TESOL Diploma: Is the teaching block very difficult?

At the end of the Trinity TESOL Diploma there is a 2-week practical teaching block that candidates must complete.

This teaching assessment is usually a cause of concern for some candidates who worry that they will ‘fail’ the course after having put so much effort into the coursework assignments and projects.
Teaching English on the 2-week practical block at SGI in London
From my own personal experience of doing the Dip at SGI in 2011, I would say that yes, it is taxing, but it is nothing that an experienced English teacher needs to be afraid of. In fact, it was the most enjoyable part of the entire course and really made me consider and reconsider every aspect of my classroom practice.

In the video below (Part 2 of a series of videos about the Teaching English diploma), Head Tutor of the SGI London TESOL Diploma, Naz answers some of the most commonly asked questions in relation to the teaching block, such as:
a) Is the teaching block very difficult?
b) Do I have to come to London to do the teaching block?
c) Do I have to arrive in London before the first Monday of the teaching assessment?
d) Can I do the teaching block and the written exam at the same time?

To see Naz speaking in the first video about the Diploma, please CLICK HERE.

It’s good to be informed of the logistical points relating to the teaching 2-week block, so that these little things do not prey on your mind and you can concentrate on teaching and making lesson plans when the time comes.

As Naz explains in her answers, the teaching is not difficult, but there is a substantial demand on your time as you go through your initial assessments with the SGI Academic Team before you reach the final assessment with an external examiner from Trinity College London.

In hindsight, I wish that I had relaxed a bit more when creating lesson ideas and writing up plans. Staying up late at night and trying to ‘out-think myself’ into making the perfect lesson was probably not the best plan of action. I think some good advice for future candidates during the teaching block is to
rely on your own experience and history of good classroom teaching,
listen to the always excellent advice from your assessors and act upon it!
do not try to shoehorn too many activities into one lesson (focus on the quality of how you deliver, manage and develop a particular activity instead)
get more sleep
not worry about the final external assessment – the examiners are very nice and want you to show them how GOOD an EFL teacher you are… not how bad you are (despite what you may think)!

Bren Brennan

About Bren Brennan

Bren initially trained here at SGI and then joined the staff in 2005. Since 2006, he has taught abroad in Budapest, Berlin and now at Mondragon University in Spain. He returns to teach at SGI London every summer and completed the SGI Trinity DipTESOL in 2011. He also regularly writes posts for students here.
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