Teaching English as a Second Foreign Language

Teaching English as a Second Foreign Language graduate certificate by the University of Arizona at UTC Global Tunisia


This five-course graduate certificate in Teaching English as a Second/Foreign Language provides graduate-level credit and training in how and what to teach, including skill areas such as grammar, culture and teaching with technology.

Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is a rich experience that can open doors around the world, and individuals with experience living and working a year or two abroad have a competitive edge in any field. The five-course graduate certificate is completed online over five 7-week sessions, one course at a time.

Designed by leaders in the field, the course topics include TEFL methods, curriculum/materials development and assessment, linguistics and pedagogical grammar, culture for TEFL, and technology-enhanced English language teaching. These courses provide a foundation that, combined with a bachelor’s degree, can help secure entry-level TEFL positions around the world. The courses also provide graduate-level credit, meaning they complement a related master’s degree or can be applied later to a full Master of Arts in TEFL.

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Sample Courses

Wondering about the specific classes you can take in this program? See the course descriptions below

ENGL 555 Methods I: Introduction to Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

This course will provide a general overview of the TESL profession covering prominent theories, methodologies, and procedures influencing the field. Throughout the semester, students will engage in a range of theoretical, pedagogical, and reflective activities to inform their instructional practices. They will also become familiar with diverse educational contexts in which English is taught and learned as well as standards, materials, methods, and assessment tools used in such settings.

ENGL 506: Modern English Grammar

This course covers basic concepts in linguistics and English grammar for teachers of English as a global language, and is useful for students of TESL, English, and Linguistics. The first part of the course will introduce linguistics through both structural and functional perspectives – the development, social context, textual structures, syntax, words, and sounds of English. The second part of the course, grounded in real pedagogical examples, introduces the pedagogy of English grammar.

ENGL 620: Cultural Dimensions of SLA

“Culture” is a central yet underexamined concept in the field of TESOL/second language teaching—it has even been called “the fifth skill” after listening, speaking, reading, and writing. This course will examine the culture concept carefully and critically, both from general/theoretical and specific/practical perspectives. Having taken this course, students should be able to generate researchable topics in the area of TESOL/second/foreign language teaching and culture, as well as have a clearer sense of the perils, possibilities, and means of working with cultural matters in and beyond the TESOL/second/foreign language classroom.


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