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I am very unsure at the moment as to go ahead and do the 140 hour course as the 120 hour one apparently is not sufficient to teach overseas my husband and I are wanting to travel but I do not want to waste money if I cannot complete the course although I was very good at english at school.
Hi this is Pam and I am a muture person I did do the first small test and that was ok but that concerns me that you are difficulty and where do you turn for help. Plus I have noticed that the rates have gone up??
@AlannahBoland the reason I applied for this course is because I want to go to Africa to work in an orphanage & i feel this would be a worthwhile thing to have going out there.
@caz_5 i have equiped myself with books & jotters as I find i learn more when its in my own writing & not a computer screen :)
geno123 i hope you are right & best of luck with the specialist courses :D
PDixon I think I get where you are coming from :) i will start the first checkpoint tomorrow when i finish work!
Guys, thanks so much for all the help!
how it works is - you do a completed module and submit to your tutor (the last page will ask you to save and confirm you are ready to submit)...
After submitting you wait (whilst waiting have a breather - do something you like)
about 2 days later (not including the weekend) you will have a reply from you tutor with comments and saying whether you passed or not - eitherway you will get a comment on saying where you can improve.
online courses you should work at your own pace - there is no right or wrong time frame...for some people grammar is easy but lesson planning is difficult BUT for others its opposite... for some people it takes 6 weeks to do the whole course BUT for others it takes much longer... some people already have some experience or have done English BA etc and so its not as difficult - for others you have to do extra reading (many people dont realise that just might have to do this BUT it's the same for any course, you sometimes have to do extra reading in your own time either out of interest or to further your understanding)
Melissa, I understand your lost in TEFL comment. I can tell you it was the hardest educational feat I have conquered! I thought all those years of college drained me but this topped it all. I am 54 and have been an educator for several years. Nonetheless, I had thoughts like; what if I can't pull the trigger anymore? Well I claimed the 80 hour course and now I am moving onto the specialist courses. One module and checkpoint at a time. You'll be done with a winning grin, haha!
Just for the record, I'm a teacher and have been for 5 years now, and I too find this stuff pretty involved; love learning about it, but quite hard at times. Some of these concepts would actually be worth learning a little but more about through another means, as simply learning these new concepts online isn't exactly the most effective form of learning. Perhaps just take notes of the parts you find difficult, then after completing the course, explore and practise these parts at your own leisure.
No problems :) It's all abit scary at first. There is so much to do and you don't know what to take in first :P I started the 140hour course in December. I just finished the 60hour course today actually and move on to the grammar awareness course. Have you thought about what you will do when you finish the course?
thank you so much Alannah! :) i was stressing myself out! these online courses are totally new to me! how long have you been doing this course? i am doing the 140 hr course. again thank you so much for your help :D
I should also add that if you do need help you can get intouch with the i to i helpdesk and they can assist you.
You only receive comments when you submit checkpoints. There is 5 checkpoints in the 60hour online course. A tutor corrects these assignments and provides feedback. After finishing module 2 you will be asked to complete checkpoint 1. You use the information learned from the learning modules to work on each checkpoints. The checkpoints test the preceding modules. You will come across other assessment if you are also taking the grammar awareness course and specialized modules...
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