UCT English language Centre | TEFL January 2018

English Language Teaching can be an enjoyable and rewarding career which attracts people for a variety of reasons. For many, it is an opportunity to see the world, living and working in places that others only dream of holidaying in. It may offer an opportunity to learn new language, immerse yourself in the customs and cultures of another country, or gain insight into a completely different society from your own. Some will teach abroad for a few years before moving into other careers, while others will continue to develop and grow in the industry and may become teacher trainers, course writers, managers or even open their own school.

The UCT Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course will provide you the skills and knowledge you need to succeed as an English Language Teacher. The four week course consists of 60 hours of input sessions and 60 hours of classroom observation and teaching practice. Assessment is based on coursework assignments, observed teaching practice and a portfolio of work. The course is accredited by the University of Cape Town.

TEFL Course content 

  • Introduction to TEFL
  • lesson planning
  • teaching methodologies 
  • receptive and productive skills 
  • pronunciation and phonology
  • activities and resources
  • facilitating learning and communication
  • classroom management
  • language awareness
  • developing and using teaching aids
  • error correction

Course Dates and Fees  2018 & 2019

Course DatesNumber of WeeksCourse TypePrice
19 November, 2018 - 14 December, 20184Full TimeR12 500
7 January, 2019 - 1 February, 20194Full TimeR12 500
12 February, 2019 - 16 June, 201914Part TimeR14 700
10 June, 2019 - 5 July, 20194Full TimeR13 250
23 July, 2019 - 25 October, 201914Part TimeR14 700
18 November, 2019 - 13 December, 20194Full TimeR13 250
All material and exam fees are included. If you require accommodation for the duration of your course, please contact elc@uct.ac.za

About the Courses
Both course types consist of 60 hours of input sessions and 60 hours of classroom observation and teaching practice. Assessment is based on coursework assignments, observed teaching practice and a portfolio of work. The course is accredited by the University of Cape Town.

Full time
The full time course takes place every day, Mondays to Fridays, from 8.30am – 5pm for 4 weeks. It is not advisable that trainees work or have other commitments during this time. 

Part Time
The part time course runs over 14 weeks and trainees must make themselves available to attend Tuesday mornings from 8am – 1pm and Thursday afternoons from 2pm – 9pm. 

Admission Requirements

Admission requirements for South African students, click here
Admission requirements for international students, click here

How to Apply – click here. 

Bursaries are available for this course. 

Bursary Eligibility Criteria

1. Applications must be received no less than 8 weeks before the course start date to be considered, and must be accompanied by the TEFL Application Form 2018/2019. Please submit completed application form to elc@uct.ac.za

2. Open to historically disadvantaged South African citizens who are, or have been, in receipt of UCT financial assistance programmes

3. Open to graduates or current students of the University of Cape Town, with a minimum grade average of 65%

Admission requirements for South African students
Admission requirements for international students
Financial Aid Policy
Financial Aid Application Form 2019/2020 (bursary application form)
TEFL Application form 2018 & 2019

For more information about the TEFL trainers, you can visit their e-portfolios here

TEFL Course | UCT English Language Centre
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Wow, what an eye opening and great learning curve embarking on this TEFL journey at UCT has been. You get taught such beneficial language tips that equip you for the English world. Im so happy to have registered with this institution. The trainers are so hands on and extremely well equipped when conducting this course. Keep up the great educational standards at UCT, you will go so far in life and the amount of students that enrol will be an example !!!!!”
Crystal Bhana

“This course changed my life completely. I will now be able to go and do what I love, which is traveling and teaching. Thanks to Warren, Christelle and Juliette for investing your time in us. I made lifetime friends on the course….”
Lifhasi Nkuna

“It’s a pretty intense course but it guarantees personal satisfaction and fun. The four weeks are filled with work, both practical and theoretical; be prepared to teach within the first week! I’ve learned so much from my time with the language centre. During the theoretical sessions in the morning, all the necessary aspects of teaching are covered, from different teaching approaches to different teaching techniques for reading, writing, listening and speaking, etc. During the practical sessions in the afternoon, you get vital hands-on teaching experience as well as good guidance and constructive criticism from your tutor. All in all, the four weeks provide you with an invaluable learning experience. It’s exhausting as hell but by the end of the month, the feeling of accomplishment is similar to that of completing a degree (no jokes).”
Rachelle Immelman

UCT English Language Centre TEFL Course