Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teach English abroad or online from you home with our TEFL training

Are you a confident, competent user of English and thinking of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) abroad? Would you like top training before you set off on the adventure of a lifetime, or start teaching online from the comfort of your home? Then this course is for you! 

The Language Centre offers a comprehensive, internationally accredited 120-hour TEFL course. A bachelor’s degree is advisable, but no previous teaching experience is required. We present this course in two modes: full-time or part-time.

2021 course dates

TEFL (full time) 1:  1 February – 26 February (6 hours/day; 5 days/week; 4 weeks) (Registration closed)
Online from 9:00 to 14:00 daily in four, one-hour video-call sessions with a 15-minute break in between each session. Trainees will then get 1 to 2 hours of reading and research to do in preparation for the next day’s session.

TEFL (part time) 2: 7 June – 27 August (2 hours/day; 2 days/week; 12 weeks)

TEFL (part time) 3: 6 September – 26 November (2 hours/day; 2 days/week; 12 weeks)

Downloadable document

TEFL Blended Learning Information Guide for 2021

TEFL trainers

Our presenters are qualified and experienced TEFL trainers who will guide you on your journey to becoming an English as a Second Language (ESL) teacher.


We present this 120-hour TEFL short course as a full-time, 4-week contact course or as a 12-week, part-time blended course.

What will I learn?

At the end of this course, you will –

  • know different English language teaching theories, methodologies and terminology;
  • have a range of practical teaching skills preparing you to teach English to learners of various ages and levels;
  • be able to effectively plan, prepare and teach communicative, learner-centred language lessons; and
  • be able to reflect on planning and teaching decisions, and be able to evaluate the effect of those decisions on student learning.

We cover the following topics:

  • Introduction to the world of TEFL
  • Lesson planning
  • Teaching methodologies
  • Receptive and productive skills
  • Pronunciation and phonology
  • Activities and resources
  • Facilitating learning and communication
  • Classroom management
  • Language awareness
  • Developing and using teaching aids
  • Error correction
  • Proficiency and placement testing
  • Teaching English online

What will our sessions look like?

We present this 120-hour blended-learning short course as a 4-week, full-time contact course or as a 12-week, part-time course.

The full-time TEFL course is presented online from 9:00 to 14:00 daily in four, one-hour video-call sessions with a 15-minute break in between each session. Trainees will then get 1 to 2 hours of reading and research to do in preparation for the next day’s session.

The part-time TEFL course is a blended learning course presented over 12 weeks as follows:

  • 2 compulsory video call sessions per week of 2 hours each
  • 2,5 hours per week of self-paced reading and research
  • 2,5 hours per week to complete activities and assignments
  • 5 to 6 hours of practical contact teaching that will be completed in the last week of your course and will be a face-to-face opportunity to teach ESL students

What equipment or technology do I need to be able to participate?

For the part-time blended courses, you will need access to a laptop, or desktop computer with good speakers or earphones and a microphone, as well as internet access for the video call sessions.

Who can attend?

If you’d like to attend, you should be able to speak and write English fluently. That means that you need upper-intermediate English language proficiency (CEFR level B2). We may ask you to take an online English proficiency test before the start of the TEFL course if you do not meet the minimum English language requirements we have mentioned.

We would advise you to have an undergraduate degree from an English-speaking country or to be in the process of completing your degree, as many teaching positions require prospective TEFL teachers to have one before they apply for a work permit.

How do I apply?

Click on ‘Apply now’. This will take you to an application form on the SU Short Courses Division website to apply for the TEFL course. Please complete your application on that page.
A payment notification e-mail will be sent to you containing your unique reference number. Please e-mail this proof of payment along with a copy of your South African ID and/or passport to Jeanene Olivier at olivierj@sun.ac.za.

Will I get a certificate?

You will receive a certificate of competence when you have completed both the theoretical and practical components successfully.

To receive your certificate, you need to attend all the sessions, complete all the assignments and complete both the theory section and your practical teaching hours. Please note that the five to six hours of contact teaching cannot be completed online and will be a face-to-face opportunity to teach ESL students following strict COVID-19 safety protocols.

How will this course benefit me?

A TEFL Certificate can open doors for you. If you decide you want to teach English overseas, you will get to see the world and experience new cultures. A TEFL course will also give you the skills to approach your classroom wherever you are with new insight, and the qualification looks great on your CV. If you decide to teach online, you can earn an income from the comfort or your own home and work flexible hours.

What is included in the price?

The fee of R12 650 includes access to digital TEFL modules throughout the course. A minimum of five registered participants is required for courses to run.

More questions?

E-mail Shannon Bishop, the course coordinator, at sbishop@sun.ac.za.


Apply now!