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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 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.

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

Program Details

The core of the program is six 2-hour workshops

TEFL Students Earn Letters of Completion

WORKSHOP 1: Using Cultural Competencies in Teaching

  • Students explore how cross-cultural awareness impacts effective teaching and communication.

WORKSHOP 2: TEFL Approaches, Methods, and Materials I

  • Students review various approaches to teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and interview an English Language Learner (ELL).

WORKSHOP 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 ELLs.

WORKSHOP 4: Guided Lesson Planning

  • Students develop and practice a micro-teaching lesson.

WORKSHOP 5: Micro-teaching demonstration

  • Students lead a micro-teaching activity.

WORKSHOP 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.


TEFL Students Apply Teaching Skills in the Classroom

Currently enrolled VU students who are in good academic standing and VU affiliated scholars interested in teaching non-native English speakers.

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

Selection Criteria

The program is limited to 12 participants. Students will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Ability to articulate personal interest in the program and how participation will meet future academic or career goals through essay responses.


This course will next be offered in Spring 2020. The final deadline to apply is January 10, 2020. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Final notification of acceptance will be sent on or before January 17, 2020.

Potential enrollees must apply online via this page. Apply for enrollment.


For TEFL Intro content information, please contact:

Adam Steffanick, Assistant Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277

Susan Barone, Director
Tel: +1 615-322-2277