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.

The 50hr TEFL course we offer is a comprehensive 7-day theoretical programme intended to introduce you to the methodologies, theories and approaches of teaching EFL. The intensive theoretical study, presented in the form of interactive lectures, is interspersed with short bouts of teaching practice on your fellow course participants to help you truly integrate the theory learned.

The course ends off with a presentation of an integrated skills lesson plan which you will have been preparing over the course of the week.

As this course covers primarily the theoretical components of EFL teaching and is only 50hrs, we would only recommend this as a refresher course for those who have qualifications and experience in teaching already. Even then, we would advise you do some research prior to the course to ensure it will be enough, as the global trend has certainly moved more towards the 120hr courses in recent years.

One is eligible to upgrade from our TEFL to our TESOL certificate by completing the practical component and assignment. 


  • 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. 


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. 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. 



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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