Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) courses are 20-credit open units available to University of Bristol home and international students (undergraduates only).

Entry requirements

Students are not required to be native speakers of English, but do need to have a good level of English in order to take these units.


The Introduction to TEFL unit is the preliminary unit of a pre-service programme aimed at preparing students for entry into the profession of teaching English as a Foreign Language.  It focuses on the central aspects of the teaching process and develops the students’ ability to handle the key components of the language system of English as well as the four skills.  Its aims are:

  • To develop an awareness of the language and a knowledge of the description of English
  • To develop an understanding of the roles of the teacher and learner
  • To develop familiarity with the principles and practice of effective teaching
  • To develop basic skills for classroom teaching
  • To develop familiarity with resources and materials for use with EFL students
  • To identify opportunities for future development as professionals in the field.

Intended learning outcomes

By the end of the course, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate knowledge of the different learning and teaching styles at adult level
  • use basic ELT terminology for describing form, structure, usage and skills
  • analyse language and convey form, meaning  and use to learners
  • select and evaluate appropriate materials
  • demonstrate understanding of teaching methods and the methodology that underpins them.

A further aim is that you enjoy the course and complete it feeling you could teach a skills or language lesson effectively in the future.

Intro TEFL SoW 2016-2017 (PDF, 324kB) 


There are two components to assessment: written assignments and examination. The first component, written assignments, accounts for 60% of the final total. There are two assignments. The first assignment, a Language Analysis, accounts for 20%. The second assignment, which requires analysis of a learner’s language, exploration of the learner’s language system and also research on tasks and activities, accounts for 40%.  The examination covers the entire syllabus. It has two main sections. One is based on short answer questions and the other section is essay based.  The examination accounts for 40% of the final mark.

The examination paper is designed by the co-ordinator and teaching staff every year and papers are blind double-marked.

The overall pass mark for the TEFL unit is 40% and the pass mark for each assignment and also for the examination is 40%.

Class sessions are designed to support you in your assignments and the sources you can use for assignments will be clearly indicated to you. There are also further resources on Blackboard.

If you are having difficulty understanding an assignment or the course content, please let your tutor know.

If you require an extension, please contact Ruth Taylor, the programme co-ordinator, not the class tutor. 

Exams and results

  • Teaching Block 1 students must attend the exam in the January Exam Period .
  • Teaching Block 2 students must attend the exam in the Summer Exam Period.

Students will be issued with a transcript in June/July by their home departments showing all their results, including their open unit results. Results will also be made available on StudentInfo after the January and June Exam Boards.

How to apply


Any applications received will be placed on a waiting list

Please apply here.
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Course dates

This 10 week course is offered in either Teaching Block 1 (weeks 3-12) or Teaching Block 2 (weeks 15-24) with two sessions per week. (The sessions are 2 hours and 1 hour each week)

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