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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 to language teaching and cross-cultural awareness.

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

Summer 2024

The TEFL introductory program is designed to help Vanderbilt students develop cross-cultural understanding and awareness while simultaneously providing them with an introduction to effective methods of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). By participating in all aspects of the program, students will develop basic competencies that will allow them to work successfully with learners who use English as an additional language (EAL) in a culturally sensitive manner. The 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


This program will next be available in the Summer 2024 Semester at no cost.

Enrollment is open. Click here to register!


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:



For TEFL Introduction Program information, please contact:

English Language Center,  Main Office
Tel: +1 615-322-2277

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