Teaching Knowledge Test |
TKT can be taken at any stage in a teacher’s career. It issuitable for pre-service or practising teachers and forms partof a framework of teaching awards and tests for teachersoffered by Cambridge ESOL.Cambridge ESOL’s tests for teachers include:•The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)•TKT: Knowledge about Language (KAL)•TKT: Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL)Cambridge ESOL’s practical, course-based qualifications forteachers include:•CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching toAdults)•CELTYL (Certificate in English Language Teaching toYoung Learners)•ICELT (In-service Certificate in English LanguageTeaching)Cambridge ESOL also offers the Delta Modules, which cover allareas of knowledge at an advanced level and include teaching practice. The Delta Modules are:•Delta Module One: a written examination•Delta Module Two: a course-based qualification•Delta Module Three: an extended assignmentOther teaching qualifications offered by Cambridge ESOLinclude two specifically designed for the further educationand skills sector within the UK.A summary of the entry requirements and content of Cambridge ESOL’s teaching awards and tests for teachers canbe found on the following page.
Introduction to Cambridge ESOL
The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is designed and producedby University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations (CambridgeESOL), a department of the University of Cambridge and partof the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate,which has provided examinations in English for speakers of other languages since 1913. Cambridge ESOL offers anextensive range of examinations, certificates and diplomas forlearners and teachers of English, taken by over 2 millionpeople a year, in more than 130 countries.
Introduction to TKT – a test of professionalknowledge for English language teachers
TKT tests knowledge about the teaching of English to speakersof other languages. This knowledge includes concepts relatedto language, language use and the background to and practiceof language teaching and learning and is assessed by means of objective format tests, which are simple to administer and totake.TKT is designed to offer maximum flexibility and accessibilityfor candidates and therefore does not include a compulsorycourse component or compulsory teaching practice. However,it is likely that centres and other institutions will wish to offercourses for TKT preparation and these may also include someteaching practice, if desired. It should be noted that TKT teststeaching knowledge rather than teaching ability.TKT offers candidates a step in their professionaldevelopment as teachers and enables them to move ontohigher-level teaching qualifications and access professionalsupport materials, such as resource books for English languageteaching (ELT) and journals about ELT.TKT candidates are encouraged to keep a portfolio, a record of their professional development and reflections on theirteaching. Through their portfolio candidates can becomereflective practitioners, analysing their teaching and how thisimpacts on their students’ learning. However, the portfoliodoes not form part of the assessment for TKT. The TeacherPortfolio is Cambridge ESOL’s free online system that anyteacher can use to record and document their career progress.Teachers can visit
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