The British Council is constantly developing a wide range of products and courses for teachers of English worldwide. As part of our English programme in Cuba, we are partnering with the Universities of Havana and Matanzas to pilot one of these products, English for Teaching 3 (EfT3) locally. The course will be taken by Cuban practitioners in these two locations for a 3 month period (February to April 2013). The Cuban teachers will assess course modules and provide feedback and valuable recommendations before EfT3 is officially launched worldwide.
As part of our English project, 200 Cuban teachers have taken TKT exam and currently cascade TKT Essentials to the rest of the English teachers around the country, in a multiplication effort that has reached so far 2000 Cuban teachers from all over the island.
In Cuba, we are focusing our English project on the delivery of TKT Essentials face-to-face courses, implemented in partnership with the Cuban ministries of Education, Higher Education and Public Health. It all started in October 2008, when Professors Nick Lidwell and Tom Rickman, both based in British Council Colombia office, trained 20 teachers initially, who then took TKT exam in January 2009 and became tutors.
The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test from Cambridge ESOL about teaching English to speakers of other languages. It aims at increasing teachers' confidence and enhance job prospects by focusing on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners, anywhere in the world. This flexible and accessible award will help you to understand:
- different methodologies for teaching
- the 'language of teaching'
- the ways in which resources can be used
- the key aspects of lesson planning
- classroom management methods for different needs
After taking TKT, teachers who want to develop their knowledge further can progress to Cambridge ESOL's well established Teaching Awards, such as ICELT and CELTA.
TKT gives teachers a strong fundation in the core areas of teaching knowledge needed in the English language teaching classroom. It is ideal for all teachers, whatever their background and teaching expertise is, and is also suitable for people who would like to teach English but do not yet have a teaching position.
There are no formal entry requirements. However, anyone wishing to take TKT is strongly advised to have at least an intermediate level of English - level B1 of the Council of Europpe's Common European Framework reference for Languages (CEFR).
This British Council site brings together everything busy teachers need for the classroom and the staffroom – lesson plans and worksheets, teaching tips, web links, teaching articles and lots of information about professional development – training, conferences and qualifications. There are interactive and multimedia materials such as teaching videos, blogs, podcasts, discussion forums and polls.