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About EBC

Why should I choose EBC?

Here is a summary of some very good reasons to choose EBC:

  • A TEFL course that meets the internationally recognised TEFL certificate requirements of at least 100 training hours and 6 hours of observed teaching practice
  • An EBC certificate dual award certificate in TESOL and TEFL
  • Experience
  • Top quality trainers
  • Staff approachability
  • 24 hours of  teaching practice
  • Teacher/Student interaction
  • International recognition
  • Student intake quality
  • Training quality: designed for teachers by teachers and we NEVER cancel courses
  • Student satisfaction
  • Great cities to study and work in

and lastly but most importantly

  • Jobs – Our unrivalled, lifelong commitment to helping you find work

Experience

We have been providing EFL training, language translation and other language services in Madrid, Spain since 1996. EBC is now a successful and well known language centre. Don’t believe us!, look at EBC y Asociados clients. We now want to share our wealth of knowledge and practical experience with people like you who would like to enter the English as a Foreign Language teaching profession by offering the EBC International TEFL Certificate.

Since our EBC International TEFL certificate course started we have trained and placed over 1,000 satisfied teachers throughout the world. We get a continual stream of requests from language schools throughout the world requesting lists of our graduates. Why? because we are one of the very few TEFL courses in the world that insists on an applicant having a degree/5 years professional work experience and being at least 21 as a standard entry requirement. This means that prospective employers know that our intake standards are high and therefore our graduates will be top quality.

Top quality trainers

As you are the best, we believe that you should be taught by people who are experts in TEFL. Our trainers each have, on average, 10 to 15 years experience teaching English as a foreign language. In addition to TEFL experience, our EBC TEFL trainers hold BAs and Masters degrees in just about every language related area you can think of.

Our trainers also give external lectures on teacher training, organise UNICEF English summer camps and have authored TEFL text books and audio tapes. These people know their subject and even more importantly, they know how to teach it effectively.

By comparison, other courses insist on 5 years or even less TEFL experience and in some cases don’t even insist that the prospective trainer has a degree.

Staff approachability

We want you to feel comfortable from day 1. Our centres are in Spanish speaking countries but if you don’t speak Spanish don’t worry. You will find that all of our TEFL trainers, support staff and management all speak advanced level Spanish so if you need help with anything in Spanish that you don’t understand you can ask anyone.

In addition, if you have any other questions relating to life in general, our campus locations, how you’re getting on, study problems, you name it – you will find us there for you. If you have any problems, great or small, let us know and we will be happy to help you resolve it.

24 hours of teaching practice

“Practice makes perfect”, so we’ve made sure you get a fair crack at perfecting your teaching style by the time you graduate. Compare what we offer to the 6 or so hours you’d get taking other well-known courses.

An outline of the practice sessions

EBC has scheduled a total of 24 hours teaching practice time into the course. This comprises

  • 8 hours of EBC trainer demonstration classes;
  • 8 hours of peer group practice sessions (rehearsals);
  • 8 hours teaching 8, 1 hour classes to groups of non-native English speakers.

EBC trainer demonstration classes

You may never have taught before, so rather than throw you straight in at the deep end, we introduce you to teaching in a gradual manner. The EBC trainers will give you demonstration classes in order to highlight do’s and don’ts in the classroom. The classes also serve to introduce you to different approaches to teaching the main aspects of English to non-native speakers.

The first demonstration class you will be given serves two purposes: it serves as a vehicle to show you how to teach and it also serves to help you understand the difficulties in learning a foreign language as you will not be taught in English. Instead you will be given a language lesson in one of a few rather obscure languages.

There is an open analysis and feed-back session after each demonstration class.

Observed peer group practice sessions

Prior to delivering each one hour class, you will be given the opportunity to rehearse your lesson in front of your peers and course trainer. You’ll be asked to stand up and teach a segment of your planned lesson and walk through how the plan will help your students reach the lesson objective.

You will receive feed-back from both your peers and your EBC course tutor.

Observed 8 x 1 hour classes to groups of non-native English speakers

These 8, 1 hour classes are the real thing. You will teach each of your planned lessons to groups on non-English speakers. You will teach at least 2 groups of beginner, 2 groups of intermediate and 2 groups of advanced students. The remaining 2 classes are  allocated at random but they will also be beginner, intermediate or advanced students.

Every class you teach will be observed by a rotation of the EBC course trainers and your training centre’s Head of Training. This means that you will be observed by a substantial number of people, therefore the analysis and help we can give you during the feed-back sessions will be immense. Everything is designed to help you get into the swing of teaching as quickly as possible. We don’t like leaving things to chance.

You will receive formally documented feed-back from your EBC course trainer in a private review session.

Teacher/Student interaction

We believe very strongly in giving you as much feed-back as possible regarding your course progress. There are times planned into our 4 week schedule when you will have private tutorial sessions with your course trainer in order to discuss your progress. The tutorials are two-way so you’ll get the opportunity to be frank with your trainer and ask questions you possibly would not like to ask in class.

All criticism will be given in a positive manner. It should also be taken positively and acted upon accordingly. Teacher/student interaction is there because we want to help you pass the course. We take teacher/student interaction very seriously and we do follow up to make sure that you’ve taken it on board.

International recognition

Our internationally recognised TEFL and TESOL certificates enable you to teach in any classroom in the world.

We get a continual stream of requests from language schools throughout the world requesting lists of our graduates. Why? because we are one of the very few TEFL courses in the world that insists on an applicant having a degree/5 years professional work experience and being at least 21 as a standard entry requirement. This means that prospective employers know that our intake standards are high and therefore our graduates will be top quality.

The quality of our course is recognised by the companies that hire our graduates because if our graduates were second rate, they would not be entertained as TESOL TEFL job applicants.

Student intake quality

We believe that the best people get the best jobs. Our  entry requirements are stricter than most other TEFL Certificate courses, including other well-known courses because we want to attract quality rather than quantity. EBC requires you to be at least 21 and to either have a degree or a minimum of 5 years continuous, verifiable work experience. Other well-known courses state in their brochures that 18 year old high school graduates are admissible.

The reason we have a higher set of requirements than most is because we know that the job market will almost immediately hire someone who is 21 or older, has a degree and/or 5 years work experience and is a TEFL/TESOL certified English teacher. We don’t want anyone who takes the EBC course to suffer the lack of job offer frustrations others have suffered due to taking lower quality certificate courses.

We accept the fact that stricter entry requirements will attract people who are more demanding and who have higher expectations. Indeed many of our students have had Masters and to date we’ve had several PhD students. We have proved that the EBC International TEFL Certificate course meets both higher demands and expectations.

Training quality

A course designed and delivered by teachers for teachers

EBC is a language training company that was founded by teachers and employs highly skilled teachers. This means that EBC has first hand experience of what the EFL job market requires. This special knowledge has allowed us to develop our course as an intensive, practical and hands-on programme that trains you to be an effective ESOL EFL teaching professional.

Our one month intensive TEFL certificate course exceeds international certificate course guidelines which state that you have to complete a 100 hundred hour course that includes 6 hours of teaching practice. The EBC TEFL course is 150 hours including 24 hours of teaching practice.

We do not cancel courses

For financial reasons, some TEFL Certificate course providers may cancel courses at short notice due to lack of numbers. Some course providers have a right to cancel clause in their contract.

Cancellation causes stress, inconvenience and financial penalties to the people who may have signed up for a course and already made travel arrangements. We will not cancel courses even if we lose money. Why? Because if you want to come and study with us, why should we inconvenience you because we will suffer financially. It’s greedy and immoral to do this, so we don’t do it.

The only reason we would not run a course is if no-one signed up for it. So far we haven’t had this problem.

Student satisfaction

After each course we ask all course participants for feedback. The reason we do this is not to make us feel good (although it does) but to look for areas in which we can improve existing course areas and add new services/facilities. We take every survey response very seriously.

Part of the survey asks for a brief testimonial comment about the course. You can see them in the testimonials section.

Great cities to study and work in

Our campus locations are terrific cities to study and live in. In addition to learning how to be an EFL teacher you’ll get exposure to an entirely new perspective on life. Our campus location cities are cultural melting pots and have deep historical ties.

It’ll take you a long time to get bored with our campus location countries, so come prepared to stay for a while.

Will I be able to work as an English teacher?

All our EBC TEFL graduates who have wanted to stay and work in Madrid have done so.

The same goes for our other locations. You will have no problems looking for an English teaching job after graduation.

After 16 years of delivering TEFL and TESOL courses in our worldwide locations, language schools know us and await our graduating classes to interview for their English teaching positions.

There is no magic to it. We continuously give the best training, the highest calibre in the market and language schools recognise this at interview time.

Everyone says they are the best, we simply say - “the proof is in the pudding”. In this business, the EBC pudding is the best, just ask the language schools.

Students enroling now for an EBC TEFL course have it easy because EBC has proven to language schools and companies that EBC graduates make the best TEFL and TESOL teachers.

I have heard from friends, people I know that you have an excellent Job Placement Programme. Can you help me find a job? I am already TEFL certified but I can’t find an English teaching job. I studied with another TEFL school in Madrid and they can’t help me.

We are sorry to hear that your school cannot help you.

Unfortunately, as you didn't study with EBC we cannot help you either because the EBC worldwide, lifetime job placement service is an exclusive service for our EBC graduates.

You are not the only one who has approached us with this problem. Many students who attended other courses have the same problem.

Some people have even offered to pay us for this service, but we have had to decline because this is an exclusive service for our graduates.

It would be unfair to our graduates if we gave or sold our job placement services to non-EBC graduates.

Can I get independent references?

Yes you can. After you’ve applied to take the course (it’s free to apply) you will be able to get references from past course graduates who have kindly agreed to give EBC a reference.

Click here to apply.

Do you have video testimonials?

TEFL course reviews from our course graduates

The best TEFL course reviews are from the students that took the course. We have many course reviews on video that our course graduates kindly allowed us to make.

The videos showing EBC’s TEFL course reviews were spontaneous and honest. The content of each of the TEFL course reviews was solely made by the student.

If you want to see our EBC TEFL course reviews, visit our YouTube channel.

EBC also has written course reviews that can be seen on our written TEFL course reviews web page. It comes as no surprise that EBC is one of the most valued TEFL course available today. EBC doesn’t say this, our students do. Based on our TEFL course reviews you’ll see why. It’s also no surprise that 80% of our course attendees are recommended by friends, associates and acquaintances who have previously take the EBC TEFL course. It’s not just limited to graduate recommendations, top language schools also recommend unqualified applicants to take the EBC TEFL course.

Do you have graduate teaching practice videos?

Watch online teaching practice videos of our course students

This is how you will be teaching. Watch online teaching practice videos to see what you will accomplish. TEFL teaching practice is crucial to your success as a teacher. No decent school will hire teachers unless they have done a course with TEFL teaching practice.

If you are interested in teaching English abroad, this is a good place to start as it will give a a true insight into what TEFL teaching practice is all about and what it’s like to teach an English class.

Below is a small selection of our students teaching practice classes. Click the thumbnails to watch the videos.

If you want to see more, visit our YouTube channel. EBC TEFL course on YouTube

 

EBC guarantees the following for your TEFL teaching practice classes

  • You will teach your 8 hours of observed TEFL teaching practice classes to non-native English speakers.
  • You will have a total of 8 hours of TEFL teaching practice rehearsal BEFORE you teach your classes
  • Your trainer will give you 8 hours of TEFL teaching practice demonstration classes
  • We show you how to create your lessons plans and teaching material.
  • We ensure that your TEFL teaching practice gives you experience teaching to all levels.
  • Teaching to all levels will give you invaluable insight into each level’s learning challenges.
  • Your TEFL teaching practice prepares you for the real world of teaching.
  • You will teach to beginner, intermediate and advanced level learners.
  • You will teach at least 2 classes to each of these learner levels.
  • You will teach to all levels so that you can see first-hand what each level’s learning problems are and the types of questions you are asked.
  • Your TEFL teaching practice schedule will be given to you on the first day of the course.
  • Your classes are grouped by level according to international standards.
  • The accepted codes for the international standards are: Beginner (A1/A2) Intermediate (B1/B2) Advanced (C1/C2).
  • As well as your TEFL teaching practice classes you will also be given 8 hours of trainer demonstration classes.
  • As preparation for your TEFL teaching practice classes there is an additional 8 hours of trainer observed micro-teaching (dress rehearsals).

What do language schools say about the quality of EBC trained teachers?

Unedited language school reviews from schools that appreciate EBC’s training

Here are some of the unedited language school reviews from schools that appreciate EBC’s training plus our graduates knowledge and professionalism. These language school reviews are 100% unsolicited. These language school reviews are a direct result of EBC’s training quality and our course graduates hard work and dedication.

Language school reviews

“From experience of interviewing and employing both EBC and TT Mxxxxx teachers, as a rule EBC teachers, come through much stronger in all areas at interview and subsequently we employ more with better results.”


“Do you have more graduates available?”


“I am the coordinator and teacher in an institute that gives in-company lessons. As the experience working with qualified native speakers graduated from your school has been highly positive, I’d greatly appreciate it if you could send me the names of native speakers that have recently completed TESOL courses in your school. Looking forward to hearing from you! Thanks in advance!”


“My name is Kristin Lauria, and I am an EBC TEFL cert. graduate. My husband, Richard Judkins, and I completed the EBC course in the summer of 2004. We subsequently moved to China and taught English for nearly four years. We had a great experience and were very grateful for our EBC training. I am writing to inform you of a teaching opportunity for TEFL certificate program graduates. The government-run school where we worked for 3 years is currently looking for new teachers. They prefer teachers with TEFL certificates and require a Bachelor’s degree as well. They’re hoping to find teachers from native English-speaking countries. If you know of any current EBC students or recent graduates who might be interested in this opportunity, please feel free to pass along my email address and I will gladly provide additional info.”


“Thanks a lot for sending us more candidates. We will not hesitate to take them into account for the following academic year, which we start in September. If you have more candidates we will be pleased to receive their CVs.”


“Nosotros hemos tenido muchos profesores de EBC y estamos encantados de su conocimiento y profesionalismo.”

[“We’ve taken a lot of teachers from EBC and we are very happy with their knowledge and professionalism.”]


“Thank you for the CVs. I would also like to take the opportunity to tell you that Peter Arant has been working out wonderfully and that the students are very happy with him. I hope we have him on board for the long haul.”


“Thanks for sending all the CVs over the years. As you probably know, we have hired quite a few and have had pretty good results in the classroom thanks to them.”


“Thank you for sending us your candidates, we find they are of a very high quality.”


“Thank you very much! These student CV’s are absolutely helpful!”


“Once again, thank you very much for referring teachers to me. Keep doing so … it’s really helpful!”


“Your e-email could not be more timely as right now I am looking for native speakers to cover positions in my company. Thank you very much for referring Melissa to me. I’ll contact her right away and, please, keep sending me potential teachers, I always need teachers!”


“First of all, thank you so much for sending us information about EBC graduates. Two of them are already part of our team:  Jacob Baynes and Michael Euell. We are currently recruiting teachers for 2 important projects and I was wondering whether you could circulate this among EBC recent graduates.”


“Just to say thanks for the teachers that you’ve been sending us this year, we’ve been in touch with many of them and come to agreements with quite a few to collaborate with us. Please keep sending their CVs and feel free to encourage your graduates to pop by or phone us here as we are always looking for teachers. We can offer block academy hours as well as well paid business hours within a professional yet informal atmosphere.”


“I got your email from one of our teachers that studied with EBC, Oliver Winants. We are looking for teachers to teach in companies urgently. Can you provide me with some teachers who might be interested?”


“There´s a teacher who’d like to work with us and I suggested he took the Tefl Certificate with you: shall I give him your email address or just the phone number of your offices here in Buenos Aires?”


“I really appreciate all the names of graduates you are sending me.”


“This is Andrew from English World Madrid. I’m in need of English teachers to start next week and the following. Please if you can send me some, I would appreciate it very much.”


“Just to say thanks for sending the CV´s. Very much appreciated.”


“Thanks for sending CVs of teachers. Please keep sending them.”


“I am very happy you have contacted. At the moment, my school has hired EBC teachers  and we are all quite satisfied.”


“Thank you for each and every CV that you are sending us. We really appreciate it.”


“I was wondering if you will have more certified teachers soon as we still need to hire some.  Pls, forward cvs if there are teachers available.”


“I wanted to thank you for the individual CVs you have been sending us with interesting candidates. Interviews have been productive and fruitful, and we will be employing some of them.”

I am an EBC graduate. If I refer someone, do I get a referral bonus?

EBC graduate? Earn $100 through our TEFL course student referral program

Our student referral program is available to all EBC TEFL course graduates who would like to refer potential new students to EBC.

If you have a web site and would like a student referral program widget to automate your referrals, contact us.

EBC will give you a student referral fee of 100 US Dollars per person referred based on the following terms and conditions:

  • The applicants you refer must put your name on their application form or you will not be able to collect your student referral fee. There are no exceptions to this condition.
  • You will be paid the student referral fee when the student starts the course.
  • If a referred student reverses his/her course payment, we will reverse your student referral fee.
  • We will only pay the student referral fee to a PayPal account you give us.
  • You must claim your student referral fee within 3 months after the course end date. No student referral fees will be paid after this period has expired.
  • EBC will only pay one student referral fee per student. If an applicant indicates two or more people referring him/her, the student referral fee will be divided accordingly. EBC will not get involved in resolving disputes about who receives the payment.
  • Student referral fees cannot be back-dated.
  • There are no limits to the number of times you can receive a student referral fee. For example: if you refer 4 students who attend a course, you get 4 x 100 USD ($400).
  • The student referral fee only applies to attendees of the four week, intensive course.
  • There is no student referral fee for the online course, the blended course and the teaching practice course.
  • The student referral program only applies to students who apply and pay directly through EBC. The program does not apply to students who apply and/or pay through any third party agents.
  • EBC reserves the right to modify or withdraw the student referral program at any time.

The EBC student referral program has been in effect since April, 2005.

My parents have questions, what should I tell them?

For parents, an explanation of what EBC is all about

Dear Sir or Madam,

I speak to you on behalf of EBC and as a parent who knows that most parents always want the best for their children. I have worked for EBC since it started in 2002 and seen the great results, reception and personal fulfilment of our graduates.

EBC is looking forward to providing your son or daughter with the teacher training, job assistance, travel support and accommodation that he or she will need in order to become a successful English teacher and find a teaching job after graduation in the shortest time possible.

EBC provides all the services and tools necessary to enable all our students to get the most out of their study abroad experience with EBC. Having your son or daughter live abroad presents a new and exciting challenge to both you and your child regardless of the length of stay or destination. For this reason I would like to take this opportunity to explain how EBC will be with there to assist your son or daughter every step of the way.

EBC has been offering its teach English abroad TEFL certification programme since 2002 and has graduated thousands of satisfied teachers. We have also successfully found work for all of our course graduates that wanted to stay on and find work.

As with all responsible organisations, the comfort and safety of our students is our number one priority. Prior to arrival we help by assisting each attendee through the process. Upon arrival we make sure that each attendee is briefed about the campus location where they are studying.

In addition to making student safety a priority we also provide the following services to help your son or daughter arrange his/her trip.

  • A flight finder that lists reliable and reputable flight agencies to enable you to get the best flight deals.
  • Recommended accommodation that will give your son or daughter a safe, clean and comfortable place to stay during the course. EBC staff will also give advice about accommodation if your son or daughter decides to stay on and work in the campus location.
  • A travel and health insurance finder that recommends different insurance options and provides a list of of reputable insurance agents that provide coverage abroad.

To ensure safe arrival at your son or daughter’s chosen campus location, we send out arrival instructions prior to the course start date so that your son or daughter can familiarise him/herself with our campus address. We send a map, instructions of how to get to the training centre and a list of 24/7 contact phone numbers in case of emergencies.

Our fee processing is handled by Visa, MasterCard and PayPal. These are the most secure, regulated and identify theft-proof payment systems available.

EBC is a professional training organisation run by teachers with the sole aim of providing a safe and high-quality environment in which your son or daughter can study.

EBC welcomes your questions and has a transparent, open-door policy for all parent enquiries so if you also want to contact us to ask questions you are more than welcome to do so.

Sincerely,

Jim Ross,
TEFL Coordinator,
EBC servicios Linguisticos.

About EBC’s TEFL courses

Is EBC one of the best TEFL courses?

Our graduates seem to think that EBC is one of the best TEFL courses around. At the end of every TEFL course, EBC asks each new graduate to fill out a survey form that rates EBC. Here are the numerical results.

EBC’s TEFL course satisfaction ratings from our graduates

How can you know for sure that EBC really is one of the best TEFL courses?

The honest answer is that the best TEFL courses are the ones that best suit your needs. So if EBC meets your needs regarding:

  • complete support regarding all the logistical issues regarding your attendance,
  • providing high-quality training followed up with a pro-active, lifetime, worldwide job program
  • giving you a thorough and practical preparation for interviewing and starting work,
  • helping you start working within about a week of graduating,

then EBC is one of the best TEFL courses. If you have other priorities that EBC does not address, then we aren’t.

We never leave anything to chance and we plan everything around you, our students. To find out and make sure that EBC is one of the best TEFL courses we ask every student to rate us at the end of the course.

We then add  up the numbers and if we’ve dropped below an 80% satisfaction rating, we know that it’s time for a change.

Doing this is the only way to make sure that EBC remains one of the best TEFL courses.

Who will train me?

As you are the best, we believe that you should be taught by people who are experts in TESOL TEFL. Our trainers each have, on average, 10 to 15 years experience teaching English as a foreign language. In addition to TESOL TEFL experience, our EBC TEFL trainers hold BAs and Masters degrees in just about every language related area you can think of.

Our trainers also give external lectures on teacher training, organise UNICEF English summer camps and have authored TESOL TEFL text books and audio tapes. These people know their subject and even more importantly, they know how to teach it effectively.

By comparison, other courses insist on 5 years or even less TESOL TEFL experience and in some cases don’t even insist that the their trainers have a degree.

Click here for more details about our trainers.

How do I apply for a course?

TEFL course application instructions

Safely apply for a TEFL course, enrol, contact previous graduates, contact EBC and more. Our system is designed to protect your identity and personal data from unauthorised access.

Pre-admission TEFL course check-list

1 – Correspondence requirement

All written correspondence with EBC is by email. You must have easy access to an email account that you use regularly.

If you have a spam filter, tell your email account to accept emails ending in @ebcteflcourse.com

2 – TEFL course entry requirements

Read the “What are EBC’s TEFL course minimum entry requirements?” section.

3 – Service agreement

When you apply for a TEFL course you acknowledge your acceptance of the EBC Service Agreement. Read the Service Agreement before you apply.

The discount only applies to the 4 week TEFL course.

4 week TEFL course admissions

  • Read the pre-admission check-list (above).
  • Click here to apply for the 4 week intensive TEFL course.
  • We will inform you of your acceptance status with 2 working days of receiving your application.
  • Once your deposit or full payment is processed, your course place is guaranteed.
  • Make your travel arrangements.
  • There is pre-course work that must be done and completed before you start your course.
  • All arrival information and pre-course is available from the main menu of your student account that is set up after you have sent your deposit or full course payment.
  • You must be fully paid before the course starts. We will send you a reminder when your final payment is due.
  • On the first day of the course you MUST BRING a copy of your payment receipts, proof of age and copies of your qualifications or you will NOT BE ALLOWED TO START THE COURSE.
  • Discounts may apply, look at the page image for the current offer. Discounts are time limited may be withdrawn at any time.

Online TEFL course admissions

  • Read the pre-admission check-list (above).
  • Click here to apply for the online TEFL course.
  • We will inform you of your acceptance status with 2 working days of receiving your application.
  • Once your payment is received, you will be sent full instructions about logging in to the course.
  • No discounts are available for this course.

2 week teaching practice course admissions

  • Read the pre-admission check-list (above).
  • Click here to apply for the 2 week teaching practice course.
  • We will inform you of your acceptance status with 2 working days of receiving your application.
  • Once your payment is received, your course place is guaranteed.
  • Make your travel arrangements.
  • All arrival information and pre-course is available from the main menu of your student account that is set up after you have sent your deposit or full course payment.
  • On the first day of the course you MUST BRING a copy of your payment receipt, proof of age and copies of your qualifications or you will NOT BE ALLOWED TO START THE COURSE.
  • No discounts are available for this course.

What is EBC’s admissions policy?

Admissions policy for the EBC teach English abroad TEFL certification program

EBC is an equal opportunity educational institution and prides itself on ensuring diversity within its
student body.

EBC accepts and enrols students continuously during the year. The admissions staff treat each application carefully, evaluating personal as well as intellectual qualities, and making every effort to be thorough, sensitive and fair.

Our goal is to bring together groups with: high academic ability, professional experience and a variety of backgrounds, particular interests, accomplishments and aspirations. EBC offers a residential course where students have much to offer and to learn from each other.

Minimum entry requirements

Our entry requirements are stricter than most TEFL Certificate courses, because we want to attract quality rather than quantity. We believe that the best people with the best training get the best jobs.

4 week and Blended courses

EBC requires you to be at least 21 and to either have a degree or a minimum of 5 years work experience. Almost all other courses including well-known courses will accept 18 year old high school graduates.

Online courses

You must be at least 18 years old to take the EBC Online TEFL course.

Why the high entry requirements for 4 week and blended courses?

We know that the job market will almost immediately hire someone who is 21 or older, has a degree and/or 5 years work experience and has a quality TEFL Certificate like ours. We don’t want anyone who takes our course to suffer the lack of job offer frustrations others have suffered after taking other certificate courses.

We accept the fact that stricter entry requirements will attract people that are more demanding and have higher expectations. Indeed many of our students have had Masters and to date we’ve had several PhD students. We have proved that the EBC International TEFL Certificate course meets both higher demands and expectations.

For the quality and range of services plus all of the support that EBC gives, you’ll be hard pressed to find a better value-for-money course that also includes lifetime career support.

What are EBC’s TEFL course minimum entry requirements?

The TEFL certification requirements for entry to all EBC TEFL courses

This page contains all TEFL certification requirements for entry onto the EBC TEFL training program’s courses.

No previous teaching experience required

  • You don’t need previous experience in teaching English to join the EBC TEFL training program.
  • Our minimum entry requirements are higher than all other TEFL training programs.
  • We want to attract you, the best qualified people to receive top-quality training and then help you get the best jobs.

Four week intensive and blended TEFL course requirements

Obligatory TEFL certification requirements

Requirements for candidates for the 4 week TEFL course and the blended TEFL course

  • You must agree to have a phone interview before you are accepted
  • You must be 21 years old by the course start date
  • You must have a high level of competence in all aspects of English (*)
  • You must have either a degree (or similar level professional qualification) or 5 years work experience

(*) Non-native English speakers are eligible if they meet the requirements mentioned in the Non-native English Speakerssection shown below.

Optional TEFL certification requirements

These are optional requirements that will help your application for the 4 week TEFL course and the 2 week teaching practice course. If you have experience in any of the following areas please include it on your TEFL course application.

  • Lived, worked or traveled abroad
  • Knowledge of a second language
  • Work experience
  • Recent additional studies
  • Experience in dealing with groups of people
  • Volunteer work
  • Mentoring, tutoring or teaching
  • Teaching experience

You must also show serious intent to use your teacher training in a realistic way for your career development.

TEFL certification requirements for non-native English speakers

You must have a face to face, phone or Skype interview with us so that we can assess your speaking skills and assess your English level.  We will decide if you have the level to be considered for the EBC International TEFL TESOL certification course and the blended TEFL TESOL course.

After the interview you may be required to shown one of the following:

  • A degree from a university in one of the following countries: Australia, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, United Kingdom or the United States of America
  • Cambridge CPE (Certificate of Proficiency in English)
  • IELTS level 6
  • TOEFL (minimum scores 525 on the paper-based test or 80 on the computer-based test)

Online TEFL course requirements

  • You must be at least 18 years old to take our online TEFL course.

What are the start dates for EBC’s intensive TEFL certificate courses?

How can I apply to take the EBC intensive TEFL certificate courses?

Where are the EBC TEFL training centres?

EBC has training centres in the great locations around the world.

Click here to go to the first campus location page.

How long does the EBC intensive TEFL course take to complete?

The EBC intensive TEFL course runs full-time for 4 weeks.

It comprises 150 hours of study: pre-course work, classroom training, lesson planning, teaching practice and feedback, homework and employment opportunities.

What are my payment options?

4 week intensive TEFL certificate course

Your course fee is paid in 2 parts:

  1. A non-refundable deposit to reserve your course place.
  2. The remaining balance is paid one month before the course starts. If it is not paid, EBC reserves the right to move you to a future course if the course fills up before we receive your final payment.

If you haven’t applied yet, click here, it’s free to apply!

Online and Blended TEFL courses

Your course fee is paid in full before you start your course.

If you haven’t applied yet, click here, it’s free to apply!

What’s the average EBC TEFL course student profile?

Age

  • Youngest student: 21
  • Oldest student: 68
  • Average age: 27

Qualifications

  • 97% of students hold a bachelors degree (the remaining 3% have at least 5 years professional work experience)
  • 12% of students hold a masters degree
  • 2% of students hold a doctorate

Gender

  • 60% of students are female
  • 40% of students are male

Nationality

  • 55% of students are from the USA
  • 30% of students are from the UK
  • 15% of students are from other countries

EBC’s guaranteed worldwide job placement

English teaching jobs FAQs


  • What is the EBC job placement programme?
  • Do you guarantee jobs?
  • Will you help find me a job after the course?
  • How the EBC job placement programme all fits together
  • Some cautionary tales from people who did not study with EBC

These and other answers in our English teaching jobs FAQs

Travel and insurance assistance

Can you help me with health insurance and flights?

Yes we can. EBC provides this service to help you get you the best flights deals possible. EBC is not responsible for any aspect of any flights, insurances or any other services you arrange using this or other services. EBC does not arrange your flights for you but we will offer help and advice as and when we can. All Prices are subject to change without notice. Please ensure that you are fully aware of all fees, deposits, payment terms, refund conditions, etc. prior to buying your flight.

What to bring when you teach English abroad

Travel safe – Get travel and health insurance

EBC has a discount agreement with AESU. Mention our discount code #141 when you book.

AESU is a full-service travel firm and has been a leader in the travel industry since 1977 offering European tours and city stays. International discount airfares from over 200 US cities to over 180 international cities worldwide.

Kayak

A quick way to compare flight prices and buy your ticket. Works with multiple airlines and other flight operators from most major airports around the world.

Sky Scanner

Leading travel website that allows you to find flights and make bookings directly with hundreds of airlines quickly and safely.

Expedia

A leading provider of travel planning services. In 2001, the eighth largest travel agency in the United States. Offers travel services provided by over 450 airlines and 43,000 lodging properties etc.

Travelocity

Travelocity pioneered the online travel space and continues to be the most popular travel service on the Web, giving consumers the tools and information to plan, save and make their travel better.

Last Minute

Based on the idea of matching supply and demand, lastminute.com offers consumers last minute opportunities to book airline tickets, hotel rooms etc.

Student Universe

Student Universe is the online travel service that enables students to travel for less. By negotiating with the major airlines on the their behalf, Student Universe provides students with exclusive, significantly discounted airfares.

STA Travel

The world’s largest student travel organization with offices in more than 20 countries across the globe.

EasyJet

One of the UK’s leading budget airlines for flights to Madrid and Chania.

Ryanair

One of the UK’s leading budget airlines for flights to Madrid and Chania.

Travelcraft USA

A full service travel agency specialising in student travel, group tours and educational trips of all kinds.

Book your insurance

We recommend you read our article, Teach English abroad health insurance advice, before you buy your insurance.

Global insurance cover

Two worldwide companies that offer travel/health insurance are:

Online insurance broker

The following web site is an excellent resource for shopping around for all types of insurance including travel and medical insurance.

  • Insure my trip is an excellent independent site with lots of insurance options.

Do you offer accommodation as well?

Yes we do. EBC has negotiated some great rates for you with reputable local accommodation providers in each one of our course campus locations.

The EBC accommodation service will help you get reliable accommodation without the additional cost of a middle-man.

Each campus location has its own set of accommodation packages.

Click here to go to the campus location main page and select your preferred training centre.

Will I need a travel visa?

Before you send a deposit you must check with your nearest campus location country’s embassy or consulate as to exactly what you need to do in order to apply for a tourist visa.

In order to take the course you must have a tourist visa that will allow you to stay in your chosen campus location’s country for 5 weeks.

If you are taking the Madrid TEFL course Road2Spain programme, we will send you detailed instructions about the entire Student Visa process.

The 4 week EBC international TEFL certificate course

Introduction to the EBC international TEFL certificate course

Attend the EBC international TEFL certificate course and get a two award certificate that covers both TEFL and TESOL.

The 4 week, intensive EBC International TEFL Certificate course is a practical and thorough course designed for candidates that have no previous experience in English teaching. It is also suitable for candidates that have some experience but no formal training in the TEFL TESOL field.

During the 4 week TEFL course you will become familiar with the principles of successful EFL teaching and start developing the practical skills that you will need to teach effectively.

Basic facts and figures

  • The course comprises, 120 classroom hours and 40 hours homework.
  • The course includes 24 hours of teaching practice: 8 hours observed, 8 hours demonstration classes, 8 hours rehearsal.
  • The course runs for 4 consecutive weeks (20 days) from Monday to Friday. We do not close on holidays.
  • The course is ONLY available in our international training centres.

An accent tolerant TEFL course

The style of English you use is not important as long as it is correct within its own rules (e.g. Americans can teach using correct American spoken English, vocabulary, spelling, etc.) You will be expected to teach the style of English you feel most comfortable with and use it consistently.

Learn a highly portable skill

Four exciting weeks with us is your passport to living your dreams abroad, in exotic locations all over the world.

EBC has been running a highly successful 4 week intensive TEFL certificate course since 2002.

EBC has trained and placed thousands of SATISFIED TEFL TESOL course graduates in ESL/EFL teaching jobs around the world.

TESOL TEFL dual award – get certified in TESOL and TEFL

The EBC TEFL course is DUAL AWARD which means that when you graduate you will receive certification covering both TEFL and TESOL. This means that you’ll be trained to teach in either a TEFL or TESOL environment.

Take your course in great locations

You can take the EBC International TEFL Certificate course in great locations. You’ll also get to meet up with other people who, like you, are out for a great TEFL adventure.

Feel the joy of a satisfying achievement

The EBC course is rigorous and demanding. You may find that it is stressful at times, but by the end of the course, not only will you get an accredited, internationally accepted qualification, you’ll also have a great feeling of satisfaction and achievement.

EBC’s mission is to ensure that you achieve your teaching goal and help you get started on a successful EFL career.

An overview of the EBC international TEFL certificate course

The EBC International TEFL Certificate course will qualify you to teach English as a foreign language and give you the hands-on experience you need to get quality TEFL jobs around the world.

The course comprises 150 hours, a significant part spent on supervised group teaching practice, peer group and individual teaching sessions.Students are split into small training groups each with their own trainer and their own classroom. We strongly believe in keeping our groups small so you get personalised attention and value for money training.

The basis for the EBC International TEFL Certificate course is Communicative Language Teaching (CLT). CLT is a comprehensive, communicative approach that values fluency, keeping learners productively using English in the classroom, and enabling them to take responsibility for their own learning.

The main asset for anyone wishing to teach abroad is their knowledge of English, and those with TEFL qualifications are in constant demand. Qualified TEFL teachers can find a ready market for their skills in most businesses, corporations and educational institutions.

Course aims, objectives and key areas

TEFL course aim

To provide a TEFL training programme that:

  • Exceeds internationally accepted TEFL guidelines
  • Prepares students for entry into the TEFL profession
  • Gives students both theoretical knowledge and hands-on teaching experience

TEFL course objectives

Upon graduation you will:

  • Be an TESOL TEFL qualified English teaching professional capable of getting EFL teaching jobs almost anywhere in the world
  • Understand language use and analysis
  • Be knowledgeable of teaching theory and its practical application
  • Know how to manage your classroom
  • Be able to identify student learning difficulties and develop remedial action plans
  • Know how to plan, design and develop and deliver effective lessons
  • Be able to teach in both a TEFL and TESOL classroom environment

Key TEFL course areas

The EBC international TEFL certificate course concentrates on the following key areas in order to make you an efficient, knowledgeable and valuable EFL teacher:

  • Language development: use of English, ESP (English for Special Purposes) aka. business English
  • Methodology: concentrating on grammar, phonetics, learning theories and their practical application in the classroom, ESP methodology and vocabulary
  • Teaching practice: supervised group teaching, peer group and individual teaching, classroom management and lesson planning

EBC international TEFL certificate course description

During the four week, 150 hour EBC international TEFL certificate course, you will learn the principles of successful English teaching and start developing the practical skills you will need to teach effectively.

The EBC international TEFL certificate course includes 16 hours of teaching practice, 8 hours observing experienced teachers and the completion of 10 written assignments. Teaching practice is observed and critiqued. You will deliver lessons that you will create to non-native English speakers. You will get feedback so that you know how you are progressing and help you prepare for the moment when you go solo in your teaching career.

You will be taught how to communicate effectively using different methods and media. The EBC training style demands active and pro-active student participation. Your ability to work in a team is essential.

You must not speak in the learner’s foreign language when you are teaching. An essential part of our TEFL TESOL teaching method is the ability to explain and teach in English supported by classroom aids, body language etc.

Your final grade is determined by performance in 3 key areas:

  • Teaching practice
  • Successfully completed written assignments and lesson plans
  • Professional development

What can I expect when I attend the course?

Due to the extensive corporate and professional experience of EBC, the EBC international TEFL certificate course will make you a qualified and highly employable EFL teacher. Our EBC international TEFL certificate course is an intensive, challenging and rewarding course. There is a lot to learn in 4 weeks, new skills that you have to put to immediate use in real life teaching situations.

Your teaching practice classes will contain working people and/or people that need to learn English in order to help them find a job. We monitor the language level, age range and skill sets of these people to ensure your teaching practice is as real as possible.

In our challenging, demanding and highly rewarding course, you will make new friends, graduate with a TEFL qualification and experience life in a non-English speaking country.

Once you graduate with the EBC international TEFL certificate, you won’t just have another qualification, you will have joined a unique body of professionals wanting to teach and be taught by travelling and experiencing different cultures.

As well as graduating as a TEFL certified teacher, you will also learn how to quickly adapt and survive in a new cultural environment. The EBC course mirrors real life as a new teacher in a foreign country so when you have graduated you will be truly ready to teach anywhere.

There are 4 course grades: Distinction, Merit, Pass, Fail.

Distinction – awarded to students whose performance in the written assignments and lesson preparation exceeds the specified criteria and who have demonstrated in their teaching practice a level of ability and achievement significantly higher than that required to meet pass-level criteria.

Merit – awarded to students whose overall performance in the teaching practice and in the written assignments falls between the minimum pass criteria and distinction pass criteria.

Pass – awarded to students whose overall performance in the teaching practice and in the written assignments meets the minimum pass criteria.

Fail (“Attendance Letter”) – awarded to students who attended the entire course but failed to meet the minimum pass criteria.

What will I learn?

Introduction to TEFL

  • Language analysis and usage
  • EFL teaching theory and practical application
  • Classroom management
  • Lesson planning and evaluation

Learning versus teaching

  • What’s the difference?
  • The learning cycle
  • Types of students
  • What teaching models have influenced current teaching methods?

The lesson structure

  • How to present material
  • How to present key points
  • How to present explanations and instructions
  • Guidelines on effectively presenting explanations and instructions

What do we know about language learning?

  • What elements are necessary for language learning in a classroom?
  • How to effectively use: engage, study and activate techniques in lesson sequences

Planning lessons and didactic material usage

  • What are the aims of a plan?
  • What should be in a plan?
  • How to plan effective lessons
  • Different lesson components explained
  • How to select and order lesson components
  • Lesson planning and management tips
  • Sample lesson plans
  • The lesson planning promise
  • Effective use of didactic materials

What are the best kinds of lesson?

  • How to evaluate lesson effectiveness
  • How to define evaluation criteria

Classroom interaction

  • Interaction, meaning and concepts
  • Patterns of classroom interaction
  • Social aspects of classroom interaction
  • Initiation – response – feedback
  • How to implement and use interactive teaching strategies

Asking questions

  • Reasons for questioning
  • How to construct effective questions
  • How to successfully elicit answers
  • How to concept check

Feedback

  • What is feedback?
  • Approaches to the nature and function of feedback
  • How to correct mistakes
  • How to tactfully deliver feedback

Testing and assessment

  • Why test?
  • The value of assessment and correction for learning
  • How to construct successful and meaningful tests
  • How to administer tests
  • How to establish assessment reference criteria
  • How to establish assessment grades

Classroom discipline, what to do if students:

  • Keep using their own language
  • Are uncooperative
  • Don’t want to talk
  • Don’t understand what they are listening to
  • Finish their work before the others?

Teaching vocabulary

  • How to present and explain new vocabulary
  • Classroom activities that stimulate vocabulary use

How to teach grammar?

  • Understanding grammar in general
  • Understanding grammatical structures
  • Understanding grammatical meaning
  • How to present and explain new grammatical structures
  • Classroom activities that stimulate grammar use

How to teach reading

  • What is reading?
  • How do we read?
  • How to teaching reading
  • What do reading activities look like?
  • Classroom activities that stimulate reading

How to teach writing

  • Why do we write?
  • Differences between written and spoken text
  • How to teaching writing
  • What do writing activities look like?
  • Classroom activities that stimulate writing

How to teach speaking

  • How to practice oral fluency
  • How and when to correct errors during fluency exercises
  • How to resolve common speaking activities problems
  • How to use role play and related techniques
  • What do speaking activities look like?
  • Classroom activities that stimulate speaking

How to teach listening

  • What is really involved in real-life listening?
  • Common attributes of real-life listening situations
  • How to simulate real-life listening in the classroom
  • What do listening activities look like?
  • Classroom activities that stimulate listening

Student motivation and interest

  • The importance of motivation
  • Characteristics of motivated students
  • Different kinds of motivation
  • Fluctuations in student interest
  • How to effectively use motivational techniques

How to teach pronunciation

  • Long and short vowel sounds
  • Diphthongs
  • Different qualities of and pronunciation of vowels
  • Plosive consonants
  • Difficult sounds e.g. W, G, J. CH etc.
  • Intonation and its effect on phrase/sentence meaning
  • How stressed and unstressed syllables vary the rhythm of words and phrases

The teacher’s behaviour, role and responsibility

  • The characteristics of a good teacher
  • How to communicate success and its rewards
  • How to communicate failure and its penalties
  • How to make authoritative demands
  • How to structure teacher language
  • How to manage teacher talking time (TTT) versus student talking time (STT)

How to perform concept checking

  • What is concept checking?
  • Vehicles for concept checking
  • How to concept check vocabulary
  • How to concept check grammar

What difference does age make to language learning?

  • Is age a factor?
  • Do children learn more quickly than adults?
  • Basic ideas behind teaching children
  • Basic ideas behind teaching adolescents
  • Basic ideas behind teaching adults

Planning a syllabus

  • What is a syllabus?
  • Things to think about when planning a syllabus
  • What does a student need to learn?
  • Common characteristics of a syllabus
  • Types of syllabuses
  • Using the syllabus

ESP/Business English

  • Defining ESP areas of specialisation
  • Analysing needs
  • English language teaching tree
  • ESP teaching techniques

How will I learn?

Your study programme is divided into two main sections:

  • classroom based training;
  • teaching practice.

Classroom based training

You will be taught language analysis and usage, theory and practical application, classroom management and lesson planning/evaluation through the following:

  • Seminars and lectures;
  • Trainer demonstrations;
  • Group role-playing exercises.

Teaching practice

Your teaching practice is composed of the following:

  • Eight, one hour teaching practice classes given to groups of non-native English speakers;
  • Supervised group teaching practice;
  • Peer group teaching;
  • Feedback.

How will I be assessed and what are the course assignments?

The course is continually assessed on three main themes:

  • Teaching practice performance
  • Successfully completed written assignments
  • Professional development

How is the assessment performed?

Your written work and teaching practice work will be reviewed by your course trainer and the course moderator.

You will receive regular feedback from your course trainer so that you know how you are progressing. The feedback may require you to take corrective action. You are expected to act upon the feedback you are give.

Progress Metrics

Individual student performance metrics will be gathered in the following key areas:

  • Teaching practice
  • Practical teaching assessment including lesson planning, execution and the ability to give constructive lesson feedback
  • Written work that demonstrates practical knowledge of:
    • The English language system
    • TEFL theories and methodologies
    • Understanding of learners, their needs and their capacities
    • Evaluation, monitoring and assessment
    • Materials preparation and lesson planning
  • Written work must meet acceptable content, style and presentation standards for a teacher of English
  • Professional attitude to everyone associated with the course

In order to graduate the candidate must successfully complete all written and practical teaching requirements.

TEFL course written assignments

  • 8 complete lesson plans including post-lesson notes
  • An essay on the theory and practice of motivation in the classroom
  • A one to one assignment showing an extended study plan designed to meet the specific learning needs of a non-English speaker
  • This is a special exercise designed to get you used to teaching Business English

What is the course syllabus?

Classroom training

AreaDescription
The difficulties of learning a languageInitial introduction to learning a foreign language and the difficulties involved in teaching and learning.
Speaking and pronunciationHow to teach speaking and pronunciation is presented, showing what speaking activities look like, practice drills for fluency and pronunciation, role play and related techniques. To reinforce what you have learned, you  will design your own speaking and pronunciation lesson plans.
VocabularyHow to teach vocabulary. A range of strategies to present, remember and test vocabulary are taught. Ideas for vocabulary work in the class are discussed. Through group work, you will practice the elicitation techniques you learned in class.
ListeningHow to teach listening is presented, showing what real life listening in the classroom is and what listening sequences look like. To reinforce what you have learned, you will design your own listening lesson plans.
ReadingHow to teach reading is presented, what is really involved in real life reading and what reading sequences look like. To reinforce what you have learned, you will design your own reading lesson plans.
WritingHow to teach writing is presented, showing tasks that stimulate writing, how to give feedback on writing and what writing sequences look like. To reinforce what you have learned, you  will design your own writing lesson plans.
Grammar: Language functions and analysisHow to teach grammar. Grammar practice games and activities are investigated, showing you how to turn grammar into a fun and interesting lesson. You will also learn how to teach the most important English language functions.
Structure and OrganisationTrainees are presented with strategies on how to present explanations and instructions based on levels and age. Also presented are teaching models that influence current teaching practices. To reinforce what you have learned, you will design and present your own teaching structures.
Teacher languageThe theme “taught or entertained” is investigated, presenting actual teaching strategies used by experienced teachers on “how to teach and entertain.” The importance of clear instructions is discussed. To reinforce what you have learned, you will demonstrate the proper language to be used when teaching.
TEFL for childrenWhat difference does age make to language learning is investigated. You will learn practical techniques for teaching children.
ESP (English for Special Purposes) Business EnglishYou will learn about ESP (Business English), its definition, terminology, areas of specialisation. How to prepare ESP lesson plans, ESP books and supplementary material are discussed. Practical ESP lesson management strategies and ESP concept checking exercises are presented. Based on different areas of specialisation, you will develop your own ESP lesson plans to be presented during teaching practice sessions.
Classroom InteractionPatterns of classroom interaction, questioning drills and group work will be discussed. You will learn about classroom discipline and how to deal with discipline episodes.
EFL Course books and Supplementary MaterialThe most widely used EFL course books are introduced, different equipment to use, their advantages and disadvantages are discussed. You will develop your own learning resources to be used during teaching practice sessions.
Delivering feedbackYou are presented with feedback techniques, learn how to correct students and how to correct mistakes in oral and written work.
Individual (One to One) TeachingYou will learn about individualisation strategies and lesson preparation for one to one teaching. You will put into practice the learned theories in an individual (one to one) project to be presented later in class.

Lesson planning

AreaDescription
Group lesson planningYou will plan lessons in groups under the supervision of your course trainer. These lesson plans will serve as the basis for future teaching practice to both peers and non-English speaking students.
Individual lesson planningYou will create your own individual teaching practice lesson plans from original material gathered and put together by you under the guidance and supervision of your course trainer.

Teaching practice

AreaDescription
Trainer demonstrationsThere will be 4, 2 hour demonstration classes given by your course trainer. At the end of each demonstration class, there will be a question and answer session.
Teaching practiceThere will be 8, 1 hour teaching practice sessions. You will teach to classes of non-English speakers. The classes you teach are grouped into beginner, intermediate and advanced levels. You will be observed and get feedback from your course trainer.
Peer group teaching practiceThere are 8 micro-teaching sessions where you teach practice lessons to your class peers. The sessions are observed, assessed and critiqued by your course trainer and your class peers.
Individual (one to one) assignmentYour individual assignment requires you to interview a non-English speaker and write a study plan based on his/her needs. This assignment is part of the Business English teaching module.
Teaching practice critiqueThere are verbal and written feedback sessions from your peers and course trainer.

Employment opportunities

AreaDescription
Job WorkshopsYou will be introduced to the requirements of the job market, job interview questions/answers and world-wide job possibilities.You will also be given information about local requirements regarding employment, pay, bank accounts and other important practical issues associated with getting a job.

What kind of teaching practice will I get?

EBC trains you to teach to all language learner levels

Teaching practice is an essential part of your EBC international TEFL certificate course.

We run our TEFL teaching practice classes to give you the best possible practical experience teaching English to non-English speakers. Teaching practice is probably the most important thing you will do on your TEFL course.

Prospective employers will almost certainly insist that your course has given you proper training that includes TEFL teaching practice given to non-English speakers. The best language schools will definitely insist on it. EBC is one of very few TEFL course training schools that:

  • takes TEFL teaching practice seriously
  • puts in the time to pre-arrange your individualised TEFL teaching practice schedule
  • helps you organise your time by giving you your teaching schedule on the first day of the course
  • ensures that you teach to non-native English speakers
  • ensures that you teach 8 one hour classes
  • ensures that 6 of your 8 classes are observed
  • and makes sure that you get to teach to all learner levels from A1 to C2 (beginner through to advanced)

Our efforts and training ensure that you make the grade when prospective employers ask you in for an interview. TEFL teaching practice given to non-native English speakers is included in our 4 week intensive TEFL course and our 2 week teaching practice course.

Guaranteed teaching practice content

  • You will teach your 8 hours of observed TEFL teaching practice classes to non-native English speakers
  • You will have a total of 8 hours TEFL teaching practice rehearsal BEFORE you teach your classes
  • Your trainer will give you 8 hours of TEFL teaching practice demonstration classes
  • We show you how to create your lessons plans and teaching material
  • We ensure that your TEFL teaching practice gives you experience teaching to all levels
  • Teaching to all levels will give you invaluable insight into each level’s learning challenges
  • Your TEFL teaching practice prepares you for the real world of teaching
  • You will teach to beginner, intermediate and advanced level learners
  • You will teach at least 2 classes to each of these learner levels
  • You will teach to all levels so that you can see first-hand what each level’s learning problems are and the types of questions you are asked
  • Your TEFL teaching practice schedule will be given to you on the first day of the course
  • Your classes are grouped by level according to international standards
  • The accepted codes for the international standards are: Beginner (A1/A2) Intermediate (B1/B2) Advanced (C1/C2)
  • As well as your TEFL teaching practice classes you will also be given 8 hours of trainer demonstration classes
  • As preparation for your TEFL teaching practice classes there is an additional 8 hours of trainer observed micro-teaching (dress rehearsals)

What are the course’s success criteria?

High level success criteria

You’ll be celebrating too because by the end of the course you will know the following:

  • How to analyse, use and present the English language
  • How to practically apply EFL teaching theory in the classroom
  • How to manage a classroom
  • How to plan effective lessons
  • How to analyse the needs of your students
  • How to behave in the classroom and interact with your students
  • How to teach: grammar, listening, reading, writing and speaking
  • How to motivate your students
  • How to respond to student questions
  • How to find and effectively use learning materials
  • How to check that your students are learning
  • How to evaluate lesson effectiveness
  • How to analyse your success as a teacher
  • How to survive as an English teacher in a foreign country
  • How to adapt to a different culture
  • How to behave as an EFL teaching professional
  • How to succeed in an EFL teaching job interview

Detailed success criteria – everything that you will have learned

Know the difference between “Learning” and “Teaching”

  • How to determine that what you teach has been learned
  • Understand the learning cycle
  • How to adapt to the needs of the different learning capacities of students
  • Understand different EFL teaching models and their influence on current teaching styles
  • Know what elements are necessary for EFL learning in a classroom

Know how to structure lessons

  • How to present material
  • How to present key points
  • How to present explanations and instructions
  • How to order the presentation of material and exercises

Know how to plan lessons and use didactic material

  • Understand why lesson plans are important
  • Know what should be in a plan
  • Know how to plan effective lessons
  • Understand the different lesson components
  • How to select and order lesson components
  • How to maximise the use of didactic materials

Know how to determine if a lesson was successful

  • How to define lesson success evaluation criteria
  • How to evaluate lesson effectiveness

Understand classroom interaction

  • Understand interaction (teacher/student and students/student), meaning and concepts
  • Be aware of patterns of classroom interaction
  • Understand the social aspects of classroom interaction
  • How to implement and use interactive teaching strategies
  • How to effectively use initiation – response – feedback techniques
  • How to effectively use: engage, study and activate techniques

Know how to ask questions

  • Understand the reasons for questioning
  • How to construct effective questions
  • How to successfully elicit answers
  • How to concept check

Know how to give feedback

  • Understand what feedback is
  • Understand the nature and function of feedback
  • How to correct mistakes
  • How to tactfully and positively deliver feedback

Know how to test and assess

  • Understand why testing is necessary
  • Understand the value of assessment and correction for learning
  • How to establish assessment reference criteria
  • How to establish assessment grades
  • How to construct successful and meaningful tests
  • How to administer tests

Know how to maintain classroom discipline

  • How to ensure that students keep using English rather than their own language
  • How to encourage uncooperative students
  • How to get quiet students talking
  • How to help students that don’t understand dialogues that they are listening to
  • How to handle students that finish before everybody else

Know how to teach vocabulary

  • How to present and explain new vocabulary
  • How to construct classroom activities that stimulate vocabulary use

Know how to teach grammar

  • Understand grammar in general and why it is important
  • Understand grammatical structures
  • Understand grammatical meaning
  • How to present and explain new grammatical structures
  • How to construct classroom activities that stimulate grammar use

Know how to teach reading

  • Understand why we read and what the reading process is
  • Understand the differences between how people read
  • How to teaching reading
  • Know what reading activities look like
  • How to construct classroom activities that stimulate reading

Know how to teach writing

  • Understand why we write and what the reading process is
  • Understand the differences between written and spoken text
  • How to teaching writing
  • Know what writing activities look like
  • How to construct classroom activities that stimulate writing

Know how to teach speaking

  • How to practice oral fluency
  • How and when to correct errors during fluency exercises
  • How to resolve common speaking activities problems
  • How to use role play and related techniques
  • Know what speaking activities look like
  • How to construct classroom activities that stimulate speaking

Know how to teach listening

  • Understand what is really involved when we listen to someone else speak
  • Know the common attributes of real-life listening situations
  • How to simulate real-life listening in the classroom
  • Know what listening activities look like
  • How to construct classroom activities that stimulate listening

Know how to motivate students and maintain their interest

  • Understand why motivation is extremely important in learning situations
  • Understand the characteristics of motivated students
  • Understand different kinds of motivation
  • Know why their will naturally be fluctuations in student interest
  • How to effectively use motivational techniques

Know how to teach pronunciation

  • Explain and practice long and short vowel sounds
  • Explain and practice diphthongs
  • Explain and practice different qualities of and pronunciation of vowels
  • Explain and practice plosive consonants
  • Explain and practice difficult sounds e.g. W, G, J. CH etc.
  • Explain and practice intonation and its effect on phrase/sentence meaning
  • Explain and practice how stressed and unstressed syllables vary the rhythm of words and phrases

Know how to behave in the classroom

  • Know what are the characteristics of a good teacher
  • How to communicate success and its rewards
  • How to communicate failure and its penalties
  • How to make authoritative demands
  • How to structure teacher language
  • How to manage Teacher Talking Time (TTT) versus Student Talking Time (STT)
  • How to teach using English rather than having to resort to the native class language

Know how to perform concept checking

  • Understand what concept checking
  • How to effectively use different methods for concept checking
  • How to concept check vocabulary
  • How to concept check grammar

Understand the differences in learner age groups

  • Understand the “age factor” for language learning capabilities
  • Understand the differences between children and adult learning
  • Know the basics behind teaching children
  • Know the basics behind teaching adolescents
  • Know the basics behind teaching adults

Understand a syllabus

  • Know what a syllabus is
  • Know what to consider when planning a syllabus
  • How to identify what students need to learn
  • Understand the common characteristics of a syllabus
  • Understand different types of syllabuses
  • Know how to use a syllabus when planning lessons

Understand what ESP/Business English is

  • Understand the definitions of ESP areas of specialisation
  • How to conduct an ESP needs analysis
  • Understand the ESP language teaching tree
  • Understand different ESP teaching techniques

Are there any books I can read before I start my EBC TEFL course?

English language teaching books and publications

The following is a list of TEFL course books that may be referenced during the course. You DO NOT  have to buy these books prior to joining the EBC course.

After you send your deposit, we will send you an introductory manual that will prepare you for the course.

Reference book list

TitleAuthor
30 Minutes … Before a PresentationPatrick Forsyth
After the trade is madeDavid M. Weiss
Analysis for Financial ManagementRobert C. Higgins
Blueprint oneAbbs & Freebairn
Business BasicsDavid Grant and Robert McLarty
Business ClassDavid Cotton – Sue Robbins
Business EnglishWilliam Cooke
Business GamesJenny Mawer
Business OpportunitiesVicki Hollett
Business TargetsSimon Greenall
Cambridge Proficiency Examination Practice 1Cambridge University Press
Cambridge Proficiency Examination Practice 1 Teacher’s BookCambridge University Press
Classroom DynamicsJill Hadfield
Communicate Clearly – Essential ManagersRobert Heller
Countdown to First CertificateMichael Duckworth & Kathy Gude
Cultural AwarenessTomalin & Stempleski
Effective NegotiatingD. Blanchard
Elementary Communication GamesJill Hadfield
English File IntermediateClive Oxenden – Christina Latham
English Grammar in Use IntermediateRaymond Murphy
English Grammar in Use Supplementary ExercisesRaymond Murphy
English Vocabulary in Use ElementaryMichael McCarthy – Felicity O’Dell
English Vocabulary in Use Pre-Intermediate & IntermediateMichael McCarthy – Felicity O’Dell
English Vocabulary in Use Upper Intermediate & AdvancedStuart Redman
Essential Grammar in UseRaymond Murphy
Essential Read-Spell Book 4Schonell
Finance for the non-financial managerHerbert T. Spiro
First Certificate OrganiserJohn Flower
Fundamentals of English GrammarBetty Schrampfer Azar
Getting AheadJones-Macziola & White
Grammar & PracticeMichael Duckworth
Grammar: Games and Activities for teachersPeter Watcyn – Jones
Great Presentation SkillsMelody Templeton-Suzanne Sparks
Headstart BeginnerBriony Beaven
Headway IntermediateJohn & Liz Soars
Headway Upper-IntermediateJohn & Liz Soars
Headway AdvancedJohn & Liz Soars
Highly Recommended SB English for the hotel and cater.Rod Revell & Trish Stott
Highly Recommended TB English for the hotel and cater.Tim Falla
How English worksSwan & Walter
How the new stock exchange worksColin Chapman
How to write a Marketing PlanJohn Westwood
Idioms and ExercisesThe English Linguistics Study Group
In at the Deep endHollet – Carter – Lyon – Tanner
Insights into BusinessLannon – Tullis – Trappe
International Express Pre-IntermediateLiz Taylor
Introduction to Economic AnalysisMiles Fleming
Key Words in BusinessBill Mascull
MeetingsMalcolm Goodale
Negotiate in EnglishGerald Lees
Nelson GrammarDenis & Helen Ballance
New Headway ElementaryLiz & John Soars
New Headway Elementary Teacher’s Resource BookLiz & John Soars
New Headway ElementaryLiz & John Soars
New Headway Pre-IntermediateLiz & John Soars
New Headway IntermediateLiz & John Soars
New Success at First Certificate SBR.O’Neill, Duckworth & K.Gude
Online Shopping UKIan Shircore – Preton Gralla
Oxford English for ComputingBoeckner & Brown
Oxford Practice GrammarJohn Eastwood
PET Preparation and PracticeAnn Ward
Preparing for English for CommerceDavies & Pickett
Presentation SkillsSuzy Siddons
Re-Engineering the CorporationMichael Hammer y James Champy
Re-Engineering your BusinessDaniel Morris – Joel Brandon
Speaking EffectivelyComfort – Rogerson – Stott – Utley
Successful Presentation SkillsAndrew Bradbury
Technical ContactsBrieger & Comfort
Test Your Business English (Marketing)Simon Sweeney
The big book of presentation gamesScannell & Newstrom
The Oxford Guide to Writing & SpeakingJohn Seely
The Trainer’s PocketbookJohn Townsend
Understanding Wall StreetJeffrey B. Little – Lucien Rhodes
Vocabulary for College A (Third Edition)Diederich, Carlton, Papale, Papale

Is there work to be completed before I start my EBC TEFL course?

To prepare yourself for the TEFL course you will be expected to do some up-front pre-course reading and exercises. The pre-course work will introduce you to some of the TESOL TEFL teaching concepts and keywords that will be used during the course, and get you started with English grammar.

Pre-course reading

After you have applied and sent your course deposit you will receive a FREE copy of our “Introduction to TEFL” e-book. We strongly suggest that you read through it in order to get up-to-speed with the concepts of TEFL TESOL.

We also suggest that you try and read through one or more of the books in the list shown below. It is not a requirement that you buy these books. They are listed for the purposes of helping you get to grips with TEFL TESOL terminology.

How English worksSwan & Walter
Essential Grammar in UseRaymond Murphy
The Oxford Guide to Writing & SpeakingJohn Seely
Classroom DynamicsJill Hadfield
The Trainer’s PocketbookJohn Townsend
Cultural AwarenessTomalin & Stempleski

Pre-course work

Once you have sent your deposit and enrolled on the course, please go to your student management system account main menu, download and then complete the pre-course exercises. You must complete the exercises BEFORE you start the TEFL course and either bring your answers with you or email them to us at info(at)ebcteflcourse.com. The pre-course work comprises roughly 10 hours of reading and answering the set of questions you will receive.

After you have made your final payment you will receive a FREE copy of our “Basic English Grammar” self-study distance learning course.

Our FREE grammar course plus the above set of books, especially the grammar books, will help you with your pre-course exercises.

Grammar brush-up

English grammar is something we know, usually instinctively. As a teacher you will need to be able explain grammar to your students.

Bearing this in mind, we strongly suggest that you complete our FREE  “Basic English Grammar” self-study distance learning course and also read through:

“How English Works”,
published by Oxford University Press,
written by Michael Swan and Catherine Walter,
ISBN 0-19-431456-1.

Brushing-up your English grammar will help you a lot on the course.

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