TEFL Course

Congratulations, you’ve decided you want to teach English abroad. Now, you are going to want to find a TEFL course provider that’s just right for you. It’s a step that involves a lot of research as TEFL providers have a variety of options to choose from. In-person TEFL courses can range from $1,300 to $2,500. While online TEFL courses can range from as little as $200 to as much as $2,500.

Good news, if you pass your interview and are offered a position to work with EF, we’ll sponsor your online TEFL certification, in conjunction with the Foundation TEFL course. Below is more detailed information about what the Foundation TEFL is and how the course is structured, so you can be successful in completing your 120-hour certification.

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What is the Foundation TEFL Course?

Foundation TEFL is an entry level online certification for teachers of English as a foreign language. More simply, this is a course for English language instruction for non-native speakers. This is the perfect certification course for new teachers interested in teaching English abroad. Foundation TEFL certification gives teachers the knowledge and attitudes needed to develop classroom-based teaching skills.

Course Aims & Learning Objectives

The aim of the Foundation TEFL course is to develop learners’ teaching knowledge and skills in order to teach learners of English as a second language.

Course Details: 40-hour and 120-hour Versions

The Foundation TEFL certificate covers the fundamental concepts of teaching English as a Foreign Language. There are two versions of the course available; the 40-hour and 120-hour. To teach English abroad with EF in Indonesia, you are required to have at least a 40-hour TEFL certificate. For EF in China, a 120-hour TEFL certification is required.

Behavior Management
Characteristics of Adult Learners
Communicative Teaching
Conveying Grammatical Meaning
Conveying Lexical Meaning
Conveying Meaning Online
Encouraging Self-Directed Learning
Errors & Feedback
Giving Instructions
Grading Language
Lesson Planning For Teaching Adults
Lesson Planning for Teaching Online
Lesson Planning for Teaching Young Learners
Making Sessions Interesting
Managing the Group
Motivating Adult Learners
Motivating Young Learners
Online Learner’s Perspective
Productive Skills
Receptive Skills
Responding in Action
Responding to Learner Needs
Teaching Phonics
Teaching Pronunciation
Teaching Young Learners
Utilizing Materials

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Foundation TEFL Format

The course features interactive quizzes, matching activities, readings, virtual presentations and video observations. Because this is an online course, there is no in-class teaching element. As long as you have an internet connection and headphones/speakers to listen to the audio parts, you can complete this course anywhere.
You will be assessed by multiple choice tests every fourth unit and a lesson planning summative assessment at the very end of the course. The multiple choice tests are scored out of 36 questions. You will need a 70% or higher to pass and continue to the next module. If you don’t score 70% the first time, you can take the test again.
In the last section, you will need to include examples of how you would apply what you have learned in the course by creating your own lesson plan. One of the Foundation TEFL trainers will mark your lesson plan; aim for including 50% or more of the learning objectives, or you will need to rewrite and resubmit another lesson plan.


Learners will complete six modules, be assessed at the end of each module and plan three lessons, for three different teaching contexts (teaching young learners, adults and online).

Module 1: ENGAGE

UNIT 1 – Engaging learners

  • Identify ways of including variety in your lessons
  • Recognize strategies for enhancing engagement
  • Choose warmers and wrap ups to engage students

UNIT 2 – Supporting full participation

  • Identify how to personalize materials for your students
  • Identify how to humanize materials for your students
  • Identify how to localize materials for your students

UNIT 3 – Designing communicative tasks

  • Identify the key elements of the Communicative Approach
  • Recognize factors inherent in communicative tasks
  • Distinguish between ‘conversation’ and communicative tasks

UNIT 4 – Identifying learner needs

  • Choose relevant materials for a variety of learners
  • Identify strategies for making materials relevant to your learners
  • Recognize factors which enhance levels of engagement


UNIT 1 – Giving instructions

  • Recognize the steps involved with giving instructions
  • Identify effective instruction checking question
  • Indicate examples of good practice in instruction giving

UNIT 2 – Conveying grammatical meaning

  • Recognize the form of basic grammatical structures
  • Define key grammatical terminology
  • Identify effective concept check questions for grammar

UNIT 3 – Understanding lexis

  • Select appropriate strategies for conveying the meaning of new lexis
  • Identify common collocations to highlight to students
  • Select appropriate concept checking questions to aid understanding

UNIT 4 – Grading language

  • Indicate how to simplify classroom language for students of different levels
  • Identify strategies for organizing board work
  • Select gestures to support classroom language


UNIT 1 – Productive skills

  • Identify and respond to learner difficulties with productive tasks
  • Sequence a speaking lesson
  • Sequence a writing lesson

UNIT 2 – Receptive skills

  • Identify and respond to learner difficulties with receptive tasks
  • Identify good practices for teaching receptive skills lessons
  • Sequence a receptive skills lesson

UNIT 3 – Giving feedback

  • Define terminology related to giving feedback
  • Recognize the factors that affect the provision of feedback
  • Identify effective strategies for providing feedback

UNIT 4 – Teaching pronunciation

  • Recognize word stress and sentence stress
  • Recognize the schwa sound in pronunciation
  • Identify effective techniques to support students’ pronunciation


UNIT 1 – Motivating young learners

  • Tell the difference between intrinsic and extrinsic motivation for young learners
  • Choose strategies which will help intrinsically motivate young learners
  • Identify different reward systems and the pros and cons of these

UNIT 2 – Teaching young learners

  • Identify the characteristics of young learners
  • Select appropriate activities for young learners of different age groups
  • Find best practices in relation to teaching young learners

UNIT 3 – Managing behavior

  • Identify strategies for managing behavior in classes of young learners
  • Select approaches to deal with negative behavior when it arises
  • Identify routines which will promote positive behavior

UNIT 4 – Teaching phonics

  • Define a range of phonics terminology
  • Identify effective strategies for teaching phonics
  • Discriminate between sounds and spellings


UNIT 1 – Characteristics of adult learners

  • Define the characteristics of adult learners
  • Identify the role of the tutor in relation to learner needs
  • Distinguish between first language acquisition in childhood and adulthood

UNIT 2 – Motivating adult learners

  • Recognize the factors that affect the motivation of adult learners
  • Indicate strategies for motivating adult learners
  • Recognize different learning styles of adult learners

UNIT 3 – Managing the adult learning group

  • Identify common classroom management issues within the adult classroom
  • Identify strategies that will support your students’ learning
  • Choose strategies to address these issues

UNIT 4 – Assessing adult learners

  • Recognize the difficulties that teachers and students face with assessment
  • Identify the steps involved in conducting an oral placement test
  • Identify strategies for assessment within and outside the classroom


UNIT 1 – Online learner’s perspective

  • Identify reasons and remedies for silence online
  • Recognize factors which affect successful online experiences for tutors and learners
  • Define the differences between online and face to face learning

UNIT 2 – Encouraging self-directed learning

  • Discern appropriate feedback
  • Choose effective methods to encourage student talk
  • Identify supplementary IT resources to enhance learning

UNIT 3 – Conveying meaning online

  • Recognize over-use of teacher talk when giving explanations
  • Choose effective methods to remedy pronunciation
  • Indicate techniques to explain grammatical concepts

UNIT 4 – Responding in action

  • Identify the sequence in a decision making process
  • Recognize appropriate intervention actions
  • Indicate strategies to cater for differentiation

Example Foundation TEFL Certificate

Here you can see what your TEFL certificate will look like. All certificates will include the official Foundation TEFL seal, your name, unique verification code, and the dates that you enrolled and finished your online course. At the end, your certificate will be signed by the TEFL course director, signifying that you have successfully completed the course. Your Foundation TEFL certificate will be waiting for you when you arrive in China


The 120-hour Foundation TEFL normally costs 500 USD. The 40-hour Foundation TEFL typically costs 250 USD.

However, EF will provide a sponsorship in which the company will pay 100% of the certification costs when you pass your interview and accept a teaching position with us.

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