Who needs this course?
- People who enjoy communicating with people from diverse cultures.
- People who enjoy teaching but have no professional training to do so.
- People who want to travel/live abroad for extended periods of time, and are looking for an interesting, culturally rich work experience (PALS already has requests for EFL teachers from China, Korea, and Chile) .
- People who are preparing to work in multinational/multicultural work environment.
- People who want to do volunteer work with immigrants (Senior citizens – homemakers).
How can I use the knowledge acquired in this course?
After completing this course, you will be able to:
- Teach English to non-native speakers in different academic/corporate environments.
- Teach English for developing/training personnel for the international workplace.
- Become a freelance writer or content developer for international media/websites .
- Design and develop curriculum/content for English language programs/online magazines.
- Work with international volunteer organizations and NGOs.
**Please note that this course does not prepare you for state certification.
What kind of computer skills do I need to follow this course?
You do not require sophisticated computer skills to follow this course. If you are able to browse the internet and know how to use MS Word, you should have no problem taking this course. A pre-course tutorial and a walk-through orientation will be provided before the start of the course. E-college platform will be used to run the online component of the course. To take the final online exam, you will be provided with a free "Exam Guard" software download. This software patch controls the time allocation and the security of the exam. A special orientation will also be provided for this at the appropriate time.
How much time do I need to spend on this course?
Like any regular course, you will need to be very diligent in your work. The course is designed as a 120 hour course. On an average weekly basis, please expect a total of ten hours of work for reading, researching, participating in threaded discussions and completing the graded assignment. As different activities are posted on different days, you are expected to be in class on at least three different days of the week. The software logs your attendance along with the time spent in the class. More details about your attendance will be provided when you register for the course.
What will the Practicum involve?
After completion of the online theory modules, you will have to take a practicum which will be administered at PALS. If you wish to take the practicum at a pre-approved local academic institution/program. You will have to take full responsibility for identifying a suitable program and supervisor, obtaining permission from the institution/program, and having it approved by PALS. The practicum will be conducted in two parts: Part 1 will involve one full day's presence for observing at least two classes at PALS. Part 2 will involve one half day's presence teaching a practice lesson. The practice lesson will be evaluated by two supervising faculty. The student would have earlier prepared and submitted a detailed teaching plan, including identification of a topic, written learning objectives, methodology and support materials, etc.
Will there be an official certificate & a transcript?
Yes, A “Certificate of Completion” will be awarded to students who successfully complete all modules and the practicum.
What are other benefits of taking this course?
This course gives you insight and competencies to develop cross-cultural communication skills which are very useful for the global workplace. This course will:
- provide new opportunities to travel, live and work abroad
- open new doors for long-term career decisions
- add value to your existing professional & managerial skills for success in an international workplace
- enhance personal and cross-cultural communication skills