The International House Certificate in Teaching Languages (IHCTL) is a 4 - week, 120 hour teacher training course designed to prepare candidates for a job or career as a Language Teacher. It consists of four main elements. As the course is focused primarily around learning from the practical experience of preparing lessons and teaching them followed by reflective consideration and evaluation that will inform future lessons, the core element of the course is Teaching Practice. The other three main elements are seminar input, observation of experienced teachers and a component of assessed written work.
Teaching Practice (6 hours of observed and assessed Teaching Practice per candidate, divided between two distinct levels)
Observed Lessons (30 hours of guided peer observation & 4 hours of guided observation of experienced teachers)
Written work (3 assignments)
Seminar input (60 hours)
- Developing the 4 skills: speaking, listening, reading and writing;
- Analysing language (grammar, lexis, phonology and function) in preparation for teaching;
- Lesson planning and planning a series of lessons;
- Introducing, revising, practising and correcting language at a range of levels;
- Classroom management skills;
- Evaluation of teaching materials (published and authentic);
- Motivating and challenging learners of varying styles and backgrounds;
- Adapting and responding to different learning and teaching environments.
The International House Certificate in Teaching Languages (IHCTL) is awarded to teachers who have followed an approved course programme and passed the practical and written components of the assessment procedure. As candidates are required to attend the 100% of the 120 - hour course in order to pass (or at least 80% where a reason is accepted by the Course Tutor), it is essential that candidates are entirely free from external duties (teaching / administrative work) for the duration of the course.