CCELT’s online TEFL courses follow a curriculum designed to prepare new educators to teach ESL as well as build on existing knowledge for experienced teachers. From an introduction to the nature of English language instruction, to innovative teaching methods, to finding an ESL teaching job abroad, the course approaches TEFL training from many angles to ensure ESL teachers are well-equipped and well-prepared.

TEFL Syllabus

How English Works
English as a global language; ESL; EFL
Second Language Acquisition
Stages of learning a language; Common misconceptions
Needs of Language Learners
Assessing language levels; Cultural and first language interference; Multiple intelligences

Common Approaches to Planning & Preparation
Planning according to class size, ability level, and language backgrounds
Planning for Mixed Ability Groups
Creating lesson plans; Building flexibility into lessons
The Communicative Language Teaching Method 
PPP approach; TBL approach; Lexical approach

Review of Parts of Speech
Re-learning English from a language student’s perspective
How to Teach Grammar
Methods for presenting, checking understanding, and practicing
Classroom Activity Workshop
Review and discuss sample activities; creating activities for a variety of language points

Teaching Vocabulary, Pronunciation, and Speaking 
Methods for presenting, checking understanding, and practicing
Teaching Reading, Writing, and Listening
Methods for presenting, checking understanding, and practicing
Common Methods for Reinforcing Learning
How to re-use and promote use of target language; Activities to reinforce learning; Activities for independent practice


The Principles of Classroom Management
Establishing norms; The teacher/student relationship; Positive reinforcement techniques
Management Skills and Techniques
Grouping students; arranging activities; pacing
The Roles of a Teacher
Various roles of the successful teacher

Sample Lessons Presented by Students 
Student presentations; Feedback from teacher trainer
Teaching Abroad & Finding Jobs Overseas
Resume building; Resources for securing a job; Interview tips; What to expect overseas

Supplementing Lessons
Creating and Adapting Materials
Sources for classroom materials; Warmers and closers

Preparing for Young Learner Classes
How to plan a lesson for young learners;
Common games and activities
Using Art and Drama in the Classroom 
Motivating Young Learners

How to Encourage and Guide Students
Teaching noticing skills;
Encouraging independent study; 
Supplementary reading
Helping Students Outside the Classroom 
Utilizing dictionaries; Using media

Collaborative Development
How to use your school and peers to develop as a teacher
Action Research
Methods of self-reflection; Self-directed projects
Connecting to the TEFL Community
Using associations, newsletter, conferences, and the internet to stay connected

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