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The Global English Teaching (GET) Academy is a world-class provider of initial teacher training for teachers of English as a foreign language (TEFL). We look to provide educational leadership in the field of English language teaching through our specially developed TEFL (Trinity CertTESOL) Program. The organisation aims to change the face of English language teaching around the world by promoting a holistic approach to language teaching and learning based on the development of social and communicative competences in an immersive learning environment. Our TEFL/CertTESOL course leads the way in Initial Teacher Training for students of TEFL by putting theory into practice in real Austrian classrooms, while connecting English teachers with Austrian children through project-based cultural and linguistic exchange.
As a validated course provider for the Trinity College London CertTESOL, the Global English Teaching (GET) Academy will provide you with a quality teacher training experience which you will cherish for the rest of your life. The GET Academy will train you to become the best possible TEFL teacher you can be, while also giving you the opportunity to make a difference in the lives of young learners by promoting language learning, social skills, and cultural exchange between English-speakers and Austria. Every year we bring hundreds of native-level, English-speakers like you, into Austrian classrooms and ensure you leave as a qualified, experienced, high class, TEFL teachers whom has impacted the life of an Austrian learner.
A unique opportunity! Our TEFL (Trinity CertTESOL) Program is an intensive and rewarding teacher training experience like no other! Specially designed to place you in an authentic teaching environment in the Austrian public education sector, the course combines the academy’s TEFL-YL certificate and Trinity College London’s globally-recognised CertTESOL. Participants like you will complete these two qualifications simultaneously while teaching English directly to Austrian students in their school environment, gaining over 300 hours of teaching experience.

To put it simply, you get more:

GET more qualifications: You will gain not one, but two qualifications the Trinity College London CertTESOL and the TEFL-YL.

GET more experience: You will gain 300 hours of teaching experience (practicum) with real students.

GET more quality: You will be trained by the GET Academy’s Academic Team consisting of professional, highly experienced, highly qualified teachers, tasked with providing you with a quality teacher training experience.

GET more knowledge: You will be equipped with the knowledge, skills, experience and confidence required to be successful in the TEFL Industry.

GET more opportunity: You will get the opportunity to actually make a difference to the lives of young learners in Austria

GET more value: We are the winner of the GoOverseas Community Choice Awards 2018! Category of ‘Best Value’.

No – you are not required to speak any German as part of the program. If you speak German, that’s brilliant! For anything you need related to GET Academy, we will have a German-speaking member of staff available to help you.

In the heart of central Europe! The GET Academy is situated in the cultural melting pot that is the alpine, German-speaking country of Austria. Bordering the Czech Republic, Germany, Hungary, Italy and Switzerland, no country waltzes so effortlessly between the urban and the outdoors as Austria. Cresting alpine summits one day, and swanning around imperial Vienna the next, you’re never far from something exciting!

The best thing about Austria is how close everything is, so close in fact that within minutes you can go from 2000m mountains to medieval lanes to the heart of the city. For those looking for diversity of landscape Austria is definitely for you. There is everything you need for a once in a lifetime experience, whether you want, excitement and adventure in the mountains, an exquisite dinner, concerts, or to dance your heart out at a nightclub, Austria will spoil you for choice. Whatever it is you’re looking for you can find it in Austria and once you’ve exhausted all of the possibilities, the beauty of being located in central Europe, is that you are never more than a short and inexpensive train journey across a border to discover even more new cultures.

For information on all of our course dates, please go to the link below:
Course dates (https://www.get-academy.com/dates/)

The total cost of the course is currently €495* and includes the following:

  •         Full tuition
  •         Trinity College London moderation fees (including certificates)
  •         Exam fees
  •         Shared accommodation for the duration of the course
  •         Over 300 hours of teaching practice
  •         130 hours of face-to-face training
  •         15 hours of observed and assessed teaching practice
  •         All travel to and from school and the training centre
  •         Provision of teaching materials
  •         Full use of training centre facilities (printer, photocopier, library etc.)
  •         Welcome lunch
  •         Graduation dinner
  •         Daily tea/coffee.

There are no extra costs for accommodation or travel while participating in the course. All bills are covered by GET Academy and all travel to and from school is provided for the duration of the course.

*Price excludes a €75 security deposit and €25 printing fee (both payable in cash on Orientation day). The €75 security deposit is to cover loss/damages to supplied teaching materials and accommodation/training facilities. Security deposits are refundable in full at the end of the course, provided the applicant has not lost/damaged any materials/facilities provided to them and signed for on their Student Teacher usage agreement.

Proud to be more than just a teacher training course, the GET Academy promotes language learning, social skills and cultural exchange between English speaking countries and Austria, so we actively engage in the community through our non-profit initiative ‘Hello English!’ We have a vision of transforming language teaching using student-centered, communicative language teaching methodologies and we have been lucky enough to continually receive support from those who share our vision. It’s no secret that a course like ours would normally cost applicants, somewhere in the region of €2000! However, with applicants having to support themselves financially for the duration of the course, we want our experience to also be available to applicants who may struggle financially, and therefore we always try to use the support we receive from our members to reduce the cost of the course for you!

Applying could not be easier, simply complete the online application form on our website and someone from our Admissions Team will be in contact with you.

Application Form

Applicants must be 18+ years of age to apply.

No formal training or experience is required to apply.

Applicants must be able to speak English to a native level.

Applicants must hold qualifications which would allow them entry into higher education in their home countries (for example, A-levels or equivalent for UK residents).

It’s that simple! There are no other requirements which are not listed here!

Our organisation aims to connect native-English speakers with Austrian students for the purpose of cultural and linguistic exchange. The Trinity CertTESOL component of the course also requires applicants to possess a sufficient level of English. We therefore require that you are able to demonstrate a native-level of English. For non-native English speakers this means, a C2 level on the CEFR (Common European Framework of Reference for Languages) or IELTS (International English Language Testing System) score of 8.5 or above. If you are unsure of your level of English there are many free online English tests which can be taken.

The Course: TEFL (Trinity CertTESOL)

Fees A summary of the admissions procedure is given below, you are required to: Submit an initial application form, take part in a preliminary interview, complete a pre-academic interview task, take part in an academic interview and subsequently complete a written task. The length of the process is normally dependant on your availability for interview (all interviews are conducted via Skype). On average applicants take around 2 to 3 weeks to fully complete the application process. This includes completing all interviews, interview tasks and a final decision being made. Additionally, subsequent to being accepted you will be required to provide some requested documentation prior to the course start date, this can also take some time for applicants to compile. Further details of these stages can be found in the Admission Procedures link at the top of our Application Form. (https://www.get-academy.com/admissions-procedures/) (https://www.get-academy.com/application-form/)
We try to ensure every applicant who successfully completes the application process is afforded the opportunity to attend the course at some point, as a result we do not have a closing date for applications. We operate on a 'first come, first serve' basis and as a result we recommend you begin the application process as soon as possible! If you are not able to complete the application process and provide the required documents prior to the start date of the upcoming course, we will reserve a place for you on the next available one. However you will be subject to any changes applicable to the specified course.
The GET Academy has accommodations located across Austria, from the quaint town of Vorchdorf to the bustling city of Vienna our accommodations are located close to our Campus buildings. Due to the nature of the course, you will get the opportunity to travel across Austria and we try to ensure every applicant has the opportunity to visit each of our campuses at least once over the duration of the course. Please note: We require all successful applicants to attend our Orientation day at the Vorchdorf Campus on the first day of the course which is in the district of Gmunden in Upper Austria. Unfortunately, the Academy cannot house participants until the first day of the course. Participants arriving before the course start date will be required to organise their own accommodation until the start date.
Yes you can, however alternative accommodation is not recommended. The reason for this is, all travel to and from school is provided, for the duration of the course however this travel only covers travel from the Student Teacher accommodations to the schools; this means participants are not able to be picked up from alternative accommodations. We work in conjunction with the Austrian Ministry of Education which enables our participants to have direct access to learners in the Austrian public education system. However as a result of this relationship we have to abide by certain rules, which may prevent us from having access to any particular school location at any time. In order to enable participants to successfully complete the minimum number of teaching practice hours we work with different schools across Austria and therefore move participants to different parts of the country dependant on where we have access to classrooms at any given time. We look to address any issues associated with this kind of situation by providing travel and accommodation. Additionally, we can not ensure participants will be based in one particular location for the full duration of the course. Participants who do not utilise our accommodation would face additional travel costs which we would be unable to cover, which might make it difficult for them to successfully complete the course and therefore alternative accommodation is not recommended.
While a Student Visa is not required to participate in the course, it is the responsibility of each individual to ensure they enter Austria legally and are able to participate for the full duration of the course. If you are unsure of your status or ability to participate, we strongly recommend contacting your local Austrian Representation to discuss your situation. If you are unsure of the Austrian Representation near you, you can use the search provided in the link below: https://www.bmeia.gv.at/en/embassies-consulates/search-for-austrian-representations/ Please note, the Global English Teaching Academy does not provide Visas for participation on the course. Should your local Austrian representation inform you that you require a Visa to enter and stay in Austria for the duration of the course, we cannot book Visa appointments or cover any costs incurred during any Visa application processes. If you successfully complete our application process and are offered a position on the relevant course, you will be provided with a course acceptance letter. This letter will contain the relevant information required by Austrian representations and can be forwarded to assist in obtaining any required Visas.
The course aims to provide you with a strong set of practical teaching skills to aid in the sound application of contemporary language teaching methodologies. The approach to English language learning emphasised on the course draws on a range of approaches and methodologies considered to constitute best practice in contemporary language learning and teaching, especially for primary and secondary learners. This includes Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and Task-based Learning (TBL) within a communicative language teaching (CLT) framework. The vocational nature of the course means that there is a strong focus on practical classroom experience. The course focuses on putting theory into practice during teaching practice sessions at Austrian state schools alongside developing theoretical knowledge of language teaching and learning from teacher training sessions at our campuses. By combining aspects of several established and respected approaches, the course aims to train you to be adaptive to the contextual needs of the learners, the schools, national curriculums, and the practices of learners’ main class teachers, thereby complementing the learning, learners have already experienced. Successful completion of the course will not only equip you with the skills and certifications to work in the TEFL industry, but also instill the confidence and authority to be successful TEFL practitioners across a variety of fields. Further details of the course can be found in our Course Syllabus (https://www.get-academy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Annex-1-TEFL-Program-Syllabus.pdf)
The course is a full time intensive experience, most mornings will be spent at schools engaging in teaching practice. With a heavy focus on practical teaching experience, you will spend the majority of your time delivering lessons, being observed and observing others. The course aims to equip you with the skills to manage real world teaching environments, providing you with the experience of what it is really like teaching up to six lessons a day with real students. Afternoons are then primarily designed to provide you with the additional support needed to become an excellent teacher. This involves taking part in face-to-face teacher training workshops and seminars with senior teachers, course tutors and peers on the course.

Upon successful completion of the course, you will receive not one, but two qualifications the TEFL-YL certificate and Trinity College London’s CertTESOL which is the globally-recognised accredited professional qualification awarded by Trinity College London. This means upon completion, you will be certified to teach English not just in Europe but anywhere around the world. In addition you will gain over 300 hours of teaching experience, meaning you will already be a step ahead of the rest, upon completion of the course. To find out more follow this link. https://www.trinitycollege.com/site/?id=201

Yes! While the majority of teaching practice takes place in Austrian schools with young learners, the skills and knowledge acquired during the course are transferable to a range of learning environments. When you successfully complete the course and are awarded the Trinity CertTESOL, you will also be initially qualified to teach adults as well as young learners.

Applicants are assessed in a number of different ways,  for specific information on assignments, teaching practice requirements and assessment criteria, please see the Course Syllabus (https://www.get-academy.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/09/Annex-1-TEFL-Program-Syllabus.pdf). Please note, applicants must receive a ‘pass’ grade on all aspects of the TEFL (Trinity CertTESOL) Program in order to graduate.

Yes! During participation on the Global English Teaching (GET) Academy’s TEFL (Trinity CertTESOL) Program, you are given assistance in finding employment upon completion of the course. The support provided ranges from participation in CV writing workshops to interview preparation, job searches to references and even letters of recommendation. Our Academic Team will assist you in any way possible to help you find employment, which results in some participants having secured an employment offer before they have even completed the course! Additionally, upon completion of the course you will be enrolled in our Job Assistance Program.

Upon successful completion of the course, as a member of our alumni, you are enrolled on our Job Assistance Program and given continued assistance in navigating the TEFL industry’s job market and finding a teaching post that suits your preferences. We also, continue to encourage graduates to access sources of continued professional development and encourage you to continue developing as a teacher long after you leave the course.

If your question is not answered here please feel free to contact our Admissions Team via email:

admissions@get-academy.com

and someone from the team will respond to you as soon as possible.

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