The WILL-EXCEL TESOL Diploma Program prepares our trainees for the booming demand for exemplary TESOL instructors world-wide, specifically targeting those wanting to work in China. The Program is unlike any other TESOL certification program in that it provides:
The WILL-EXCEL TESOL Institute is in partnership with a private language school: California Sunshine International Language Center (Harbin). This partnership means that you will gain a lot of experience teaching real language learners of all ages and levels.
Throughout the TESOL course, you will gain experience with three distinct age-groups: children, teenagers and adults. This type of experience is not offered by other TESOL certification program and is a unique feature of the WILL-EXCEL TESOL Course.
The WILL-EXCEL TESOL Certification Program`s intensive TESOL course incorporates classroom knowledge and practical teaching experience with professional development projects.
This ensures that you receive SUPERIOR TESOL TRAINING and
are prepared for the BEST TESOL JOBS that CHINA and the WORLD have to offer.
INPUT SESSION TOPICS
Throughout the TESOL course you will be assigned a number of professional development projects.
Foreign Language Journal
Your Mandarin classes serve two purposes. Firstly, to acquaint you with the Mandarin language. Secondly, and more importantly, to put into perspective what language learners go through when they attend English class.
In order to further reinforce the latter point, your Mandarin instructor will not speak any English during class. In order to communicate with your instructor you must speak Mandarin and vice versa. This will put you in the same situation as your students.
Throughout your first week of Mandarin classes you will be asked to keep a detailed journal of what you are learning. In your journal you should note how your instructor illustrates meaning. In other words, how does the instructor make you understand what it is that he or she is teaching without the use of English?
Teacher Observation Project
Throughout the TESOL course, you will be assigned to observe a number of experienced teachers. For each observation, you will complete a set of “Classroom Observation Notes” to discuss during input sessions.
Throughout the TESOL course you will develop a set of physical materials to use in the classroom, which can be adapted from course textbooks, internet resources and your own imagination. These materials must be sturdy and transportable. The objective of this project is to create an original idea to be used in the classroom.
Later in the TESOL course, you will present to your instructors and your classmates how the materials can be used in class, how they can be improved, and what other functions they could serve in the future.
Developed materials can be prepared to function as, but not limited to, props, audio or visual media, flashcards and class handouts, but may not be copied from commercial sources.
A successful materials project is “modular” in that it can be used in a variety of different contexts. Unsuccessful projects limit themselves to one specific use or function.
Curriculum Writing Project
A component of the “Teaching University” input session will be creating a long-term speaking course. With the help of your trainers, you and your classmates will work together in brainstorming several topics and relevant activities to improve a pre-intermediate/intermediate university class’ oral English.
As the objective of these lessons is to improve the class’ oral English, the total amount of time allotted to reading may not exceed 15 minutes for the entire class.
The culmination of this project will be in submitting two master lesson plans which include all relevant worksheets and images. This lesson plan should be written so that a brand new teacher could teach the class.
Following the “Teaching One-to-One” input session, you will be assigned to an individual learner. You will meet with this student four times, over the TESOL course.
The first meeting is a needs analysis session, where you and the student will talk about their goals and aims (see your main textbook for details on how to prepare for your needs analysis). During the second, third and forth meetings, you and the student will work together to achieve the goals set forth during the needs analysis meeting. Each session will be 60 minutes.
The summation of your one-to-one task will be a typed student’s report.
MANDARIN LANGUAGE COMPONENT
Learning even just a little bit of the Mandarin language goes a long way in helping new teachers adjust to living in China. Basic language skills can be achieved in a much shorter time than expected with as little as half an hour of study per day.
To help you achieve your goals of learning Mandarin, you will be tested on your language abilities five times throughout the TESOL course. Four of these tests take place throughout the first month of TESOL training, and the final test will be held shortly before you finish your teaching term.
Alongside our input sessions and projects, you will develop lesson plans under the supervision of experienced teachers, observe experienced teacher-taught classes, as well as, of course, teaching classes yourself. This opportunity will allow you to apply both practical and theoretical techniques learned in the TESOL course`s input sessions.