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Fechas para la realización del examen TKT

en 2019 a través del Centre ES39 Elche - Spain





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University of Cambridge ESOL Examinations

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, anywhere in the world. This flexible and accessible award 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.

After taking TKT, teachers who want to develop their knowledge further can progress to Cambridge ESOL's well-established Teaching Awards, such as ICELT and CELTA.

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?

Most teachers are likely to follow a preparation course before taking the test but you can also prepare yourself through your own reading and study, if you prefer.

TKT has four core modules. These can be taken together in one exam session or separately, in any order, over three sessions. Modules 1, 2 & 3 consist of a test of 80 objective questions each, 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.

TKT: Practical — an accessible and affordable way for you to get certification of your teaching abilities. It is ideal if you have developed your skills and need formal confirmation of your practical teaching competence.TKT: Practicle consists of the observation of your teaching by a Cambridge ESOL assessor. The assessor can observe either one 40-minute lesson or two 20-minute lessons, of which one can be peer-to-peer teaching. The test can take place as part of a teacher training or teacher development course. Alternatively, if you are already teaching, the test can take place with your own class by arrangement with a TKT centre. You will also be required to complete a lesson plan for assessment. The template will be provided by Cambridge ESOL.

TKT: Practical includes assessment of:

  • lesson planning

  • classroom management

  • teaching skills

TKT uses an indicative glossary of english language teaching terminology that is regularly reviewed and revised to ensure that all modules reflect continuing developments in core area of teaching knowledge. The current glossary, released in August 2009, can be downloaded from the link on this page.


Results for TKT are described as being in one of four band scores, 1-4.

TKT band descriptors (PDF 17Kb)
This document outlines what each of the four band scores means in terms of ability for each of the three core TKT modules.

There is no Pass/Fail. Every candidate receives a certificate for each module taken.

TKT results are issued through centres approximately two weeks after receipt of answer sheets by Cambridge ESOL.

Three specialist modules of TKT are available - these can be added to the four core modules above, or can each be taken completely independently

TKT: Content and Language Integrated Learning
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.

CLIL describes an evolving approach to teaching and learning where subjects are taught and studied through the medium of a non-native language. In CLIL, learning a curricular subject in a second, third or sometimes fourth language involves best practice from a range of different educational contexts.

TKT: Knowledge About Language
English teachers need to be both linguistically aware and able to understand the difficulties students may encounter in the language learning process. To help meet this need, TKT: Knowledge About Language tests a candidate’s knowledge of the language systems needed by teachers for planning and teaching their lessons.

TKT: Young Learners

TKT: Young Learners is a test of the knowledge of the strategies and skills required to teach young learners. It is ideal if you are an international teacher working, or intending to work, in the primary sector of education.TKT: Young Learners tests the background knowledge related to teaching young learners in the 6–12 age range. It also tests understanding of planning lessons, different teaching strategies and assessing learning.This module consists of a single paper lasting 80 minutes and containing 80 questions. The test is divided into four parts: learning and development in young learners, planning lessons for young learners, teaching strategies for young learners and classroom-based assessment for young learners.

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