It goes without saying that teachers have to be knowledgeable about their subjects, but they also have to be able to get this knowledge across to their pupils. As a teacher, your job does not only involve standing in front of a class to teach your subject but you also guide and tutor your pupils, set up projects and organise study trips and other activities.
The teacher education programme at the Archimedes Institute leads to a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed) teaching qualification. This qualifies you to teach in the following school categories and levels in the Netherlands:
English teacher for lower secondary school levels (years 12- 16) teaching English as a Foreign or Second language. Teaching English as a Foreign language or Second language in language schools.
The first year
You will be working on your reading, writing, listening and speaking skills so that you become highly proficient in English. In addition, there are classes in grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary. You will also follow classes on teaching methodology – this is how you get your subject knowledge across to pupils – with an emphasis on communicative language teaching. Everything you do during this course works on two levels: you acquire knowledge about the English language, literature and its society while at the same time you learn to put your experience into practice by doing teacher training in a secondary school.
The second and subsequent years
During the course of the programme you will grow into your role as a teacher. You will be given an increasing amount of freedom to acquire the knowledge and skills you feel you need and you will also gain a clearer picture of the teacher you want to be. The English Teacher education programme includes both teacher training and courses in the subject such as linguistics, second language acquisition, English language teaching methodology, literature and preparation for the Cambridge Proficiency (CPE). In your second year you will spend ten weeks of the programme doing a work placement in an English-speaking country such as the United Kingdom, the United States or Australia etc.
In the second year you will continue to do your placement at a secondary school for one day a week. In the third year this will increase to two days a week and you will be given more responsibilities, including teaching entire classes and setting up project work. Gradually, you will grow more independent in your role as a teacher and discover the type of school that best suits you.
You only need to take one of these language tests:
The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.Take IELTS test
The TOEFL – or Test OF English as a Foreign Language – offers a paper-based test (PBT). The final, overall PBT score ranges between 310 and 677, and is based on an average taken from the three test components (listening, structure, and reading). The writing part of this test is scored separately on a scale of 0-6. Read more about TOEFL (PBT).
The TOEFL – or Test Of English as a Foreign Language – offers an internet-based test (iBT). The final, overall iBT score ranges between 0 and 120, and includes a scaled average from the four components (reading, listening, speaking, and writing). Read more about TOEFL (iBT).
(Senior) secondary school diploma with higher education entrance qualificationDiploma examples:
Students from United States need a visa in order to study in the Netherlands.
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