Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)


Course description

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (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 three-month (120-hour) non-credit course provides a foundation of the theoretical concepts, methodologies and practical skills necessary to successfully—and confidently—teach the 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 and Advanced
  • Create meaningful activities
  • Develop task- and situation-specific lesson plans and curriculum
  • Choose course-appropriate textbooks


This course is intended for aspiring teachers of the English language who are fluent in English and who have an 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 native speakers of English must meet the following language proficiency requirements and pass a TEFL entrance interview:

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

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