UTTA Language Course Guidelines:
The UTTA teaching style is a specific and experiential style of teaching,focusing on active learning.
Briefly, UTTA courses conform to the following general descriptors:
1. The course should be taught by a trained teaching professional (E.g. Relevant PGCE, DELTA, Trinity Dip TESOL).
2. The course should be taught by a languages specialist of at least degree level.
3. The aims of the course will be to increase oral fluency, listening skills, use of idiom, cultural understanding, written and reading skills and to above all focus on spoken confidence.
4. The course should be taught and designed for an immersive / active context, using activity to promote and encourage speech.
5. The course should include elements of cultural assimilation to add meaning.
6. The course may include dramatic and musical features as vehicles.
7. The course should incorporate routine testing and self-testing by the CEFR scale.
8. Role play should be an integral part of the course.
9. Numeric skills should be an integral part of the course.
10. Humour should be valued in the course material.
11. Course material should be aimed to challenge or engage students' cultural perceptions.
12. Group and pair work should be important in the course.
13. Realia - real extracts of native speech - should be important in the course and a wide variety of materials should be used during the course.
14. Copyright regulations should be strictly adhered to.
15. The course should be structured but flexible - using modules for selection.
16. Modules should be differentiated and teaching should reflect differentiation in every circumstance.
17. Schemes should be in place at the start of the course and lessons should be planned which relate to the scheme and take into account student progress and needs.
18. Students should be offered recommended book/video/media lists and ongoing learning suggestions.
19. A leaflet or online page should be provided to the student outlining course details prior to student acceptance.
20. The course should take into account the wellbeing of the student during lesson times.
21. Registers should be taken, and no student having attended fewer than 75% of lessons should be considered to have passed the course.
22. A certificate and/or brief report should be provided on completion of every course.
23. Student and staff feedback should be a part of the course
UTTA courses accredited are generally provided at A1-A2 or B1-B2 levels and some C1 courses may also be considered. These types of course may also be used as a refresher for students who have C1/2 literary, reading or writing skills, but who have speaking issues or have not used their English communicatively in the past, as a warm-up. Courses are likely to be especially suitable for Business use, or for students who are likely to be working or residing in the target language country, and who would like to be confident in social and work situations
There are two language and ESOL/EFL courses, A1-A2 Level, and B1-B2 Level, music being assessed differently. B1-B2 Level is aimed at students who have already spent some time in the target country and who have taken the A1-A2 course or an equivalent course already.