Trainers expect gradual but constant improvement and application of skills and techniques in the classroom.
Assessment of trainee teaching performance is thorough and continuous throughout the course. Trainers give each trainee ongoing written and oral feedback, coaching, lesson preparation advice and assistance, and other formal and informal assessments. Feedback focuses on trainees’ efforts to demonstrate mastery of teaching performance benchmarks that are established and studied each week of the course.
In accordance with TESOL standards for professional teachers of English to speakers of other languages, the LADO TEFL Certificate prepares trainees to achieve three essential competencies by the end of the course:
1) a strong knowledge base of content and strong awareness of learners
2) thorough, effective planning strategies
3) effective practitioner skills and techniques.
The LADO TEFL Certificate divides the three competencies into five performance standards:
- Expertise and Learner Awareness
- Lesson Planning and Materials Development
- Highlighting and Explanation of Language
- Student-centered Communicative Strategies
- Professionalism and Classroom Management
By the end of the course, trainees must demonstrate through their teaching performance that they have acquired the skills and expertise to meet each of the five standards for graduation.
A passing performance is recognized with one of the following three ratings: satisfactory performance for meeting all program standards, highly successful performance for exceeding standards outstanding performance for excellence throughout the program on all standards.
Upon successful completion of the program, trainees receive a detailed evaluation, a recommendation letter, a certificate with the number of hours of practical teaching experience that the trainee gained, and a letter describing the program. The letter indicates the exceptional, comprehensive standards that the LADO TEFL Certificate requires of its graduates.