Course Overview

This part-time postgraduate certificate course provides initial training, specialised knowledge and skills needed for graduates who wish to teach English as a Foreign Language. Successful course participants are awarded a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language by the National University of Ireland, Galway. Successful completion of this course enables graduates to proceed to the NUI postgraduate Higher Diploma in TEFL and on successful completion of the Diploma to the MA programme in TEFL.

Applications and Selections

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The following information must be sent to the course coordinator:

  • A covering letter
  • A curriculum vitae
  • A copy of the transcript of the primary degree taken and the results obtained
  • A copy of birth certificate
  • Two passport size photographs (signed)

Who Teaches this Course

Requirements and Assessment

Assessment includes written assignments, student performance in teaching practice, the teaching portfolio and student performance in the course examination, which is held at the end of the course.

Key Facts

Entry Requirements

Applicants must hold a primary degree

Additional Requirements


1 year, part-time

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Course Outline

Classes are in the form of lectures, discussions, microteaching and a minimum of 50 hours supervised teaching practice. Teaching practice is arranged by, and takes place in, NUI Galway during the course. Each student must design a portfolio of relevant material to be submitted at the end of the course. Classes are held on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings from October to May (7-10pm).

The course covers Basic Teaching Skills, Teaching Practice, Language Analysis, Theories and Approaches to Language Teaching, English as a Foreign Language Methodology, Grammar Presentation, Syllabus Design, Testing, Evaluation, Introduction to Linguistics, English for Special Purposes, Portfolio Preparation, Microteaching, Teaching Young Learners, Assessment of Young Learners, Teaching Adults, Multicultural Education, Modern Developments in English as a Foreign Language and Teaching Overseas.

Why Choose This Course?

Career Opportunities

This course enables graduates to apply for positions in Ireland and abroad as teachers of English as a Foreign Language.

Who’s Suited to This Course

Learning Outcomes

Work Placement

Study Abroad

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Course Fees

Fees: EU

€1,600 p.a. 2016/17

Fees: Tuition

Fees: Student levy

Fees: Non EU

€2,100 p.a. 2016/17

Find out More

Dr. Marie Morrissey
Adult Training and Education Studies
Centre for Adult Learning and Professional Development
NUI Galway
Nuns' Island, Galway
Tel: 091 493898


Past student

Murchadh Ó Tuairisg

“I attained a TEFL Certificate in NUI Galway. I found the course interesting, comprehensive and it very much catered to the needs of the workplace. The subjects were varied and the lecturers engaging and stimulating. The extensive teaching experience I gained on this course really stood to me when I went in search of a teaching position and I was employed as an English Language teacher shortly after I finished.”