Certificate Course in
as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Teachers are needed immediately in many countries! You don't have to be a teacher or have a teaching degree. Most schools will accept a degree from any discipline.
Want to travel and teach English overseas? This is absolutely the best course for you to take!
Why TEFL? TEFL training is recognized worldwide as an excellent teaching qualification especially in European and other countries where British English is taught.
Why Sunbridge? We've been training people to teach overseas for almost 20 years! Our graduates are teaching worldwide, e-learning makes our course easy to take, and our low tuition is hard to beat!
Earn your TEFL certification by e-learning! Fit learning into your schedule and complete our course faster than you thought possible!
TEFL certificate program
This course provides you with valuable, practical experience-based training in teaching English as a Second Language (ESL). When you graduate from our course, you will have earned a TEFL certificate that will put you in demand as a qualified English teacher. The course is designed for teachers and prospective teachers whose first language is English or who are proficient in the language.
A TEFL Certificate is a standard in ESL teaching. Our course has been recognized by schools around the world since 1998 (and complimented by at least one department of education). When they accept a Sunbridge graduate, a school can be confident that it has hired a professionally trained teacher.
Want to travel and teach in Asia? We'll show you how to get there! Japan, Korea, Thailand, Taiwan and mainland China need THOUSANDS of English teachers RIGHT NOW! The Asian school year starts from March to June, depending on the country. Many Asian schools teach British English so they like to see a TEFL qualification.
SCHOOLS ARE HIRING NOW!!!
Qualifications for ESL teachers
In most nations where ESL teachers are desperately needed, all that is usually required is a Bachelor's Degree, a TEFL certificate, a good command of English and a desire to teach. If you are hired from Canada, USA, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, etc., schools will usually arrange necessary visas, work permits, housing, and will often even pay for your flight!
You can sometimes get hired without a bachelor's degree but the better education you have, the more doors to an overseas teaching position that will open for you. Contact us if you don't have a degree but would still like to take our course. We are here to help you to accomplish your goals of finding a teaching position overseas - not to turn you away!
If I have a degree, do I need TEFL Certification?
YES you do! Whether or not you have a BA, BSc, B Ed, or other undergraduate degree, more and more overseas schools are now asking for an ESL qualification. You will see ads asking for TEFL, TEFL, TESL, or CELTA. CELTA is a British qualification and stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults but our TEFL course is for teaching all age levels and thus is much broader in scope. Since most new teachers start off teaching in regular schools, it is important that the methologies they learn are applicable to all ages.
"Dear Dr. Taylor:
Let me thank you again for an interesting course. It covered a lot of ground but was easy to understand. I use the methodologies from the course that will help fill my objectives for a particular class. I feel that I have benefited from taking this course.
I am looking forward to receiving my certificate. Most schools here in China are only hiring teachers who have completed some sort of training course.
I will certainly recommend the Sunbridge course to any colleagues who are interested in improving their professional skills.
Allen D, Xiamen , China"
ESL Teacher Certification
Our TEFL Course has been designed to assist you to quickly become an effective and knowledgeable ESL teacher. The course is based on a three-month study period but many students complete it in less time. You will learn more than 24 different ESL methodologies so that whether you are teaching K-12 levels (Kindergarten to grade 12), adults, tutoring special needs or specialty English classes, you will have a solid bank of methods, techniques and strategies to draw on. You will also learn about reinforcing your teaching, testing, measuring your effectiveness and preparing lesson plans.
In a nutshell, here is what you will learn:
The TEFL Course text is divided into four parts and 36 lessons.
Part One introduces and explores the four essential language acquisition skills:
Listening, Reading, Writing and Speaking
Part Two gives you many methodologies, techniques, and approaches to teaching English as a Second or Foreign language.
- Communicative Approach
- Sounds and Spelling
- Grammar Translation
- Two languages together
- Using Literature in the ESL Classroom
- Content-based Learning
- Audio-Lingual Response
- British Method (CELTA - RSA Cambridge)
- Audio-lingual Simultaneous Reading Feedback (ALSRF)
- Dual Dialogue
- Total Physical Response
- Macrologue / Micrologue
- Word Frequency
- Summary and Paraphrase
- Interpretive Communication
- Community Language Learning
- Whole Language Literacy Approach
- Develop a story together / Never-Ending Story
- Language Experience Approach
- Accelerated Grammar using VLIR
- Using Humor in the ESL Classroom
- Creative Genius
- Using Music and Song
Part Three explores the explosive impact that computers and the Internet are having on language teaching and gives you many useful resources.
- Computer-Assisted Language Learning
- Educational Games
- The Internet – a Global Approach to ESL
- Lesson Planning
- Teacher-control vs. Student-control
- Effective Learning Environments
Part Four is a valuable source of reference material and practical tips or teachers going abroad.
One written assignment is required for each 12 lessons (x3). A fourth assignment requires developing a one week lesson plan (one hour per day Monday to Friday) on one aspect of the English language.
As you can see, this is a very comprehensive course! Once you have mastered the course, you will discover that there are many ways to apply your new skills – classroom teaching, private tutoring, corporate training, ESP (English for Special Purposes such as Business, Technical, Legal or Medical English), college prep (IELTS, TOEFL and TOEIC) and homestay programs.
Competitive Cost - Great Investment in your future!
Because we teach you by e-learning, we are able to keep out tuition low. Our TEFL and other certificate courses are only $350.00 USD. Compare our low TEFL tuition against the Trinity course at €1,300-1400! When you consider the cost of education today, this is a very cost-efficient and time-effective course and a small investment in your continuing education.
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