Foundation Course Specifications

Class Overview

Global TESOL College's Foundation course has been developed for people who have never taught, teachers who want to break into the dynamic field of teaching overseas, or for those who want to upgrade their abilities. Students have the option of taking the internationally recognized Foundation course by correspondence, online, or in-class.  Our programs have been so successful at helping our graduates start their teaching careers abroad that we guarantee you will find a job.

Study in-class, online, or by correspondence

Study in an intensive "in-class" setting, or by distance education (either online or by correspondence) in the convenience of your own home at your own pace.

The Foundation TESOL Teacher Certification Course is equivalent in academic content and quality whether studied in-class or by distance education.

Industry specialists have designed our unique foundation course. In addition, its contents are reevaluated each year to match changes in the market. It is the first mandatory part of the various TESOL programs offered by Global TESOL College.

*Please note that students of in-class, online, and correspondence delivery will receive their program certificate or diploma only upon submission and passing of the Foundation Final Exam, as well as having successfully completed their first specialization.

Program and Course Time Limit Procedures and Policies:

Individual courses (not part of a program) = 3 month time limit

Program 1 (foundation + 1 specialization) = 6 months

Program 2 (foundation + 3 specializations) = 1 year

Program 3 (foundation + 5 specializations) = 18 months

Program 4 (foundation + 9 specializations) = 2 years

Program 5 (foundation + 10 specializations) = 27 months

Program 6 (expanded foundation in-class) = 1 month in class



A one-time extension of 3 months from the deadline can be granted to students under extenuating circumstances.

All requests for deadline must be received in writing or by email no more than three months and at least two weeks before the deadline. Any requests received before the three-month or after the two week cut-off may be considered on a case-by-case basis. A reactivation fee of $100 dollars will be issued after the deadline and extend the program an extra 3 months per enrolled course.


Foundation course contents:
The Global TESOL College Foundation course is your practical, user-friendly yet comprehensive introduction to the exciting world of teaching English. Our Foundation course includes:
  • 600+ page textbook
  • 100+ page workbook
  • 200+ page Global Employment Handbook
  • access to our Grad Cafe
  • lifetime career support

Teach English:

  • How to Confidently Teach English in Any Situation, Abroad or Locally?
  • 40 Communication-Based TESOL Approaches and Methods
  • Pronunciation, Conversation, & Communication
  • Listening, Speaking, Reading, and Writing
  • Lesson Planning and Teacher Preparation
  • Phonology and Linguistics
  • Grammar Review and Student Evaluations
  • Communicative Approach
  • Activity-Based Learning
  • Promoting Dynamic Student/Teacher Interaction
  • Pedagogy, The Art and Science of Teaching
  • Teacher and Student Role Reversal
  • Video Training and Analysis
  • Music, Song, and Media for Language Acquisition
  • Internet in the Classroom
  • Teaching Philosophy
  • English for Specific Purposes

Employment Related:

  • Finding the Best English Teaching Job Overseas
  • Employment Contacts and Connections
  • Obtaining Tutoring Contracts in Addition to Your Regular TESOL Employment
  • Hot Tips on How to Make the Most Money Possible with TESOL
  • How to Avoid Common Contract Pitfalls
  • Overseas Teaching/Work/Travel Information and Tips
  • Culture Shock - Leave Prepared
  • Teaching and Tutoring English Locally
  • Travel Safe and Secure Abroad Supplement

In-Class TESOL Course Info:

Our course is taught by our highly qualified, university-trained TESOL instructors. They are able to share with you their extensive knowledge of teaching abroad and in North America.

In-Class Foundation Teaching Schedule:

Day 1
  • Instructor Introduction
  • Introduction to the Course
  • Introduction to the Specializations
  • ESL/EFL Acronyms
  • Approaches, Methods, and Techniques
  • ESL/EFL Student Levels: Characteristics of Beginner, Intermediate, and Advanced Students
  • Demonstration Lesson
  • Lesson Planning
  • Presentation Preparation & Topic Assignment


  • Using Games as Warm-Ups & Icebreakers
  • Philosophy of Teaching
  • How to Teach Children
  • How to Teach Adults
  • The Rassias Method
  • How to Teach English Vocabulary
  • Presentation Preparation
Day 3
  • Using Music in the Language Classroom
  • Using Video for Language Learning
  • Teaching Listening Comprehension
  • The Total Physical Response Method
  • Teaching Linguistics
  • Challenges of Teaching Pronunciation Internationally
  • The International Phonetic Alphabet

Day 4

  • Warm-Ups for Visual Learners
  • How to Teach Reading
  • Global Language Test
  • How to Teach Writing
  • ESL/EFL Student Assessment Techniques
  • TESOL Student Lesson Presentations
  • JET: A Year of Exploration

Day 5

  • Warm-Ups for Tactile Learners
  • TESOL Student Lesson Presentations
  • Peer Evaluations
  • How to Teach English Grammar
  • Grammar Quiz and Resources
  • How to Teach Idiomatic Expressions
  • Overseas Job Guide Presentation
  • How to Write a Teaching Resume
  • How to Live Overseas

In-Class TESOL Course Components:

  • 35 hours of in-class instructor-led lecture and teacher training
  • 5 hours of out-of-class creative lesson planning, presentation preparation, readings, and exercises during the week of the course
  • 20 hours of readings to be completed as well as after the course at student's convenience
    35 + 5 + 20 = 60 Hours of Study
  • TESOL Foundation Certificate is awarded at the end of the in-class course
  • The 60-Hour Specialization course(s) that you registered for is/are to be completed either online or by correspondence

Distance Education Foundation Course Info:

The TESOL Certificate you receive is exactly the same whether you study in-class, online, or by correspondence.

We understand your fast-paced, busy lifestyle, so we have designed our programs to suit every student's schedule and educational budget.