TEFL Program for Non-Native Speakers of English

English Language Training

The ever-growing need for English teachers worldwide creates teaching opportunities and supporting roles for non-native speakers as well. In 2002, The Boston Language Institute pioneered a special Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Certificate Program designed for non-native speakers of English. This program has become integrated into the regular curriculum with special training where appropriate, such as in grammar and pronunciation. Among our non-native graduates, like our natives, many are already successful English teachers in their home countries who come to The Boston Language Institute to upgrade their skills.


Individuals with no previous teaching experience or training, as well as experienced teachers, therefore, use the TEFL Certificate Program to enhance their mastery of teaching methodology. Because the principles taught in the Institute’s program are transferrable to other languages, you will be trained by extension to teach any language you know. Private secondary schools, for example, have sent their foreign language teachers to our program to enhance their pedagogical skills.


Language Proficiency Requirement

We offer both 11 full-time, 4-week programs per year and 3 part-time programs (12 Saturdays). Admission requires an advanced level of spoken and written English, for which all candidates are tested, native and non-native speakers alike.


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Contact Elizabeth Mbaya
Program Coordinator, Teacher Training Programs
617-262-3500 x244
or teflcoordinator@bostonlanguage.com
for more information and application materials.


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Program Highlights

  • Learn the Communicative Approach based on the latest research in language learning.
  • Teach real ESL students under the guidance of expert trainers.
  • Receive life-time, personal support in your career development.
  • Create a portfolio that will make you stand out with potential employers.
  • Become a part of a worldwide network of program alumni, currently teaching in the United States and more than 30 foreign countries.
  • As a graduate, enroll in a free six-week session (4 weeks in summer) in any of our 12 most common foreign languages.
  • Unique money-back guarantee; please call for details.



You are invited to our next Open Houses on 
Wednesday, October 19 & Wednesday, November 16 from 5 - 7 p.m. at our
Kenmore Square Location, 648 Beacon Street, Boston, MA 02215.

*Please note that there will be a presentation at 5:45 by the Institute's president Siri Karm Singh Khalsa. Refreshments will be served.


Elizabeth Starr
Program Coordinator, Teacher Training Programs
617-262-3500 x244


Instruction offers students an opportunity to work one-on-one with an instructor at their own pace. The instructor carefully selects materials and plans lessons to effectively meet the student's goals and individual learning style.

Private programs offer a flexible schedule and a customized curriculum. A minimum of 24 hours of instruction with one or two classes (each 90 or 120 minutes) per week is the suggested module, but dates, times and content can be arranged according to your requirement.


Core programs(popularly known as Group Classes) are offered in classes of 4 to 12 students year-round in popular languages. In an effort to better suit our clients’ schedules and language learning goals, classes are offered in a client friendly format of 6-week sessions (4-week accelerated sessionsin summer). This format allows students to:

  • continue from one session to the next with no more than a 2-week break.
  • begin any level in any session.
  • progress more rapidly through 4-week summer Fast-Track programs.
  • benefit from a more efficient and student friendly class schedule.


Immersion programs are designed to teach the equivalent of levels 1 to 5 of the Institute's regular core programs in one 6-week or 4-week, 90-hour sessions. Classes meet Monday through Friday, 3 hours a day in 6-week programs/4.5 hours a day in 4-week programs.

The main goal of these programs, which meet in small classes of 4 to 12, is to help students, from day one, to increase confidence in their ability to use their new language in a wide range of real-life situations and improve their oral skills as they progress from level to level.