Primary tabs

Short Course
Teaching English as a Foreign Language for teachers
• A number of pre-service students who qualify as teachers or in-service teachers in South Africa decide to pursue a teaching career overseas and many countries seek qualified English foreign language teachers who might teach other subjects as well. Furthermore, most countries in the Far East and Middle East require teachers to have a TEFL qualification before they are eligible for a work permit. There are a number of training institutions (including the NWU) that offer TEFL training that is aimed at participants who qualified in a field other than teaching. However, there are not that many online courses aimed specifically at augmenting trained teachers’ skills with regard to teaching English as a foreign language abroad.

Purpose of the course:

• The purpose of the TEFL course for teachers would be to augment pre-and in-service teachers’ training so that they are equipped and qualified to teach English as a foreign language, regardless of their subjects of specialisation and to enable them to adapt and function effectively as instructors of English as a foreign language abroad.

Admission requirements:

Admission requirements: 
• Participants should have a teaching qualification or should be in the final year of their BEd or PGCE training.
Learning assumed to be in place: 
• Students who have passed all their modules in 3 years of their BEd training and who are in their final year of study; Students who acquired another B degree and are in the final year of their PGCE training;

Course outcomes and assessment criteria :

Course outcomes and the associated assessment criteria: 

Study Unit


Assessment Criteria

  After completion of this course, participants will: Participant will be assessed on the following criteria:

An understanding of the TEFL context and landscape and the ability to apply the key terms associated with TEFL;

• Explain basic TEFL terminology

• Explore opportunities and restrictions regarding TEFL in different countries;

• Create an environment that would be conducive to effective English language learning in a foreign context;


The ability to evaluate, select and apply appropriate language teaching methods in different foreign language contexts in lesson planning and teaching;

• Explain and compare the different language teaching approaches applied in countries abroad and in South Africa;

• Select appropriate and relevant prescribed texts and teaching materials;

• Apply relevant approaches to teaching English in different contexts in their planning and presentation of lessons;

• Plan a language course or a cycle of lessons making use of themes and topics;


An understanding of the grammatical system of English, the functions of grammar and the role of the four language skills in lesson planning and teaching;

• Use correct grammar in assignments, lesson plans and practical sessions;

• Integrate the four language skills in lesson planning;


An ability to evaluate, select and apply different strategies for assessing learners’ levels of proficiency in English;

• Design effective assessment opportunities for learners

• Assess learners to identify gaps in their language proficiency;


An ability to make decisions and act appropriately in applying for TEFL positions abroad;

• Write an effective résumé;

• Apply for a TEFL position online;

• Take part in face-to-face, telephone or electronic interviews through e.g. Skype;



• Formative assessment during online sessions: 50% • Summative assessment in the form of a portfolio and lesson presentation: 50%
Method of assessment: 
• Tasks, tests, activities, during online sessions. • Lesson portfolio • A certificate of competence will be awarded.

Additional information

V84 100 1
Mode of delivery: 
Target group: 
• 4th year Education students completing their BEd degrees, PGCE students in their final year of study as well as qualified in-service teachers who would like to teach abroad.
Contact us
Telephone number: 
(018) 285 2821