TEFL Syllabus

TEFL Professional Syllabus

Course Duration:  17 weeks, 160 Hours / 4 week intensive, 160 Hours

Our TEFL Professional Course is flexible, cost-conscious, and includes the international standard for TEFL certification. In addition, you gain access to free lifetime services such as job placement assistance and resume review for life.

Our TEFL Professional course is broken into two parts: 130 hours of onsite lectures and coursework and 30 hours of student teaching and/or observation

The Course

The onsite portion of the course runs for 17 weeks and you will be given assignments each week. Each module has reading assignments, writing assignments,  quizzes, and sometimes an online video. Check out the course syllabus for more info about assignments and topics covered.

Throughout the course you will learn various teaching theories and techniques that are specifically designed for the ESL classroom. Your final assignment is one week’s worth of lesson plans—which any teacher will tell you is an essential part of developing and maintaining meaningful learning experiences for your students.

The Students

We cap our onsite courses at 6 students to ensure that each student gets the individualized attention they deserve. Our onsite students live across the globe, range in age from 18 to 80, and have a wide variety of educational and professional backgrounds.

The Instructors

The CA Institute courses are taught by experienced, university-level instructors.  CA Institute instructors hold a MA or PHD in TESOL or a related field.  Our instructors have 5 – 10 years of teaching experience.

TEFL Syllabus

Course duration: 30 lessons 90 minutes each

Teaching English as a Foreign Langauge Teacher Training Course

CA Institute of Languages
E-Mail: info@ca-institute.com

CA Institute’s TEFL courses are designed for individuals with a university degree who are seeking to teach English as a foreign language.


The course includes modules that prepare you to teach even under the most basic conditions. This includes course methodologies and approaches, curriculum development, and class lesson planning.

  • Learning Environments
  • Teaching Methodologies
  • PPP and Lesson Planning
  • How to teach Grammar and Vocabulary
  • How to teach Listening, Reading, Writing, and Speaking
  • Student needs
  • Classroom strategies
  • Using Visuals
  • History of English
  • Assessment design
  • Using supplementary resources
  • Writing a CV and cover letter


Post-Secondary Degree, Bachelor’s or higher


It is necessary to be flexible and prepared. Please complete all assignments beforehand and bring the following to class:

  1. Laptop

  2. Articles, textbooks, documents and homework


TEFL Student’s Book

TEFL Workbook

Professional Practicum

Other resources

Film, documentaries, TV, projector, internet, dictionaries, special projects


Module quizzes

Graded assignments

Final Project

Final Exam

Certificate upon completion


Topic Outline / Schedule

Important Note: Refer to the course calendar for specific meeting dates and times. Activity and assignment details will be explained in detail within each week’s corresponding learning module. If you have any questions, please contact your instructor.

  • Lesson 1

Introduction to course. Course requirements and expectations. Module 1: The field of TESOL/ELT. HW: Reading M1, M1A1

  • Lesson 2

Module 1: Learning styles, Teacher’s role and qualities, Classroom and the physical learning environment. HW: Reading M2, M1A2, M1A3. Quiz M1Q1

  • Lesson 3

Module 2: ESL Methodologies, A Brief History of Language Teaching through The “Designer” Approaches of the 1970s and Beyond. HW: Reading M2, M2A1. Quiz M2Q1, M2Q2

  • Lesson 4

Module 2: Communicative Competence and The Postmethods Era, Communicative and Audiolingual Comparison of Major Features, The Psychological Learning Environment. HW: Reading M3, M2A2. Quiz M2Q3

  • Lesson 5

Module 3: Principles of Learning a Language, Language Items and Language Skills, PPP. HW: Reading M3. Quiz M3Q1

  • Lesson 6

Module 3:Lesson Plans, PPP lesson plan sample, Student Levels, Classroom Strategies, STT/TTT and Giving Directions. HW: Reading Module 4, M3A1, M3A2. Quiz M3Q2

  • Lesson 7

Module 4:History of English, A Functional Approach to Teaching Grammar, The Teaching of Grammar. HW: Reading M4. Students prepare to teach grammar topic in next lesson.

  • Lesson 8

Module 4: (Students present) Word Order in English, Parts of Speech, Verbs, General Grammatical Structures for TEFL, The Twelve Main Verb Tenses of English. HW: Reading M4, M4A1. Quiz M4Q1. Students prepare to teach grammar topics in next lesson.

  • Lesson 9

Module 4: (Students present) The Twelve Main Verb Tenses of English. HW: Reading M4, M4A1. Quiz M4Q2. Students prepare to teach grammar topics in next lesson.

  • Lesson 10

Module 4: (Students present) Phrasal Verbs, Reported Speech, Conditionals,Passive Voice. HW: Reading: M5, Quiz M4Q3, M4Q4

  • Lesson 12

Module 4: (Students present) Conditionals,Passive Voice. HW: Reading: M5, M4A2. M4Q5, M4Q6

  • Lesson 13

Module 5: Teaching Vocabulary and Forms-Oral Drills, Vocabulary PPP Procedure, Teaching Meaning, Recall Drills, Oral Vocabulary Production Activities. HW: Reading M5. Quiz M5Q1

  • Lesson 14

Module 5: Conversation Lessons, Sample Conversation Lesson Plan. HW: Reading M6. M5A1.

  • Lesson 15

Module 6: Receptive Skill Development, Modern Principles of Receptive Skills, Receptive Skills Lesson Plan, Listening Difficulties and Types of Activities, Types of Listening Exercises. HW: Reading M6.

  • Lesson 16

Module 6:Teaching Listening.Listening Difficulties and Types of Activities, Types of Listening Exercises. HW: Reading M6, M6A1. Quiz M6Q1.

  • Lesson 17

Module 6: Reading as Experienced by Many Students, The Goals of Reading Instruction, Reading Strategies, Ten Things to Do Before Reading, Teaching Reading Skills Chart, Reading Lesson Plan, Teaching Literature. HW: Reading M7, M6A2. Quiz M6Q2.

  • Lesson 18

Module 7: Teaching Literacy, Developing Writing Skills, Types of Writing, The Components of Writing, Providing Written Feedback, Writing Lesson Plan Based on Needs Analysis. HW: Reading M7, M7A1.

  • Lesson 19

Module 7: Developing and Conducting Speaking Practice, Pronunciation-Intonation, Minimal Pairs. HW: Reading M8. Quiz M7Q1, M7Q2.

  • Lesson 20

Module 8: Visuals, ESL Textbooks and Supplemental Materials, Online Resources, Video, and CALL (Computer Assisted Language Learning), Games for the Classroom. Homework: Reading M8. M8A1. Quiz M8Q1

  • Lesson 21

Module 8: Assessing Student Performance, Standardized Tests for English Students. HW: Reading M9. M8A2. Quiz M8Q2

  • Lesson 22

Module 9:Formal Lesson Planning.

  • Lesson 23

Writing a CV and cover letter, applying for jobs. HW: Write CV

  • Lesson 24

Back to grammar. Review of tense forms and grammar metalanguage. HW: Students present assigned grammar topic

  • Lesson 25

Grammar Review. Student present assigned grammar topics. Class feedback HW: New grammar topics.

  • Lesson 26

Grammar Review. Student present assigned grammar topics. Class feedback. HW: Students present a receptive skill activity

  • Lesson 27

Presentation of Receptive lesson. Class feedback. HW: Present a vocabulary lesson.

  • Lesson 28

Presentation of vocabulary lesson. Class feedback. HW: Present a productive skill activity

  • Lesson 29

Presentation of productive skill activity. Class feedback. HW: Final Review Quiz.

  • Lesson 30

Final Review. Discuss any questions or concerns of students.


A 2 week study period is given to students to complete and submit their final projects. Instructors are available at given times to help students with these projects. At the end of the 2 week study period, a final exam and final presentation are conducted.

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