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Chicago TEFL TESOL Class:  190 Hour CertificationRequest a FREE TEFL Brochure

Tuition: $ 1,995 plus housing costs and text books.
Deposit of $ 600 and balance due 30 days before class starts. * $ 50 discount if paid in full at time of registration if 30 days in advance.

Tuition special: We are offering a tuition special this month of $ 150 discount on any class date to $ 1,845
(and $ 200 discount to $ 1,795 if paid in full at time of registration at least 30 days in advance).

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Length of TEFL TESOL class:  4 weeks, Monday - Friday.  9:30 am - 5:30 pm.
Student teaching with a rotating schedule Monday - Thursday 6:30 pm - 8 pm.
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Article: 6 Reasons to Take International TEFL Academy's Chicago TEFL Course


Our Chicago TEFL class is a QCF Level 5 course and is accredited by NCFE, one of the leading accrediting bodies in the UK.  QCF Level 5 is the highest level of accreditation for TEFL certification, and is the equivalent level of a CELTA course. Employers worldwide value a Level 4 and Level 5 as the benchmarks for objective quality assurance.  Read more about International TEFL Academy's accreditation.

Job Search Guidance:  

International TEFL Academy offers lifetime job search guidance to all of our Chicago TEFL students and graduates as well as our 1,500 annual students taking all of our TEFL courses..


Interested in what our TEFL Class graduates have to say about our Chicago course?  Read their class testimonials.


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Looking for more reasons to choose the International TEFL Academy Chicago TEFL Class? Read this article.

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Chicago TEFL TESOL Class and our World Headquarters

Earn your internationally accredited 190-hour Chicago TEFL Certification at International TEFL Academy's world headquarters, ideally located in the heart of Chicago's Near North Side. Situated in the dynamic neighborhood of Lakeview, we are a mile away from Lake Michigan on Diversey Parkway just north of Lincoln Park, DePaul University and one mile south of world famous Wrigley Field (home of the Chicago Cubs for you sports fans). With the Diversey Brown Line "El" (subway) stop just a block away, public transportation is easily accessible. It's a quick 15 minute ride to "The Loop" in downtown Chicago, which is home to the city's greatest architectural and cultural landmarks, including Michigan Avenue, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Field Museum, Soldier Field, the Willis Tower (famously known as the Sears Tower), and hundreds of world class restaurants, shops and bars. 

As one of the largest and most diverse cities in America with a multicultural blend of over 100 different ethnicities, Chicago is an ideal locale for your introduction to the field of teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL). It also offers a staggering array of cultural, recreational and culinary attractions from world-class art and opera to professional sports and a vibrant music and nightlife scene. 

During your TEFL Certification class in Chicago, you will receive instruction from university-level professors and work with our highly experienced team of advisors and support staff. Our staff members have all lived, traveled and worked abroad, and collectively we have lived and traveled in more than 80 countries around the globe. In fact, because we like to practice what we preach, it is actually a requirement that all staff members have extensive international travel and work experience.  To learn more about our philosophy and staff, please read the International TEFL Academy Vision Statement.

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TEFL Training Course Chicago:

TEFL classes are held at the International TEFL Academy World Headquarters in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview / Lincoln Park neighborhood.  Spread over more than 4,000 square feet, the ITA complex includes brand new classroom facilities, computer work stations, reference library and student lounge.  We are five minutes away from Lake Michigan and 15 minutes from downtown Chicago by train or car.

TEFL Chicago Professors:

All instructors hold at least a Master's degree or a PhD in TESOL or a related field and all have at least 10 years of professional teaching and training experience at the university level.  Classes will typically be taught by two instructors per class to provide a variety of experiences and perspectives to our students. 

Get to know our Chicago TEFL class professors in their video profile here.


Welcome party and graduation:

We love an occasion to celebrate and we have a welcome free luncheon with our entire staff on the first day of class and cap off the month with a graduation ceremony and lunch.  All of our graduates get to ring the graduation gong in our office.


Students & Eligibility:

There is a maximum of 12 students per class session to ensure maximum personal instruction time. Our Chicago TEFL students ages range from 18 - 88. Nobody is too young or too old to earn their TEFL Certification.

Native English speakers with a high school diploma are academically eligible to join the course.  Non-native speakers are also eligible, but must submit a written essay to their advisors and engage in an interview to assess their level of English proficiency. 

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If you have any questions regarding eligibility, please contact your advisor or call 773-634-9900 to be assigned a personal advisor who will assist you with all of your questions regarding TEFL Certification and teaching English abroad. 

To register for as course:

Read our Registration Procedure and Terms and Conditions prior to enrolling into a TEFL course.  


Class Content

The following is the content found within the International TEFL Academy Chicago TEFL course:

  • Pre-Course Grammar Module
  • Basic principles of teaching
  • Grammar
  • Resources
  • Reading 
  • Listening TEFL Chicago class
  • Writing
  • Speaking
  • Classroom management 
  • Lesson planning
  • Error correction
  • Visual aids
  • Business Professional Unit
  • Young Learners Unit


Student Teaching:

Live practice teaching (practicum) with actual ESL students (not role playing with fellow students as some TEFL schools offer) is an integral part of any accredited, professional-level TEFL training program. For your practice teaching, you will be providing lessons to local ESL students from the Chicagoland area.

International TEFL Academy offers free ESL lessons to the Chicago community as part of our dedication to serve the local community and provide charity workAll student teaching is observed by our class professor and given immediate feedback.  This is important for the TEFL student to have their professor observe (not just a staff member) and to meet criteria established by our accreditation of NCFE.  If reviewing another TEFL school, ask them who is providing the observation, if it is not a professor with a MA or PhD or equivalent qualifications your training is not thorough.TESOL Chicago Class

Our Chicago TEFL class students have on average 10 hours of live student teaching and 20 hours of prep time and instructor review.


Job Search Guidance Workshops:

All students receive comprehensive job search guidance assistance to help them find professional English teaching jobs in Europe, Asia, Latin America and the Middle East. Job search guidance workshops are provided throughout the four week Chicago TEFL course.  In addition to the lifetime job search guidance with our student affairs office, there are 3 different workshops of 90 minutes on job search skills, country details on the 4 major ESL markets in Asia, Europe, Latin America and the Middle East. 

Job search guidance workshops will cover:

  • Resume and cover letter development
  • Interviewing techniques & strategies
  • Choosing the right country to work
  • Work visas, expenses and travel preparations
  • Cultural understanding
  • Working with recruiters
  • And more

Learn more about ITA job search guidance.

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Housing Options in Chicago during TEFL class:

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.

Several hostels are conveniently located near the course location with prices ranging from $27-$35 USD and up per night. Hostel options include Hostellng International, AAE Chicago Parthenon Hostel, and Chicago Getaway Hostel. Short-term furnished apartments and subleased rooms are available throughout the city year round.  A great option is found through Air B & B (as in Bed and Breakfast) where you can rent a furnished apartment from the owner or rent a room in their place.  Rentals are by the day, week or month with pictures, profiles of the owner, reviews and is a secure website for financial transactions.  Other options are renting shared housing from the owner through craigslist under housing.





Check out this time lapse video of Chicago and you will love to come here for your class!


To Chicago:

Chicago has two major airports: Chicago O’Hare Airport in the north and Chicago Midway airport in the south. Amtrak and Greyhound provide service to central Chicago.

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Transportation in Chicago to your class location:

Once you arrive in the city, Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) offers excellent public transportation by bus and train; taxis are readily available as well. We are located one block from the Diversey Brown Line stop. The bus lines run on Diversey to our front door and the Halsted, Clark Street and Broadway bus lines are minutes away. Free parking is available in front of our building and around the block  in residential neighborhoods. 


ITA TEFL / TESOL Course Curriculum

Pre-Course Grammar Module (non-assessed) 

This module is designed to provide students with an opportunity to brush up on their grammar prior to beginning the course.  There are no assignments, however it does incorporate self-assessed tasks with answers  provided to help with Unit 1 - The study of English. (Pre-course Grammar Module is available upon registration)

Graded Course 

Unit 1: The Study of EnglishInternational TEFL Academy TEFL Chicago

Module 1 – Grammar 

- Tasks on the understanding of grammar, tense, and structure

- Completed with the use of a grammar book.

Module 2 – Phonetics

- Tasks relating to the phonetic alphabet (given), stress & intonation.

Module 3 - Lexis

- Tasks relating to the presentation of vocabulary, compound words, word stems, appropriate language & frequency.

Unit 2: The Teaching and Learning of ESL

Module 1 - Basic Principles

- Answers from your own experience, the course materials & handbook on:chicago tefl classes

  • The blocks which may prevent learning
  • Motivation
  • Communicative competence.

Module 2 - Reading and Listening

- Tasks based on exploitation of authentic materials i.e. magazines, newspapers, radio broadcasts etc.

Module 3 - Speaking and Writing

- Tasks based as above but with a more productive bias
- Getting your students to produce language

Module 4 - Visual Aids

- Study of all the audio-visual aids available. Production of your own flashcards and aids to be used with a simple story board.

Module 5 - Error Correction

- Examining authentic student errors, classifying them, using a correction code, producing remedial exercises and improving your own error correction methods.

Unit 3: Lesson Planning

Module 1 - Classroom Management

- Tasks relating to student teacher relationships and how to achieve genuine communication inside and outside the classroom.

Module 2 - Lesson Stages and Plans

- Putting all the above into a lesson; timing; warm-up; input; presentation, practice and production stages of your lessons.

Looking for other options for TEFL Certification: International TEFL Academy offers Online TEFL courses and 4 week residential TEFL courses around the world in North America, Asia, Latin America and Europe.


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How To Find International TEFL Academy's Office

916 W. Diversey Pkwy., Chicago, IL 60614


We invite you to come to our office in Chicago, sit down with one of our professional advisors and learn about your options to teach English abroad and become TEFL certified.

You can call for an appointment, walk in the door, fill out a contact form for a brochure, and be assigned to a personal advisor. 

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