EF Certificate in Reflective Practice

EF Certificate in Reflective Practice

The more you understand your own teaching, the more successfully you can improve and develop it.

TRT's Distance Learning Reflective Practice course has been recently updated to focus on the different techniques you can use to gain insight into your teaching and make big improvements in any area you choose. This includes peer observations, journalling, self-monitoring though video, peer coaching and analyzing 'critical incidents' - unexpected events that have occurred in your class.

The course ends with an action research project where you use all these techniques together to look at a chosen area of your own teaching in depth, and take steps to make significant improvements to it.

Course duration: 10 weeks

Group size: Up to 16 participants

Delivery: Online via Motivis

Certification: 30hr EF teacher training certificate

What Trainees Say

"This course continuously pushed me to challenge my thoughts and beliefs by asking questions and changing methods, which really helps me now to reflect and evaluate my teaching and any other related work." (Lynn Meng, Nanjing)

"Since bringing journaling and self-monitoring into my teaching practice, I've gained crucial insight into my thoughts and feelings about my classroom experiences which have led to new directions and developments that have revolutionised how I teach. Anybody who has a desire to improve as a teacher should consider investigating a reflective practice routine that works for them." (James Hadfield, HongKong)

Course Information

Assessment: 2000 word essay on an action research project of your choice.

This course is also good preparation for CertTESOL or DipTESOL.

How to Apply

Click on 'apply' below to download the application form in Word. After filling out the form, send it to trt_training@ef.cn


You will develop your teaching skills through self-reflection by keeping a reflective journal on your own development in a specific area of your classroom teaching. You will learn to use different techniques which can be used to reflect and to collect data in your lessons.

This course is for teachers:

  • with at least 6 months experience in ESL

  • who hold a TEFL certificate

  • who are willing to spend 2-4 hours (longer for non-native English speakers) a week on this course for 10 weeks

By the end of this course, you will be able to:

  • Define and explain what reflective practice is and why it is valuable

  • Understand and use various methods for helping reflection including:

    • Reflective journaling

    • Peer Observation

    • Self-monitoring

    • Critical case analysis

  • Identify areas in your teaching that you can improve through experiential practice

  • Justify your development focus with reference to challenges you and your learners face

  • Select and apply appropriate strategies to support your progress and collect data to measure development

  • Maintain a reflective record, evaluate findings and draw conclusions regarding what implications your journal has for your teaching practice and professional development


  • Prepare information such as your BlueCard number and manager's email address.

  • Consider why you are a good candidate for the course (250-350 words)

  • Describe a learning experience you have had, and what you learned from it that will help you with this course (250-350 words)

  • Show forward-thinking: what are the challenges and how will you overcome them? (250-350 words)