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Frequently Asked Questions FAQ

1.     What hardware do I need for these courses?

2.     Do I need any special software for these courses?

3.     Which Internet browser do I need for these online English courses?

4.     What types of people take the course?

5.     How much work do the courses involve?

6.     What do the input sessions and workshops involve?

7.     How will I receive my lessons, quizzes and assignments?

8.     How is taking an Internet course different from classroom instruction?

9.     What is the difference between TEFL, TESL and TESOL?

10.  How long will each course take?

11.  Do I need to be a native speaker of English?

12.  Do I need to be a teacher?

13.  Is it possible to do any teaching practice?

14.  How will I be assessed on my course work?

15.  Is this a suitable course for someone taking a year out (a gap year) between school and higher education?

16.  Will I have to buy any additional textbooks?

17.  How can I be sure that I can successfully pass the course?

18.  What do I do if I find something I can't understand?

19.  What should I do if I have a question?

20.  What do I do if I have questions that have not been answered so far?

 

   

1. What hardware do I need for these courses?

 

Minimum system requirements:

  • Pentium 1.6 GHZ (or above)
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • Sound Card
  • A 56 Kbps modem/ or DSL

 

2. Do I need any special software for these courses?

 

 

3. Which Internet browser do I need for these online English courses?

 

You need Netscape Navigator or Microsoft Internet Explorer, version 4.0 or higher, to use this online course.

 

4. What types of people take the course?

 

The course is designed for native and non-native speakers of English. Although the website offer different courses, those who have no previous experience of teaching English, there will be trainees on the course who have taught English before and who wish to gain a recognized ELT experience and share it with others.

 

5. How much work does the course involve?

 

A lot! We cannot stress this enough. We would certainly recommend that you ensure you have no professional or personal commitments during the period of the course.

 

6. What do the input sessions and workshops involve?

 

Input session/workshop topics include: the language itself (grammatical structure, vocabulary, pronunciation, discourse); classroom methodology (classroom management, ways of presenting / checking meaning, ways of providing practice for students); the language learner; selection and exploitation of resources / materials; testing; timetabling; errors and their significance. Sessions are led by your instructor, but typically require a high degree of active involvement by trainees. Though there are some sessions that do take the format of a ‘lecture', these tend to be the exceptions rather than the rule.

 

7. How will I receive my lessons, quizzes and assignments?

 

Each course is part of an online classroom. Use your web browser to access the online classroom and obtain your lessons, reference materials, quizzes, and assignments.

 

8. How is taking an Internet course different from classroom instruction?

 

Online learning provides both with flexibility in today's fast-paced world. You can study and learn in the comfort and convenience of your own home and office. Just login to your online classroom when you are ready to read your lessons, complete your quizzes and assignments, or communicate with the learning community. Our Internet courses fit into your schedule: you can take them before breakfast, during lunch, late at night, or at any other time you find convenient — the choice is yours!

 

9. What is the difference between TEFL, TESL and TESOL?

 

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and refers to teaching English in a country where English is not widely used, such as China, Brazil, Greece, or Saudi Arabia. TESL stands for Teaching English as a Second Language and refers to teaching English in an English-speaking environment such as the UK, or in a country where English is very widely used such as India or Zambia. TESOL stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages and courses of this nature attempt to provide for the needs of all students. In practice, teachers with any one of these qualifications will be able to find posts around the world as long as their certificate has been accredited by a professional body.

 

10. How long will the course take?

 

These are different distance learning courses, but even though, the length of your course depends on your personal commitments and how much time you can dedicate to the work. A small number of students take 10 weeks in each course; however, most students take somewhere between 12 and 15 weeks. We recommend that you do not take too long because you may lose your momentum.

 

11. Do I need to be a native speaker of English?

 

No. If your knowledge of spoken and written English is good enough for the requirements of the course and the needs of the classroom, then that is sufficient. The majority of our Internet courses are non-native speakers of English and they have completed their internet course (s) and have gone on to teach English very successfully.

 

12. Do I need to be a teacher?

 

No. A number of our students are already teaching or have taught in the past but the great majority of them have never taught before.

 

13. Is it possible to do any teaching practice?

 

Yes, you can do teaching practice in arrangement with Curriculum and Instruction Department in Faculty of Education & Humanities at Taibah University. They may enable you to do teaching practice once you have found a teaching opportunity. In collaboration with your instructor, some of your lessons will be observed and reports returned to him/or her. On completion of your observed teaching practice, you will receive an evaluative feedback.

 

14. How will I be assessed on my course work?

 

Course evaluation is by continuous assessment and at the end of each session, there are assignments that you will complete and return for marking. All of the assignments can be completed at home and sent to us by email. Feedback on these tasks is provided at the end of each part where appropriate; the tasks will not be marked.

 

15. Is this a suitable course for someone taking a year out (a gap year) between school and higher education?

 

Yes, some of our students are doing precisely this. They intend to take our courses because they are highly practical distance-learning courses that are very competitively priced, and which provide them with a comprehensive pack of teaching material that they can refer to when they start teaching.

 

16. Will I have to buy any additional textbooks?

 

This is not necessary as the courses are quite comprehensive and you will have cretin materials to be referred to when you start work. However, as people become more interested in their work, they often find themselves wanting to buy reference materials and we provide advice on suitable books that would be helpful.

 

17. How can I be sure that I can successfully pass the course?

 

Your instructor will point out any weak areas and make suggestions as to how you can improve. You can submit an assignment up to two times. The courses have been written and adapted to ensure that students can work their way through the material in their own time and at their own pace.

 

18. What do I do if I find something I can't understand?

 

You have unlimited access to your instructor while you are enrolled in any of the Internet courses available in the website through the discussion group and the –mail through abu_ghararah@hotmail.com.


19. What should I do if I have a question?

 

The website is accompanied by an interactive discussion group. When you need, just post your question or inquiry in the appropriate course discussion group, where an instructor or one of your fellow students will respond. Or, you can e-mail your instructor through abu_ghararah@hotmail.com  

 

20. What do I do if I have questions that have not been answered so far?

 

Contact us through abu_ghararah@hotmail.com  and we will do our best to give you a quick and straight forward response to your question

 

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