Because earning your TESL certificate can be the beginning of a lifetime of adventure! Begin your adventure by enrolling in an upcoming TESL@TFLI certificate course.
There are many options when it comes to choosing a TESL course. There are master’s degree university TESOL programs, online and weekend certificate mill “seminars”, and a range of options in between. Not every TESL Certificate program will help you reach your goals – but the internationally recognized 150-hour TESL Certificate from TFLI is a proven language teacher training program. Please see our FAQ for more detailed advice on sorting between legitimate and lesser courses.
The important thing is to be an informed consumer and make the best choice for you, your goals, and your future. We suggest you evaluate our program and others you may be considering based on (1) the number of classroom hours, (2) the teaching practicum required, (3) references from recent graduates, and (4) the job placement record for graduates.
- 150-hour TESL Certificate
- recognized locally and internationally
- 120 hours of coursework
- 30 hours of practicum
- practice teach complete classes with local ESL students at a variety of levels and backgrounds
- 1:2 practicum trainer to student ratio for personalized guidance and feedback in the practicum
- classes focus on practical techniques, strategies, activities, and materials
- teaching accent training, young learners, business classes, online classes, and other situations all included
- modern, hands-on teaching methodology
- lifetime access to teaching resources, TESL@TFLI library, and future classes
Our program offers a total of 150 hours of teacher training, which is far beyond the standard of 100 hours for TESL/TEFL/TESOL certificate programs. At least 120 hours of this is classroom work with experienced ESL teacher trainers. This portion also includes some online activities, observations, and readings. The practice teaching component of the course is approximately 30 hours. This includes lesson planning, peer teaching rehearsals, ESL teaching observations, and ESL teaching in a local classroom. You will be guided through the teaching practicum with experienced trainers who provide the feedback and assistance necessary to help you succeed.
Our graduates hold jobs here in Nashville, across the country, and all over the world. We are happy to provide references with a background similar to prospective students. Be sure to attend one of our information sessions, which is the best way to find out about our program. And you’ll receive a coupon worth $100 off the tuition price should you decide to enroll.
The strengths of the TESL@TFLI program lie in our methodology and our trainers. Our classes are small, with a maximum of 20 trainees and an average practicum trainer to trainee ratio of 1:2. This ensures personal contact time for every student. By the time they earn the 150-hour TESL Certificate from TFLI, our graduates have the tools, skills, and confidence to effectively manage their own classrooms. They also hold a Certificate that represents the practical, real-world training that employers are looking for.
The TESL@TFLI Methodology
If you’re looking for a traditional, university-style lecture course, TESL@TFLI may not be the best choice for you. Students don’t learn English that way, and we don’t believe it’s the best way to teach teachers of English. Instead, in our program, you’ll learn how to teach using the same techniques, methods, and activities you’ll use in your own classrooms. And that isn’t by getting or giving lectures. Instead, our methodology uses presentation as only one small step in the overall learning process.
Much more emphasis is put on practice – language students must use the language if they hope to remember it later on when they need it. One of our most popular and effective sessions requires students to spend a few hours learning to speak and read Russian. Yes, Russian. There’s nothing like putting yourself in the learner’s shoes to help you understand what it’s like to study English as a second language. So even a brief encounter with a completely strange language (to most students), using the same techniques you’ll use in teaching English, makes the English student’s experience real.
The core of our program is the student practicum, 10-12 hours of actual teaching in actual classes, using lesson plans you’ve prepared and being mentored by a trainer. Graduates taught with and teaching with our methodology send us success stories from all over the world.
Here is a sampling of scenes from our TESL@TFLI classes.
The TESL@TFLI Trainers
Our lead trainer and TESL Program Director is Aaron C. Lovett. Aaron is TFLI’s Director of Curriculum and Training, responsible for training not only prospective ESL teachers in TESL, but also TFLI’s many foreign-language teachers. He has worked on the design and development of the TESL@TFLI program since its inception in 1999. Aaron has taught ESL students at every level, from pre-literate refugees to doctors and scientists working on their writing and presentation skills at Vanderbilt University Medical Center. Many of his ESL students come from the international business community, including executives, authors, and professional athletes. He specializes in brain-smart teaching and learning strategies applied to teacher training and language acquisition. Also an amateur astronomer and paleontologist and a Russian language student, he uses these topics to demonstrate the power of TESL@TFLI techniques when teaching new or difficult language. Director Lovett is an outstanding presenter, trainer, and mentor.
Aaron is aided by TFLI German Instructor Helia Rethmann, ACTFL proficiency specialist Diane Thomas, business English and online teaching expert Hamish MacFarlane, TFLI Spanish Instructor Maya Campbell, TFLI Director of ESL programs Kate Fernandez, and several other experienced TESL trainers. All of the trainers have extensive ESL and foreign-language teaching experience. These outstanding educators serve as trainers in the classroom and coaches for students throughout the practicum component of the program. Learn more about the TESL@TFLI training team here.