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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Introductory Program
Nashville, United States (Outgoing Program)
Program Terms:  
This program is currently not accepting applications.
Fact Sheet:
Minimum GPA:
2.7 Program Provider: Vanderbilt University
Program Description:

At a Glance

The Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Introductory Program offered by the English Language Center (ELC) will introduce the foundations of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). The program aims to provide students with a basic introduction of language learning and cross-cultural awareness through workshop sessions, personal interaction with international students, and observations of TEFL classroom settings.

The program was created for students interested in TEFL, including potential study abroad students as well as study abroad returnees who seek ways to apply their cultural experiences.

Program Details

The core of the program is six 2-hour workshops from 1pm to 3pm:

WORKSHOP 1: Using Cultural Competencies in Teaching – Jan 17, 2014
Students will explore how cross-cultural awareness impacts effective teaching and communication.

WORKSHOP 2: TEFL Approaches – Jan. 31, 2014
Students will review various approaches to teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) and interview an English Language Learner (ELL).

WORKSHOP 3: TEFL Methods and Materials – Feb. 14, 2014
Students will be introduced to basic teaching methods and explore how these methods can be adapted in different settings such as in the service learning project they will engage in with ELLs.

WORKSHOP 4: Guided Lesson Planning – Mar. 14, 2014
Students will develop and practice a micro-teaching lesson.

WORKSHOP 5: Micro-teaching demonstration – Mar. 14, 2014
Students will lead a micro-teaching activity.

WORKSHOP 6: Poster Session/Collaborative Reflection – Mar. 28, 2014
Students will share and discuss projects developed throughout the course of the program, as well as reflect on the experiences they have gained through the program.


Currently enrolled VU students who are in good academic standing and VU affiliated scholars interested in teaching non-native English speakers.

The program may be particularly beneficial for students who want to participate in:

Selection Criteria

The program is limited to 12 participants. Students will be evaluated on the following criteria:

  • Cumulative GPA of at least a 2.7
  • Ability to articulate personal interest in the program and how participation will meet future academic or career goals through essay responses
  • Strength of faculty or staff recommendation


Application Fee: $25

Program Fee: $300**
Scholarships are available through the English Language Center.

Application Information

The final deadline to apply is December 18, 2013. However, applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis. Final notification of acceptance will be sent on or before January 3, 2013.

For More Information

For information on program content, contact:

Susan Barone
English Language Center
Ph: (615) 322-2277
fax: (615) 343-9842

For information on the application process, contact:

Thomas Bogenschild
Global Education Office
Ph: (615)343-3139
Fax: (615)343-5774

Dates / Deadlines:
There are currently no active application cycles for this program.
This program is currently not accepting applications.