TESOL Teacher Education programme
The TESOL Teacher Education programme is a one-semester programme specially designed for undergraduates, M.A. level students and recent graduates interested in gaining valuable experience in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) in a cross-cultural environment.
The TESOL TE course opens in the spring semester of each academic year only. Students who successfully complete the course of study earn the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA) – an internationally-recognised qualification in the field of teaching English.
- CELTA Certificate
- General Information
- Course Descriptions
- Before Arrival
- After Arrival
- Before Departure
- Students´ Perspectives
The Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults is a training course provided by the Masaryk University CELTA Centre CZ025 certified by the University of Cambridge to train teachers of English to speakers of other languages. CELTA is an internationally recognised certification in the field of teaching English and is designed for present and future teachers of English who wish to gain an internationally-acclaimed teaching certificate.
The CELTA course at Masaryk University is specific in being spread over a fifteen-week period, which is directly linked with semesters at MU, offering its participants the unique experience of teaching both native English-speakers and Czech students at the same time.
CELTA at MU offers training in a communicative teaching approach, which can be easily adapted to different age groups and cultures, and hence is widely recognised by employers around the world. What is more, MU does not require previous teaching experience or Czech language skills in order to take the course.
Find further information about the CELTA course at Masaryk University here.
ABOUT THE TESOL TEACHER EDUCATION PROGRAMME
The TESOL Teacher Education programme opens in the spring semester of each academic year only. The purpose of the programme is to bring together Czech and English-speaking students in order to foster understanding and broaden both groups' social, academic and professional experience – all of which are a vital part of succeeding in teaching English as a Foreign Language. The programme integrates the fundamentals of language learning theory and hands-on teaching practice. A unique aspect of this selective programme is that native English speakers and non-native speakers study and practise together. In addition to the TESOL-related courses, students can choose from courses on applied linguistics, the Czech language and a number of courses relating to Czech cultural heritage.
Students who successfully complete the course of study earn the internationally-recognised Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). The actual CELTA component of the programme is accredited by the University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) and carries with it the prestige and recognition of that ancient centre of learning. The TESOL TE programme is supported by the State University of New York (SUNY), Oswego, which enables students to earn academic credits recognised in North America.
Enrolment is open to undergraduates (in their junior or senior year), students at M.A. level and recent graduates. Students do not need previous Czech language study or prior teaching experience; however, some general background in educational theory is helpful. A minimum 2.75 GPA overall. Applicants must be at least 20 years of age at the time of interview.
The application process has two steps. First, the application form must be handed in. Then, after it has been reviewed, a telephone interview is held, after which the applicant receives formal notice of acceptance into the programme.
Housing and meals
Accommodation and meals are included in the programme fee. Students live in university dormitories sharing double rooms (each with an en-suite bathroom and kitchenette) with Czech or other foreign students. They have access to university computer centres, sports facilities, canteens and laundries.
Spring semester 2020: February 18, 2020 to May 27, 2020
A week at a glance
What a student's normal week would look like:
- Monday: 14:10–15:45: Applied Linguistics
- Tuesday: 16.40–18.40, 18.40–20.00: Observed teaching practice, feedback
- Wednesday: 9.00– 17.00: TESOL Methodology (Input + assisted lesson planning)
- tesol.org: This is a professional organisation for ESL/EFL teachers around the world. It publishes ESL/ EFL books and a range of magazines ranging from the scholarly (e.g. TESOL Quarterly) to the practical (e.g. the on-line Career Counsel, which focuses on employment possibilities).
- eslcafe.com: This web page offers everything for ESL/EFL professionals and students, from chat rooms to exercises. It's worth a look.
- ef.com/english-resources: Here is more comprehensive information about CELTA certification and syllabi.
The Centre for International Cooperation at Masaryk University is now accepting applications for the spring semester 2020. The application form is available on-line at IS OIS (choose TESOL TE programme). The Autumn TESOL TE course is not being opened.
Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so the course may fill up before the deadlines stated above.
- Prior to September: Application form submission to the Centre for International Cooperation at Masaryk University, and the application is reviewed there.
- Prior to September/October: Interview with a CELTA tutor (by phone or in person in Brno). The student is invited by Office for International Studies for interview.
- September/October at earliest: Acceptance onto the TESOL TE programme (an official letter issued by Centre for International Cooperation).
- December: Course fee payment
All of the courses within the TESOL TE programme are taught in English.
Credits: 9 ECTS
CELTA approved trainers: PhDr. Debora Zemenova, M.A., Nikola Fořtová, M.A.
The first part of the CELTA training programme. In a series of workshops participants acquire the general knowledge, skills, attitudes and awareness necessary for a novice teacher of English as a Foreign Language. Topics covered include language awareness and analysis for teaching purposes, teaching language systems and skills, lesson planning and timetabling, error analysis and correction, language testing, classroom management, teaching aids and different aspects of learning foreign languages. Several written assignments and projects are required as part of the evaluation. Classes are held in small groups.
Credits: 6 ECTS
CELTA approved trainers: PhDr. Debora Zemenova, M.A., Nikola Fořtová, M.A.
The practical training component of the CELTA programme. Teaching practice (TP) includes the following: students' own classroom practice, observation of experienced teachers, peer observation, feedback discussions and assisted lesson planning. The aim of teaching practice is to help students acquire basic teaching skills and establish a solid basis for further professional development. The classes taught consist of two groups of six students.
Credits: 6 ECTS
Course teacher: Martin Drápela Ph.D.
A straightforward and comprehensive introduction to the study of language. The main emphasis is placed on linguistics for teaching purposes. The course gives students a basic framework in phonology, grammar, discourse, language development and change.
Credits, based on the number of courses passed, are given upon completion by Masaryk University. Students who successfully complete the above coursework receive the Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), issued by the University of Cambridge English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), as well as a written evaluation of their performance and, from Masaryk University, a certificate for the courses in Applied Linguistics and the Czech language.
All international students who are not citizens of member states of the EU are obliged to get a student visa if they plan to study in the Czech Republic. The visa application process might take up to 60 days, therefore you should apply for it as soon as you receive visa document confirming the purpose of stay (written in Czech). Check the website of the Czech Embassy in your country regarding the visa application process (here is a list of Czech Embassies worldwide).
- your tutor/buddy will be waiting for you and will pick you up from the station (if you have asked them to do so).
- you will go to the halls of residence (reception open 24/7) or your pre-booked private accommodation
- during the working day you should submit the signed accommodation contract to the accommodation assistant
- you have to attend Compulsory Admission to the University International Office (with us)
- participate in Orientation Week
Which we see as not “good-bye” but “see you again soon”, you need to complete a few steps:
1/ Make sure you have returned all books to libraries.
2/ Close your bank account
- You can check out from MU dormitories only during the working day (up to 2 pm), on the date of your departure or a maximum of two days in advance. (You can check-out in advance and stay in the halls of residence until your departure day, meanwhile bringing the Check-out Confirmation Form to your MU coordinator). If you are planning to leave on a weekend, please arrange everything on the previous Friday.
- Please follow these steps:
- Tidy and clean your room. Then go to reception and call a cleaning lady to check your room. After checking your room, she will give you a small check-out paper called the “Odhlašovací lístek”. This can be done a maximum of two days in advance.
- Bring the “Odhlašovací lístek” and Check-out Confirmation Form to the accommodation assistant in the halls of residence. The accommodation assistant will sign the Check-Out Confirmation Form.
- When leaving the dormitory, please do not forget to return your key to reception.
4/ Final Documents
- Check-out Confirmation Form (see the Documents section): If you want to successfully complete your studies at Masaryk University you have to prepare the Check-out Confirmation Form and bring it to your CZS coordinator’s office (Komenského square) before your departure. You can deliver it in person, ask someone to deliver it, put it into the post box in front of the CZS entrance or you can send it by e-mail. Please note that without filling it in and delivering it you cannot get the final documents signed by the MU coordinator. The signature of the accommodation assistant is absolutely essential.
- The Transcript of Records is an official document that will be used to transfer your grades from Masaryk University to your home university (the list of your courses and their evaluation). It is issued by the CZS coordinator. The date of your departure is considered to be the date of checking-out from the halls of residence or your flat (leaving your room) and this date must be confirmed by the accommodation assistant/landlord in the Check-out Confirmation Form a maximum of two days in advance. We do not take into account the date up to which you pay for the accommodation. The date of your last activity at university is taken into account too and cannot differ from the departure date by more than one week. In the case that not all your grades are already in the IS on the date of your departure, we will send you your Transcript later. You can find a sample of the Transcript of Records in the Documents section.
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“I feel the most important thing about the CELTA program was that it gave me support in a real world teaching experience and thus, built my confidence. The analysis of the lessons I taught were valuable in teaching me to critique my own performance so my learning would continue even when CELTA ends. The advantage of taking the class at Masaryk University was learning alongside Czech students. They offered a different perspective of our students and helped us to understand how their mentality and school system which are so different than those I know in the USA. It's easy to get caught up in the work and forget to make good friends with the people from that area. With them in this class, it wasn't even an issue.”
– Anita Shek, SUNY Oswego
“I've really enjoyed learning to teach ESL here at Masaryk because of the unique perspective I've gained by teaching and working alongside people who have learned English as a second language themselves.”
– Jennifer Russell, Ithaca College