Frequently Asked Questions
If after reading through this page you have any questions about the INTESOL courses please send us an email at INTESOL@GoldStarTeachers.com.
The INTESOL 140, 190 and 220 courses all include a teaching practice component. First you complete the online components then you have two options to do the teaching practice. The first option is to attend one of our onsite schools which are located in England, Hong Kong or Cyprus. A second option is available if you can not attend any of these centers. The second option involves teaching students online via webcam. For the 140 hour course, only the online teaching practice is an option.
Yes you can. We can provide you with job descriptions for suitable schools based on your preferences once you begin the INTESOL course. We can then set up interviews with schools that you like the look of, usually conducted on Skype or by phone. Schools will want to hear about what you are studying in your INTESOL course and your views on teaching so it helps if you have completed at least a few modules from the INTESOL course before you begin interviewing for jobs. Schools will usually require your INTESOL certificate to begin the visa application process but you can have the interviews and be offered a job while studying the INTESOL course. Then when you finish the INTESOL course, you will be issued the certificate and the school will begin the visa application process.
We have a range of courses designed to suit your learning needs, these include 40, 120, 150, 180, 190 and 220 hour courses. The time it takes to complete a course will of course depend on how much time you can devote to it per week. Below is a guide to how long you can expect each course to take, the lower end of the scale is possible if you can devote a good 20 hours of study every day, the higher end if you devote 10 hours a week:
40 hour course: 2 – 4 weeks
120 hour course: 1 – 3 months
140 hour course: 1 – 3 months
150 hour course: 1.5 – 4 months
180 hour course: 2 – 4 months
190 hour course: 2 – 4 months
220 hour course: 3 – 6 months
There is no time limit to so you can move through the course material at your own pace.
The teaching practice component included in the 140, 190 and 220 hour courses is 1 week in length. You will spend some time observing experienced teachers and then will plan and deliver your own classes. You will teach at least 6 hours of classes to students of varying abilities. Your classes will be observed by a tutor who will provide detailed feedback. For the 140 hour course teaching practice, it is done using our virtual online classrooms. For the 190 and 220 hour course teaching practice, you have the option of virtual online classrooms or face to face in a real school.
INTESOL – Shrewsbury, England
INTESOL – Hong Kong
INTEOSL – Limassol, Cyprus
If you can not attend any of these locations, it is also possible to do your teaching practice to real students on your computer using a webcam. You will plan your classes and materials as normal and will deliver the class to students who also have webcams. We cooperate with an online education company that specialises in delivering online classes.