Teaching English as a Second Language

Teaching English as a second language—sometimes called TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), sometimes called TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language)—can be the most rewarding experience of your lifetime. Whether you are looking for adventure, a way to support yourself while traveling the world, a path to helping others, or all three, learning to teach people how to speak English is a kind of open sesame. And the TESL—Teaching English as a Second Language—certification program offered by the Tennessee Foreign Language Institute (TESL@TFLI) will give you the training, the confidence and the credential to make magic in your life and that of others.

The TESL@TFLI program is designed for adults who are interested in a career change, searching for a new vocation, interested in switching from teaching other subjects into English language training, now teaching English but with no formal training, or who have training but would like to further their professional development through continuing education in TESL.  The techniques you’ll learn can be used to teach a foreign language as well. We have had students from their late teens all the way into their 80s, with a wide variety of backgrounds and motivations.

Our graduates are helping out here at home teaching immigrants and refugees as well as working all over the world. Our 150-hour certification program will give you all the tools, skills and confidence you need to be a successful teacher of English as a second language.

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