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TEFL Seminar for Professionals

TEFL Seminar for Professionals (2-Weeks)

Who should take this seminar?

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Seminar for Professionals is for English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teachers who have at least 3 years of EFL classroom teaching experience. The TEFL Seminar for Professional focuses on increasing the participants' knowledge of and creativity in the best methods of teaching English in non-immersion settings with emphasis on the teaching of effective communication skills in speaking, listening, and writing. High-intermediate, and advanced English proficiency may take this program. Student's English proficiency is determined during orientation at the time the student arrives to UC San Diego English Language Institute (ELI).

Additional Admission Requirements:

  • Applicants must have at least 3 years of EFL classroom teaching experience
  • Professional work resume
  • Statement of Purpose which includes a self-assessment of English proficiency at a high-intermediate level or higher. If the applicant has not been teaching EFL in the past two years, then proof of English proficiency by a third party will be required as part of the application.

2014 Dates (click here for complete list of program dates):

  • January 13 - 24
  • July 7 - 14 (Note:  The July Seminar has been canceled)

Program Schedule:

  • Monday - Friday

  • 2 weeks

  • 15 hours per week, schedule varies

Required Courses:

The seminar features a strong experiential emphasis consisting of expert guest speakers, lesson planning, micro-teaching, and optional class observations. The TEFL Seminar for Professionals will be organized around some of the following training and activity components, with the exact schedule and content for each offering dependent upon the availability of expert trainers for the program:

  • Applying linguistics to EFL learning: Instruction on and practical teaching applications of morphophonolgy and suprasegmentals of standard American English

  • Materials and methods for effective lesson planning, including presentation "polish" for effective teaching and public speaking
  • Communicative teaching techniques and lesson planning for student-centered learning
  • Teaching English grammar - pointers and tips
  • Activities to enliven the English language classroom (games, songs, rhythms)
  • Observation of a UC San Diego-ELI English language class during the second week (optional)
  • Guest speakers in topics such as "Business English," "Culture Studies in the Language Classroom," "Tips for Teaching TOEFL Preparation," etc. (optional)

Note: This is a part-time English language program, and does not qualify for the I-20 to obtain the F-1 student visa.

Cost (In U.S. Dollars):

Application Fee: $150 (nonrefundable)

FedEx fee: $50 (optional, but recommended)
2014 Tuition: $1,800

International Student Service Fee: $140
Books/Materials: Approximately $150-175

(Payment for all books and instructional materials CANNOT be made in advance and are to be purchased upon arrival at UC San Diego.)
Apply Now! Click here for the 2014 International Programs application.

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