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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Introduction

The TEFL Introduction Program offered by the English Language Center (ELC) 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.

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

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


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:


This course is offered in Fall 2020 from September 1 through November 20 at no cost. The final deadline to apply is November 1, 2020. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis.

(Fall 2020 only).


For TEFL Intro content information, please contact:

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

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