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TESOL Singapore | TESOL Singapore
Once known as the “Jewel of the British Empire”, Singapore is a thriving city-state on the tip of the Malay Peninsula. Evidence of its British colonial history can be found all over the city in its architecture and monuments. Although Singapore is a highly-developed city-state, the city has plenty of green spaces to counteract the urbanization of the island with almost ten percent of the land set aside for nature reserves and parks. Singapore has four official languages including Malay, Mandarin and Tamil. English is the language of instruction in the education system and is also the language of government.
Singapore is an easy place to get to with direct flights from hundreds of locations around the world, as well ferries from ports elsewhere in the region. You can even get there by car and train from Malaysia over the Johor–Singapore Causeway that connects the island with the mainland.
Many tourist attractions can be found in the city including Universal Studios Singapore and one of the world’s largest indoor aquariums all found in Resorts World on Sentosa Island. Other attractions include Singapore Zoo, Jurong Bird Park and Madame Tussauds.
Getting around the city and experiencing the many attractions on offer is easy with the many city tours and tourist passes available. If you want to escape the high-rises and enjoy more natural surroundings, you can rent bicycles at the local parks or head to the islands of Pulau Ubin and Kusu Island. Those looking for exciting dining have plenty of top-quality restaurants to choose from all over the city and shoppers can immerse themselves in the shops of the famous Orchard Road.
Our TESOL training center in Singapore is ideally located in the heart of the city, in the middle of the Central Business District with spectacular views of Marina Bay. In the area surrounding the school you will find shopping malls, restaurants, bars and much more. We are also close to an MRT station meaning that the rest of the city is only a short bus or train ride away. All the amenities you could need are conveniently located in the area around the training center. Our aim is not only to ensure that you are prepared to teach English at the end of the course but that you enjoy your time with us in Singapore.
In the building there are a number of classes taking place students are learning various languages and you get a great insight into the working life of a language instructor. Our course trainers are very experienced and dedicated to providing the best possible training for our course attendees; throughout the course they will be there to provide support and guidance as your learn the skills needed to become an effective EFL teacher. To help with your lesson planning there is a photocopier onsite and we have resource books available for use by course participants. Tea, coffee and water are available from reception free of charge while soft drinks and snacks can be bought at the mini-marts in the building or down the road.Apply Now!
We have different accommodation options available for our TESOL course participants in Singapore. These include condominiums, apartments and rooms in local hostels. Most options are located in the center of the city and are just a 15 to 25 minute commute from the training school. They have been checked to ensure that they provide all you will need for a comfortable stay.
Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the available accommodation and we will do our best to help you.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative centre. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Singapore itself.
The balance of course fees is payable on or before the first day of class and can be paid in cash in US or Singapore dollars or bank transfer.
Please note that bank transfers need to be made at least two weeks in advance of the course start.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related services. This also includes moderation and accreditation fees, lifetime job assistance and all our basic services.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
A list of housing options which we have worked with in the past will be provided to you upon request. These places are located near our training centre and range from backpacker hostels, budget hotels, homestays, and hotels. We are happy to work with you to find a suitable accommodation for your budget. Singapore is a convenient and easy city to travel around and there are a variety of options which are conveniently located near the school. We will do our best to take into account special requests and all that we can to make sure your housing here will be as enjoyable as the training.
What travel documents will I need for Singapore?Expand
All travelers into Singapore must follow these requirements to be allowed into the country:
holding a passport or a travel document with a validity of more than 6 months at the time of departure,
holding a return or onward ticket,
possess sufficient funds to stay in Singapore,
have valid entry documents (including a visa) to the next destination, if necessary,
have a completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card, and,
have a visa and/or a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Singapore (if applicable).
Citizens of the following countries are permitted to stay in Singapore for up to 90 days visa-free: European Union, Australia, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, United States.
* Please note visa information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your local Singapore consulate or embassy for updated information and the latest requirements.
What is the course schedule?Expand
On the first day of the course an orientation will be held. Orientation will be followed by the first class on Monday morning at 9:30 am. During the orientation, an in depth course schedule will be provided. A typical session will run between 9:30 and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday with morning and late afternoon breaks, and a lunch break also included. However, there will also be some evenings required for teaching practice.
All teacher trainees are expected to attend all of the training sessions on the schedule unless a medical condition or emergency makes it impossible in which case medical treatment is required. It is extremely important for trainees to be present at every Teaching Practice (TP). These sessions are difficult to organize and rescheduling is difficult which may result in an additional fee for the trainee.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
The teaching practice is conducted at the school and we have Japanese and Korean students. These students are usually non-native speaking expats living in Singapore who make the lessons engaging, enjoyable and consistently give constructive feedback. Most of the students have studied at our centre with trained and experienced EFL teachers. They are not required to come to the class so their presence is merely out of the desire to help the trainees to improve their teaching.
Who can attend the TESOL course? Do I need to be native English speaker?Expand
You need to be at least 18 years old to enrol in our course. There is no maximum age, but do keep in mind that some institutions may not employ teachers beyond a certain age.
While you don’t need to be a native speaker to attend, you do need to be fluent in English.
We define fluency as having at least a C1 level on the CEFR scale of language proficiency.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For most sessions at the school, there will not be a strict dress code requirement. However, the school is full of educators and professionals and we want to maintain a level of professionalism thus please dress appropriately and be mindful of others. The school is a place of work, and we would like to remind you to be respectful to those around you.
There will be a dress requirement during the Teaching Practice (TP) sessions. During the Teaching Practice the trainees will be required to dress in business attire and follow some guidelines.
Shoulders must be covered. Low-cut necklines or short skirts will not be permitted. No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Flip flops, bermuda’s, or sandals are also not permitted.
Slacks or khakis must be worn, jeans are not appropriate. Either short or long sleeved shirts are acceptable so long as there is a collar. A tie is not required but if you would like to, you may. Dress shoes or loafers are required. Tennis shoes, sandals, or bermuda’s, are not acceptable. Long hair should be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
A pen, a notebook for taking notes, and a three-ring binder to organize lesson plans are essential. Forms, and other information will be given and an organized binder would help all of this remain neat and tidy.
A recording device, or cell phone to record, is not required but it is a good idea. In the past trainees at various locations have given feedback that it made the course easier. This helped in reviewing the course material, lectures, interviews, and student feedback. Although it is not a requirement we suggest doing so.
Books are provided and available to be borrowed at the school, and in the study room. However, any material leaving the campus requires permission from the staff.
All trainees are required to prepare their own materials for their Teaching Practice (TP). The training school maintains a supply of materials but the school is not responsible to provide materials. Materials such as poster board, markers, glue, paper, pens, and more for developing teaching material will have to be purchased by the trainees themselves.
The photocopy machine at the school is available for all trainees to use without charge.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
Your passport. However, if you are able to secure a job in Singapore or another country, you will need original copies of your birth certificate, college degree(s), and any other certificates or diplomas you feel may be relevant, along with relevant transcripts.