The Trinity TYLEC consists of two units:
Unit 1: Teaching Skills
Unit 2: Materials Assignment
The online course takes place over a 14-week period, during which the assessment for Unit 1 will be carried out on a continuous basis. The assessment of Unit 2 is assessed externally by a moderator from Trinity College London at the end of the 14-week course.
Our course is quite flexible; tasks are given at the beginning of the week and you have an entire week to complete them. You will take part in online input as well as attending live lessons every week, which take place in a virtual classroom. You will participate in interactive, collaborative tasks with other course participants on our online platform.
You will be in small groups, maximum 16 participants to ensure ample tutor support. We know that teachers learn a lot from each other, so the online classroom offers us opportunities to share experiences and ideas with each other and the option to participate in live chats and webinars.
There are weekly modules which you are expected to contribute to regularly, but the interaction is not scheduled so you can log into the course to suit your own working day.
Unit 1 – Teaching Skills
Unit 1 is designed to allow you to demonstrate an ability to effectively teach a specified group of young learners, using techniques appropriate to their age and level, fully informed by an understanding of the subject matter and how this relates to young learners.
By the end of Unit 1, you will be expected to demonstrate:
- Knowledge of and ability to teach the main phonological, lexical and syntactic features of English to young learners considering age and level appropriacy.
- Ability to creatively transfer and adapt knowledge and skills of teaching adults appropriately for teaching young learners.
- Awareness of the learning needs of groups of or of individual young learners, and of the motivation of learners in a variety of circumstances and environments, with special reference to current theories of children’s general and linguistic development.
- Ability to establish rapport and create and maintain young learners’ interest.
- Ability to draw up a range of lesson plans with clear and achievable aims, using appropriate methods for young learners with various needs.
- Ability to manage and stimulate active participation among a class of young learners and provide a relevant learning context and opportunities in relation to their learning objectives.
- Ability to evaluate, use and adapt published material and create simple teaching material, which may include visual aids, audio, video, and information communication/learning technology (ICT/ILT), as appropriate to young learners.
- Broad understanding of the main advantages and disadvantages of various language teaching approaches, with special reference to young learners.
- Ability to evaluate their own effectiveness as teachers and to work co-operatively as members of a teaching team and group.
- Ability to identify and set developmental action points to help further develop their teaching practice.
Unit 2 – Materials Assignment
Unit 2 is designed to allow the Trinity moderator to gain a clear insight into your decision-making process with regard to lesson planning and execution and, crucially, your reflection upon this.
Successful course participants will be able to:
- plan, produce, use and evaluate simple classroom teaching materials and accompanying tasks.
- produce a written rationale and evaluation for the effectiveness of the materials.
- reflect on and discuss the use of the selected materials.