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Earn an internationally recognized TEFL certificate from the University of Toronto Faculty of Education (OISE) and qualify for ESL teaching positions all over the world!

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Who is a TEFL certification for?

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University Graduates

A university graduate, or soon-to-be graduating student, seeking an exciting opportunity to travel and broaden their horizons.

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Aspiring Teachers

Teachers new to teaching with no formal teaching experience, with or without a teaching license or qualifications.

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Experienced Educators

Educators with a teaching license seeking a professional development certification to prepare for teaching English language learners.

Course Curriculum

The course is offered in a 100, 120 and 150-hour format so you can select the best option for your career goals.

Module 1: Introduction to English Language Teaching

This 10-hour module discusses the function of English as a global language and the structure of the language itself. Why does English function as it does? Which learning methods work best around the world?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • The role of English as a global language

  • Principles of second language acquisition

  • Teaching methods

Module 2: Teaching Language Skills

This 25-hour module covers the basics of teaching language skills to English Language Learners. The unit focuses on creating student-centered lesson plans. Which elements of English, specifically, can be difficult for students to learn, and how can these difficulties be addressed in the classroom?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • The Dos and Don’ts of ESL/EFL

  • Introducing activities, giving instructions and assessing student comprehension

  • Providing feedback and correcting student errors

  • Teaching the six major elements of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and pronunciation

Module 3: Adapting Subject-Specific Content

This 10-hour module focuses on practicing flexibility with content, and identifying the situations in which lessons should be adapted. How can a teacher adjust the curriculum to bridge gaps in students’ abilities? How will this vary in different regions?

During this module, participants will learn:

  • Ways to adapt curriculum content

  • How to adjusting expectations

  • How to use subject content to teach English language skills

Module 4: Structuring and Delivering Lessons

This 20-hour module guides participants through the process of developing the components of a successful lesson. Participants will learn how to identify classroom themes and channel student attention into productive learning. How can educators assess their own lessons in order to improve?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Identifying individual needs

  • Defining learning objectives

  • Using supplementary resources

Module 5: Managing Your Teaching Environment

This 25-hour module covers classroom management, and teaches participants how to adapt to the needs and learning different styles of students. Classroom techniques vary substantially across the world. Which techniques remain constant in all regions?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Adapting to different learning styles

  • The importance of planning

  • Setting and maintaining high expectations of behavior

Module 6: Resources and Materials (10 hours)

This 10-hour module introduces methods of finding, adapting and personalizing teaching materials. How can teachers adapt materials to meet the needs of English Language Learners?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Selecting and adapting a wide variety of text-based and digital resources

  • Building a varied toolbox of teaching materials

  • Engaging in basic teaching reflection and research

Core Modules

Module 1: Introduction to English Language Teaching

This 10-hour module discusses the function of English as a global language and the structure of the language itself. Why does English function as it does? Which learning methods work best around the world?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • The role of English as a global language

  • Principles of second language acquisition

  • Teaching methods

Module 2: Teaching Language Skills

This 25-hour module covers the basics of teaching language skills to English Language Learners. The unit focuses on creating student-centered lesson plans. Which elements of English, specifically, can be difficult for students to learn, and how can these difficulties be addressed in the classroom?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • The Dos and Don’ts of ESL/EFL

  • Introducing activities, giving instructions and assessing student comprehension

  • Providing feedback and correcting student errors

  • Teaching the six major elements of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and pronunciation

Module 3: Adapting Subject-Specific Content

This 10-hour module focuses on practicing flexibility with content, and identifying the situations in which lessons should be adapted. How can a teacher adjust the curriculum to bridge gaps in students’ abilities? How will this vary in different regions?

During this module, participants will learn:

  • Ways to adapt curriculum content

  • How to adjusting expectations

  • How to use subject content to teach English language skills

Module 4: Structuring and Delivering Lessons

This 20-hour module guides participants through the process of developing the components of a successful lesson. Participants will learn how to identify classroom themes and channel student attention into productive learning. How can educators assess their own lessons in order to improve?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Identifying individual needs

  • Defining learning objectives

  • Using supplementary resources

Module 5: Managing Your Teaching Environment

This 25-hour module covers classroom management, and teaches participants how to adapt to the needs and learning different styles of students. Classroom techniques vary substantially across the world. Which techniques remain constant in all regions?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Adapting to different learning styles

  • The importance of planning

  • Setting and maintaining high expectations of behavior

Module 6: Resources and Materials (10 hours)

This 10-hour module introduces methods of finding, adapting and personalizing teaching materials. How can teachers adapt materials to meet the needs of English Language Learners?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Selecting and adapting a wide variety of text-based and digital resources

  • Building a varied toolbox of teaching materials

  • Engaging in basic teaching reflection and research

Elective modules (choose from two of the following specializations)

Elective Module 1: Teaching English to Korean Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Korean speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and techniques to help students overcome these difficulties.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Korean speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Korean and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Korean-speaking students

Elective Module 2: Teaching English to Arabic Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Arabic speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and techniques to help students overcome these difficulties.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Arabic speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Arabic and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Arabic-speaking students

Elective Module 3: Teaching English to Mandarin (Chinese) Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Native Mandarin speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and techniques to help students overcome these difficulties.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Mandarin speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Mandarin and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Mandarin-speaking students

Elective Module 4: Teaching English to Young Learners

Teaching young learners presents its own set of challenges, no matter what the language of instruction. Traditional language learning principles are often geared towards adults. Participants in this 10-hour module will learn how to apply these principles with approaches that work best in young learners’ classrooms.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Designing a balanced lesson aimed at young learners

  • Engaging young learners through a variety of media, activities, and teaching techniques

  • How to effectively teach the major language skills as well as grammar and vocabulary to young learners

  • Strategies to properly incorporate technology in the classroom

  • How to assess young learners

Elective Module 5: Teaching Test Preparation Courses

In this 10-hour module, participants are introduced to the structure and function of English language tests worldwide.. Participants are taught strategies to provide students with useful study tools for major English language tests.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Identifying and teaching key features of major proficiency tests

  • Planning and organizing a test preparation course

  • Preparing students for reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks

  • Teaching vocabulary and grammar in a way that meets test requirements

  • Teaching successful test-taking strategies

Elective Module 6: Teaching Business English

This 10-hour module covers the foundations of Business English teaching. English is the language of international business. As the world grows increasingly smaller, the role of English in business grows even larger. Professionals around the world use English either as a first language or as a common second language.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Designing and implementing a Business English course

  • Teaching business language and industry jargon

  • Helping students practice communicating in a business environment

  • Properly adapting material to be culturally appropriate

  • Assisting students in writing business correspondence

Module 8: Digital Technology in the Classroom

In this 10-hour module, participants will explore the use of new technologies and meaningful ways in which these can be used to improve students’ learning practices.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Incorporating a wide variety of technology into the classroom to positively impact the learning process

  • Using technology tools to teach reading, writing, speaking and listening

  • Using social media to teach English

  • Establishing a project-based learning strategy using digital tools

  • The positives and negatives of incorporating digital tools, learning management systems and social media within the classroom

Module 9: Learner-Centred Lessons

In this 10-hour module, participants will learn how to give students control of content and language output. This module also covers how to teach discovery and noticing techniques to help students become more independent learners.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Creating a friendly learner-centred classroom

  • Teaching behavior structures

  • Using student choice activities

  • Introduce cooperative and collaborative learning structures into the classroom

  • Teaching noticing skills and use language exploration activities

Elective Module 9: Teaching Abroad

This 10-hour module equips new teachers with the knowledge to research destinations, organizations and work environments overseas. International contr
acts and business norms may differ vastly from those in the teacher’s home country. By learning to address common difficulties and misconceptions when teaching overseas, participants are prepared for all aspects of teaching abroad.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Researching destinations and work environments for teachers abroad

  • Resume and interview preparation

Core Modules

Module 1: Introduction to English Language Teaching

This 10-hour module discusses the function of English as a global language and the structure of the language itself. Why does English function as it does? Which learning methods work best around the world?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • The role of English as a global language

  • Principles of second language acquisition

  • Teaching methods

Module 2: Teaching Language Skills

This 25-hour module covers the basics of teaching language skills to English Language Learners. The unit focuses on creating student-centered lesson plans. Which elements of English, specifically, can be difficult for students to learn, and how can these difficulties be addressed in the classroom?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • The Dos and Don’ts of ESL/EFL

  • Introducing activities, giving instructions and assessing student comprehension

  • Providing feedback and correcting student errors

  • Teaching the six major elements of language learning: reading, writing, speaking, listening, grammar and pronunciation

Module 3: Adapting Subject-Specific Content

This 10-hour module focuses on practicing flexibility with content, and identifying the situations in which lessons should be adapted. How can a teacher adjust the curriculum to bridge gaps in students’ abilities? How will this vary in different regions?

During this module, participants will learn:

  • Ways to adapt curriculum content

  • How to adjusting expectations

  • How to use subject content to teach English language skills

Module 4: Structuring and Delivering Lessons

This 20-hour module guides students through the process of developing the components of a successful lesson. Students will learn how to identify classroom themes and channel student attention into productive learning. How can educators assess their own lessons in order to improve?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Identifying individual needs

  • Defining learning objectives

  • Using supplementary resources

Module 5: Managing Your Teaching Environment

This 25-hour module covers classroom management, and teaches participants how to adapt to the needs and learning different styles of students. Classroom techniques vary substantially across the world. Which techniques remain constant in all regions?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Adapting to different learning styles

  • The importance of planning

  • Setting and maintaining high expectations of behavior

Module 7: Resources and Materials

This 10-hour module introduces methods of finding, adapting and personalizing teaching materials. How can teachers adapt materials to meet the needs of English Language Learners?

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Selecting and adapting a wide variety of text-based and digital resources

  • Building a varied toolbox of teaching materials

  • Engaging in basic teaching reflection and research

Module 8:  Digital Technology in the Classroom

In this 10-hour module, participants will explore the use of new technologies and meaningful ways in which these can be used to improve students’ learning practices.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Incorporating a wide variety of technology into the classroom to positively impact the learning process

  • Using technology tools to teach reading, writing, speaking and listening

  • Using social media to teach English

  • Establishing a project-based learning strategy using digital tools

  • The positives and negatives of incorporating digital tools, learning management systems and social media within the classroom

Module 9: Learner-Centred Lessons

In this 10-hour module, participants will learn how to give students control of content and language output. This module also covers how to teach discovery and noticing techniques to help students become more independent learners.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Creating a friendly learner-centred classroom

  • Teaching behavior structures

  • Using student choice activities

  • Introduce cooperative and collaborative learning structures into the classroom

  • Teaching noticing skills and use language exploration activities

Module 10: Teaching Abroad

This 10-hour module equips new teachers with the knowledge to research destinations, organizations and work environments overseas. International contracts and business norms may differ vastly from those in the teacher’s home country. By learning to address common difficulties and misconceptions when teaching overseas, participants are prepared for all aspects of teaching abroad.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Researching destinations and work environments for teachers abroad

  • Resume and interview preparation

Elective Modules (choose from two of the following specializations)

Elective Module 1: Teaching English to Korean Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Korean speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and

Elective Module 2: Teaching English to Arabic Speakers

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Korean speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Korean and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Korean-speaking students

Elective Module 3: Teaching English to Mandarin (Chinese) Speakers

In this 10-hour module, participants will become familiar with the common difficulties native Native Mandarin speakers face when they enter an English language classroom, as well as activities and techniques to help students overcome these difficulties.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Recognizing common phonological errors to help improve Mandarin speakers’ pronunciation of English vowels, diphthongs and consonants

  • Counteracting the problems caused by differences in syntax and morphology between Korean and English

  • Improving students’ use of English tenses and verbs

  • Adapting teaching style and classroom management techniques to better suit the culture of Mandarin-speaking students

Elective Module 4: Teaching English to Young Learners

Teaching young learners presents its own set of challenges, no matter what the language of instruction. Traditional language learning principles are often geared towards adults. Participants in this 10-hour module will learn how to apply these principles with approaches that work best in young learners’ classrooms.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Designing a balanced lesson aimed at young learners

  • Engaging young learners through a variety of media, activities, and teaching techniques

  • How to effectively teach the major language skills as well as grammar and vocabulary to young learners

  • Strategies to properly incorporate technology in the classroom

  • How to assess young learners

Elective Module 5: Teaching Test Preparation Courses

In this 10-hour module, participants are introduced to the structure and function of English language tests worldwide.. Participants are taught strategies to provide students with useful study tools for major English language tests.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Identifying and teaching key features of major proficiency tests

  • Planning and organizing a test preparation course

  • Preparing students for reading, writing, speaking and listening tasks

  • Teaching vocabulary and grammar in a way that meets test requirements

  • Teaching successful test-taking strategies

Elective Module 6: Teaching Business English

This 10-hour module covers the foundations of Business English teaching. English is the language of international business. As the world grows increasingly smaller, the role of English in business grows even larger. Professionals around the world use English either as a first language or as a common second language.

During this module, participants will learn about:

  • Designing and implementing a Business English course

  • Teaching business language and industry jargon

  • Helping students practice communicating in a business environment

  • Properly adapting material to be culturally appropriate

  • Assisting students in writing business correspondence

Frequently Asked Questions

Yes! As an internationally recognized qualification to teach English abroad, a TEFL certification is a common requirement set by most international employers. While you may come across the occasional job posting where a TEFL certification is not explicitly listed as a requirement, being TEFL certified will help you stand out among other candidates when applying for jobs teaching English abroad.

The OISE TEFL course is 100% online and self-paced. This means you can begin at any time, study at your own pace and complete the course alongside your work, school or family schedule!

On average, the 100-hour OISE TEFL course takes approximately 6-8 weeks to complete, the 120-hour course takes 8-10 weeks, and the 150-hour course takes around 10-12 weeks. However, the course is completely self-paced and you have one year to complete the course.

For more answers to common questions related to the OISE TEFL course, check out the full TEFL Certification FAQ or request a call back from a course advisor today.

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