This unique EFL/ESL training program combines an intense 5-day orientation and teacher training with 4-6 weeks of teaching practice. You will learn to teach English as a foreign language to a variety of ages and cultural backgrounds in the quaint European country of The Netherlands.
Canadian university students in their senior year B.ED. program.
We prefer prior experience working with Young Learners in formal or informal settings. Applicants with previous experience of working in a residential summer school and teaching mixed nationality groups are preferred.
Native/near-native competence in spoken and written English is essential.
Goal of the course
To learn the fundamentals of teaching English as a foreign language, plus 4-6 weeks of practicum experience.
Dive in to the fundamentals of ESL/EFL teaching.
Learn to use the Fun English course textbooks.
Learn to create a detailed lesson plan according to NSEA’s guidelines.
To plan and execute a wide range of high quality English lessons, following the NSEA’s syllabus and teaching in an engaging, motivational and inspirational way, to enable students to improve their English skills.
Lesson Planning: To plan relevant, structured, well-paced, varied and enjoyable English lessons, in order to develop students’ language skills, increase their vocabulary base, build their confidence and fluency when speaking English and give them an insight into popular Dutch & Canadian culture, habits, traits and beliefs. Lesson plans are clear, structured and of the highest quality, allowing for well-paced, varied, rounded and enjoyable lessons in which every student can participate, learn something new and progress their English. Plans are written in such a way that any EFL Teacher could teach the lesson successfully at short notice based on them. Creating and submitting lesson plans on a daily basis (one day ahead) will prove challenging for some EFL Teachers, particularly very experienced teachers who may be accustomed to planning “in their heads” but they are a requirement of the job as they enable the academic management to ensure the delivery of high quality lessons.
Teaching: To teach in an inclusive, motivational and inspirational way, always in target language, promoting good conduct at all times, in order to create a positive learning environment in which every single student can learn and feel empowered to make real progress both inside and outside the classroom.
Monitoring & Testing: To make sure students are studying at the correct level and to undertake progress checks in order to ensure students’ English is improving, to provide evidence of students’ progress and to maximize every student’s potential to learn.
Academic Admin: To undertake all required admin and paperwork related with the academic program such as lessons plans, reports and class registers in order to provide evidence of quality teaching and be compliant with the relevant regulatory documents of the NSEA Summer School.
Promoting Good Conduct: To be aware of, monitor and manage students’ conduct and behaviour in order to promote a harmonious international community in which every student can be confident and unafraid to voice opinions and thrive, no matter what their beliefs, customs or differences.
Excursions: To accompany a group of students on a trip or excursion, following the schedule and all procedures and protocols at all times in order to ensure students’ enjoyment and well-being. Excursion briefing is attended, the purpose of the excursion is fully understood and supported, the excursion schedule is followed, all protocols and procedures are adhered to
Airport Transfers: To undertake airport transfers warmly and positively, following all timings accurately, to provide a competent and professional meeting and departure service of the highest quality and with minimal waiting times.
Typical teaching day
After breakfast @ 8:00 am, there is a 45 minute Teachers’ Meeting, which all teachers must attend as that is part of the 3 hour preparation time. In this meeting each teacher shares the planned instructional activities for the day. Lessons begin after this meeting, @ 9:00 am and consist of English Skills followed by two other lesson types dependent on the course.
A typical working day is from 8:30am to 5:00 pm, with up to 25.5 contact hours per week, depending on the course. The working day includes up to 3 hours of preparation and admin time. EFL Teachers work until 8:00pm on the last day of the term so that they can attend the students’ official “Leavers’ Ceremony”. Teachers are required to attend 1 x 30-minute input session per week. EFL Teachers are entitled to 1 full day off per week, usually a Saturday or Sunday.
Teachers will prepare and deliver 5 classes of 45 minutes/each a day, 6 days per week. Lessons are based on Fun English textbooks in accordance with the NSEA’s syllabus, and are supervised by the Academic Manager and/or Senior Teacher. Lesson planning takes place in the teachers’ room or another place of choice during the prep-time after classes are over. Teachers are encouraged (but not required) to assist with the wide range of sports, activities and clubs in the afternoon activity sessions, but their priority is always to prepare high quality lessons. On Saturdays or Sundays (not on their day off), teachers will either be involved with the excursion or Arrival/Departure Transfers. EFL/ESL Teacher is available 6 days/week but teaches only 5 days. The teacher reports to the Senior Teacher / Academic Manager
English Skills– These lessons are based on Fun English textbooks published by Dr. Adriana Bejko and the NSEA syllabus. The textbooks are designed to improve students’ general language abilities, extend their vocabulary and pronunciation and enhance their understanding of grammar to improve their accuracy when producing spoken and written language.
Storytime -Working on 1 or 2 children’s stories per week, Storytime develops students’ listening skills, extends their everyday vocabulary and stimulates their creativity and natural curiosity.
Explorations – These lessons, based on stimulating subjects such as science, environment, ecology, space, energy, geography, and technology use CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning), methodology to enhance students’ general knowledge as well as their communication and language abilities, promoting their cultural sensitivity.
Enrichment – Students develop their receptive and productive English skills, enhance their linguistic knowledge (of English) and deepen their cultural knowledge (of the Netherlands and Canada) using discussing Fun English concepts, on-line research, TV programs or movies and using Quizlet, Kahoot etc.
Research Project – Working in groups, students will complete research tasks based around a weekly topic or Fun English theme and then present their findings/conclusions to the class by way of a sketch, performance, poster, news story, PowerPoint, presentation or short goanimate film.
Adventure Activity– These lessons offer students a practical lesson in the outdoors, focusing on productive and receptive communication skills, such as survival skills, orienteering, treasure hunt, problem-solving or nature trail.
Communication Skills– These lessons enable students to develop effective skills and strategies for high-level oral and written communication in a wide range of professional contexts. This course is designed for students interested in English for the Workplace.
Professional Skills – These CLIL (Content and Language Integrated Learning) lessons are designed to give students an understanding of certain professions, underpinned by theoretical knowledge. Subjects offered include Coaching, Entrepreneurship, Management and Law, amongst others. This course is designed for students interested in English for the Workplace and/or students enrolled in the IELTS Exam Preparation course.
Last B.ED. Program
Native/near-native competence in spoken and written English is essential.
Pre-program training: 5 days, 9:00am to 1:00pm
The afternoons are free for you to explore The Netherlands.
Practicum: 4 or 6 weeks, 6 days per week, 8:30am to 5:00pm
A typical working day is from 8:30am to 5:00 pm, with up to 25.5 contact hours per week, depending on the course. The working day includes up to 3 hours of preparation and admin time. EFL Teachers work until 8:00pm (subject to change) on the last day of the term so that they can attend the students’ official “Leavers’ Ceremony”.
Teachers are required to attend 1 x 30-minute input session per week.
EFL Teachers are entitled to 1 full day off per week, usually a Saturday or Sunday. Driebergen is less than an hour away from Amsterdam by public transportation, 10 minutes from Utrecht, and an hour from Rotterdam.
Program costs are shown below. What’s included in the package? – Accommodation, meals, teacher training, in-country assistance, air travel, honorarium upon return (you may choose to have the pre-program training deducted from the honorarium).