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About Language Training Institute (LTi )

Language Training Institute (LTi) was the first organization to get Australian Accreditation for a Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.

LTi has subsequently become the first Australian organization to publish and distribute a suite of TESOL Training Texts and Workbooks for TESOL Trainees that correlate exactly to an accredited Certificate IV in TESOL Course.

The LTi TESOL publications include all the theory assessment tasks required for completion of the 9 Core Units and a choice of 1 of the five Elective Units of the Course. In addition, the Study and Practice Teaching Guide provides detailed requirements for completion of the comprehensive Practice Teaching component and includes a range of forms used for reporting on and observation of the Trainee & Practice Teaching experience.

An estimated 3,000 students have been trained by LTi or organizations using the LTi TESOL Course or TESOL Course publications around Australia and overseas in China, Korea, Malaysia, Iran and Singapore. This has included both native and non-native speakers of English.

Certificate IV in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

(Course code number 10317 NAT)

Australian Government Registered Training Organization  ( RTO code number 30173)

 

COURSE OVERVIEW            

The LTi Certificate IV in TESOL course is designed to give you the skills, knowledge and experience needed to teach English to speakers of other languages.

The LTi Certificate IV in TESOL consists of nine (9) core units, one (1) elective unit and practical placement. This means you don’t only get the theory behind teaching English to speakers of other languages; you also get the hands on experience of putting what you’ve learned into practice in a real life situation.

The potential employment opportunities for Course graduates will depend on any pre-existing qualifications and experience. If you do have previous experience of relevant qualifications there is a wider range of employment opportunities upon completion of the Course. Employment opportunities are discussed in more detail in the Course Outcomes

COURSE ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

In order for you to gain entry into the LTi Certificate IV in TESOL Course, you need to have a sound level of ability in written and spoken English. One of the following examples of evidence of English proficiency must be provided prior to enrollment in the course:

  • University Degree
  • Evidence of having completed studies at a tertiary level in English
  • A result from an endorsed test of English proficiency (with an IELTS band score of 6.5 or equivalent)

If you are unable to provide evidence of English proficiency, please contact us to discuss what options are available. You may be asked to complete an entry test and participate in a face to face interview.

PRACTICE TEACHING

As part of the course, you will take part in a practice teaching experience where you observe an experienced trainer teaching English to speakers of other languages and then actually plan and deliver at least 6 hours of English as a Second Language (ESL) lessons. This is so that you can demonstrate that you have the skills required to put the theory of the course into practice. Your teaching will be observed by a qualified assessor who will be able to provide you with feedback and support to help develop your teaching ability. You will be required to do a minimum of 12 hours practical placement which involves a minimum of 6 hours observation and a minimum of 6 hours practice teaching. At the end of the course, we want you to feel confident in your ability to teach when you enter an ESL classroom.

During your practical placement you will get to:

  • Observe teaching strategies and techniques
  • Gather lots of ideas for your own lessons
  • Know the ESL students that you will be teaching and get an idea of their current English proficiency level/s and their needs.
  • Test what delivery style works best for you and the ESL students you teach.
  • Apply what you have learned in the course to real life situations.

While studying the course via class delivery, practical placement will be arranged for you. Alternatively, you may like to find your own suitable placement organization (this will need to be approved by your trainer)

ASSESSMENT/CERTIFICATION

The course is structured by a series of tasks that address and the various aspects of each unit. These tasks will be completed and assessed as you progress through the course. Your trainer will give you guidance on how to complete the assessment tasks and also provide you with feedback on your assessment tasks throughout the course.

The assessment is competency based. This means that you will be graded as ‘competent’ (C) or ‘not yet competent’ (NYC). If you are graded NYC you will be given another opportunity for reassessment and will be provided with specific feedback on areas needing improvement. You need to be assessed as competent in all of the assessment tasks in order to be awarded a fully accredited internationally recognized Certificate IV in TESOL.

COURSE OUTCOMES

The course outcomes will vary depending on your existing qualifications and/or experience. We recommend researching the requirements for whatever Country, and particular employment opportunities which interest you. A great place to start is to Google the words “ESL Teaching Jobs”. This will bring up a list of websites advertising English as a Second Language Teaching Jobs available. If you would like to narrow the search down to a particulate country (e.g. China), try typing “ESL Teaching Jobs, China”.

OUTCOME A:

FOR THOSE WITH NO PREVIOUS TEACHING EXPERIENCE OR QUALIFICATIONS

If you do not have the qualifications or experience, you will be able to teach English in a less demanding capacity. For example:

  • Teaching English to groups of students in Language schools
  • Teaching conversational English in Elementary schools
  • Teaching in Junior High Schools in a supervised and limited capacity for the development of general English skills
  • Teaching an individual tuition or small group tutorial basis
  • Teaching conversational English overseas in institutions

OUTCOME B:

FOR QUALIFIED OR EXPERIENCED PARTICIPANTS

If you already have a tertiary level degree or some teaching experience, you will find a wider range of employment opportunities. For example, in Australia, the combination of a University Degree and the Cert IV in TESOL would be sufficient for teaching English at a National ELT (English Language Teaching) Accreditation Scheme (NEAS) accredited training center (see www.neas.org.au/teachers/elt.php

Cert IV in TESOL Course Content

9 Core Units

To be awarded the full Certificate IV in TESOL and be fully equipped to Teach English to Speakers of Other Languages, you will complete all of the following units:
TESACL401A – Analyze culture and learning
TESATE401A – Analyze and teach English language
TESTEG402A – Teach English grammar
TESTSP402A – Teach spelling and pronunciation
TESTSE402A – Teach speaking
TESTLE402A – Teach listening
TESTRE402A – Teach reading
TESTWE402A – Teach writing
TESDRF402A – Develop resource files

Elective Units              

Certificate IV in TESOL graduates also complete one (1) of the following elective units:
TESECL403A – Teach ESL to early childhood learners
TESPSL403A – Teach ESL to primary school-aged learners
TESTAL403A – Teach ESL to teenage learners
TESMAD403A – Use music, art and drama in TESOL
TESCBC403A – Establish community based English classes

Please note: Some course locations may only offer a limited number of electives. Students will be advised on a course by course basis what electives are available for their course.

 

                                      DESCRIPTION OF CORE UNITS

 

ANALYZE LANGUAGE CULTURE AND LEARNING

Through completion of this unit you will be able to understand the relationships between language and culture, language and learning. It addresses the impact these dynamics have on the ESL classroom, and applications within ESL teaching.

ANALYZE THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE / GRAMMAR

Analyze the English Language gives an understanding of the functional nature of the English language. Study of this unit also provides knowledge on the language choices that are associated with a variety of social or functional purposes.

Grammar unit comprehensively addresses specific aspects of English grammar. You will gain knowledge of the practical techniques required to familiarize ESL students with a variety of grammatical concepts.

TEACH SPELLING AND PRONUNCIATION

Through completion of this unit you will be able to understand the sound-spelling relationships in English. You will also learn how to apply techniques required to teach spelling and pronunciation.

TEACH SPEAKING

Teach speaking explores the functional nature of spoken language use. You will learn practical techniques required to for developing the spoken English skills of ESL learners.

 TEACH LISTENING

This unit assists you to understand and apply practical techniques required to develop listening skills and strategies.

TEACH READING

Through completion of this unit you will be able to understand and apply the practical techniques for developing the skill to read a range of authentic or published texts.

TEACH WRITING

In the unit teach writing you will undertake analysis of written texts. You will also learn the practical techniques required to plan lessons that will develop writing skills for specific text types.

DEVELOP RESOURCE FILES

Developing resource files will show you how to apply the practical techniques required to organize materials and/or resources around grammar points, topics, levels and communicative functions.

                 

                         DESCRIPTION OF ELECTIVE UNITS

 

TEACH ESL TO EARLY CHILDHOOD LEARNERS

This unit will teach you the skills and knowledge required to work with early childhood learners. You will learn the practical techniques required to examine the characteristics of the language use of learners at this stage of life and development and their learning goals, with application to appropriate ESL classroom techniques.

TEACH ESL TO PRIMARY SCHOOL-AGED CHILDREN

Teach ESL to primary school-aged children teaches the necessary skills and knowledge required to work with primary school-aged children. You will learn the practical techniques required to examine the characteristics of language use of learners at this stage of life and development and their learning goals, with application to appropriate ESL classroom techniques.

TEACH ESL TO TEENAGE LEARNERS

Through completion of this unit you will gain the skills and knowledge required to work with teenage learners. You will learn the practical techniques required to examine the characteristics of language use of learners at this stage of life and development and their learning goals, with application to appropriate ESL classroom techniques.

USE MUSIC, ART AND DRAMA IN TESOL

This unit you teach you the skills and knowledge required to incorporate music, art and drama into the ESL classroom. You will learn the practical techniques required to use music, art and drama across a variety of ages and stages of development in English as a second language.

ESTABLISH COMMUNITY BASED ENGLISH CLASSES

This unit will give you the skills and knowledge required to set up and coordinate community-based ESL programs. You will learn the practical techniques required to set up an ESL class outside of formal learning institutions. You will look at local situations and requirements for an ESL program.