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1. Where are the jobs?

We have trained hundreds of teachers through our classroom-based course for the LTTC Diploma in TESOL. They have obtained positions in language schools, tuition centres, international schools, Singapore government schools, developing country relief and development work, Singapore community programmes, adult management training, their own tuition projects and in one case setting up, with others, a new international school in Thailand. Some have gone on to work in Singapore, some have returned to their countries of origin to teach and some have gone on to work internationally. Some went on to obtain teaching work in, or continued their teaching in institutions including:

  • Kaplan Singapore
  • PSB Academy
  • Nanyang Polytechnic
  • Academies Australasia College
  • Creative Horizons Language Centre
  • Victoria Point High School, Australia
  • Overseas Family School
  • Stamford American International School
  • Stalford Academy
  • Singapore Korean International School
  • Morris Ellen English
  • FTMS Global Academy
  • Global Indian International School
  • Australian International School
  • VGC International College, Vancouver
  • Ascend Education Centre
  • German International School
  • Etonhouse
  • Envision Learning Centre
  • Mind Stretcher
  • Singapore Institute of Management
  • World Vision International
  • Bank of Lao Training Institute, Vientiane
  • The Education Experts
  • Institute of Finance and Economics, Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia
  • Canadian International School
  • Blue House International Preschool 
  • Serangoon Junior College
  • SIM University    
  • Shanghai Singapore International School
  • Lorna Whiston Schools
  • DPS International School
  • Ngee Ann Polytechnic
  • Training Vision Institute Pte Ltd
  • Raffles Language School, Japan
  • Learning Lab
  • Mindchamps
  • Pat’s Schoolhouse

2. Why are some courses in Singapore called ‘Preparatory’?

The Committee for Private Education Group, the Singapore government regulator of private schools, requires courses in private schools for external awards to be labelled ‘Preparatory’. If the Dipoma in TESOL came from us, British Education Centre, we would not have to call it ‘Preparatory’. Since it comes from an external awarding body, London Teacher Training College (LTTC), ‘Preparatory’ must be in the title in the School-Student Contract. It is not a ‘pre-‘ course with another to follow from LTTC, it is the full course of LTTC. The award is the Diploma, and is awarded to you by LTTC.

3. What are the differences between TESL, TEFL, TESOL and CELTA?

‘TESL’ is Teaching English as a Second Language. English has a mainstream place in the society in which the learner lives and the learner encounters the language in day-to-day life. Examples are Singapore, parts of India, South Africa and the ‘native speaker’ countries, for example Britain, Australia, New Zealand, Canada and the USA.

‘TEFL’ is Teaching English as a Foreign Language. English is not used a a mainstream language in the learner’s environment. Examples are countries such as China, Japan, Korea, Vietnam, Russia, France and Mexico. TEFL is the traditional term used in Britain, but TESL is a more correct term for the British context.

‘TESOL’ is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. The terms TEFL and TESL can overlap considerably because the teaching situation varies so much in any one society, depending on family, group and other demographic factors the learner is subject to. TESOL is a more useful term that covers both TEFL and TESL. ‘CELTA’ is a brand within TESOL.

Courses for awards in TEFL. TESL and TESOL essentially address the same teaching knowledge and skills areas. They are all similar in aiming to provide you with the ability to effectively teach English to speakers of other languages, in a variety of teaching situations.

4. How can I choose between LTTC TESOL, CELTA, RELC, Trinity College TESOL, INTESOL, Canadian TESOL, etc and why do you not deliver CELTA?

All these providers’ basic teaching qualifications have to cover much the same ground. They aim at getting you into the classroom, able to teach. Look at the school and course delivery quality. CELTA, a brand within TESOL, it is supposedly more ‘recognised’ than others, yet is less well-known in China and East Asia generally, compared to South East Asia. We do not offer CELTA – we would need to take about twice the course fee from you for much the same course content due to higher course provider charges. Short CELTA courses are reported to miss out on language awareness – the grammar particularly, something we take care to cover. CELTA courses are also reported to be inflexible in lesson planning approaches and methodologies. We have course quality control well comparable to CELTA, not just because we operate under the regulations of the Council for Private Education, Singapore www.cpe.gov.sg but also because of our many years of experience in teaching and in school management. As an Institutional Member of the College of Teachers, UK, www.collegeofteachers.ac.ukwe abide by its Professional Code of Practice in course and school management.

We do not offer Trinity College TESOL- Trinity aims much of its course delivery within the UK.

Just about every English TESL/TEFL/TESOL basic teaching qualification is available by distance learning as an option to classroom learning. CELTA and Trinity College TESOL also allow delivery by distance learning.

5. Does a school need a license from the CPE, the Singapore Government regulator, to offer TESOL, CELTA and other teacher training courses?

Yes, unless all the courses of the school are certificates which are all completed in less than one monthless than 50 hours. A school must display its license number and license duration on its website. If a license is required, it is an offence to offer courses without a license and schools that do not conform are in breach and are subject to penalties and, ultimately, closure. A school not holding a necessary local statutory license is not able to legally partner overseas organisations such as universities providing qualifications for delivery in Singapore. For a list of licensed private education institutions, refer to www.cpe.gov.sg.

6. Are you the leading TESOL training school in Singapore?

Well, we like to think so but no school is allowed to make extravagant and unverifiable statements under the Council for Private Education (CPE) Advertising Code for Private Education published 10 April 2012. Private schools in Singapore are required to conform with the rules, regulations and codes of this Singapore Government authority. Schools that do not conform are in breach and are subject by the CPE to penalties and, ultimately, closure.

7. There are Certificates, Diplomas and Advanced Diplomas to qualify for teaching English. What are the differences?

The differences are not so much in the name. Historically, some qualifications have been named certificates, some diplomas, etc when they were first created by the course providers. These awards all aim to provide much the same outcomes, to give you the knowledge and skills to teach English to speakers of other languages. The real test is in the actual course contact hours being adequate – 120 hours is considered a minimum for a basic English teacher training course, there being a strong face-to-face contact element and practicum teaching development being provided.

8. Is the Diploma in TESOL recognised?

LTTC is an approved training provider of Training Qualification UK (TQUK) www.tquk.org with the Diploma in TESOL recognised at Level 7 of the UK National Qualifications Framework. TQUK is an awarding organisation recognised by the UK Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (OFqual), the UK Register Qualifications http://register.ofqual.gov.uk and the Welsh Government. TQUK offers qualifications on the UK Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF). TQUK aims to provide qualifications for industry and professionals that are designed by leading practitioners and that are delivered to centres and learners with integrity and compliance. To accompany qualifications, TQUK provides centres with world class service to support the delivery of the qualifications.

9. Who will my classmates be in the Singapore classroom-taught course for the Diploma in TESOL?

Well, that’s a hard one to pin down! Ages range from early twenties right through to retirees. Highest qualifications held range from school leaving level through school leaving qualifications, Certificates, Diplomas, Bachelor Degrees and Masters Degrees, including from the Singapore NIE, to PhDs and Singapore training qualifications such as ACTA. Nationalities range though Singaporean, Malaysian, British, Vietnamese, Korean, American, Australian, Brasilian, Mongolian, Italian …. The main thing is that classes are friendly, new friends are made and many say how they miss their TESOL classes when they finish.

10. My grammar is weak. How will I cope with this course?

Our approach in the classroom-taught course in Singapore is to provide extra language awareness content, including a steady feed of grammar right through the course. We find that those with worries about English grammar then come out at the end of the course with confidence in it, in the terminology, in how sentences build and how their future students will need help in this area. It is important to remember that teachers of English are not professional linguists/grammarians but we aim to make sure you are confident in your grammar when you face your future teaching.

11. My Diploma in TESOL practicum lesson in the Singapore classroom course – how long is it and who are the students I will teach?

LTTC requires a single practicum lesson of 45 minutes and at BEC it is delivered to volunteers who are foreign speakers of English. They are not fee-payers and you may deliver your practicum lesson to them in any one of a wide range of lesson aims. This volunteer audience is not on a fixed course of English; they are adults from Myanmar, China, Japan, etc, on average at pre-intermediate ESOL level. If you wish, they will play different roles for you such as younger learners, government-school teenagers, restaurant staff, hotel trainees and business English students. You will produce an original lesson plan and this will be your own work, planned activities and materials, not just teaching from an existing course book. You will rehearse your lesson in front of TESOL classmates for two trial sessions. You will also experience others delivering their trials. These trials are part of valuable teaching practice workshops that help you grow in confidence for teaching. There are additional opportunities to teach the foreign speakers of English as informal teaching practice.

12. I have taken some similar study in English language teacher training from another school. Can I receive exemptions from any of the modules in the LTTC Diploma classroom programme?

We have had several applicants for the Diploma in TESOL course who wished to move away from their original choice of school. We can send your CV and the outline syllabus and your results so far to London Teacher Training College who will decide on possible module exemptions for you.

13. Surely I should take a Degree or Masters in Education?

Some Degree and Masters programmes in Education do exist and yes, they should be considered but they aim more at theoretical development, not usually at giving you the initial employability with practical TESOL knowledge and skills to be able to start work in the classroom. You will need to hold a Bachelor Degree to enter a reputable Masters programme.

14. Early Learners, Business English, Tourism English, IELTS teaching – can I have extra certificates?

You can choose to specialise in areas such as English for Hotel Management, Hospitality, Tourism, Healthcare, Business, IELTS preparation, Early Learners, etc within the Diploma in TESOL classroom-taught course delivery. You will be able to specialise in your lesson planning work and in your practicum development and lesson delivery. You will then receive an endorsement document from British Education Centre attesting to your specialisation, in addition to your your Diploma in TESOL from LTTC.

Classroom-taught Diploma course participants will receive, by successful completion of logged observations, the Certificate in Teaching Observation from THE TESOL COLLEGE, providing evidence of your ability to link lessons with theory (applicable for those studying from 1 October 2013 onwards, until further notice).

15. I am a homemaker. Will I be able to teach?

Yes. We have homemakers busy with families – mothers usually take the morning TESOL course option.

16. Is there an upper age limit to take TESOL?

No. We have Diploma in TESOL graduates who are aged from their early twenties into their sixties. TESOL is a career that you build in directions you want and it is for all ages. We have had retirees taking their Diploma in TESOL to go into volunteering work, particularly overseas.

17. When do I have to pay?

Please pay your first module fee (S$662.50) and registration fee (S$50) on the first class of the intake. You then pay three more module fees of S$662.50 as you begin the remaining three modules. There is no need for advance payment unless a course intake is close to its limit and you want to be sure to secure a place; we will inform you if this is advisable.

18. Is it true that there is a 100% refund of any advance course fees paid up to the end of the first Diploma in TESOL class if I change my mind about enrolling?

Yes.

19. Can I sit in a Diploma in TESOL class?

Yes, in the classroom-taught course. This can help you to make up your mind about joining us. Sit-ins are from 10.00am for morning classes to break at 11.30am, 6.45pm to break at 8.15pm for evening classes and 2.30pm to break at 4.00pm for Saturday afternoon classes. We do not provide sets of course notes or handouts and we ask you to indicate your level of interest at the end of the sit-in. There is a short sit-in registration form to complete at the beginning. There is no pressure on you to join – we hope you will enjoy your sit-in and then make your mind up in your own time. If you are busy before an intake which you are interested in, you can choose to treat the first class as a sit-in, then decide at break time if you would like to enrol and remain.

20. What happens if I miss a Diploma class because of unforeseen work or family commitments?

Missing one or two classes within a seven or eight-class module is not too much of a problem because you will be provided with the missed handouts and reading. Some 1:1 time may be added, to ensure you are not disadvantaged. Missing three or more classes in a module means a higher workload in your own time – you may need to take a refresher class or two (no fee is required) when the module is next delivered, before taking the examination.

21. What happens if am not able to make it for the start of the Diploma course evening class at 6.45pm.?

We start with revision to allow for latecomers from work.

22. Will I receive a confirmation of study letter as a reference?

We will normally provide a confirmation of study reference letter as you complete the Diploma in TESOL course, on request.

23. Can I teach in a Singapore MOE Government School with the Diploma in TESOL?

Government schools in Singapore and most countries do not have ESL/EFL/ESOL English as a main curriculum subject but increasingly they recognise a need for support English for students arriving from other countries or for own country students with a mother tongue at home. A TESOL qualification is therefore being increasingly seen as a necessity to teach English to foreign speakers of the language who need help in it to cope with their mainstream subjects. We have had Singapore MOE government school teachers through our course, adding the LTTC Diploma in TESOL to their teaching qualifications for more effective working with English teaching in their school. Some of our LTTC Diploma in TESOL holders have added it to their portfolio of qualifications to strengthen their application to teach in government schools.

24. Will British Education Centre help me to obtain a teaching job?

CPE-registered schools cannot assist students in seeking job opportunities. We therefore limit ourselves to suggesting approaches and practical measures to become a teacher but it depends on you to work towards successful applications and interviews. When we receive requests for teachers/tutors, we pass them straight on to you in your TESOL class. We do not accept and pass on requests that stipulate ‘native speaker teachers only’ as this is against our school non-discrimination policy. We do not partner and guarantee you employment with schools as we cannot  know with certainty that they practise acceptable employment conditions for teachers/tutors.

25. How many books can I borrow from the library in the Singapore classroom-taught course?

You can borrow two items at any one time. Borrowing of an item is for a maximum of one week. An item may be a book, magazine, DVD, boxed set of student course book plus audio CD, etc.

26. How established is London Teacher Training College?

London Teacher Training College has been training teachers since 1984. many thousands of LTTC award-holders have gone on to teach all over the world with the highly portable Diploma in TESOL. The College is registered in the UK, is a UK course provider and has administration in the UK and Switzerland. Partner schools of LTTC are in the UK, Europe, Africa, Central and South America.

27. How established is British Education Centre?

We have been in operation since 2007. We have been teaching LTTC TESOL since 2008. Dr. Alan Richardson, the founder of British Education Centre and Academic Director, worked in the education sector in Singapore from 1993 and has taught in the UK government school sector.

28. There are British Education Centres in Vietnam, Russia, Poland, Bangladesh…. Are they connected with you?

No. They have appeared on the Internet over the years after we were formed and have had our website up. They say that imitation is the sincerest form of flattery….

29. What is different about British Education Centre?

We practise good course delivery combined with great resources. We are operated by experienced teacher trainers who also are well capable of management, not by more corporate-oriented business owners. We believe this gives better academic outcomes. We are flexible in response to your work or family commitments. We respect and observe the requirements of the Council for Private Education. We are in a historic, beautifully-restored building in central Singapore. We believe in giving back to the community. Come and experience the difference!