This course is aimed at preparing TKT candidates to get a minimum band-score 3 at the TKT test modules 1, 2 and 3.

TKT PREPARATION FEES

Module 1: Language and background to language learning and teaching

Module 1; Part 1: Describing language and language skills

What is covered?
Concepts and terminology for describing language: grammar, lexis, phonology, and functions.
Concepts and terminology for describing language skills and sub-skills: for example, reading for gist, listening for specific information.

What might I have to do?
You might have to read a short text. Various words would be underlined in the text. Working from a list, you would have to identify which part of speech (for example, reflexive pronoun, possessive adjective, etc) they were.
Note: This is just an example of a possible task.

What do I have to know about it?
You need to know about:

  • language and language use
  • the terms used for describing different parts of language
  • identifying and distinguishing between these parts of the language
  • the terms used for describing different skills and sub-skills in language use
  • identifying and distinguishing between these different skills and sub-skills

Module 1; Part 2: Background to language learning

What is covered?
Factors in the language learning process, including:

  • motivation
  • exposure to language and focus on form
  • the role of error
  • differences between L1 and L2 learning
  • learner characteristics (for example, strategies)
  • learner needs

What might I have to do?
You might have to read a list of students’ actions and also a list of learning strategies. You would then decide which action matched which strategy.
Note: This is just an example of a possible task.

What do I have to know about it?
You need to know about the range of different factors that can affect how learners learn. You also need to be able to identify examples of these factors and to relate them to their implications for teachers and teaching. 

Module 1; Part 3: Background to language teaching

What is covered?
The range of methods, tasks, and activities available to the language teacher, including:

  • presentation techniques and introductory activities
  • practice activities and tasks for language and skills development
  • assessment types and tasks

What might I have to do?
You might have to look at a series of practice activities a teacher gave students to do. There would be three possible categories that these activities could fit into. You would have to say which category each practice activity fitted into.
Note: This is just an example of a possible task.


What do I have to know about it?
You need to know about the range of ways a teacher can set about teaching language to learners. You need to be able to say what techniques and resources are appropriate in different situations. You need to be able to identify and distinguish between different types of assessment and assessment activities.