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Special TEFL / TESL Courses in Mexico

Spanish & TEFL / TESL Courses in Guadalajara, Mexico

TEACHING ENGLISH TO CHILDREN (TEC)

This advanced course follows the TEFL Certificate Program, or may be taken by any certified ESL teacher who wishes to expand his/her knowledge in how to teach English to Children.  This part-time course will help the teacher learn the special needs of teaching children, including:

  • special skills in classroom management
  • positive discipline
  • creative activities for children
  • how to teach to a first-language learner
This course is mornings only for two weeks for a total of 30 hours of instruction.  Classroom observations and practice teaching are included in this course.


TEACHING BUSINESS ENGLISH (TBE)

Conducting business is developing enormously, making the use of English in business mandatory for many second language speakers.  Simply learning basic English grammar and speaking skills is not enough for the executive who needs to do business internationally.  With this in mind, we offer this program which helps the ESL teacher meet the special needs of these business people.  The focus of this course is on how to teach English and International business affairs to the executive, including:
  • Preparing a business plan
  • Needs Analysis
  • Marketing research and Promotion
  • Business writing skills, letter writing, and internationally accepted resumes
  • Management skills
  • Intercultural Communications
  • International Banking and Money
  • Comparing Business Practices internationally
  • Telephone Skills
  • Conducting Business Meetings in English
  • Negotiating Skills
  • Business Idioms
  • Case study work
  • Classroom observations and practicum

This advanced course is designed to be taken after the TEFL Certificate Program, or by any already-certified ESL teacher who wishes to expand his/her knowledge in how to teach Business English.

This course is afternoons only (and the occasional evening) for two weeks for a total of 30 hours of instruction.  Classroom observations and practicum are included in this course.

What is the difference between TEFL and TESL?

Actually, not much.  TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language.

EFL is more of a British term and ESL is an American term. Beyond that, a distinction is made between teaching English to non-native speakers in a non-English speaking country (EFL) and teaching English to non-native speakers in an English-speaking country (ESL).  This distinction is not observed consistently.   Some British teachers use EFL (TEFL) as a blanket term whereas many American teachers use ESL (TESL) as a blanket term. The same applies to TEFL and TESL.

(ESL ignores the fact that learners may well be on their third, fourth, fifth or sixth language.  EFL, some people contend on purely pedagogical grounds, should stand for English as a First Language!).

In short, teachers holding TESL certificates are generally considered qualified to teach TEFL and teachers with TEFL certificates are usually deemed to have the qualifications to teach TESL.