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TEACHING KNOWLEDGE TEST (TKT)

 

 

An important stepping stone in your career

 

What is TKT?

TKT is a new test about teaching English to speakers of other languages. It aims to increase teachers' confidence and enhance job prospects by focusing on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners, anywhere in the world. This flexible and accessible award will help you to understand:

 

  • different methodologies for teaching
  • the 'language of teaching'
  • the ways in which resources can be used
  • the key aspects of lesson planning
  • classroom management methods for different needs.

 

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Who is TKT for?

TKT gives teachers a strong foundation in the core areas of teaching knowledge needed in the English language teaching classroom. It is ideal for all teachers, whatever your background and teaching experience, and is also suitable for people who would like to teach English but do not yet have a teaching position.

 

There are no formal entry requirements. However, anyone wishing to take TKT is strongly advised to have at least an intermediate level of English - level B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages - eg PET, IELTS band score of 4.

 

After taking TKT, teachers who want to develop their knowledge further can progress to Cambridge ESOL's well-established teaching awards, such as ICELT (In-service Certificate in English Language Teaching) and CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults).

 

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What does TKT involve?

Most teachers are likely to follow a preparation course before taking the test but you can also prepare yourself through your own reading and study, if you prefer.

 

TKT has three core modules. These can be taken together in one exam session or separately, in any order, over three sessions. Each module consists of a test of 80 objective questions, lasting 80 minutes, which require you to select the correct answer and mark this on a computerised answer sheet.

 

Module 1 - Language and background to language learning and teaching

 

  • Describing language and language skills.
  • Background to language learning.
  • Background to language teaching.

 

Module 2 - Planning lessons and use of resources for language teaching

 

  • Planning and preparing a lesson or sequence of lessons.
  • Selection and use of resources and materials.

 

Module 3 - Managing the teaching and learning process

 

  • Teachers' and learners' language in the classroom.
  • Classroom management.

 

 

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Resources Available

 

TKT Handbook and sample papers

TKT Information for Candidates

TKT Glossary

Online Teacher Resources

 

 

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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