TEFL Course Cape Town

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, a TEFL Course in Cape Town.

The Certificate in TEFL is a highly intensive teacher-training course designed to prepare the participants to teach English as a foreign language to international students / English second language students. The duration of the course is 4 weeks with a minimum of 120 hours. During this time trainees learn the theory and practice of language teaching as well as gaining practical experience in the classroom. Participants will be asked to teach from the first week of the course. The course is run with a minimum of 2 and maximum of 8 participants and applicants are accepted on a “first come first served” basis. TEFL Course Cape Town.

Dates for the 2017 TEFL Courses in Cape Town:

9th January – 3rd February

27th March – 21st April

8th May – 2nd June

24th July – 18th August

4th September – 29th September

15th October – 3rd November

19th November – 15th December

Part Time TEFL Courses in Cape Town in 2017:

23rd January – 31st March

22nd May – 28th July

18th September – 24th November

Part Time TEFL Courses run for 2 evenings a week from 6pm to 8.30pm and on Saturdays from 8am to 4pm for 10 weeks.

Entry requirements:

In order to be accepted onto the course participants must be fluent in English & have completed High school. In the case of mature students, application will be considered on the basis of experience rather than educational qualifications. Teaching experience is not necessary in order to complete the course.


Classes begin at 8.00 am daily with a lunch break from 13.00 to 14.00.  Teaching practice and afternoon classes will be held in the afternoons until 16.00. Participants will be asked to complete assignments and prepare classes after hours.  On the afternoons when trainees are not teaching they will be free to choose between working by themselves or assessing peer teaching.


The cost of the course is available on the program fees page. A deposit is needed once you have completed your application form and have submitted both to TIES.  Once this has been received you will receive acceptance onto a course.  The remaining fees are due on the first day of your course.  The deposit is non-refundable.

Included in the cost of the course is

  • TEFL manual
  • Grammar File
  • Tuition & Registration fees
  • Practical Teaching
  • Certificate and teaching report

Course Description:

Study of the practical teaching of English language. This course is designed to assist the student to teach in a language school where the pupils are either foreign or English second language speakers. The course includes both theory and practical language teaching.

The first part of the course deals with the philosophy and theory of language teaching and learning.The second part of the course deals with the practical aspects of teaching English as a Foreign Language. The practical stage is in the classroom where the participants in the course put the theory into practice.


The main objectives of the course are to:

  • Enlighten the participants as to their responsibilities as teachers and the principles of teaching.
  • Enable participants to plan and present suitable lessons.
  • Empower participants to select appropriate material to use, and to constantly strive for creative teaching methods.
  • Explain teaching aids and how they can be utilised effectively in the classroom.
  • Enable participants to monitor and record their students’ progress effectively.
  • Enable participants to critically assess their own and other teachers’ lessons with a view to constant improvement.

Certificate and Teaching Report:

A final grade of at least C is required as a pass mark for this course. Successful candidates will be issued with a TEFL certificate and a detailed teaching report.

Marks are broken down as follows:

Test 20%
Lesson planning 20%
Lesson teaching manner 25%
Assessed lesson 10%
Portfolio 5%
Correction Assignment 5%
Lesson plan 1 5%
Lesson plan 2 5%
Grammar assignment 5%

Part 1:

Includes the following: Lesson planning, Learner motivation, Language teaching methodology, Classroom management, Using games and music in teaching, Mistakes and feedback, Teaching aids and their effective use in the classroom, Teaching the receptive skills (listening and reading), Teaching the productive skills (writing and speaking), Teaching vocabulary and Teaching pronunciation and learning the phonetic script

Part 2: Grammar Forum

Participants will be asked to research language for a pre-course assignment. The lecturer will present the participants with a detailed grammar file and will present lectures on various aspects of language, grammar jargon and teaching suggestions when presenting grammar in the classroom.

Part 3: Looking Further

Includes the following: Using course books, Syllabus design, Teaching Children, Learner Autonomy, Exams & assessment, English for special purposes, The developing teacher and Finding Work.

Part 4: Practical Teaching

This component involves observation of lessons taught, and the actual teaching of English as a Foreign Language to English Language students. Participants will teach from the first week of the course. Lessons are assessed by both teaching peers and the lecturers. Trainees will be monitored on their progress. Participants will be expected to write up assessments of the lessons taught, and detailed feedback will be given on all lessons.

Part 5: Portfolio

Participants will be asked to build a portfolio of all information gathered on the course. This will include notes taken on the given lectures, lesson assessments, lesson plans, resource materials, etc. This portfolio must be handed in to the lecturer for grading in the last week of the course.

Part 6: TEFL plus

For a small extra fee, the course has an optional add on section for those who wish to gain extra teaching experience.  Trainees who choose to take TEFL plus will be asked to observe a further four taught lessons, as well as to plan and teach an additional four lessons during the two weeks directly after the course.  These lessons will be assessed and detailed feedback will be given.

Absences and Tardies:

Students are expected to attend and to participate in all classes because each individual’s contribution adds to the total learning experience of the group. It is understood that emergencies are inevitable, however due to the intensive nature of the course trainees cannot afford to miss any classes. Students depend on your punctual arrival during your practicals.

Are you a prospective student? See the how to apply page for more details.

We also provide plenty of ideas for placements after your course – such as “Travel and Teach”. They are a leading ESL recruiting agency for Korean schools. Since 2001, they have successfully placed teachers in great schools throughout South Korea… See the Travel and Teach website.