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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

This is a CIFA Level 4 course leading to a CIFA examination. Approximate total study time is 140 hours (estimated timings for individual chapters are shown below).

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  • Chapter 1: Introduction to TEFL: Overview of TEFL, Understanding the World of TEFL, Differing Structures in Various Languages, L1 and L2 Learning, Language Acquisition – the difference between L1 and L2, Effective strategies for learning L2, Characteristics of an Effective Teacher, Setting Expectations, The Initial Meeting, Feedback
  • Chapter 2: EFL Levels and Exam: EFL Classification of Levels, The EFL Levels, IELTS Exams, Cambridge Exams, Comparison between CEFR, IELTS and GSE Levels
  • Chapter 3: Lesson Planning: Introduction, Different Approaches to Planning, Developing a Lesson Plan, Learning Objectives (LOs), Motivation, Sections within a Lesson Plan, Planning Assessment Tasks, Textbooks and Teacher Reference Books, Resources and Teaching Aids
  • Chapter 4: Grammar: Parts of Speech, Types of Sentences, Clauses and Phrases, Nouns, Adjectives, Pronouns, Verbs, Verb Tenses, Conditional Forms, Adverbs, Prepositions, Conjunctions, Determiners, Exclamations, Direct and Indirect (Reported) Speech, Contractions, Figurative Language
  • Chapter 5: Phonology, Pronunciation and Vocabulary: Phonological and Phonemic Awareness, Pronunciation, Lexis
  • Chapter 6: Learning Styles and Growth Mindset: Learning Styles, Growth Mindset, Building Learning Power
  • Chapter 7: Communicative Classrooms: The Communicative Approach, ‘Information Gap’ Activities, Correcting Errors
  • Chapter 8: The Four Language Skills: Listening, Reading, Speaking, Writing, Vocabulary
  • Chapter 9: Assessment: Types of Assessment, Effective Feedback, Designing Assessment Tasks, Self- and Peer- Assessment, Rubrics
  • Chapter 10 – Classroom Management: Classroom Management, Classroom Management Techniques, Teaching Children, Teaching Monolingual and Large Classes, Teaching Exam Classes, Teaching Online

Curriculum for this course
20 Chapters
20 Chapters
  • Chapter 1 Introduction to TEFL
  • Chapter 1 Review Quiz 00:00:00
  • Chapter 2 EFL Levels and Exams
  • Chapter 2 Review Quiz 00:00:00
  • Chapter 3 Lesson Planning
  • Chapter 3 Review Quiz 00:00:00
  • Chapter 4 Grammar
  • Chapter 4 Review Quiz 00:00:00
  • Chapter 5 Phonology, Pronunciation and Vocabulary
  • Chapter 5 Review Quiz 00:00:00
  • Chapter 6 Learning Styles and Growth Mindset
  • Chapter 6 Review Quiz 00:00:00
  • Chapter 7 Communicative Classrooms
  • Chapter 7 Review Quiz 00:00:00
  • Chapter 8 The Four Language Skills
  • Chapter 8 Review Quix 00:00:00
  • Chapter 9 Assessment
  • Chapter 9 Review Quiz 00:00:00
  • Chapter 10 Classroom Management
  • Chapter 10 Review Quiz 00:00:00
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The CIFA Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification is an in-depth, entry-level certification designed to give candidates a structured e-learning programme that advances their knowledge and understanding of planning, delivering, assessing and evaluating lessons, all critical components for continuing professional development (CPD) within the EFL (English as a Foreign Language) world. Having a good understanding of these is vital when working within the education profession. 

The CIFA Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification is suitable for both graduates with minimal expertise and those already active in the EFL environment.

Undertaking the CIFA Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification will enhance your professional understanding before taking career-specific further qualifications in your designated field of expertise.

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) certification consists of 10 chapters, covering:

Introduction to TEFL

EFL Levels and Exams

Lesson Planning


Phonology, Pronunciation and Vocabulary

Learning Styles and Growth Mindset

Communicative Classrooms

The Four Language Skills


Classroom Management

The suggested study time for the course is 140 hours. Approximate study time for each chapter (including further reading, revision and review quiz) is as follows:

Chapter 1: Introduction to TEFL 18 hours

Chapter 2: EFL Levels and Exams 10 hours

Chapter 3: Lesson Planning 24 hours

Chapter 4: Grammar 29 hours

Chapter 5: Phonology, Pronunciation and Vocabulary 10 hours

Chapter 6: Learning Styles and Growth Mindset 7 hours

Chapter 7: Communicative Classrooms 11 hours

Chapter 8: The Four Language Skills 12 hours

Chapter 9: Assessment 8 hours

Chapter 10: Classroom Management 11 hours

This is a CIFA Level 4 course leading to a CIFA examination.

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