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Build skills and confidence as an international educator.

Expand your global professional network and study at one of the top universities in the world. Our three-week Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) - International program is designed to suit the unique goals, schedules, interests and needs of instructors coming from international teaching contexts. You’ll get the opportunity to build your professional network while developing your ability to effectively communicate and teach English in your home country.

(Note: if you are a native speaker of English and are interested in teaching English abroad, see the TEFL Domestic program.)

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Program description

The Micro-certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - International is designed for teaching professionals who are non-native speakers of English. Providing a stimulating and interactive learning environment, the program helps participants develop their ability to effectively teach in English by focusing on six skill areas: listening, speaking, reading, writing, viewing and representing.

With a strong professional development focus, this program will present a variety of teaching methodologies, curriculum-planning strategies and experiential classroom techniques. One of the goals of this program is to enable teachers to plan, design and develop effective EFL lessons that can be successfully applied in their own classroom environment.

The TEFL - International program is designed to fit the goals, interests and needs of the participants. This includes:

  • formal classroom instruction (approximately 60 hours)
  • professional development workshops/lectures
  • micro-teachings
  • various socio-cultural events
  • a safe and respectful English immersion context for the enhancement of language, cultural intelligence and educational leadership skills


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The English Language Centre is accredited by Languages Canada.

Program highlights

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The University of Victoria is one of Canada's leading universities, recognized for preparing students for careers in a wide range of disciplines. Upon successful completion of this program you will receive a micro-certificate.

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Teaching Talent
Our instructors are industry professionals with years of expertise and lived experience. They’re dedicated to helping you develop the knowledge and skills to realize your full potential.

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Networking Opportunities: Collaborate with, learn from and find support in a network of professional colleagues who are as passionate about adult education and lifelong learning as you are.

Program outcomes

By the end of the program, you will be familiar with topics such as:

  • creating a teaching portfolio
  • 21st century learning
  • using technology in the classroom
  • teaching to multiple learning styles
  • an introduction to the Canadian education system
  • strategies for how to teach reading, writing and grammar
  • task-based learning
  • strategies for using art, music and drama in the classroom to teach English
  • non-verbal approaches to teaching English
  • public speaking and debate

Who is this program for?

The TEFL - International program is designed for international teaching professionals who would like to enhance their skills in teaching English as a Foreign Language in a non-native English-speaking country.

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Estimated fees

Description Fee
Tuition $2,192.00
Dormitory Accommodation (optional) $1,790.00
Student Services Fee $208.00
Application Fee $150.00
Estimated Total $4,340.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

The intensive nature of this program requires potential candidates to:

  • be an international, non-native English-speaking education professional with a current teaching or
    leadership assignment
  • hold or be in the process of obtaining a first degree or a teaching certificate from an accredited
    university or post-secondary institution
  • fluency in English:
    • TOEFL score of 530 (iBT 71);
    • IELTS 5.5 – 6 or equivalent
    • or a document supporting their participation in the program by their district
      administration plan

How to apply

To view full application information, please click the Apply Now button. Programs currently open for registration will be available.

Program dates

2025 program dates will be posted as soon as they are available.

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