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Teaching English as a Foreign Langauge - TEFL

Who is this course for:
This course is designed for graduates who have completed a primary degree and are interested in a career in teaching English as a foreign language. Interested participants can take the Postgraduate Certificate and then proceed to the Postgraduate Diploma.

Course Profile
The aim of the one year Certificate course is to provide initial training and specialised knowledge and skills needed for graduates who wish to teach English as a foreign language. The Diploma (year two) builds on the Certificate course to provide with a range of competences aimed at extending teachers' knowledge and practice.

Certificate course content includes basic teaching skills, teaching practice, language analysis, theories and approaches to language teaching, English as a foreign language methodology, grammar presentation, syllabus design, testing, evaluation and introduction to linguistics. Other content includes English for special purposes, portfolio preparation, microteaching, teaching young learners, assessment of young learners, teaching adults, multicultural education, modern developments in English as a foreign language and teaching overseas.

Diploma course encompasses knowledge of applied linguistics, methodology, syllabus design and applied language communicative processes to enable effective integration of theory and practice in advanced TEFL teaching contexts. Students will focus on language learners of all ages in the EFL classroom, apply transferable teaching and language skills and engage with current issues and trends in the practice of TEFL. The course also focuses on managing the education and language learning environment through development and design of assessment materials, a business plan and webpage. These skills will help learners to develop the competence needed to practically respond to the professional career of TEFL.

Entry requirements

Special Entry Requirements
Candidates must:
• have a primary degree
• be proficient in the English language


Cert 1 year, part-time
Diploma 2 years, part-time
Mode of study - Blended Learning

Number of credits

Cert ECTS 30
Diploma ECTS 60

Careers or further progression

What career or further study opportunities are there?
Opportunities arise for graduates for positions in Ireland and abroad as teachers of English as a foreign language.

Further enquiries

Dr. Marie Morrissey
Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 493898

Assessment method

Assessment includes written assignments, practical projects, portfolio, teaching practice and written examinations.

Application date

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Applicants will be informed in mid September if they are accepted on the course, which will be subject to sufficient student numbers.

The following information must be submitted with your application:
A copy of the transcript of the primary degree taken and the results obtained
A copy of birth certificate or passport

All applicants, whose first language is not English, or who have not been educated through the medium of English language during their two most recent years of study, must present one of the following qualifications in the English language: IELTS: 6.5 or TOEFL (IBT): 92. Please see the relevant webpage for further information:

Course fee

Fees: (per annum)
EU: €1,600 Non-EU: €2,100

Enrolment and start dates

Start Date: October 2018

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