We have already provided you with some useful materials and tips on how to prepare your students for various exams and tests. Now it is time to think about your preparation for taking exams which test teachers’ professional knowledge and skills. In today’s newsletter, we would like to share with you some useful information about TKT.
All you need to know about Cambridge TKT
Great teachers like you and us are constant learners, aren’t we? We always need to stay tuned to keep the interest in our students and to make our lessons more productive, to integrate English with other subjects in terms of developing 21st-century skills and preparing our students for better opportunities. Doesn’t it mean that we have to learn new things ourselves and improve our teaching skills? There are so many qualifications for teachers, but which one to choose?
What is TKT?
If you already work as an English teacher, you might have heard of TKT that stands for Teaching Knowledge Test. It was developed for teachers of English to speakers of other languages and is one of the initial teaching qualifications you can obtain from Cambridge Assessment English. It is not a single test, but a series of modular tests. You can take each test individually and decide how and when you take the tests.
How many modules are there?
At present, Cambridge Assessment English offers 5 modules: 3 core modules and 2 specialist modules that were developed to test your knowledge in the specific areas of teaching.
What does TKT test?
It is designed to test the teacher’s knowledge of concepts related to language and language use, and the background to and practice of language teaching and learning.
Who can take TKT?
You can take TKT whatever your background and teaching experience, to gain recognition for your knowledge and skills. The recommended minimum language level is Independent English language user (CEFR Level B1 and above).
What TKT modules shall I choose?
TKT Modules 1, 2 and 3 may be taken by:
teachers who wish to refresh and extend their teaching knowledge
teachers who are moving to teaching English after teaching another subject
either a pre-service or a practising teacher
teachers teaching primary, secondary or adult learners
a non-first language or first language English speaker
a teacher who wants to gain formal recognition of their experience, keep their teaching skills up to date and develop their career opportunities.
TKT: YL is for the teachers who teach English to young learners.
TKT: CLIL was developed for those who teach subjects other than English with English instruction or those who would like to teach English through their subject.
How many tasks are there?
Each TKT module consists of a timed pencil-and-paper test featuring 80 multiple-choice questions. You can download Handbook for Teachers and look through the sample tasks.
When will I get the results?
TKT results are usually issued to centres approximately two weeks after they receive the answer sheets in Cambridge. How will I benefit from taking TKT? You will gain an advantage not only from taking a test but from preparation to it as well. In particular:
You will receive a certificate for each module taken. It is recognized by employers in more than 60 countries all over the world.
You will get familiar with different teaching methodologies.
You will get to know how to use teaching resources effectively.
You will understand key aspects of lesson planning.
You will be able to use different classroom management methods for different needs.
TKT is also a good foundation if you want to study for a further qualification in teaching English, such as the CELTA or Delta.
How can I prepare for TKT?
You can study independently, or take a preparation course either face–to–face or online.
Where and when can I take TKT?
You can TKT all over the world in authorized centres.
What is the price?
We offer the lowest price for TKT in Ukraine, which is 2,100 UAH per module.
How is it different from CELTA, TEFL or TESOL?
TKT is an exam. CELTA, TEFL and TESOL are all courses with practical components.
You can take three TKT modules at once (in one day). It will take you 4 weeks to complete courses like CELTA.
TKT is more flexible in terms of preparation time and the structure. It is perfect for those who are not ready to commit themselves to a full course.
If you still have some questions, we recommend you to watch this video, in which the English teacher from Ukraine who took TKT herself answers FAQs about this test.
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