Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)


The TEFL course offered by The Acorn Institute is intensive, bringing together theory and practice to equip graduates in teaching English to Foreign Learners.  

Our 100 hour and 120 hour course are recognised internationally and are endorsed by GoldKey Education, a fully accredited placement agency which places South African TEFL teachers in Columbia, China and South Korean government schools to teach conversational English.

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The 120 hour TEFL course offers 120 hours of in-classroom input, of which a minimum of 20 hours is spent observing lessons and 6 hours teaching. 


You will be assessed continuously during the course. Assessments are designed to be formative and guide your development as a teacher. Lesson plans, teaching practice and a series of three class tests are used in calculating a final mark. 

Course requirements:

  • A high level of competence in both written and spoken English
  • Willingness to work hard
  • An interest in teaching English
  • The Acorn Institute does not require that you have completed a degree. However you may need a degree for employment purposes. Different employers have different requirements and we encourage you to investigate the requirements in the country where you wish to teach.

We assess all applicants for suitability.

Class sizes

In the theoretical classes  on how to teach English as a foreign language the maximum number of students in a class is twenty.  Emphasis is placed on how to use the theory when actually teaching English overseas.

For the practical lessons, when you actually get to teach children, you will be in a small group of four.  Each group will be allocated a tutor.  Each student in the group will have the opportunity to present a 50 min lesson and then sit in on the different lessons of the three other students in the group.  Afterwards each lesson is discussed in the group and then the tutor gives feedback.    Finally the tutor will help you prepare for the next days lesson.

The children

Children, in need of English lessons, are selected from the Good Shepherd School, Grahamstown and are usually from Grades 10 to 12.  The lessons we offer are fun and so the children readily give up their holidays to join us for six days.  After the mornings English lessons instructors from Hobbiton Outdoor Adventure Centre offer fun activities for the children. 


We offer TEFL courses  in the well equipped classrooms of Diocesan School for Girls (DSG), Grahamstown.

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Course fees include:

  • Course manual
  • Registration and tuition
  • Practical teaching and assessment
  • Certificate 
  • Letter of recommendation
  • Tea and coffee


You will receive a TEFL certificate from the Acorn Institute when you pass with an aggregate of  50%.  Reports and letters of recommendation will also be provided.

Future jobs

Job placement guidance will be provided to students and we have a memorandum of understanding with Teach Korea/GoldKey  Education who place teachers in Thailand, Korea and China.

Dates and costs of future courses 

 Saturday 24 November 2018 to Friday 14 December 2018              R9 600

Daily schedule:

Full time: 08h30 to 16h30 daily, Monday to Saturday, lunch from 1-2pm



The deposit of R2 000 should be paid on application and the balance two weeks before registration

Reserve your place on the next TEFL course

Methods of payment:  

The deposit can be paid (a) by EFT, (b) bank deposit or (c) Payfast.

Please remember to email us proof of payment if you make a bank deposit or EFT.

Bank details

Capitec Bank

DR Barker

Savings Account

Branch code: 470010

Account number: 141 427 1776


Select this button to pay your deposit  for the next TEFL course  – R2 000 using Payfast