Through its validation and moderation process, Trinity ensures that all TYLEC courses follow the same mandatory components.
Candidates are examined according to the following two units. Some components are externally assessed by Trinity's moderators, and some are internally assessed by our experienced course tutors at English for Asia.
There are four main areas of Assessment on the TYLEC course.
1. Teaching Practice and the Teaching Practice Portfolio
During the TYLEC, you will take part in five observed lessons lasting 60 minutes per lesson, four of which will be assessed. Observations will take place with your own groups of learners – your observer will observe you via live video link.
You will produce a portfolio of work related to the five lessons which will include your plans, materials and reflections on the lessons that you have taught.
You will meet online with your tutor before your observation to clarify doubts and discuss ideas for your lesson. Once you have taught the lesson, you will meet with your tutor again to receive guidance and feedback from your tutor.
This section of the course is highly practical in nature and provides you with plenty of opportunities to try out the ideas that you have been learning about during input. Most trainees tend to see the teaching practice as the most valuable part of their course. Completing the teaching practice with your own students in your own teaching context makes the course content memorable and immediately applicable to you.
2. The Developmental Action Points Log
The action points log is a record of your goals and aims as you are developing as a reflective practitioner. As you come across new ideas during the course, you create a series of action points for things that you will try out in your day to day teaching. The developmental log helps trainees to connect what they are discussing in input to their everyday teaching. The log provides you with the opportunity to personalise your development as you are able to choose the areas that interest you the most and work with those special interests to achieve practical results. The action points are recorded in a journal throughout the course and the finished journal is assessed at the end of the 14 weeks during the moderation.
3. The Guided Observation Journal
One of the most powerful ways for teachers to learn is through watching other teachers. Whilst completing your Guided Observation Journal, you’ll observe six experienced young learner teachers. To gain a global perspective, you will observe two video lessons which take place in a different country, which will be followed up by four live observations that you will carry out in your own school or teaching centre. Your assignment will be your journal, which will contain your reflections on the six observations.
4. The Materials Assignment
Every teacher needs to feel confident adapting and using materials, but in the young learner classroom it is particularly important that materials scaffold learning and are engaging for our learners to use. The materials assignment is assessed externally by a Trinity moderator at the end of the 14-week course. Trainees are assessed on the following:
- Written rationale for the design and adaptation of one piece of teaching material used on the course in assessed teaching practice.
- Written evaluation of its use in classroom teaching.
- Interview with a Trinity moderator about the effectiveness of the material and to discuss the ways in which materials development is beneficial to the development of teaching skills.