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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Introduction

The TEFL Introduction Program offered by the English Language Center (ELC) introduces the foundations of teaching English as a foreign language. The program aims to provide students with a basic introduction of language teaching and cross-cultural awareness.

Please note: The TEFL Introduction Program does NOT offer a TEFL certificate or other credentials.

Winter: Online & Self-study

The Winter 2020–2021 TEFL Introduction Program provides students with a basic introduction to language teaching and cross-cultural awareness they can study at their own pace. The online, self-study program was created for potential study-abroad students, study-abroad returnees who seek ways to apply their cultural experiences, and those interested in applying for related US contexts and overseas placements, such as the Fulbright English Teaching Assistant (ETA) Program.

Program Details

The core of the program is three components:

  1. Using Cultural Competencies in Teaching
  2. TEFL Approaches, Methods, and Materials
  3. Guided Lesson Planning

Enrollment

This online, self-study program is active from December 14, 2020 through January 22, 2021 at no cost. The final deadline to apply is January 11, 2021. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

(Winter 2020–2021 only).

Spring: Remote Workshops

The Spring 2021 TEFL Introduction Program introduces the foundations of teaching English as a foreign language. The program aims to provide students with a basic introduction of language teaching and cross-cultural awareness through workshop sessions, personal interaction with students who have a first language other than English, and observations of TEFL classroom settings. The program was created for students interested in TEFL, potential study-abroad students, and study-abroad returnees who seek ways to apply their cultural experiences.

Program Details

The core of the program is six 2-hour workshops (specific dates and times to be determined):

  1. Using Cultural Competencies in Teaching
    • Students explore how cross-cultural awareness impacts effective teaching and communication.
  2. TEFL Approaches, Methods, and Materials I
    • Students review various approaches to teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and interview an English as an Additional Language (EAL) learner.
  3. TEFL Approaches, Methods, and Materials II
    • Students are introduced to basic teaching methods and explore how these methods can be adapted in different settings such as in the service-learning project they engage in with EAL learners.
  4. Guided Lesson Planning
    • Students develop and practice a micro-teaching lesson.
  5. Micro-teaching demonstration
    • Students lead a micro-teaching activity.
  6. Poster Session / Collaborative Reflection
    • Students share and discuss projects developed throughout the program as well as reflect on the experiences they have gained throughout the program.

Enrollment

This workshop series is offered in Spring 2021 at no cost. The final deadline to apply is January 22, 2021. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Final notification of acceptance will be sent on or before January 29, 2021.

(Spring 2021 only).

Eligibility

Currently enrolled VU students who are in good academic standing and VU affiliated scholars interested in teaching EAL learners.

The program may be particularly beneficial for students who want to participate in:

Questions?

For TEFL Introduction Program information, please contact:

Adam Steffanick, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277
Email: adam.steffanick@vanderbilt.edu

Susan Barone, Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277
Email: susan.m.barone@vanderbilt.edu