What does the course involve?
This is not a traditional teaching position. ACLE focuses on fostering English acquisition through the use of engaging methods such as games, songs and drama. The students are generally aged between six and sixteen.
ACLE’s Rational Emotional Affective Learning (REAL) approach is a humanistic, holistic approach centered on cultivating students’ interest. It relies on techniques based primarily on play, drama, and project-based learning and draws from the neurosciences (Damasio, Goleman), humanistic psychology (Fromm, Rogers), the theory of multiple intelligences (Gardner), Krashen’s theory of second language acquisition, and experiential learning (Dewey).
Trainee tutors who successfully complete ACLE’s Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language through Theatre and Play (TEFL-TP) receive a certificate and a study grant. This certificate is an introduction to TEFL and attests that the trainee tutor has completed a Distance Learning Course, an intensive, practical orientation in Italy (40 hours), and a minimum of 120 hours of supervised tutoring experience in the field with young learners.
Through the course, tutors learn to:
During each part of the course, tutors are observed and given feedback to help them improve their performance.
Successful applicants, whether they have a TEFL certificate, a degree in education, or teaching experience, will benefit from the course and be prepared to teach at ACLE’s camps in Italy as well as teach English in other countries. They will also develop an understanding of an array of teaching and learning approaches and learn how to adapt them to generate learners’ emotional and intellectual engagement.
Trainee tutors must attend an intensive orientation in Italy before being sent to our camps. The orientation prepares tutors for their role by providing them with exciting activities, songs and games which help students acquire the English language. In addition, we send tutors to camp with a manual that contains plenty of ideas for dynamic lessons, drama activities, and classroom management techniques. Of course, the tutors’ own creativity, input and ideas are essential for making the camps more enjoyable for the students and themselves.
ACLE trainee tutors can also be considered for other positions in the post-summer period, depending on qualifications and their visa/passport: