This course is designed to help candidates acquire and improve the skills needed to teach English, with an emphasis on hands-on teaching practice. The course enables candidates to:

  • Acquire knowledge and familiarity with the principles of effective teaching.
  • Acquire a range of practical skills for teaching English as a foreign language.
  • Demonstrate their ability to apply their learning in a real teaching context.

This course is run by Spanish University Isabel I which collaborates with Cambridge English Language Assessment. Once the student has completed the course they will receive an Advanced TEFL certificate from Universidad Isabel I worth 6 ECTS* (150 hours).

This course has been developed for people who have experience teaching English to speakers of other languages. The candidates for this course will be people who:

  • Want to sharpen their teaching practice.
  • Want to prove their teaching practice.
  • Want to grow in confidence and become more resourceful as a teacher by gaining knowledge and skills.

It is an efficient way to obtain a teaching qualification as this course is modular and flexible. By completing this course you will:

  • Become more language-aware and able to apply this knowledge when teaching.
  • Gain a range of practical skills for teaching English.
  • Understand how and why others learn English and the role of the teacher and learner.
  • Understand the principles and practice of effective teaching.
  • Understand which resources to use with adult learners for teaching, testing and reference.
  • Develop a professional career in the field of teaching.

Syllabus overview

Learners and teachers, and the teaching and learning context

  • Cultural, linguistic and educational backgrounds
  • Motivations for learning English as an adult
  • Learning and teaching styles
  • Context for learning and teaching English
  • Varieties and types of English
  • Multilingualism and the role of first languages

Language analysis and awareness

  • Basic concepts and terminology used in English Language Teaching (ELT) for describing form and meaning in language and language use
  • Grammar – grammatical frameworks: rules and conventions relating to words, sentences, paragraphs and texts
  • Lexis: Word formation, meaning and use in context
  • Phonology: The formation and description of English phonemes; features of connected speech
  • What similarities and differences between languages mean for TEFL teachers and learners
  • Reference materials for language awareness
  • Key strategies and approaches for developing learners’ language knowledge

Language skills: reading, listening, speaking and writing

  • Reading
    • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing reading skills
    • Purposes of reading
    • Decoding meaning
    • Potential barriers to reading
  • Listening
    • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing listening skills
    • Purposes of listening
    • Features of listening texts
    • Potential barriers to listening
  • Speaking
    • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing speaking skills
    • Features of spoken English
    • Language functions
    • Paralinguistic features
    • Phonemic systems
  • Writing
    • Basic concepts and terminology used for describing writing skills
    • Sub-skills and features of written texts
    • Stages of teaching writing
    • Beginner literacy
    • English spelling and punctuation
    • Key strategies and approaches for developing learners’ receptive and productive skills

Planning and resources for different teaching contexts

  • Principles of planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
  • Lesson planning for effective teaching of adult learners of English
  • Evaluation of lesson planning
  • The selection, adaptation and evaluation of materials and resources in planning (including computer and other technology based resources)
  • Knowledge of commercially produced resources and non-published materials and classroom resources for teaching
  • English for adults

Developing teaching skills and professionalism

  • The effective organisation of the classroom
  • Classroom presence and control
  • Teacher and learner language
  • The use of teaching materials and resources
  • Practical skills for teaching at a range of levels
  • The monitoring and evaluation of adult learners
  • Evaluation of the teaching/learning process
  • Professional development: responsibilities
  • Professional development: support systems

Course dates will be as per university terms. This is an online course in English; a teacher will manage the classroom and assist you all along the way.

Here you can watch an introduction video about how to study at the Universidad Isabel I, and example of the online platform.

Certification: After the completion of this course, you will be awarded an ADVANCED TEFL CERTIFICATE issued by UNIVERSIDAD ISABEL I which will certify you have successfully completed the course and gained 6 ECTS (150 HRS).

*(ECTS) European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System is a standard for comparing the study attainment and performance of students of higher education across the European Union and other collaborating European countries.


Price 360 €. Special offer for October 2016 enrolments: 20% off; final price 288 €.

Payment options:

  • Single payment through bank transfer or by credit card.

Limited enrolment.