Jobs, Travel, FAQs
Jobs, Travel, FAQs
1. Where are the jobs?
There are, in Asia and worldwide, many positions in language schools, tuition centres, international schools, government schools, developing country relief and development work, community programmes, adult management training, tuition and other projects. So many other opportunities!
We partner with GABA CORPORATION who accept our training as being suitable for recommending our Diploma graduates to schools in Japan.
TEFL Professional Network http://www.TEFL.com
London Teacher Training College http://www.teachenglish.co.uk/job/newestjobs.html
TESOL Planet https://www.tesolplanet.com/
TESOL International Association http://careers.tesol.org/jobs/
English First http://www.englishfirst.com
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 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
- 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
- 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.uk, we 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 month, less 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?
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. 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!
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.