UCL Centre for Languages & International Education (CLIE)


Course information

Course content

The course consists of

1.  daily morning input sessions led by tutors who will teach you in the way we would like you to teach your students. These sessions cover the following areas:

  • Language analysis and awareness (grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation);
  • Language skills (reading, writing, speaking and listening);
  • Learners and teachers and the learning and teaching context;
  • Developing teaching skills;
  • Classroom procedures and skills;
  • Use of resources and materials including ICT;
  • Professionalism;
  • Planning lessons;
  • Adapting published materials for use in lessons;
  • Introduction to a wider variety of teaching contexts e.g. younger learners, business, examinations, monolingual classes.

2.   daily afternoon teaching practice (see below) followed by oral and written feedback from tutors and peers.

3.   assisted lesson planning.

4.   6 hours’ observation of experienced teachers.

Teaching practice

The course includes six hours’ teaching observed by tutors and peers. Course participants have regular teaching practice throughout the course – approximately every other day. You will be observed teaching at two different levels during the course and you will teach lessons lasting from 30 minutes to an hour, depending on the stage of the course. On days when you are not teaching, you will observe your peers and give constructive feedback on their lessons.

Workload and assessment

Participants are expected to attend 100% of the course.

During the course, you must:

- teach a total of 6 hours of assessed lessons;

- write lesson plans and self evaluations for the lessons you teach;

- observe your peers teaching and take part in giving constructive feedback on each others’ lessons;

- observe 6 hours of lessons taught by experienced teachers;

- submit 4 assessed written assignments (comprising of a total of 3000 words).

In addition to the core contact hours, we estimate that participants need to spend a minimum of 80 hours for the required reading, research, pre- and post- session tasks, assignments and lesson preparation.

There is no final written examination. The assessment is continuous and participants are assessed on their language knowledge, planning and lesson preparation, teaching, assignments and professionalism.

Final grades awarded consist of Fail, Pass, Pass B and Pass A.

Fees and interview

The course fee for 2015 is £1,500.00 plus the Cambridge English entry fee of £135.00 (£1,635.00 in total).

Please note: Face to face interviews will be held in the week commencing 27 April 2015. In exceptional circumstances for applicants who are outside the UK, it may be possible to arrange a Skype interview during the same interview period. We do not offer phone interviews.

Once you have been notified that your application has been successful, you will be required to pay the full fees in order to secure your place on the course.