Even though the TELLAL Institute is based in Dubai, we deal with prospective and current educators from all over the world.  Our online courses have been undertaken by individuals in places from Egypt to Switzerland, Boston to India.  In addition to the hugely multi-cultural demographics of the United Arab Emirates, this means that we deal with teachers, both new and experienced, who speak different languages and have a brought range of experiences.  Whilst this diversity is extremely valuable for the breadth of education students can experience, most of our courses do require a base level of English proficiency for the skills to be properly absorbed.  If you have been considering a TELLAL course and want to find out more about what is required in terms of the English proficiency, we have put together this helpful guide so that you can make sure you have everything you need.

What is the IELTS test?

Quite simply, the International English Language Testing System (IELTS) measures the language proficiency of people who want to study or work where English is used as a language of communication. It is essentially a way to determine that you have the requisite level of acceptable English languages skills in order to complete one of our courses; and handle the communication level required of the role it will lead you towards.   It is available at over 1,200 locations worldwide and there are 48 tests a year.  You can visit https://www.ielts.org/ for more specific details on how to apply.  Since a certain level of IELTS proficiency will be required for most of our courses, you can ensure that your training isn’t delayed by getting your IELTS qualification before starting a TELLAL program. 

IELTS Tips

It can always be daunting when approaching a new phase of learning, particularly when it involves a language in which you are not comfortable.  Many of us can struggle with languages and therefore feel stilted in our communication options.  By conquering your command of English, you will not only be unlimited in your TELLAL training potential, but it will give you more confidence, both at work and at home.  Here are some of our top tips on how to ensure your IELTS journey is as smooth as possible:

  1. The first thing you should do is take a IELTS pre-test to determine your current level and therefore how much work you might have to do. There are lots of free online tests that can help guide you.
  2. The test will tell you what point you are at and which one you need to reach. You should prepare to give yourself around six months of learning time for each half point you need to raise.
  3. Decide on when and where you can commit to learning. Those balancing work and family might find it easier to do an online course in the early morning or after bedtime.  Perhaps you would prefer to do it outside of your home?  Determining a schedule upfront could be really useful during difficult moments. 
  4. Recruit a friend or family member to learn with you – it will always be much easier if you have someone to review things with, test each other and be on hand for moral support or encouragement.
  5. A fantastic way to help you learn is to watch movies with English subtitles – not only is it helpful to read and listen at the same time, but it is more fun than a textbook!
  6. Ask for help! If you are struggling, you aren’t alone.  Don’t be afraid to reach out to someone for assistance, especially if you are feeling confused – they could help you get back on track! 

Teaching is one of the most important professions in the world.  As educators, we have the ability to shape, support and develop future generations.  That is just one of the reasons why diverse classrooms and a diverse teaching staff can be so impactful.  By utilising teachers from different places, experiences and backgrounds, you facilitate a wide range of expertise and cultures that children can learn from and feel engaged through.  If you have a passion for teaching, don’t let anything hold you back.