What will I learn?

The 120 Hour Foundation TEFL Certificate curriculum covers the fundamental concepts of teaching English as a Foreign Language (an asterisk indicates that the module is included in the 40-hour Basic Certificate).

Assessment

Behavior management*

Characteristics of adult learners

Communicative teaching*

Conveying grammatical meaning*

Conveying lexical meaning*

Conveying meaning online

Encouraging self-directed learning

Errors & Feedback*

Giving instructions

Grading language

Lesson planning for teaching adults

Lesson planning for teaching online

Lesson planning for teaching young learners*

Making sessions interesting

Managing the group

Motivating adult learners

Motivating young learners*

Online learner’s perspective

Productive skills

Receptive skills

Responding in Action

Responding to learner needs

Teaching phonics*

Teaching pronunciation*

Teaching young learners*

Utilizing materials*

Download the full syllabus here.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment falls into two categories:

1. multiple choice tests every fourth unit

2. lesson planning summative assessment at the end of the course

 

Let’s look at the multiple choice assessment first.

After viewing all the content in four units you’ll unlock a quiz for the module.  Here’s the math behind the questions…

· Every unit has three learning objectives

· Each learning objective has three questions

· Each test contains the questions for four units

Since this is a course on how to teach English and not Math, we’ve done the sums for you…

4 x 3 x 3 = 36 multiple choice questions at the end of every fourth unit. You need to score more than 70% in order to pass.

If you don’t get 70% the first time round, you can take the test again.

 

The final lesson planning assessment consists of planning three classes, each for a different group of learners (adults, online learners and young learners). In this plan you’llinclude examples  of how you’d apply what you’ve learned in the course.

For example, during the course you learn how to choose warmers and wrap ups to engage students. To do this in your lesson plan, you need to tell us what warmer or wrap up you will use and why you think it would engage students. One of the Foundation TEFL trainers will then give mark your lesson plan.

“Pass” grade lesson plans include examples of more than 50% of the learning objectives.

If your plan includes examples of fewer than 50% of the learning objectives, you’ll need to rewrite and resubmit your lesson plan.

You can see the marking sheet (or rubric) that our trainers use to mark your lesson plan so you should know exactly what to include (as well as what not to).

Am I eligible to take the course?

The course is open to anyone who has B2 level English in the Common European Frame of Reference.  It doesn’t matter if English is your first language or not.

 

If your level of English is not B2 level, you may struggle to

· read the informational slides

· understand the videos

· understand the mini-podcasts

· write to the level required in the final lesson planning assessments.

What do graduates say about the course?

"The positives of this certification were threefold for me. I learned what I needed to do to be a better teacher, I reflected on my strengths and weaknesses, and I made and carried out plans to improve my skills.”  Vince Tweddell, Teacher

"The positives of this certification were threefold for me. I learned what I needed to do to be a better teacher, I reflected on my strengths and weaknesses, and I made and carried out plans to improve my skills.”

Vince Tweddell, Teacher

“After nearly a decade of studying the English language, teaching professionally in a myriad of venues, and being taught how to teach at the graduate level, I went into the Foundation TEFL course questioning what more I could possibly learn. The answer? Practical, immediately applicable language teaching techniques and skills that no amount of theoretical knowledge or experience could have provided.”   Kevin Craig, Teacher

“After nearly a decade of studying the English language, teaching professionally in a myriad of venues, and being taught how to teach at the graduate level, I went into the Foundation TEFL course questioning what more I could possibly learn. The answer? Practical, immediately applicable language teaching techniques and skills that no amount of theoretical knowledge or experience could have provided.”


Kevin Craig, Teacher

What will my certificate look like?

Frequently Asked Questions

What is it? This is an entry level online EFL teaching qualification.

Who is it for? It’s suitable for people beginning their career in TEFL and/or those without a formal TEFL qualification.

Where can I take it? Anywhere! The course is online so once you have an internet connection and some speakers you can take the course.

When can I take it? At any time convenient to you. As it’s online, you can plan your learning around your schedule.

How is it delivered? The course features interactive quizzes, matching activities, readings, virtual presentations and video observations. There are two versions of the course: Foundation TEFL Basic is a 40 hour starter course. There are four modules in this course (three core modules plus one specialized unit). Foundation TEFL Plus is a 120 hour course which covers six modules, multiple lesson plans and extensive additional study.

 


How much does it cost?

120 hour Foundation TEFL Certificate: 500USD

40 hour Foundation TEFL Certificate: 250USD

Course instruction

Please click here to access Foundation TEFL 120 hour - Getting Started.