TEFL Course Somerset West, Cape Town

Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

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 course is 120 in class 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 6 hours to English language students.  The course is run with a minimum of 3 and maximum of 8 participants and applicants are accepted on a “first come first served” basis.

Entry requirements:

In order to be accepted onto the course, participants must be fluent in English and have completed high school.  In the case of mature students, application will be considered on the basis of experience rather than educational qualifications.  Prior teaching experience is not necessary.  Access to a computer during the course is highly recommended.

Full time TEFL Courses in Somerset West, Cape Town in 2018:

19th November – 14th December

Full time TEFL Courses in Somerset West, Cape Town in 2019:

7th January – 1st February

25th March – 19th April

6th May – 31st May

22nd July – 16th August

2nd September – 27th September

18th November – 13th December

Classes begin at 8.00 am daily with a lunch break from 13.00 to 14.00.  Teaching practice and classes will be held in the afternoons from 14.00 to 16.00 daily and participants will be asked to complete assignments and prepare for classes after hours.

Part Time TEFL Courses:

28th January – 6th April

27th May – 27th July

23rd September – 30th November

Part Time TEFL Courses run for 2 evenings (Mondays and Wednesdays) a week from 18.00 to 20.30 and on Saturdays from 8.00 to 16.00 weekly for 10 weeks.

TEFL Price:

The cost of the full time course is R8 500 per applicant, and the part time course is R9 500.  A deposit of R3 000 along with your completed application form should be submitted to TIES.  Once this has been received you will receive acceptance onto a course.  The remaining amount is 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.


A TEFL certificate and teaching report will be given to all those who successfully complete the course.  A final grade of at least a C (55-70%) is required to pass.  For details of the course subjects, tests and assignments please refer to the course outline.

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: Teaching

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, teaching grammar, teaching pronunciation and learning the phonetic script (ipa).

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

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. Lesson plans for teaching practice must be handed in to assessing lecturer before 8:30 on teaching practice days, late hand in will attract a deduction of 1 mark from the planning grade. Teaching practice that is missed will be completed on the following course, unless an additional fee of R500 is paid to cover the cost of assessors.

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

This is an optional add-on for those who wish or need to gain extra planning and teaching experience. TEFL plus may also involve one-on-one tuition and guidance. Details and price available on application.

Absences and Tardies:

Trainees 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 to present your classes during your practical teaching stage.

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.