7: Phonology
  • Module 8: Assessment Methods
  • Module 9: Classroom Management
  • Module 10: Embedding Learning Technologies
  • Module 11: Continuing Professional Development
  • Summative Task (Thesis)

Modules one to eleven take around 21 hours each to complete on average. The final summative task typically takes in the region of 20 hours study, which adds up to a course length of roughly 250 hours.

Part 6: 30-hour Teaching practice (six lessons)

The final of this package is teaching practice recognition that is completed independently without having to attend one of our training centers. This will allow you to gain further teaching knowledge and experience, with time in the classroom before you start your first teaching position. This component can be taken at any time after you have completed the initial 120-hour course (part 1).

There are two different options for how the lessons are undertaken and verified:

Option 1: You can find a school or language center of your choice (either in-class or online) and teach your lessons there. The school will sign off that you have completed these lessons and your documents will be sent to ITTT for verification.

Option 2: You can find your own student/s and teach the lessons independently at a location of your choice, either face-to-face or remotely. You will need to video one of these sessions (1 hour) and send it to ITTT with your other documentation for verification.

One-On-One Live Job Consultancy

On top of the above courses, the expert package also includes a unique opportunity to receive one-on-one live job consultancy with one of our TESOL experts. Your video consultancy will be conducted with a specialist who is highly experienced throughout the ESL teaching field. This option should prove invaluable when deciding where to look for the very best job opportunities to suit your personal plans. This extra service is only available to graduates of the Expert Package from ITTT.

Post-Course Job Guidance

All our course graduates are eligible for a wide range of post-course services to help you secure a suitable teaching position. These services include the following:

  • Resume/CV preparation guidance.
  • How to find TEFL employment vacancies.
  • How to best apply for TEFL jobs.

All these services are available for as long as you continue your ESL teaching career.