Teacher Training: Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
CLED’s Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate Program is an innovative combination of online and on-site classes to give you the best of both worlds. Our teacher-trainees enjoy not only the convenience and flexibility of an online course but also the dynamic interaction of an in-person practicum. The curriculum emphasizes Communicative Language Teaching and focuses on the practical application of foundation theory. While this certificate program is titled "Teaching English as a Foreign Language," or TEFL, the training provided is also appropriate for prospective trainees in Teaching English as a Second Language (TESL), or Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL).
The first unit, TEFL Online, runs for 19 consecutive weeks. Students are in contact with the instructor up to 3 times a week through an Internet-based system which can be logged into from anywhere in the world. In addition to participating in online classes, trainees also observe English classes in their local neighborhood.
The second unit, TEFL Practicum, is a 5-day intensive program that takes place at Georgetown University and includes class observation and teaching practice. During the practicum, trainees teach lessons using the principles learned in the online course. The practicum is taught either over 5 Saturdays or in a week-long session. The Saturday option is not available to international students requiring a visa.
Trainees must successfully complete both TEFL Online and TEFL Practicum in order to receive the GU-TEFL Certificate. At the end of the program, our graduates are able to enter the job market with not only a certificate from Georgetown University, but also a substantial teaching portfolio that clearly demonstrates the skills and knowledge acquired.
GU-TEFL graduates may also choose to pursue further study in teaching or linguistics. Some of our trainees have entered postgraduate programs at Georgetown University, Columbia University, The Monterrey Institute, and Johns Hopkins University. In fact, TEFL Online
is a required course in GU's Master of Arts in Teaching (MA-TESL) program
Coursework online, teaching practice at Georgetown
Admission requirements, application and visa procedures.
Teaching practice at Georgetown over five days.
Dates & Prices
The TEFL Program is run in the Fall and Spring semesters. The Spring 2011 application period is now closed.
Fall 2011 TEFL Program
- Online: August 8 – December 16, 2011
- Practicum at GU: 5 Saturdays (November 5, 12, 19 and December 3, 10)
- Graduation event: Monday December 19, 5:30 pm.
TUITION AND FEES: $3,820 (includes $100 non-refundable application fee and $20 transcript fee) due at time of application.
10% tuition discount for Georgetown University students, graduates and employees.
Current GU employees may use Tuition Assistance Program (TAP) benefits.
The TEFL certificate program is approved for Veterans Affairs (VA) benefits.
Textbooks: $150 (estimated)
Before the first day of class: 100% tuition cost
On the second day of class: 75% tuition cost
On the third day of class: 50% tuition cost
No refunds after third day of class.
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