Postgraduate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language
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El Postgraduate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language se imparte en modalidad a distancia.
The programme leading to the Master and Diploma in TEFL is intended for primary and secondary level English language teachers in public or private institutions; teachers of EFL working in adult education; graduates with relevant qualifications intending to work as English language teachers. The TEFL Programme is the result of the collaboration between the Fundación Universitaria Iberoamericana (FUNIBER) and Universidad de Jaén (España), and Universidad Internacional Iberoamericana (USA).
The programme does not consist simple of the delivery of content, but rather, just as in the case of face-to-face courses, it includes a series of pedagogical aspects aimed at promoting collaborative learning (between peers and tutors). All the courses are based on the following methodological concepts:
· Learning as a collaborative undertaking.
· A dynamic and constructivist concept of teaching and learning.
· Promotion of critical reflection on one’s own teaching practice and beliefs.
· An approach based within the framework of action-research.
· Cohesive and multicultural groups.
All students are “attached” to the university where they have enrolled. You will thus be in contact with the Academic Director at the university where you have enrolled, but apart from this, you will also have the invaluable support and guidance provided by the programme coordinator and the team of tutors selected from the participating universities and FUNIBER. Contact with these tutors will be maintained via the Virtual Campus, e-mail or telephone. Our tutors will help you solve any queries you may have concerning the study material. Contact via the Virtual Campus is the most important means of interaction on the course.
The assessment process for the Master, Diploma and Certificates in TEFL, aims to maximise successful outcomes for students. Due to the practical nature of the courses, there are no examinations as such. Instead, a variety of methods for assessing performance are used including the submission of written assignments, reports, the creation of didactic materials, etc.
Your course tutor(s) will mark your assignments, and you will receive detailed feedback on your work through the Virtual Campus.
Holders of all degrees, irrespective of subject, can be considered for the programme as long as the following requirements are fulfilled:
1. Academic requirements
BA Honours (4 years of university studies) in a field relating to Educational Studies, Languages or Social Sciences. Degrees in other areas will also be considered for admission on the MA programme prior to completion of the entry exam.
If the candidate has ample experience in the TEFL field and holds an Ordinary degree (3-year degree), he/she may be admitted onto the MA course prior to individual evaluation by the Academic Committee.
-Diploma & Certificate:
No previous university degree is needed, but the candidate will be asked to do an entrance exam before being admitted on to the course.
2. Teaching experience
For all the courses in TEFL (Master, Diploma, Certificates) a minimum of one year's teaching experience in ELT at any type of institution or in private tuition, is recommended. For the Certificates, if the candidate has no previous teaching experience, he/she may be asked to do an entrance exam before being admitted onto the course.
3. Linguistic requirements
All candidates who are non-native speakers of English will have to provide evidence of having passed one of the following exams:
.Cambridge FCE (First Certificate) - grade A. (Grade B or C requires the entrance exam to be taken)
.Cambridge CAE (Advanced) or CPE (Proficiency) - any pass grade
There are 2 versions of this exam:
.Written version: a minimum of 550 points is required.
.Computer based version (CBT=Computer Based Test) is out of a total 300 points - a minimum of 230 points is required.
ECEP (Examination for the Certification of Proficiency in English) - a pass. The Michigan ECCE (Examination for the Certification of Competency in English) is not accepted since the level is too low.
If the candidate does not have any of the above-mentioned certificates, and if he/she is not a native English speaker, then he/she will have to sit the entrance exam. English certificates from any other language schools will generally not be accepted, but may still be submitted for evaluation by the tutors on the course. If no consensus is reached regarding the qualification, the candidate will have to sit the entrance exam.
-Anyway, having English as an L1 doesn't presuppose that a student has the linguistic level that this Masters demands. So, as a last resort, the company's management team of this programme can demand that the candidates pass a test that proves that they possess the level required.
The programme leading to the Master, Diploma (Especialización) or Certificates (Extensión universitaria) in TEFL is intended for:
· Primary and secondary level English language teachers in public or private institutions.
· Teachers of EFL working in adult education.
· Graduates with relevant qualifications intending to work as English language teachers.
The overall objective of the programme leading to the award of the Master, Diploma (Especialización) and Certificates (Extensión universitaria)in TEFL is to provide a base for the development of the academic andprofessional skills required to teach English in any of the variousteaching-learning contexts that exist. The aim thus being to complementprofessional practice with contemporary knowledge and insights,concerning the nature of foreign language learning and teaching, and todevelop the perceptions, knowledge, resources and practical skillsnecessary to build on this theoretical base.
The promotion of critical reflection is one of the aspects, whichdefine the very nature of the project, and bridges the gap between asolid theoretical knowledge and its required practical application.
· Module: Second language learning and teaching
· Module: Methodologies and materials in language learning and teaching
· Module: Curriculum and course design