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One of the most cosmopolitan countries in the world, Singapore is a fascinating place to visit. Founded by Sir Thomas Stamford Raffles in the 1819, Singapore has a long British colonial history and was once known as the “Jewel of the British Empire”. Since independence, the country has grown from strength to strength becoming a world economic power. Despite growing into a thoroughly modern Asian metropolis, evidence of its British history can be seen throughout the city in its many monuments, place names and architecture. There are four official languages in Singapore with Malay, Mandarin and Tamil spoken widely, but English is the language of government and the state education system. The city is easy to get to with direct flights from hundreds of destinations as well as by ferry from a number of destinations in the region. Although the city is well developed, with much of the island given over to urbanization, there are still plenty of green spaces to enjoy in the parks and nature reserves.
For entertainment you can head to Sentosa Island where Universal Studios Singapore is located as well as a number of other attractions including Madame Tussauds and the SEA Aquarium. For nightlife and dining out the areas around Clarke Quay, Bat Quay and Arab Street offer plenty to satisfy your needs and shoppers will be in heaven along Orchard Road.
The excellent transport network in Singapore makes getting around very easy and the many city tours and tourist passes enable you to see all the attractions the city has to offer. For a more tranquil experience, head to Ubin and Kusu islands where you can relax in nature and enjoy pristine beaches.
Located in Singapore’s Central Business District in the heart of the city, our Singapore TEFL training center is ideally situated to make the most of what this island city-state has to offer. Nearby you will find the fabulous Marina Bay as well as Boat Quay and Clarke Quay where there are plenty of restaurants, bars and shopping malls. Access to the rest of the city is easy from the nearby MRT station offering bus and train services around the island.
On the same campus as your course there are dozens of classes taking place with students learning many different languages and you will gain a good insight into the life of a working language teacher. Our course trainers are all passionate about helping you to become the most effective teacher you can be and all experienced professionals. You can be sure that not only will have an enjoyable and memorable time with us in Singapore but you will leave with the skills and confidence needed to teach English as a foreign language wherever you decided to live and work.Apply Now!
Course participants attending ITTT’s TEFL course in Singapore have a range of accommodation options to choose from including apartments, condominiums and rooms in local hostels. We have inspected all options to make sure they have everything you will need for an enjoyable and comfortable time during your course. Most options are in the center of the city and within a 15 to 20 minutes commute of the center.
Please let us know if you have any questions regarding our recommended accommodation and we will be happy to try and help.Apply Now!
What are my payment options?Expand
Course deposits must be paid to our administrative centre. Credit/debit card payments are the fastest and cheapest way to pay, but we also accept payments via Pay Pal and bank transfer. While there are no deadlines for a deposit, courses can fill up quickly and your seat will only be reserved after the deposit has been paid.
Once you make your deposit, you will receive an informational packet that provides detailed information about the course and Singapore itself.
The balance of course fees is payable on or before the first day of class and can be paid in cash 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.
Course fees are all-inclusive so you won’t be asked to pay additional costs for course related services. This also includes moderation and accreditation fees, lifetime job assistance and all our basic services.
What are my accommodation options?Expand
A list of housing options which we have worked with in the past will be provided to you upon request. These places are located near our training centre and range from backpacker hostels, budget hotels, homestays, and hotels. We are happy to work with you to find a suitable accommodation for your budget. Singapore is a convenient and easy city to travel around and there are a variety of options which are conveniently 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
On the first day of the course an orientation will be held. Orientation will be followed by the first class on Monday morning at 9:30 am. During the orientation, an in depth 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, and a lunch break also included. However, 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.
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.
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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