TEFL Course in Chicago

Teaching English as a Foreign Language Program


Duration: 4 Weeks Onsite
Hours: 190 Hours
Regular Course Tuition:  $2,195 USD
Reserve with a Deposit of: $700 USD (Deducted from Total Tuition)



Why take your TEFL Course in Chicago?
Job assistance to teach English in Chicago and employment contacts worldwide! This TEFL certification course has been specially designed to provide all  graduates with the tools to succeed as professional English teachers.  The course curriculum is taught by highly experienced professors and includes live practice teaching with local ESL students. Our TEFL Course in Chicago includes hands-on job placement assistance from the local staff in Chicago, in addition to worldwide job guidance and expert advice from our team. During your onsite training in Chicago, you will receive instruction from two university-level professors and work with our highly experienced team of advisors and support staff.


Study in Chicago
Our TEFL Course in Chicago is fun and at the same time very demanding; it requires that you meet the full-time tasks of a rigorous university-level course. Chicago, on Lake Michigan in Illinois, is among the largest cities in the U.S. Famed for its bold architecture, it has a skyline punctuated by skyscrapers such as the iconic John Hancock Center, 1,451-ft. Willis Tower and the neo-Gothic Tribune Tower. The city is renowned for its world-class museums, including the Art Institute of Chicago, with its noted Impressionist and Post-Impressionist work, and for hosting over 200 theaters. No matter what you love to do, you’ll feel right at home doing it here. What’s more, Chicago is one of the most popular locations getting TEFL certified! 


Accredited TEFL Program
To ensure that our TEFL certification in Chicago meets international standards in quality and deliverance, this curriculum has been externally monitored and approved for accreditation by TQUK (Training Qualifications UK), an officially recognized Awarding Organization regulated by Ofqual, the British Government body responsible for monitoring and maintaining educational standards in the United Kingdom. Our TEFL Course in Chicago is externally monitored & approved at a Level 5 Ofqual accreditation by TQUK, which is a leader in providing vocational and professional qualifications to colleges and private training providers in Education & Training, Social Care, and Health. Regulated by Ofqual, TQUK has the official recognition and authorization from the British Government to be a provider of accreditation and perform quality assurance for professional training and certification programs. Equally important, our TEFL Course curriculum in Chicago also meets international requirements, which are a minimum of 100 hours of academic work and 6 hours minimum of real teaching practicum (trainees teaching & observation) to be categorized as a professional level TEFL certification.


Course Content
190-Hour On-Site Certification
Our 4-week, accredited TEFL Course in Chicago, is composed of 180 hours of coursework plus 10 hours of practicum. This is an intensive, full-time university-level course. During the training, there are daily study sessions, in which you learn EFL teaching methodology, classroom management and interesting grammar classes. A major part of the program is spent on preparing classes, teaching, and evaluating EFL students. Your practices consist of teaching real students, whether locals or immigrants to the region. We have up to 12 TEFL trainees, so you will have personalized attention throughout the TEFL program in Chicago, taught by highly experienced, university-level instructors.


2019 Course Dates
June 17th – July 12th
July 15th – August 9th
August 19th – September 13th
September 16th – October 11th
October 21st – November 15th
November 25th – December 20th


Included features within Total Course Fee:

  • 4 week TEFL Program of 190 hours total.
  • Accredited and Internationally Recognized Certificate and Letter of Recommendation.
  • Job contacts in Chicago, worldwide + Lifelong Career Guidance.
  • All course materials, stationery supplies, printing and photocopying.
  • Free wireless internet at school.
  • Pre-course grammar module.
  • Job search guidance workshops.
  • 350-page ESL job search manual.
  • ESL School Directory (approx. 8,000 schools worldwide) AND
  • Graduation celebration!

4-Week Onsite Course Content

TEFL Course in Chicago

Our Teaching English as a Foreign Language course in Chicago not only provides a fantastic opportunity to earn your TEFL/TESOL Certification in a great foreign location, but also provides an excellent inside track on the local job market in Chicago. This 190-hour course features a combination of academic instruction, role playing and hands-on teaching with local students. Classes are typically held Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. with homework and/or student teaching in the evenings. This is a full time commitment; no other part time work can be fit in during a 4 week course. Weekends are open for exploring the city and surrounding areas. Social gatherings and cultural activities can be arranged.


Our highly experienced TEFL professors have designed a modern and practical curriculum, which includes comprehensive skill sets required to succeed as a professional English teacher. The TEFL Course in Chicago incorporates a live practicum with real ESL students to provide all trainees extensive hands-on experience in an actual teaching environment.


Course Components:
The TEFL Program in Chicago is comprised of 3 main components that ensure the trainees’ success as professional English language teachers: Teaching Methodology, Language Acquisition, Student Teaching Practicum.


Teaching Methodology. These are skills essential to each teacher, and they include:
Basic principles of teaching
Classroom management
Personality and language assessments
Curriculum development
Lesson planning
Error Correction
Language Awareness


Language Acquisition. The five components of language learning are:
Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening, and Grammar.
Phonetics and linguistic analogy are also thoroughly covered in the course.

Also included in the course curriculum:
Teaching different group classes: beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, advanced
Private Tutoring
Use of Visual & Audio Aids
Conversational English
Teaching Business English


Important: Due to the high popularity of our TEFL Course in Chicago, we advise to sign up preferably 3 months in advance from your desired starting date.

The Job Market in Chicago represents one of the stronger job markets in Europe. This state-of-the-art TEFL course in Chicago not only provides expert-led training in Chicago and a recognized qualification, but personalized job placement assistance for finding jobs specifically for teaching English in Chicago and around the globe. We are committed in helping you find a teaching job whether in Chicago or abroad.


English teachers in Chicago typically find work faster during September or early October, and then again in January. Teachers in Chicago will be expected to interview in person once they arrive in Chicago, and they will also be responsible for their airfare, as well as housing.


Teaching Salary in Chicago 
A solid hourly wage enables English teachers in Chicago to live a comfortable and enjoyable lifestyle. Schools in Chicago typically offer 20-25 hours per week of work, leaving you plenty of opportunities to travel and explore. Please note that while a Bachelor’s Degree is not required to secure a job in this country, it can still be strongly preferred by employers. If you do not have a degree, you should be prepared for a more competitive job search. 


Our expert Job Search Advisors are available to speak with you and correspond by email to address all of your questions and to assist you with every aspect of your job search from the start of the TEFL Course in Chicago. From writing your resume/CV and cover letter, coaching you on the interview process in different markets, to helping you assess which destinations might be the best fit for you, we are here to help!


Moreover, we feature detailed video webinars on the job process: We provide live and taped webinar workshops on: the process of resume/cover letter & interviewing, continent specific talks for job hiring processes in Europe, Asia, Latin America, the Middle East.


ESL Job Search Manual:
All of our graduates receive a 400-page manual containing all relevant information for major job markets around the world, including hiring seasons, academic standards, and the interview process for teaching English abroad. Templates for successful resumes and cover letters are also included. This manual incorporates extensive listings of online resources, including more than 100 ESL international job boards, in addition to individual “How-to-Guides” for getting job individual countries around the world.
ESL worldwide school directory: We will send you a directory of over 20,000 schools worldwide that you can contact directly regarding employment opportunities.


After you graduate from the TEFL Course in Chicago, you can request referrals to preferred recruiters, placement agencies and language schools: we enjoy a strong relationship with schools, recruiters and placement agencies throughout the world. Additionally, you will be entitled to professional job assistance to successfully connect with potential employers: Our onsite staff will arrange interviews or provide local contacts for your job search both during and after the training course. Types of Students include Business professionals, Private students, Children in Summer Camps, School children in public schools.


Chicago is one of the world’s leading tourist, economic, trade fair and cultural centres, and its influence in commerce, education, entertainment, media, fashion, science, and the arts all contribute to its status as one of the world’s major global cities.   


People tend to fall in love with Chicago very quickly. Steely skyscrapers, top chefs, rocking festivals – the Windy City will blow you away with its low-key cultured awesomeness!


Visually stunning, with some of the most impressive architecture on earth, the Windy City also does a nice sideline in hidden heritage, cultural heavyweights and laid-back but creative neighbourhoods. Imagine New York’s energy and wow factor, but with room to breathe. It’s become more affordable to visit, too; low-cost airline Norwegian launched direct flights from Gatwick last month.


Since Millennium Park opened in 2004 it has become a firm favourite. That’s partly because of the skyline views, but mainly due to two A grade pieces of public art. Anish Kapoor’s silver, ultra-reflective Cloud Gate (known to all as “the Bean”) makes for great photos, while Jaume Plensa’s Crown Fountain – two glass brick walls showing videos of faces that occasionally spit out jets of water – provides the laughs.


It’s hard to know what to gawp at first. High-flying architecture is everywhere, from the stratospheric, glass-floored Willis Tower to Frank Gehry’s swooping silver Pritzker Pavilion to Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained-glass Robie House. Whimsical public art studs the streets; you might be walking along and wham, there’s an abstract Picasso statue that’s not only cool to look at, but you’re allowed to go right up and climb on it. For art museums, take your pick: impressionist masterpieces at the massive Art Institute, psychedelic paintings at the mid-sized Museum of Mexican Art or outsider drawings at the small Intuit gallery.


Chicago has steadily expanded its Riverwalk over the last decade, and it now takes in many of the city’s prime cuts. The corncob-esque Marina City, lavishly Gothic Tribune Towers and cathedral-like Wrigley Building line up with a horizon of gleaming skyscrapers, while kayak outfitters and several small bars offer tempting distractions.


It’s perfectly possible to enjoy Chicago’s tremendous buildings by mooching around staring at them, but the Chicago Architecture Foundation runs tours that dig out the best examples and give insights into the styles on show. The $20 Evolution of the Skyscraper tour is the best intro option!


We can provide advice on housing options nearby in hostels that are located in Lincoln Park and downtown Chicago, all within minutes from public transportation.

Most of our students prefer to use Airbnb (visit
https://www.airbnb.com) to arrange their own accommodation while taking the course. You can find housing in apartments, hostels, or single rooms at very affordable prices. The benefits of using this App is that you get to see different photos, read reviews of the place, a map to see the distance from the school, and you can talk to the owner directly. 


Do I need a visa to take the TEFL course in Chicago?
You do not need a student visa to take the course in Chicago. A tourist passport/visa is sufficient, as it usually allows you to stay in the country for 90 days depending on your country of citizenship. Check here if your passport would grant you access to Chicago with no Visa. 


What are the requirements to teach English in Chicago?
TEFL Certification is typically required as schools and language institutes want to hire teachers who have received proper training. An accredited TEFL Certification is a common requirement to teach English online as well. You don’t need to possess a degree in education, prior teaching experience, or even a college degree to get paid to teach English abroad. Private language schools abroad want to hire people who have received a certain degree of professional level training. Internationally recognized standards hold that professional-level TEFL certification must meet certain standards established by leading bodies in the field.


Will I have a lot of free time to see Chicago?
Because of the intense nature of the schedule, you should plan to do any sightseeing either before or after your TEFL Course in Chicago finishes.  Class Assignments Include: Lesson plans, reflections, essays, quizzes, written assignments, etc. You should plan on spending an extra 2 to 3 hours every night, plus 6-8 hours on Saturdays and Sundays on these assignments. In addition to these assignments, you will also need to plan your lessons during the week.


What do I need to bring on the first day of class?
Students should plan on bringing with them the following items on the first day of class: Course Book, Pre-Course Tasks, Notebook, Laptop, and pens.


Will grammar be taught during the course? Are there additional resources in the course materials?
Yes, grammar is taught during the TEFL Course in Chicago; however, students are required to review main grammar points before starting the course. More time is spent in class on how to teach grammar than going over grammar points with TEFL Trainees, who are required to complete the Pre-Course Grammar Module before the first day of class but should also do their own further review of grammar. Although not necessary, if you are interested in purchasing a grammar book to use throughout the course, a few different options are listed below:


  • Fundamentals of English Grammar, 3rd Edition by: Betty Schrampfer Azar.
  • Practical English Usage by: Michael Swan.
  • A Practical English Grammar by: Thomson and Martinet.
  • How to Teach Grammar by: Scott Thornbury


Can I buy the textbook in Chicago?
No, students are required to purchase one of the following versions of the textbook at least one month before starting the TEFL Course in Chicago:

  • Paperback Version – The Fundamentals of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
  • PDF Version – The Fundamentals of Teaching English as a Foreign Language.


Is the TEFL Course in Chicago accredited?
Yes! Our TEFL program in Chicago is internationally accredited by the TQUK. We adhere to world-wide ethical and professional standards.


Are there any specific technology requirements for the course?

  • Laptop – You are required to bring a laptop with a long battery life (at least 4 hours). Tablets, Chromebooks, and mobile devices cannot be used in place of a computer.
  • Flash Drive – You will need a flash drive that is compatible with his or her computer.
  • Word Processing Software – You should have a reliable word processing system on their computer such as Microsoft Word.
  • Adobe Acrobat – You will be required to submit assignments as PDFs. Most computers already have the capability of saving documents as such.
  • Google Drive – You will need to know how to use the basics of Google drive. If you are unfamiliar with Google Drive, check out this quick tutorial. Many others can be found on YouTube.


How can I prepare for the course?  
You should plan on reviewing grammar prior to the start of the TEFL Course in Chicago. Should you need to consult anything, these websites have good section on English grammar:


What should I pack? What do I need to do before I leave?
For those of you who have never been outside of your own country before, you may be wondering how to pack. Pack light! Unless you intend to stay on in Chicago indefinitely or travel elsewhere directly after the course ends, do yourself a favor and pack only the essentials. If you don’t need it, don’t bring it. In terms of adjusting to your new home in Chicago, on arrival and throughout the course, we will give you information on getting a phone, opening a bank account, gyms, where to get materials, places to eat, etc. So don’t worry.


How many hours will I be spending in class and on course work during the course? Will I have a lot of free time to see Chicago?
Class Hours: Students should plan on spending 50 – 55 hours per week (at minimum) on the course. Class hours are from 10:00 a.m. to 19:00 p.m. or 21:00 p.m. with breaks throughout the day and a one-hour break for lunch.

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., trainees are in class with a trainer for the course material input sessions.
1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m., lunch time!
2:30 p.m. onwards depends on whether you are doing your teaching practice or not. If you are teaching, then you would do the following timetable:
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m., lesson planning. Here, you would be sitting with a trainer to talk through your (already prepared) lesson plan.
4:30 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., two trainees will do their teaching practice.
6:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. students will receive their feedback from their instructor regarding their teaching practice.


Some days, teaching practice starts at 7:00 p.m. If you are teaching this time slot, the schedule is:
3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., lesson planning. Here, you would be sitting with a trainer to talk through your (already prepared) lesson plan.
7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., two students do their teaching practice.

Students will receive their feedback from their instructor regarding their teaching practice the following day. Each student will be required to be here a minimum of 8 nights total until 7:00 p.m. or 9:00 p.m. either student teaching or working on their final course assignment.



If you have any other questions, feel free to contact us at info@tefl-programs.com.


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By attending this TEFL course in Chicago, you will receive so much more than a TEFL Certificate and job contacts in Chicago, you will get priceless experiences! Your classmates will be an eclectic mix of people of all ages and professions, from all over the world, creating unforgettable friendships and enjoying the endless charm and entertainment of Chicago.

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