Professional Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Professional Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Classroom Program


1 month


14 Units

UCR Extension

2017 Summer Academy Dates: July 3-28, Mon.-Fri., 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m.

The TEFL program prepares you with the skills needed to teach English as a foreign language in non-English-speaking countries. The hands-on approach to learning in this program has you teaching second-language learners within the first week of class!

This 4-week intensive program provides a practical curriculum which covers lesson planning in structure, conversation, reading, pronunciation and writing. Learn how to teach students who vary in level from beginner to advanced, and learn how to deliver lessons using a wide range of effective teaching techniques. This is not a “sit back and observe” kind of class. From week one, you will have the opportunity to practice your skills on actual ESL students to help you build the confidence and training you need to become a successful teacher.

This is an intensive summer academy, designed to prepare new teachers. You will complete all coursework in a face-to-face environment. The four courses and practicum must be completed as a single unit, over the 4-week period.

Designed For

Individuals looking to teach English to students with a different primary language.

What You'll Learn

  • How to plan and deliver effective lessons for beginner through advanced learners.
  • How to teach language skills such as reading, writing, speaking, and listening.
  • How to implement lessons with a wide range of effective teaching techniques
  • How to explain the form and function of the English language.
  • How to deliver lessons to real English language learners in the UCR Intensive English Program.

What You Can Do With This Certificate

Teach English in a country in which English is not the primary language.

Teach English online, in a growing and flexible environment.

Earn transferrable units to the Professional Certificate in TESOL or the Advanced Professional Certificate in TESOL.

Program Overview


14 Units

“I joined the UCR Extension TEFL certificate program to gain the skills and knowledge needed to teach English abroad. A month after graduating, I landed a teaching job at a company in Beijing, China. I have only been there for two months, and it has already been the greatest experience of my life.”

Calvin Trent

English Language Teacher
Beijing, China

Earning the Certificate

Prior to enrolling, please ensure that you meet the following minimum requirements:

  • High school diploma
  • 18 years of age or older
  • Non-native English speakers must score at least 600 TOEFL and 60 TSE
  • Preferred college background, but not required

For more information see How to Earn a Certificate

Certificate Courses

Our certificate programs are designed to be flexible, allowing you the option to take just a few courses or to earn the complete certificate. If choosing to complete the certificate, we recommend you get the most out of your experience by following the suggested completion path below.

Summer Academy

Fundamentals of Teaching EFL

EDUC X326.40

2 units

Designed to provide you with the fundamental pedagogical concepts necessary for teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL).  First, you analyze the levels and needs of language learners, the roles and responsibilities of teachers, and the effect of the learning context.  Then, you create performance objectives and write lesson plans based on communicative, student-centered teaching methodology.  Next, you master necessary skills to deliver effective EFL lessons, including techniques for giving directions, comprehension checking, monitoring, and error correction.  Finally, you learn to reflect on the effectiveness of lesson planning and delivery.  Additional discussions include:

  • Classroom management
  • Teacher presence
  • The design and use of materials and technology for EFL teaching

You will also have the opportunity to observe professional ESL/EFL teachers, and review and critique lesson plans presented in ESL/EFL classes.

English Structure and Meaning for EFL Teachers

EDUC X326.44

4 units

Gives you a clear understanding of the structure of English, and focuses on techniques for explaining and practicing the form and meaning of specific structures commonly taught in EFL classes. You will practice the techniques that you learn in this course during your Teaching Practicum.

Teaching EFL Reading & Writing Skills

EDUC X327.41

2 units

Provides theory and practice of teaching reading and writing skills to foreign language learners of English. Lectures and activities demonstrate how to design an integrated reading and writing lesson.  In-depth discussions include:

  • Reasons for teaching reading and writing
  • Principles of instruction
  • Levels of learner proficiency
  • Techniques and activities
  • Methods for teaching vocabulary
  • Checking comprehension
  • Assessing students
  • Correcting errors

You will also have the opportunity to develop reading and writing lesson plans for your own teaching practicum.

Teaching EFL Speaking & Listening Skills

EDUC X327.42

2 units

Provides various techniques for teaching speaking and listening skills to learners of English, following an integrated, communicative, student-centered approach. You will learn the reasons for teaching speaking and listening according to this approach, and discuss:

  • Functions for speaking and listening
  • Levels of learner proficiency
  • Speaking and listening sub-skills
  • Techniques and activities for developing these skills
  • Exercises for teaching vocabulary and pronunciation.

You will create and demonstrate original speaking and listening lesson plans.

EFL Teaching Practicum

EDUC X326.48

4 units

In this applied methods workshop, you will implement the lesson segment you have prepared in core and series workshop courses. The emphasis of instruction is on effective presentation skills, pacing, interaction with students and classroom management skills. After each teaching session, you will receive feedback and evaluation from one or more experienced ESL teachers.  You will be teaching English as a Second Language students from UCR Extension's International Education Programs who are studying in different levels in the Intensive English Program.

“Teaching English abroad is an adventure, but it can be overwhelming if you are not well prepared. In the TEFL Program, I channel my empathy towards language learners and language teachers, and use my theoretical knowledge and practical background in the field to prepare new teachers for the experiences they are about to face. My goal is to prepare my teachers for a successful experience teaching English in a foreign country.”

Sara Brathwaite

TESOL Academic Coordinator
International Education Programs
Riverside, CA

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