Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)


Course description

TEFL brings a world of teaching opportunities within reach. For adventure seeking English speakers, teaching overseas can be an exciting way to see the world and experience new cultures. This TEFL course will provide you with the skills and confidence you need to teach with authority and find employment with a respected school. It will also prepare you to navigate the demands of a changing marketplace and the stresses of living and working in a new country. Under the guidance of internationally-experienced teaching experts, this 3-month (120-hour) non-credit course provides a foundation of the theoretical concepts, methodologies and practical skills necessary to successfully and confidently teach English language in an international context.

You will develop your ability to:

  • teach classes of all sizes and ages
  • teach reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation
  • teach different levels of English (beginner through advanced)
  • create meaningful activities
  • develop task and situation-specific lesson plans and curricula
  • select course- and learner-appropriate textbooks and materials

Learning objectives

During this course participants will acquire knowledge, skills, strategies and cultural awareness, and become familiar with the following:

  • methodologies for teaching reading, writing, listening and speaking
  • second language acquisition theory
  • classroom organization, teaching and assessment techniques
  • understanding cultural diversity
  • teaching strategies to maximize classroom learning
  • empowering learners to manage their own learning process


This course is intended for aspiring teachers of English language who are fluent in English and who have interest in teaching abroad. Previous teaching experience is not required.

While not a formal prerequisite, we recommend that participants have previously completed a program of undergraduate study.

Students who are not a native speaker of English must meet the following language proficiency requirements and pass a TEFL entrance interview:

  • TOEFL(iBT) score: 94
  • IELTS score 7.0

Additional Information

This course is normally delivered on Tuesday and Thursday evenings (6:15 – 9:15 pm) and alternate Saturdays (9 am – 3 pm) from mid-September to early December.

For more information, or to be placed on our mailing list, please contact tefl.admin@uvic.ca or 250-472-4507.

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