What is the J-TEFL?
The J-TEFL Certificate (Junior Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language for State Qualified Teachers) allows state qualified teachers to teach Juniors (namely teenagers), in ACELS/QQI accredited English Language Schools in the Irish Republic. The qualification does not apply to the teaching of adults in the English language sector.
- 30 hours input sessions
- Course materials
- Minimum of 2 weeks work at Atlas summer centres
- Course certificate
The course aims to equip state qualified teachers with the skills and tools needed to teach English as a foreign language to juniors within an Irish context.
Entry onto the course is restricted to State Qualified Teachers, or those in their final year of their B.Ed. or H.Dip. (Education).
Please be advised, candidates will only be eligible to teach Junior courses in accredited ELT organisations upon successful completion of their B.Ed. / H.Dip. (Education) courses.
- 100% attendance of input sessions – 30 hours in total
- Complete three written assignments
- Complete a supervised teaching component in an ACELS/QQI accredited junior centre following the course
The core syllabus focuses on:
- Teaching and presenting vocabulary
- Teaching and presenting grammar and functional language
- Practising language in the classroom
- Analysing and contextualising language
- Learner styles and motivation
- Lesson Planning
- Error Correction
- Developing the four skills: Reading, Listening, Speaking, and Writing
- Teaching pronunciation
- Evaluating and adapting Junior ELT coursebooks
- Using Irish music and drama in the classroom
Number of Candidates
The maximum number of trainees per course is 15.
We recommend you buy one methodology book and one grammar book before you start the course. You should feel free to choose the one that you think suits you best.
1. Jim Scrivener, Learning Teaching (2nd ed.), Macmillan.
An introduction to the key issues in English Language Teaching and the kind of teaching methods used on the course.
2. Jeremy Harmer, The Practice of English Language Teaching (4th ed.), Longman.
An overview of the principles of language learning and a practical guide to developing classroom skills.
3. Roger Gower & Steve Walters, Teaching Practice Handbook, Macmillan
Lots of practical ideas to help you with the teaching practice component of the J-TEFL course.
4. Jimmie Hill & Michael Lewis, Practical Techniques, LTP
A checklist and description of many good and useful classroom teaching techniques.
5. Martin Parrott, Grammar for English Language Teachers (2nd ed.), CUP.
A detailed guide to English grammar with exercises for self-study (including answer key) and information on common student problems.
6. Michael Lewis, The English Verb: An Exploration of Structure and Meaning, Thomson Heinle.
7. Michael Swan, Practical English Usage, OUP
An excellent reference book on English. You’ll refer to it again and again during your career as a teacher.
8. Rod Bolitho & Brian Tomlinson, Discover English, Macmillan
Gives you lots of insights and helps you become more aware of how English works.
9. Raymond Murphy, English Grammar in Use, CUP
Written for foreign learners, but good for prospective teachers to review their knowledge of English grammar. Also useful as a source of lesson exercises. Available at 3 levels – we recommend you choose Intermediate or Advanced.
Assessment and Certification
Trainees are required to have attended 95% of the input sessions, complete all course assignments and further to the ‘course’ components complete the supervised teaching component.
There are three written tasks. Two language analysis tasks and a full Junior ELT lesson plan. All tasks must be passed are carry equal weighting towards the final grade of PASS or FAIL.
Upon successful completion of the J-TEFL course participants will be issued with a certificate. However, graduates should be aware that they are required to undertake and pass a supervised teaching component as part of the course. This component must be completed within three years of the receipt of the ‘course’ certificate. The supervised teaching component normally takes place in the candidate’s first teaching post in a recognised school/institution. The recognised school/institution is required to provide direction, monitoring and evaluation of the teacher’s performance by their Director of Studies/Principal/Senior ELT professional who will complete, sign, stamp and return the supervised teaching component form to the teacher who will copy the form and send that copy to ACELS for full recognition and registration. The preparatory certificate in ELT (SQT) will not be deemed to be complete until the supervised teaching component has been completed.
Our course trainers have extensive teaching, course design and teacher training experience. Before running our courses they worked in a variety of ELT positions around the world – teacher, trainer, course designer and academic manager.
Commitment to Equal Treatment
Atlas and our teacher trainers have designed and deliver the course on the principles of open and equal opportunity for all, irrespective of gender, marital status, sexual orientation, creed, colour, race, ethnic origin, age or disability.