English Teacher Training: the Communicative Approach

TESL/TEFL Training

Founded on the principles that have garnered plaudits for the Institute’s ESL and foreign language programs since 1981 – read over 200 graduate testimonials for the TEFL Certificate Program since 2001 – our ESL teacher training* course affords extensive opportunities to our TEFL trainees to practice what you study in an interactive learning environment. Your trainers will model the teaching techniques to be mastered in our TEFL training program. You, the trainee, follow with skill-building activities, both individually and in small groups, and lead your own ESL practice teaching classes to foreign students for a minimum of 6 hours. You will receive guidance and feedback from our experienced teacher trainers, who observe each of your lessons in their entirety.


Course Content: ESL Teacher Training

In this course, you will


  • learn to plan and teach lessons according to The Boston Language Institute’s application of the Communicative Approach. You will cover the 4 basic teaching skills of reading, writing, listening and speaking;
  • develop the ability to create your own materials to introduce and integrate these skills in a lively, enjoyable and productive format;
  • review English grammar and learn to create dynamic, effective grammar lessons;
  • learn to teach students with particular needs, such as business people and children;
  • develop classroom management skills;
  • learn to work with different cultures and in different cultural environments;
  • learn to teach any language you know through the program’s transferrable teaching methods;
  • learn to locate and evaluate English teaching jobs overseas and in the United States;
  • learn to present yourself through your resume and cover letter, and in interviews;



Program Design

The full-time TEFL Certificate Program is an intensive 4-week course that meets Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. for a total of 120 hours of instruction. The part-time program meets Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. for 12 weeks and 96 hours of classroom time. It is the same program as the full-time course; some lesson-planning hours are done as homework with instructor guidance via email, thus completing the 120-hour program.


The Certificate ... and a bonus

The Boston Language Institute's internationally recognized TEFL Certificate is awarded at the completion of the program. In order to earn the certificate, you must attend and participate in all course modules, successfully teach 6 class hours and complete a final project, which becomes your portfolio. All graduates receive a letter of recommendation and lifetime career support. As a bonus, all graduates receive a free 6-week program (4 weeks in summer) in any of the Institute's 12 most popular foreign languages.

*For detailed information about various abbreviations, please visit the Glossary page.

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.