Youssef Gerges Farag Ghattas

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TEFL. 2019. Feedback. To whom it may concern. So, it’s over. The sleepless nights are over. The TEFL course at Britishey was a rollercoaster. There were times when I felt I was exhausted and that I wouldn’t make it and there were times when I was on cloud nine. But let’s take a look on the journey from day one to the last day through Qs and answers.

Q1. Who should take the course?

ANYONE interested in teaching. If you have, literary, zero experience or knowledge in teaching, you will be guided to proficiency.

Q2. Do I need to have an advanced level in English to get accepted?

Nope. You only need a B1/B2 level to get the full benefit of the course. Of course, the higher your level is, the easier it will be.

Q3. Do I have to be completely free to attend the course?

Well, yes and no. The course has tons of information and planning the TPs can take so much time. I would suggest to work for only 7 or 8 hours and have your weekend free for the course (AKA: normal human beings). “I worked for 11-12 hours during the course, and my weekends weren’t free AT ALL, so that’s why it was very exhausting for me.

Q4. Will this course improve my English level?

Well, again yes and no. The course is 100% in English so, yes, you will practice English. However, it’s NOT a general English course. So there’s not any feedback to correct your ENGLISH. The focus here is on teaching skills not the skills themselves. I would suggest taking “Language for teaching” course with TEFL or before it.

Q5. How is the course constructed?

Well, the course is divided into two main parts. The first part is the input sessions and the second part is the TPs. Let’s take a closer look. There are 8 input sessions which take around 48 to 50 hours. Believe me when I tell you, IT’S A LOT. I can honestly say, without any exaggeration, 50 hours of information with the marvelous MR. Shady abuyusuf is much more beneficial than 4 years of useless theoretical studies at the faculty of Education.

Mr. Shady is a national treasure that must be protected at all costs. You will learn the magical frameworks and how to use them in teaching English. Frameworks would be a nightmare at first, but no worries, they will grow on you. Be ready, Be attentive, come with the mentality to learn from scratch, have fun and enjoy the sessions. The second part is about TPs. I was lucky to have Miss Ay and Mr. Hamed as my assessors. There are also many other great assessors. The assessors are there to help you organize your thoughts for the teaching practice (which are sessions where you teach REAL students, elementary and intermediate) and of course, to give you a detailed feedback after every session to improve and learn. To sum up, my TEFL experience was astonishing. It changed the way I view teaching and gave me the chance to meet wonderful friends who will always have a place in my heart. Thank you ALL for your tremendous efforts.

ESL Teacher

Portsaid, Egypt


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