TESOL/TEFL Certificate

Delivered through a combination of synchronous Zoom sessions and asynchronous prepared lessons, this course prepares participants for lesson design and instruction of English for Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) and English as a Foreign Language (TEFL).

This 12-week course is administered as one module per week. Each module requires approximately 8-10 hours.

Taught by: Larissa Fekete, ESOL Program Director and Instructor at Oberlin College and Conservatory

Course dates: September 6* through December 12, 2022
*Asynchronous coursework will be assigned beginning September 6.
Zoom meetings: Mondays (beginning September 12), 6-8 p.m. (ET)

Course fee: $1,200 ($600 for current Oberlin College and Conservatory students)

CEU: Not eligible for continuing education credit

Registration deadline:  Friday, August 26, 2022


The TESOL/TEFL Certificate is an online course designed to prepare participants for lesson design and instruction of English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) or English as a Foreign Language (TEFL), with a focus on English for Special Purposes (ESP) including Music, Academics, and STEAM. The course offers 120 hours of instruction (70 hours of theory, 50 hours of observation and instruction), with examination of theory and design, and opportunities for practical experience.

This certificate is intended for individuals looking to teach abroad or to learn more about TESOL/TEFL. This certificate is not designed for teacher endorsement or licensure.

This course is not offered for academic course credit.

Course Topics

  • Week 1: Introduction to Language Acquisition and Pedagogy
  • Week 2: Teaching the Science of Reading and Vocabulary
  • Week 3: Teaching Writing and Grammar
  • Week 4: Teaching Speaking and Listening
  • Week 5: English for Special Purposes: Music, STEAM, EAP
  • Week 6: Assessment
  • Weeks 7-12: Practicum—observation and instruction

Learning Objectives

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

  • Identify and analyze advantages and disadvantages of current approaches to language pedagogy

  • Incorporate the best practices of language pedagogy in lesson development

  • Identify the different developmental stages of language acquisition and apply appropriate pedagogy for instruction during lesson design

  • Develop and lead lessons for all language skill areas of reading, writing, listening, speaking, grammar, and vocabulary

  • Develop and lead lessons for English for Special Purposes

*Oberlin Conservatory Global does not grant CEUs but does provide verification of course content, participant attendance and hours of engagement. Participants are responsible for conveying this information to their Local Professional Development Committee in a manner consistent with their local guidelines.