Training Course Schedule
The initial orientation is at 7 pm on the Sunday evening the day BEFORE the course starting date. It is followed by a welcome dinner offered by TEFL Paris to all trainees. You will be given the keys for the premises, a usb stick and be asked for a 30€ deposit which is returned at the end of the course. This relaxed evening lets everyone get to know each other in a friendly and relaxed setting.
The course ends with a goodbye dinner on the last Friday of the course.
The first class will take place in the morning at 9:00 a.m. The course schedule for the week will be provided on arrival morning. Sessions generally run between 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. with appropriate breaks. Teaching Practice is often in the late afternoons and evenings.
Trainees are expected to attend all input and other sessions included on the schedule unless they are sick and require medical treatment. This is particularly important for Teaching Practice.
- Please bring a pen and a notebook for taking notes during class.
- All relevant forms and instructions will be provided, as well as notes from the input sessions.
- You may want to bring an mp3 player with you, especially one which records.
- If you have a laptop you may find it useful as the school is equipped with WI-FI. You will need it to download course materials & the Technology Workshop.
At least two file folders (ring-binders + plastic sleeves?) or your own favourite system: one for class notes and photocopies, the other for lesson plans, materials and feedback: we give out lots of A4 handouts, so be prepared to organise them! A well-organised set of class notes and lesson plans counts towards your professionalism grade!
A set of 'dry-wipe' white board markers in a variety of colours (black, green, blue, red...)
Pens, scissors, glue, 'Blu-tac' (or equivalent), a ruler, a stapler and anything else you think you might need to prepare your teaching material and to teach.
A printed copy of your pre-course warm-up questionnaire (sent out two weeks before the course starts)
A watch or clock to help your lessons run on time
Lots of enthusiasm and interesting ideas to make your lessons sizzle!
Various books are provided for use by trainees. However, no books should be removed from the classroom without specific permission from the Course Academic Director. Inventory of all books will be conducted at the end of the course to ensure that no books have been accidentally removed.
You will be required to prepare materials for your Teaching Practice.
The school keeps an initial supply of basic tools necessary to make student materials. However, the trainees are responsible for providing additional poster board, markers, glue, pens, paper, etc., for creating teaching materials. These can be purchased at a local stationery store.Trainee Course Feedback Sessions
There will be two trainee feedback sessions. The first will be in the middle of week 2 and the second will be at the end of the course. These sessions are aimed to give trainees the opportunity to provide feedback regarding anything to do with the course, accommodations, and so on. We welcome your open and honest feedback so we can continue to improve the training course and the facilities provided at the training location.
Even though there are two scheduled feedback sessions, please feel free to give feedback to the Course Director or the Academic Director at any time.Accommodation Details
We offer excellent on-site accommodation
and you will need to book it when you register for the course. It is available starting on the day before the course begins around tea time through to the Saturday morning following the last day of the final week. Please go to the Accommodation page for more details.Transportation upon Arrival
Most people will arrive in France at Roissy Charles De Gaulle airport (north of Paris), at Orly airport (south of Paris) or at Beauvais airport. Those coming from the UK via Eurostar will arrive at Gare du Nord.Roissy - Charles De Gaulle airport
From Charles de Gaulle, take the train, RER B, direction Saint Rémi les Chevreuses and get off at Gare du Nord. It takes 25 mins and costs 9.10€. Then, in the same station, take the RER E train to Tournan- en-Brie (it is the last stop). It is then five minutes walk to the school (see the map
From the airport, take the RER B (Orlyval) to Gare du Nord. It takes 40 mins to Gare du Nord & costs 10.75€ Then, the RER E to Tournan in the same station.Beauvais airport
If your flight arrives at Beauvais you can take a bus to Paris Porte Maillot (travel time 1hr & 15 mins). The bus leaves Beauvais 15 to 30 minutes after your arrival and costs 15€. Then, take the metro to Gare du Nord where you will find the RER E to Tournan.Eurostar - Gare du Nord
You will arrive at the Gare du Nord station in the north of Paris. Just go to the suburban lines area and take the RER E to Tournan. See the RATP site
for details.Important Note:
Please let us know when you are arriving, so that we can prepare accordingly.