Teaching English as a Foreign Language

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An intensive, 7 day theoretical and skills development course in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language.

We offer an internationally recognised Certificate in TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) in Cape Town and other centres throughout South Africa (by arrangement only). We established our training institute in 1991, the first of its kind in South Africa, and have been successfully training TEFL teachers since then.  

Our course is designed to develop the skills required to be a TEFL teacher and to make you aware of your own language and the difficulty faced by those who seek to learn it. Educational, psychological and linguistic theory is reviewed where relevant but the focus is more practical than theoretical; after all, it is not the knowledge we are after but the skill. 

Observation and teaching practice would take place over the week on your fellow course participants.

For those wishing to teach English while travelling or working abroad, our course is a wonderful opportunity to add to your skills or make a career change.


  • Introduction to language teaching
  • Classroom Management
  • Contextualisation and getting meaning across
  • Lesson planning
  • Receptive skills procedure
  • Lesson formats
  • Teaching conversation
  • Activities and materials
  • Language awareness
  • Practical aspects
  • Opportunities


Course participants will be supplied with a manual which consolidates concepts covered on the course and students are encouraged to keep their own notes. Good English Grammar and Teaching books are discussed during the course. A list of recommended books is included in the information package.


We require candidates to meet the high standards of the course, and we evaluate course participants in the following ways: 

1. Course participation 
Attendance and level of course participation are recorded and assessed by the trainer.

2. Performance
Candidate’s performance during the course is assessed and graded. On the last Saturday of the course, they must demonstrate that they have both absorbed and are able to implement the methodologies covered during the first week in a lesson presented to the facilitator. 

Course participants who receive positive feedback and assessments on all points will receive a certificate indicating a grading of the candidate’s performance in each area. When a candidate does not meet the criteria or is struggling in any area of assessment, the course trainer will assist with further input and practice, modules may need to be redone or additional practice could be arranged. As the course trainer works closely with all participants and monitors each participant’s progress from the beginning, there is plenty of time to work on any areas needing improvement. We encourage participants to expand on their practical experience after the course, should they wish, and welcome them to do extracurricular teaching at our school. 



19th January – 26th January
9th February – 16th February
2nd March – 9th March
30th March – 6th April
4th May – 11th May
15th June – 22nd June
6th July – 13th July
17th August – 24th August
7th September – 14th September
12th October – 19th October
2nd November – 9th November
23rd November – 30th November

TEFL – R5800 (50 hours)

* Course dates may change depending on public holidays and/or demand. Please check on the above dates with the office.

** School holiday course



Acceptance on our course is not automatic. We do require that all applicants have English first language proficiency and tertiary education or work experience. Accent and use of English is very important if you wish to compete in an international TEFL environment.

At least 18 years of age

Matriculated, preferably with some tertiary education or work experience

An interview (face-to-face or telephonically) and pre-course task may be required


Difference between TEFL & TESOL?

There is no fundamental difference in methodology. Completely foreign contexts (where people learning English are exposed to absolutely no English outside the classroom) are becoming increasingly rare. TESOL is a catch-all term for foreign and second/additional language contexts. 

We use the term TESOL for our comprehensive course because the trend in the field is increasingly tending to the use of TESOL rather than TEFL. Longer courses of 100+ hours are also becoming increasingly common. 

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TESOL SOUTH AFRICA - 56 / 66 Main Rd, Claremont, Cape Town   +27 (0) 21 674-4118

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