TEFL Training in South Africa
EF English First
Langahead School of Language
EFL / ESL jobs in the East usually dont require the teacher to have a TEFL
qualification. Jobs in Taiwan, South Korea and Japan usually just require the
teacher to have a Bachelors degree. This poses the question: Why should I
bother getting a TEFL qualification?
Firstly, it will prepare you for teaching if you have never taught before. This
will be extremely important when you first start an English teaching job
in a foreign country. You will undoubtedly be dealing with culture shock,
trying to get settled and adapting to a new job for the first few months.
Learning how to teach English will be an added pressure, which might just
result in you packing your bags and heading home. Most language schools have
little in the way of teacher training and will expect you to know how to
teach English purely because you can speak it.
Secondly and most importantly, getting a TEFL certificate is the first stage in
becoming a professional ESL / EFL teacher. Many teachers do a TEFL course after
a few years of teaching. They do this to improve their teaching abilities and
to help them develop in the ESL /EFL field. Better paying jobs in ESL /EFL
require the teacher to have a TEFL certificate. Take a look at jobs advertised
for countries like Hong Kong or in Europe. Most of them require some form of
Although most of the language schools in South Africa are situated in the Cape,
the best place to do a TEFL course is in Johannesburg. IH-Johannesburg is
probably the biggest EFL / ESL school in South Africa. IH has schools
throughout the world and offers one of the most respected TEFL courses the
CELTA. It also offers the more advanced DELTA. There is an IH school in Durban
which offers teacher training courses too. The following is a summary of
teacher training courses offered by IH-Johannesburg:
Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA)
Full time and part time options for the most widely recognised initial
qualification within the ELT profession. Accredited by the University of
Cambridge, the CELTA course is aimed at candidates with little or no previous
Cambridge Diploma in English Language Teaching to Adults
A higher level training course designed for candidates who have substantial
experience of teaching English in a variety of contexts. Accredited by the
University of Cambridge, this is the qualification held by most senior staff
and Teacher Trainers.
IHCYL International House Certificate in English Language Teaching to Young
A qualification designed for candidates with little or no experience of teaching
who wish to learn how to teach young learners.
IHCYL Extension Course International House extension course for teaching Young
An add-on course for teachers who are already CELTA qualified but who have
little or no experience of teaching children.
IH- Johannesburg's contact details are:
T: 00 27 11 339 1051
F: 00 27 11 403 1759
EF Education was founded by Bertil Hult in Lund, Sweden in 1965. Its goal was to
bridge cultural gaps and break down barriers of language and geography by
promoting educational travel, intercultural exchange and language learning.
Today, EF Education is the worlds largest private educational organization. We
are a multi-national group of companies and non-profit organizations with over
3,000 administrative staff and 20,000 teachers at work in 50 countries. Each
year 2,000,000 people learn a language with EF.
Education is emerging as one of the worlds largest growth industries and EF is
at the forefront. Throughout all our programmes - whether we are taking
children abroad for the first time, teaching business English around the corner
from your office, or sharing the world with students online - our mission
remains the same: to offer quality learning experiences to people all over the
EF English First Teacher Recruitment & Training runs quality certificate
level courses in Teaching English as a Foreign Language in the UK, Canada and
the USA. Graduates from the EF Certificate in TEFL courses have the opportunity
to apply for a teaching position in one of over 200 international franchise
schools through their South African based recruitment agents (Youth Development
Programs) www.ydp.co.za. EF English First owns a network of franchise based
English language schools in 14 different countries around the world.
The EF Certificate in TEFL is an intensive 4-week full time or 12 week part time
course so you should have no outside commitments during this time. You will
study for seven hours a day and in addition there will be evening and weekend
tasks. In the morning input sessions our trained and qualified teacher trainers
focus on language awareness, teaching and learning contexts, planning,
classroom practice and materials. The afternoon sessions are dedicated to
teaching practice with real English language students from our partnership with
The Papillion Foundation and the local community. All teaching practice
sessions are observed by our experienced team of trainers who will provide you
with constructive feedback and will help you to explore your developing
awareness as teachers. We do not accept more than 12 trainees onto a course,
thereby ensuring you of our utmost attention,
Over the four-week period trainees will be assessed on the following components:
1 Teaching Practice (& the Teaching Practice Journal) - 50% of the final
assessment is on the trainees ability in the classroom and their awareness as
a teacher through the medium of observation and reflective journal writing.
2 Learner Profile this project is written up after 2 or 3 sessions with a
learner of English; assessing their needs as a learner and planning and
teaching a one-to-one lesson to address those needs.
3 Unknown Language Journal this project is primarily about learning and
teaching - we offer 3 input sessions where we teach a language none of the
trainees know - the trainees are expected to analyse how the group responds to
a variety of learning activities.
4 Materials Project the trainees select two pieces of material they have
taught and present them to an experienced member of staff explaining how they
would use them in class.
5 Language Awareness Test in the final week of the course there is a short
language awareness test reflecting the input on English grammar, phonology
(pronunciation) and vocabulary.
Full time 4 week intensive courses
February 3rd March
July 25th August
March 7th April
April 12th May
May 16th June
June 21st July
time 12 week courses 2006
01 / 06
18th February 14th
02 / 06
3rd June 26th
03 / 06
16th September 9th
courses may be extended due to Public
Full time courses run from Monday Friday from 8 am to 5 pm daily. Part time
courses are held on Saturdays from 9 am 6 pm and one evening per week from 6
For more information on the EF Certificate in TEFL @ Language Express Contact:
Phone / fax / voicemail: + 27 11 8020921
Cell: +27 728597745
Langahead School of Language offers the following TEFL courses:
A Part-time course lasting 12 weeks (2 weekday evenings and every second Saturday). This is for people who do not have a TEFL qualification as all aspects of TEFL requirements will be covered.
A Full-time TEFL course lasting 4 weeks (Monday to Friday).
An Update course for anyone who has a TEFL qualification,
lasting 4 Saturdays. This course will require a sound prior knowledge of language acquisition theories, teaching approaches, grammar and skills-based learning.
For more information on these courses contact:
Phone / fax / voicemail: + 27 011 482 8914
Cell: +27 72 077 5219
Other schools that offer TEFL training
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TEFL Courses in SA