The ideal route into the English language teaching profession

TKT (Teaching Knowledge Test) will help you to teach English to schoolchildren and adult learners at home or around the world. This exam is ideal if you:

  • are already teaching, but would like to take an internationally recognised qualification to gain formal recognition for your experience
  • want to improve your career opportunities by widening your teaching experience into specialist areas
  • want to keep your teaching skills up to date.

Preparing for TKT will improve your confidence as a teacher and give you the knowledge and skills to help you develop your career. You can take TKT whatever your background and teaching experience. You do not need to have a certain level of English to take it.

TKT is modular and flexible so you can fit your studies in around your work and other commitments. You can take the modules over a period of time to suit you.

TKT modules

There are four core modules and three specialist modules in TKT.

Core modules:

  • Module 1: this module tests your knowledge of the terms and concepts of English language teaching. It focuses on the factors underpinning the learning of English.
  • Module 2: this module focuses on the knowledge and skills you need to plan a lesson or a series of lessons. It also refers to assessment and focuses on resources that can guide you in your lesson planning.
  • Module 3: this module tests the knowledge of what happens in the classroom during language learning, the teacher’s role in classroom management, and the methods used to manage and make the most of interactions in the classroom.
  • Practical: this module includes assessment of lesson planning, classroom management and teaching skills

Specialist modules:

  • Knowledge About Language: this module tests your knowledge of the language systems used by teachers. It also focuses on awareness of learners’ language needs and the challenges students face in learning a second language.  
  • Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL): this module tests knowledge about content teaching in a target language, and the learning, thinking and language skills which are developed across different curriculum subjects. It also tests knowledge of lesson planning, the understanding of activities and resources needed to support a CLIL approach, lesson delivery and how assessment is carried out in CLIL contexts.
  • Young Learners: this module tests the background knowledge related to teaching young learners of between 6–12 years of age. It also tests understanding of planning lessons, different teaching strategies and assessing learning.

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