Course Summary
Credit Type:
Self-paced. 12 weeks (120 hours)
Dates Offered:
Credit Recommendation & Competencies
Level Credits (SH) Subject
Upper-Division Baccalaureate 6 teaching English as a foreign language


The Core Curriculum of the BridgeTEFL online program is a reading and viewing-based course providing a broad introduction to methodology for teaching English to adult speakers of other languages with emphasis given to teaching in classrooms in countries where English is not the dominant language - an English as a foreign language context. While the emphasis is on methodology, other aspects of English language teaching, such as varied cultural contexts, will also be addressed. At the end of each module of the course, participants are expected to be able to produce plans and analysis that demonstrate understanding of the principles illustrated.

Learning Outcomes:

  • describe some specific techniques to manage classrooms as effectives workplaces for teachers and students
  • give examples of strategies for effectively prompting students and/or eliciting information from them
  • categorize English into language systems (vocabulary, grammatical structure, phonology, and function) and into language skills (speaking, writing, listening, and reading)
  • identify the elements of a language analysis stage, including addressing meaning, phonology, and form of target language points
  • describe the different purposes for testing within a classroom and reasons for testing English language learners
  • apply appropriate terminology to discuss culture's impact and discover some strategies and tips to encourage behaviors and attitudes that contribute to a successful teaching experience abroad
  • formulate some effective lesson sequences or formats for strengthening reading and listening skills
  • describe some strategies and tips for the successful implementation of those lesson sequences
  • formulate some effective lesson sequences for strengthening speaking and writing skills
  • propose some strategies and tips for the successful implementation of those lesson sequences
  • identify aspects of vocabulary study and describe how to establish a context and clarify a word's meaning, form, and function
  • propose some strategies and tips for eliciting words and checking word meaning
  • assess their current level of grammar expertise
  • indicate effective elements of a language focus stage, one stage in an effective grammar lesson by proposing some strategies and tips for the successful implementation of those elements
  • identify the elements of phonology, including pronunciation of phonemes, sound of symbol correlation and disconnection, word and sentence stress, and intonation patterns
  • give examples of some specific strategies that can support students' progress in phonology
  • define the qualities that make lesson objectives student-centered and measurable
  • review and analyze sample lesson plans as models and examples
  • examine how activities and games can be adapted to provide meaningful stages of English lessons
  • develop effective suggestions on designing and implementing video and computer-enhanced lessons
  • identify and explain morphemes, words, parts of speech, and tenses to a wide range of English language learners
  • recognize the need for differentiation of how to teach grammar based on individual class objectives
  • identify and differentiate current education strategies to design EFL/ESL lesson plans for a range of young learners
  • identify and apply current adult learning characteristics and educational theories to design lesson plans that meet business English class goals and objectives
  • analyze the personal characteristics and habits of successful teachers and learners

General Topics:

  • The roles of the teacher and learner
  • Classroom management
  • Language systems and skills
  • History and spelling of English
  • Second language acquisition
  • Testing for the EFL/ESL student
  • Culture and the EFL/ESL classroom
  • Receptive and productive language skills
  • Teaching vocabulary and grammar
  • Phonology of English
  • Planning lessons
  • Visual aids, activities, games and computer assisted language learning
  • English grammar topics and structures
Instruction & Assessment

Instructional Strategies:

  • Audio Visual Materials
  • Computer Based Training
  • Discussion
  • Practical Exercises

Methods of Assessment:

  • Performance Rubrics (Checklists)
  • Quizzes
  • Written Papers

Minimum Passing Score:

Supplemental Materials