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Located at the tip of the Malay Peninsula, Singapore is the world’s only island city-state. Since independence from Britain, the country has developed at a phenomenal rate and is one of the leading economic centers in the world. However, its colonial history is evident almost everywhere you look in the architecture, place names and monuments, such as the Raffles Hotel, named after Singapore’s founder Sir Thomas Raffles. There are four official languages, English, Malay, Mandarin and Tamil but English is the language of government and the education system. Although Singapore is heavily urbanized, the “garden city” initiative of the government in the 1960s means that today there are plenty of green spaces to enjoy with almost 10% of land devoted to parks and nature reserves.
As a major transport hub the city is easy to get to with flights from hundreds of destinations around the world plus busy ports receiving ferries from other countries in the region. Singapore is connected to mainland Malaysia by two causeways enabling access by car and rail.
Sentosa Island is one of the main tourist attractions in the city and is home to Resorts World, Universal Studios and Madame Tussauds. Other attractions in Clarke Quay, Boat Quay and Arab Street where you can fulfill your dining out and nightlife needs. Orchard Road is a top destination for shoppers from all over the region. To escape the hustle and bustle of city life, you can head to one of the local parks and hire a bicycle or go to the islands of Ubin and Kusu where you will be able to enjoy pristine beaches and nature.
ITTT’s TEFL training center in Singapore is situated right in the heart of the city in the Central Business District. Nearby are the popular Marina Bay, Clarke Quay and Boat Quay with shopping malls, restaurants, bars and more. There is an MRT station just down the road giving access to the rest of the city via bus or train. All the amenities you could need during your course can be found in the area surrounding the school. In the school itself you will have access to resource books and photocopying facilities plus free tea and coffee in the reception area. There are numerous mini-marts in the same building and down the road where you can purchase soft drinks and snacks.
In the same building as your course takes place are numerous classes taking place with students learning many different languages, giving you a unique insight into the life of a working language teacher. Our TEFL trainers are keen professionals with plenty of experience and a desire to help you become an effective English teacher. You can be sure that by the time you graduate you will have skills necessary to take on any classroom and memories that will last a lifetime.Apply Now!
Our range of recommended accommodation includes condominiums, apartments and local hostels. All options have been checked by us to make sure that your stay will be a comfortable one. Most are within the city center and all of them are conveniently located within 15 to 20 minutes travel time from the TEFL school.
Please feel free to let us know if you have any questions about the available accommodation and we will do our best to help you.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
Deposits for the course must be paid to our administrative centre. The fastest and cheapest way to pay is by credit/debit card but we also accept payment via Pay Pal and bank transfer. Although there are no deadlines for making the deposit payment, the courses do fill up quickly and you place on the course will only be reserved once the deposit has been paid. On payment of the deposit, we will send you an informational packet with detailed information about the course and Singapore. The balance of the course fees is to be paid on or before the first day of your course and can be paid in US or Singapore dollars or bank transfer. Please note that bank transfers need to be made at least two weeks in advance of the course start. All course related services are included in the course fees and you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for these. This also includes course moderation and accreditation fees as well as our lifetime job placement guidance and basic services.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
Upon request we will provide you with a list of accommodation options which we have worked with in the past. These options are located near our training centre and range from backpacker hostels, budget hotels, homestays, and hotels. We will be pleased to help you to find suitable accommodation for your budget. Singapore is a convenient and easy city to travel around and there are a variety of options which are located near the school. We will do our best to take into account special requests and all that we can to make sure your housing here will be as enjoyable as the training.
What travel documents will I need for Singapore?Expand
All travelers into Singapore must follow these requirements to be allowed into the country: holding a passport or a travel document with a validity of more than 6 months at the time of departure, holding a return or onward ticket, possess sufficient funds to stay in Singapore, have valid entry documents (including a visa) to the next destination, if necessary, have a completed Disembarkation/Embarkation Card, and, have a visa and/or a yellow fever vaccination certificate for entry into Singapore (if applicable). Citizens of the following countries are permitted to stay in Singapore for up to 90 days visa-free: European Union, Australia, Norway, South Korea, Switzerland, United States. * Please note visa information is subject to change at any time. Please check with your local Singapore consulate or embassy for updated information and the latest requirements.
What is the course schedule?Expand
An orientation will be held on the first day of the course. This will be followed by the first class on Monday morning at 9:30 am. During the orientation, a detailed course schedule will be provided. A typical session will run between 9:30 and 4:30 pm Monday to Friday with morning and late afternoon breaks, plus a lunch break. There will also be some evenings required for teaching practice. All teacher trainees are expected to attend all of the training sessions on the schedule unless a medical condition or emergency makes it impossible in which case medical treatment is required. It is extremely important for trainees to be present at every Teaching Practice (TP). These sessions are difficult to organize and rescheduling is difficult which may result in an additional fee for the trainee.
What can I expect during teaching practice?Expand
The teaching practice is conducted at the school and we have Japanese and Korean students. These students are usually non-native speaking expats living in Singapore who make the lessons engaging, enjoyable and consistently give constructive feedback. Most of the students have studied at our centre with trained and experienced EFL teachers. They are not required to come to the class so their presence is merely out of the desire to help the trainees to improve their teaching.
Who can attend the TEFL course? Do I need to be native English speaker?Expand
You need to be at least 18 years old to enrol in our course. There is no maximum age, but do keep in mind that some institutions may not employ teachers beyond a certain age. While you don’t need to be a native speaker to attend, you do need to be fluent in English. We define fluency as having at least a C1 level on the CEFR scale of language proficiency.
Is there a dress code?Expand
For most sessions at the school, there will not be a strict dress code requirement. However, the school is full of educators and professionals and we want to maintain a level of professionalism thus please dress appropriately and be mindful of others. The school is a place of work, and we would like to remind you to be respectful to those around you. There will be a dress requirement during the Teaching Practice (TP) sessions. During the Teaching Practice the trainees will be required to dress in business attire and follow some guidelines. Women: Shoulders must be covered. Low-cut necklines or short skirts will not be permitted. No low-cut necklines or very short skirts. Flip flops, bermuda’s, or sandals are also not permitted. Men: Slacks or khakis must be worn, jeans are not appropriate. Either short or long sleeved shirts are acceptable so long as there is a collar. A tie is not required but if you would like to, you may. Dress shoes or loafers are required. Tennis shoes, sandals, or bermuda’s, are not acceptable. Long hair should be tied back.
What should I bring for course studies?Expand
A pen, a notebook for taking notes, and a three-ring binder to organize lesson plans are essential. Forms, and other information will be given and an organized binder would help all of this remain neat and tidy. A recording device, or cell phone to record, is not required but it is a good idea. In the past trainees at various locations have given feedback that it made the course easier. This helped in reviewing the course material, lectures, interviews, and student feedback. Although it is not a requirement we suggest doing so. Books are provided and available to be borrowed at the school, and in the study room. However, any material leaving the campus requires permission from the staff. All trainees are required to prepare their own materials for their Teaching Practice (TP). The training school maintains a supply of materials but the school is not responsible to provide materials. Materials such as poster board, markers, glue, paper, pens, and more for developing teaching material will have to be purchased by the trainees themselves. The photocopy machine at the school is available for all trainees to use without charge.
What documents do I need for finding employment after the course?Expand
Your passport. However, if you are able to secure a job in Singapore or another country, you will need original copies of your birth certificate, college degree(s), and any other certificates or diplomas you feel may be relevant, along with relevant transcripts.
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