Teacher Knowledge Test (TKT)

The British Council Cuba runs the TKT project in partnership with the Cuban ministries of Education, Higher Education and Public Health to provide local access to the international teaching qualification TKT Essentials.

As part of this project, 200 Cuban teachers have completed TKT courses, passed the Cambridge ESOL TKT Essentials exam and are currently cascading the course to colleagues around the country. The multiplication effort has so far reached 2000 Cuban teachers working in the primary, secondary and tertiary levels all over the island.

What is TKT?

The Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT Essentials) is a test from Cambridge English Language Assessment for teaching English to speakers of other languages. It aims to increase teachers’ confidence and enhance their 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’
  • ways in which resources can be used
  • 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.

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 expertise. It 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 Common European Framework reference for Languages (CEFR).

For further information on the TKT in Cuba please contact Laura Perez, Project Delivery Manager on 53 7 214 2233 or laura.perez@cu.britishcouncil.org.