TEFL course content in detail

What’s included in the 4 week TEFL Toulouse course?

Remember that the course is in class in Toulouse, Monday to Friday 9am to 6.30pm (with breaks!)

6 hours of classroom teaching practice with real students

You’ll teach 6 one-hour lessons, teaching English to real French students. This breaks down into one or two lessons a week. These lessons will be observed by a trainer and include a supportive feedback session afterwards, where you’ll  reflect together on how the lesson went. What would you do again? What should you change? The first lessons you teach will be largely planned for you. 6 hours observed teaching practice is the requirement by the British council: British Council guidelines for TEFL courses

How to teach online

You’ll learn how to teach online TEFL lessons, which is a crucial skill at the moment, and a great way of topping up income whereever you are in the world! You will discover how online teaching is different to classroom teaching and how to execute lessons using platforms such as Zoom, Microsoft teams, and Skype.   For those who want to become experts, we also offer an add -on course in educational technology in TEFL, immediately after your TEFL course

How to teach one to one classes

You will learn how to teach lessons with just you and one student, how to diagnose and fulfil an individual TEFL student’s needs and objectives, identify language issues, and plan a tailor-made series of English lessons for him or her

Observation of experienced teachers and your peers

You’ll observe at least 3 lessons taught by experienced TEFL teachers, and will also have the chance to watch the other people on the course teach.


You’ll receive lessons on all the most important aspects of English grammar, including:

  • Parts of speech
  • Present, past and perfect tenses
  • Tense and time (not the same thing!)
  • Referring to the future
  • Conditional structures
  • Auxiliary verbs, modal verbs, phrasal verbs
  • Passive structures
  • Reported speech
  • More complex elements of vocabulary, eg collocation
  • Articles
  • Form and function


You’ll learn the different phonological (pronunciation) features of English, including:

  • The consonant sounds and symbols
  • The vowel sounds and symbols
  • Diphthongs
  • Intonation and how it changes meaning
  • Stress within words in English
  • Stress within sentences and weak forms
  • Connected speech
  • Regional and international variations of English
  • Articulation

Teaching skills and techniques

Teaching isn’t just lecturing about grammar and phonology. Other theory sessions include:

  • How to present new language in context
  • Teaching grammar
  • Teaching vocabulary
  • Improving your students’ speaking skills
  • Improving your students’ listening skills
  • Improving your students’ writing and reading skills
  • Lesson planning – various approaches
  • Lesson activities and games toolbox
  • Eliciting and concept checking
  • Using drama, roleplay and music in the EFL classroom
  • Using dictation
  • Error correction techniques
  • Teacher language
  • Educational Technology and online teaching

Lesson planning

You’ll learn how to plan lessons effectively using techniques such as PPP, ARC, TTT, and how to establish appropriate learner objectives and make sure they are met. Also how to plan the individual stages of a lesson, anticipate problems that may arise during lessons and be prepared with solutions. We also look at:

  • Learning to plan a lesson using established “scaffolding” methods
  • Alternative approaches to lesson planning, such as ARC and TBL
  • Cutting edge approaches to lesson planning – such as “the flipped classroom”

Language learning theory

We look at some different theories regarding how humans learn a language and some different approaches we can take when teaching it, as well as the importance of considering how different people learn differently

  • Basic principles of TEFL
  • Language “skills” and “systems”
  • Historical approaches to language teaching
  • Learner styles

Exploiting materials and resources

In these input sessions you’ll learn how to incorporate published course books and different types of authentic materials in your lessons.

  • Exploiting authentic materials – including music – in the classroom
  • Using course books in the classroom
  • Using technology in the classroom and teaching online

Classroom management

You’ll learn how to deal with difficult situations that can arise in the TEFL classroom (adults, teenagers and 6 to 11’s) and different student profiles, as well as how to organise your physical classroom effectively.

Teaching Business English

How are Business English classes different to General English classes? You’ll learn how to teach business English students, improving their ability to give presentations, negotiate, deal with phone calls, participate in meetings socialise, take part in video conferencing… we also offer an add on course in how to teach Business English which involves a behind the scenes look at how a local Toulouse language school operates

Teaching Young Learners

How do you control a class of teenagers in the TEFL classroom? Or 6 year olds? You’ll learn how to teach the 5 to 11 and 12 to 16 age groups, some different approaches and activities that you can use to teach kids and teenagers, as well as online tools such as Kahoot, that can keep them happy! If you want more, we offer an extra add-on module in this

One to one tutorial sessions

During the course you’ll have several one to one tutorials with your trainer to discuss your progress and answer any questions you have about what we have covered on the course

Lesson planning help

Every afternoon, time is set aside for lesson planning help. Our experienced TEFL trainers come to the training centre daily to help you plan your lessons. Note that many TEFL courses don’t offer this, they just have “someone available during lunchtime”, which means you miss your lunch if you want to get help! Running your lesson plan past a professional makes all the difference to your lessons.

Job guidance and support

We give you a two hour session to provide help and advice regarding finding a TEFL job, including CV and interview tips and techniques for TEFL teachers, where and how to look for TEFL work, and how to set up as a freelancer (auto-entrepreneur) in France. We can put you in touch with ex trainees around the world! You get lifetime job guidance with us, we are here to help even 10 years after you graduate!

TEFL Toulouse office

We're here to help!

Jardin des Plantes, Toulouse

Lunch in the Jardin des Plantes

TEFL Toulouse course assessment:

Here’s how you’ll be assessed during the 4 weeks:

You are given 3 grades, so if all goes well your TEFL certificate will look something like this:

  • Teaching Practice:    Pass
  • Theory:                        Strong Pass
  • Professionalism:        Strong Pass

The possible grades for each category are Pass or Strong Pass. There is also a Below Pass grade, but if you get that overall (ie repeated below passes) then you do not gain certification. Don’t worry, many people get a Below Pass grade for something, but you can make it up with other Pass or Strong Pass grades.

There is NO FINAL EXAM you’ll be pleased to hear! We use continual assessment.

Teaching Practice

You’ll need to show that you can reflect on your own teaching and put into practice previously given feedback. We take the average of your 6 grades.

Theory Grade

This is made up of:

The One to One project 40%
This project is set in week 2 and submitted at the end of the 4 weeks. You’ll choose a student, diagnose his or her needs in English, then design a lesson based on this diagnosis, teach it, and evaluate it in depth. Finally you’ll design an imaginary further short course of study for the student. It’s quite a big essay but builds up bit by bit as the weeks go by.

Two grammar and phonology tests 20% each
We’ll assess you on how well you’ve assimilated the English grammar and phonology input on the course, with 2 grammar tests. These only test you on what we have covered on the course, no previous knowledge is tested!

Unknown Foreign Language Observation Task 10%
You’ll have two beginner lessons in a language that most trainees do not speak, given entirely in the foreign language, and write a short essay based on this experience. Through this you’ll gain an insight into how it feels to be one of your future students, being spoken to in a new language. The aim is to help you adapt teaching methods to find other ways of getting our meaning across, and to help you empathise globally to a greater extent with your beginner students.

Video demo lesson task 10%
You watch a video of a lesson  and answer a series of questions about what you see


You need to be professional on the course to gain certification. This means: Being present and on time, communicating any problems to us immediately, being enthusiastic about English and teaching, being non defensive, open to course content and trainers’ comments, well organised, smart / casually dressed (no need to dress up!)  and a “people person”.

TEFL Toulouse objectives:

The TEFL Toulouse course is an intensive 4 weeks of training at our training centre in Toulouse, which will give you the knowledge and practical skills you need to start teaching English professionally in France and around the world. Successful trainees are awarded with the Certificate in TEFL at the end of the 4 weeks, which is the basic qualification that employers are looking for when taking on new teachers.

What and who will I be able to teach after my TEFL course?

By the end of the course you’ll have the skills and knowledge you need to teach:

  • General English
  • Business English
  • Young Learners
  • One-to-One lessons
  • Online lessons

…. and we also offer add-on professional development courses to make you even more employable in some of these areas.

How intensive is the TEFL Toulouse course?

Our 4 week TEFL course is demanding and intensive, but very rewarding and a LOT of fun. You’ll be at the training centre from Monday to Friday, 9am to 6.30pm. After week one there is usually the opportunity to leave the training centre mid afternoon a few days a week, but this depends on trainee numbers and timetabling which vary each course. You’ll need some evenings and weekends to work on lesson planning and assignments too.

The good news is that there is nothing particularly complex about what you are learning, there is just a lot to cram in, in 4 weeks. Just make sure you don’t have anything else going on in your life (dental appointments, football matches, weekends away..) for the 4 weeks.

“I just wanted to say thank you for the course, I enjoyed it, and I learnt a lot. After leaving, I went to Vietnam for three months volunteering teaching English.  I travelled for a month in Taiwan and now I’m back in Vietnam teaching full time (and paid this time not volunteering!). I’ve been back a month already, I teach in public schools, from 3 to 11 year olds, they’re so cute and funny. I’m staying here for at least six months, after that maybe back to Toulouse, I don’t know yet. The TEFL certificate has definitely made a lot of difference, as it’s what everyone asks for here, so I just wanted to say a big thank you for helping with that! I wish you all well!” 
Lauren Pearson – August 2018 course

Every morning you’ll receive over 3 hours of classes on teaching theory, how to plan TEFL lessons, how to teach the 4 skills, how to teach English grammar and pronunciation, and more. As well as this you will teach a minimum of 6 one hour lessons (teaching groups of real life students of English who come to our training centre) and get detailed feedback on your classes from qualified professionals. You will also observe lessons given by experienced teachers,and receive lesson planning help in the afternoons from 2.30 to 4pm.

A TEFL theory class

A TEFL theory class

Teaching EFL through drama

Teaching English through drama to our French students!

Here’s what a typical day might look like:

9.00am – 10.40am Input session 1
11.00am – 12.45pm Input session 2
12.45pm – 2.00pm Lunch break
2.00pm – 3.30pm Lesson planning help time
3.30pm – 5.40pm Teaching practice and observation
5.50pm – 6.30pm Teaching practice feedback

TEFL coursework, assignments and assessment

You’ll complete most of your coursework at our training centre during the working day, but the intensive nature of the course means that you will also need to spend a proportion of most evenings and weekends doing some home study and preparing lessons. Our TEFL course does not include as many assignments (ie work to be done at home) as some other TEFL courses, as we prefer to get as much as we can done during the day together as a group and with the staff onsite.

You’ll be assessed on your teaching practice, a one-to-one project, grammar tests, an unknown foreign language observation task and your professionalism throughout the course.

TEFL one to one class

One to one teaching

TEFL Toulouse training centre

Busy TEFL Toulouse seen from the street!

What’s included in the TEFL course price?

  • 4 weeks of tuition from our qualified and experienced teacher trainers
  • All course materials every day for 4 weeks
  • For successful graduates, the official Certificate in TEFL from IATQuO, numbered and stamped, showing completion of the course, and a certificate from us, highlighting your performance and providing an explanation of grades
  • Welcome drinks evening, and end of course celebrations including champagne and lunch / dinner
  • Lifetime job guidance and CV help wherever you are in the world
  • Free accommodation finding service

Still got questions?

No problem – that’s what we’re here for. Just contact us  to ask them, no matter how big or small!

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