Build skills and confidence as an international educator.

Are you a teacher in a non-English speaking country and you would like to broaden your opportunities by being trained to teach English as a foreign language? Receive professional development to improve your English language teaching methodologies with this online program.

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

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Program description

The Professional Development Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (PDC in TEFL) is designed for EFL teaching professionals who are non-native speakers of English.

Providing a stimulating, interactive learning environment, this online program focuses on guiding participants to develop their ability to teach more effectively in English in six skill areas:

  • listening
  • speaking
  • reading
  • writing
  • grammar
  • vocabulary

Program features

The program can include:

  • Online program orientation and all materials, including access to the online learning platforms
  • Synchronous and asynchronous instruction, including theory and methodologies (for face-to-face and online), lesson planning, principles and techniques for teaching grammar, vocabulary, English listening, speaking, reading and writing skills

Program outcomes

Participants will learn to:

  • assess their ability to provide effective and efficient instruction to English language learners in a K–12 system
  • apply their skills in communicative/experiential classroom instruction
  • recognize key principles of second language instruction and acquisition, including face-to-face and online methodologies, assessment and evaluation strategies, and lesson/activity development
  • employ language which will enable them to more readily communicate with colleagues
  • analyze current research and trends in the area of primary and secondary English language education
  • practice in a stimulating, interactive professional development environment
  • use the online community that will assist in all of the above
  • interpret and revise their own professional practices

Who is this program for?

The PDC in TEFL program is designed for teachers in non-English speaking countries who would like to learn how to teach English in their home country.

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Application and fees

Admission requirements

The intensive nature of the program requires potential candidates to:

  • be international, non-native English speaking education professionals with a current teaching or leadership assignment
  • hold a first degree or a teaching certificate from an accredited university or post-secondary institution
  • provide evidence of fluency in English:
    • TOEFL score of 530 (197 CBT; 71 iBT)
    • IELTS 5.5 or equivalent
    • or a written document supporting their participation by their school administration
  • normally have two years of related teaching experience

Policies

Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology: This course may require the use of Zoom or use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).

How to apply

There is no application necessary for this program. Simply register for the course below, and upon successful completion, you will receive a professional development certificate.

If you have any questions, please contact Margarita Coppard, Program Assistant, International Education at ELCProgramAssistant@uvic.ca.

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Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other education technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services, or social media. In order to complete this course you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).