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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

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Enhance Your English Teaching Skills at Yale

This course is designed for English as a foreign language instructors who are interested in exploring American teaching methods. The course provides an examination and discussion of the basic principles of planning, implementing, and managing instruction in the EFL academic classroom. Through a variety of exploratory activities accompanied by careful readings on American culture and the philosophy of education, participants will form a strong foundation in attitudes, beliefs and values that are reflected in most American communicative approaches to language instruction.

Please note that the TEFL Seminar is intended for non-native English speakers.

Date: The TEFL Seminar will not be offered in Summer 2021. Please check back in January 2022 for information about Summer 2022!

TEFL Seminar Daily Schedule*

Class Days Times
TEFL Practicum MTWTHF 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
Writing As Process T/TH 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Observation Tasks Various Various

*Individual schedules may vary. This is for reference only.

TEFL Seminar Courses

This immersion course provides opportunities for self-reflection, peer teaching and observation of on-going English language classes at Yale Summer Session. The format of the program is mainly seminar and workshop, with opportunities for one-on-one meetings with our instructors. We will also provide experiential events and fieldtrips, so that participants can examine and enjoy various aspects of American culture.

Throughout the course, participants will be asked to reflect on their own styles of teaching and to share their ideas and activities in an on-going conversation with colleagues and the instructors. Participants will also be assigned both reading and writing assignments as well as photographic assignments so that they can document their own learning experience.

By the end of this course, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic theories and concepts of second language instruction.
  • Use communicative language teaching techniques in their own classrooms, and have a deeper understanding of their own teaching styles.
  • Use a variety of learning styles and learning skills in every lesson.
  • Critique and apply the assigned readings to their own pedagogy and academic scholarship.

This seminar offers practicing and aspiring teachers the opportunity to develop their confidence in classroom English and learn new techniques for teaching.

TEFL Practicum and Observations

This practicum course is designed for international visiting instructors who are interested in exploring other ways of teaching. The course provides an examination and discussion of the basic principles of planning, implementing, and managing instruction in the ELL academic classroom.  Through a variety of exploratory activities accompanied by careful readings on current theories of learning, you will strengthen your foundation in attitudes, beliefs and values, and current practices that are reflected in many American classrooms.This course provides opportunities for a variety of academic and experiential activities. Throughout the course, you will be reflecting on your own style of teaching and sharing your ideas and activities in an on-going conversation with your colleagues and your instructors. 

Writing As Process: Strategies, Skills, Standards and Survival Tips in TEFL Writing Instruction

Many TEFL instructors are well-versed in teaching elementary basics of functional writing. We are all challenged, however, when helping students extend their writing skill towards higher levels of critical thinking, stylistics, accuracy and expressiveness. In this proseminar for TEFL writing instructors, we will explore the writing process, practice its elements, and consider what might be beneficially incorporated into our own teaching practices.

Pin: Participants will be offered the opportunity to take trips in the local community.  In past years, participants have visited places such as:

  • The Yale Outdoor Education Center
  • Thimble Island Tour
  • Sturbridge Village
  • NBA Hall of Fame
  • Outlet malls/Shopping trips

Tuition and Fees

Item Amount
Tuition - TEFL Seminar n/a
Application fee (nonrefundable) n/a
Visa processing fee n/a
Medical insurance fee for 5 weeks, estimated n/a

For other fees and residential costs, please visit our Tuition and Fees page. All tuition and fees, including room and meal charges, must be paid in full three weeks before the program begins.

Financial Assistance

Yale Summer Session only offers financial assistance to Yale College students. Financial assistance is not available for visiting students at this time. Visiting students should contact the financial aid office at their home institutions to discuss their options for financial assistance.

Application Information

To apply, review the application requirements for international students, and fill out the Yale Summer Session application.  The Certificate programs are offered under Yale Summer Session B course listings. 

Proof of English proficiency is not required for this program, but students who apply to the professional seminars are expected to have strong English skills.