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TKT - The Teaching Knowledge Test

What is TKT?

The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) is a test from Cambridge ESOL about teaching English to speakers of other languages. It aims to increase teachers' confidence and enhance job prospects by focusing on the core teaching knowledge needed by teachers of primary, secondary or adult learners.

The course will help you to understand:

  • different methodologies for teaching
  • the 'language of teaching'
  • the ways in which resources can be used
  • the key aspects of lesson planning
  • classroom management methods for different needs.

Who is TKT for?

TKT gives teachers a strong foundation in the core areas of teaching knowledge needed in the English language teaching classroom. It is ideal for all teachers, whatever their background and teaching experience, and is also suitable for people who would like to teach English but do not yet have a teaching position.

There are no formal entry requirements. However, anyone wishing to take TKT is strongly advised to have at least an intermediate level of English — Level B1 of the Council of Europe's Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) — e.g. PET, IELTS band score of 4.

What does TKT involve?

TKT has three core modules. These can be taken together in one exam session or separately, in any order, over three sessions. Each module consists of a test of 80 objective questions, lasting 80 minutes, which require you to select the correct answer and mark this on a computerised answer sheet.

Module 1 — Language and background to language learning and teaching:

  • describing language and language skills
  • background to language learning
  • background to language teaching

Module 2 — Planning lessons and use of resources for language teaching:

  • planning and preparing a lesson or sequence of lessons
  • selection and use of resources and materials

Module 3 — Managing the teaching and learning process:

  • teachers' and learners' language in the classroom
  • classroom management

There are also three optional modules of TKT

  • TKT: Practical
    This award offers teachers the opportunity to gain certification for their practical teaching abilities, and can be taken at any stage in their career.
  • TKT: Content and Language Integrated Learning
    Tests a candidate’s knowledge of Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL) and the practice of planning, teaching and assessing curriculum subjects taught in English.
  • TKT: Knowledge About Language
    Tests a candidate’s knowledge of the language systems needed by teachers for planning and teaching their lessons.

How is it marked?

There is no Pass/Fail. Every candidate receives a certificate for each module taken with a band score of between 1-4.

Timetable & Fees

We are not running TKT on 2014. Please contact Asociación Cultura Inglesa: www.aaci.org.ar