Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

COURSE

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.

By the end of the course you will be familiar with the following:

  • methodology for teaching English language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, and Vocabulary)
  • second language acquisition theory
  • classroom organization, teaching, and assessment techniques
  • understanding cultural diversity
  • teaching learning strategies to maximize learning in the classroom
  • empowering learners to manage their own learning process

Learning objectives

  • prepare lessons for all class sizes and ages
  • demonstrate teaching English language skills (Reading, Writing, Listening, Speaking, Grammar, and Vocabulary)
  • apply techniques to teach different levels of English, such as Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
  • create meaningful activities
  • develop task and situation-specific lesson plans and curriculum
  • choose course-appropriate textbooks

Prerequisites

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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