TEFL / TESOL CERTIFICATION COURSE
IN CHICAGO, USA

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TEFL / TESOL COURSE OVERVIEW

ITA's Chicago TEFL Course was named #1 Best USA TEFL Course by GoAbroad.com

Internationally accredited & taught by experienced instructors, this 4-week intensive TEFL class at ITA's World Headquarters in Chicago will provide you with professional-level English teaching skills in addition to a recognized qualification for teaching English online & around the globe.

Conveniently 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 a short walk from 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.

During your TEFL Certification class, you will receive instruction from two 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 a requirement that all staff members have extensive international travel and work experience.

IMPORTANT NOTE: Please be prepared for the intensive nature of this course. It is an intense, full-time university-level course. You will be in class full-time 5 days a week & there is homework as well. In addition, approximately twice a week, students will stay until 8 pm to complete practice teaching (other class days wrap up around 5:30 pm).

TEFL / TESOL Class Details

LENGTH OF TRAINING:

4 weeks full-time (190 hours). This is an intensive university-level course.

TEFL COURSE DATES & AVAILABILITY:

We recommend enrolling at least 90 days prior to your course start date. This is a very popular course and often fills in advance. More information here.

DAILY SCHEDULE & INTENSITY:

Students should expect to be in class from 9:30 am - 5:30 pm (with breaks), Monday-Friday. Students will also need to stay later until 8:00 pm approximately twice a week to complete their practicum. Weekends are primarily free for sight-seeing and relaxation, but some homework is required. Check out this sample Chicago TEFL Class calendar.

COURSE LOCATION:

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, 1 block from the Diversey Brown Line "El" stop.

CLASS SIZE & FACILITIES:

Classes are capped at 12 students; Internet access is available at the school facilities.

TEFL / TESOL Course Content

This TEFL certification course has been specially designed to provide all course graduates with the tools to succeed as professional English teachers. For more details, check out this Chicago TEFL Class Syllabus & our Chicago TEFL Class Content Page.

PROFESSORS & LIVE PRACTICUM:

Like all ITA TEFL classes, the Chicago TEFL course is taught by highly experienced professors and includes live practice teaching with local ESL students.

ACCREDITATION:

ITA-operated classes are externally monitored & approved at a Level 5 Ofqual (British Government) accreditation by TQUK (authorized accreditor of Ofqual). Our certificates are recognized worldwide at the highest level for TEFL certification. Read more.

HERE IS A BRIEF OVERVIEW OF WHAT YOU WILL LEARN IN THIS COURSE:

  • Basic principles of teaching
  • Grammar
  • Classroom Management
  • Error Correction
  • Lesson Planning
  • Use of Visual & Audio Aids
  • Teaching group classes: beginner, pre-intermediate, intermediate, advanced
  • Conversational English
  • Teaching grammar, reading, writing, listening, speaking, pronunciation
  • Language Awareness
  • Private Tutoring
  • Teaching Business English

Tuition & Costs

The cost of the TEFL Class is $ 2,195 ($ 600 Deposit, $ 1,595 Balance).
We have a discount running this month. Check TEFL Course Dates & Tuition.

TUITION INCLUDES:

  • TEFL course tuition
  • All Course Materials
  • Assistance with making housing arrangements (housing costs not included)
  • Welcome Lunch & graduation Party
  • Lifetime job guidance advice worldwide, including workshops during the course

TUITION DOES NOT INCLUDE:

  • Personal Expenses
  • Transportation
  • Visa, insurance
  • Housing costs
  • Course Textbook (purchase upon enrollment)

OPTIONAL EXCURSIONS & ACTIVITIES:

A variety of free & paid activities/excursions are available to students. Popular activities typically include:

  • Wrigley Field, Bars, Lake Michigan: walking distance
  • Millennium Park, Water Tower Place Mall: 20 minutes by bus/train
  • Theaters, Museums, Navy Pier: 30 minutes by bus/train

Enrollment & Eligibility

Prior to enrolling for this course, you must:

  • Conduct an interview and complete the application process. Read more.
  • Speak to an Admissions Advisor. Your advisor will answer your questions and assist you with matters such as your eligibility & enrollment; course costs & logistics; and your options for employment after your TEFL Class.

TO SPEAK WITH AN ADVISOR & ENROLL FOR THIS COURSE:

NON-NATIVE ENGLISH SPEAKERS:

NON-US CITIZENS:

Our courses in the United States are available for all citizenships, ethnicities, native and non-native English speakers.  For non-US citizens or non-legal residents of the USA, you will need to understand US law and the visa that allows or doesn't allow you to enroll into job training courses (vocational training).  

  1. It is your responsibility to understand this information prior to registration and we highly advise prospective students with non-legal US status outside the US to not enroll in a Chicago TEFL class or make any travel arrangements until you have the correct visa. ITA does not check visa status for enrollment into our TEFL courses.  Your ID will be checked on the first day of class only to verify that you are the correct student registered for the course. This complies with our accreditation and issuance of the completed TEFL certificate.
  2. Non-US citizens or non-legal residents trying to enter the US on a visa need to comply with the US State Department's regulations. Note that a tourist visa does not allow foreign citizens to enter the US with the intention of taking a job training course. A Student Visa is for this purpose and the Chicago class is not authorized to issue this.  ITA cannot assist students to obtain any visa for the Chicago TEFL Course. Our partner school in NYC does have processes in place for getting a Student Visa.

Housing Arrangements

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 InternationalAAE 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 AirBnB where you can rent a furnished apartment from the owner or rent a room in their place.  

 

Job Opportunities for Chicago TEFL Students 

All Chicago students receive lifetime Job Search Guidance worldwide. These services and resources include personal assistance from expert advisors to help you get a job virtually everywhere; contact information for tens of thousands of schools; referrals to top recruiters around the globe; & much more.

Read our Country Profiles to learn about the job market for teaching English abroad and online.

Watch hundreds of video testimonials from ITA alumni.

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Chicago TEFL Course FAQs

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 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. with breaks throughout the day and a one-hour break for lunch. From 5:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. students will receive their feedback from their practicum instructor regarding their previous night’s teaching practice. Because of the intense nature of the schedule, you should plan to do any sightseeing either before or after the class ends.  
  • Student teaching is from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Each student will be required to be here a minimum of 8 nights until 8:00 p.m. either student teaching or working on their Learner Profile. You will receive your practicum schedule on the first day of class.
  • Class Assignments: There are approximately 85 assignments due throughout the 4-week course. These include lesson plans, reflections, essays, quizzes, written assignments, etc. Plan on spending an extra 2 to 3 hours every night on homework.

ALUMNI TIP: “My advice to new students would be to realize that this is equivalent to 9 credit hours (3 classes / 1 semester) of graduate-level TESL/TEFL coursework crammed into four weeks. This is not going to be a piece of cake by any stretch of the imagination. It takes a lot of work to make it through this class. Every day you will have projects, presentations, and lesson plans that you will be required to do." 

Will grammar be taught during the course? Are there additional grammar resources in the course materials?

Yes, grammar is taught during the course, 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 students.  

TEFL students are highly recommended to complete the Grammar Module before the first day of class but should also do their own further review of grammar.

Students have the option to purchase International TEFL Academy's grammar book, Grammar Fundamentals for Teaching English as a Foreign Language: A Teacher's Reference, but it is not required.

ALUMNI TIP: "Prioritize all of your work. Don't just do assignments as they come in. Do important things first, lesson plans and task-based Moodle assignments have to come first. Ask as many questions as you can. Pay close attention in class and take notes during all of the lectures. You'll remember more if you take notes and you'll value them later when you get behind on Moodle reflections. Godspeed and have fun!"

Can I buy the textbook at International TEFL Academy?

No, students are required to purchase one of the following versions (print or pdf) of the textbook at least one month in advance of starting the TEFL class.

What kind of ESL students will I be teaching during the practicum?

International TEFL Academy offers free ESL classes to non-native English speakers that live in Chicago.  Our students are adult learners and are of varying levels and cultural backgrounds. 

ALUMNI TIP: “Understand how hard and intense this course really is. Way harder than any college or grad school I did."

Are there any specific technology requirements for the course?

  • Laptop - Students 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 - Students will need a flash drive that is compatible with his or her computer.
  • Word Processing Software - Students should have a
    reliable word processing system on their computer such as Microsoft Word.
  • Adobe Acrobat - Students will be required to submit assignments as PDFs. Most computers already have the capability of saving documents as such.  
  • Google Drive - Students 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? Can I begin working on my assignments prior to the course?

  • Students should plan on reviewing grammar prior to the start of the course. See question 2 for more information on reviewing grammar.
  • Purchase the TEFL Coursebook (see question 3).
  • Due to the requirements of the assignments, we do not recommend that our TEFL students attempt to complete any assignments prior to the course start date.

ALUMNI TIP: "Organize, Organize, Organize! Keeping everything written down saved me multiple times. Falling behind in this course is not an option; but if you do, go to your instructors immediately."

My commute is over an hour away. Will that be okay?

Because of the intense nature of the course, we recommend staying closer to International TEFL Academy. ITA has several housing recommendations that are conveniently located to the course.  Students will receive access to this information after enrolling and paying in full for the TEFL course.  The school is 1 block from the Brown Line train stop and a block from a major bus line.

Does ITA recommend housing or arrange it?

Yes, ITA has a list of recommendations on hostels and where students find shared apartments. ITA can advise on where in the city that is convenient (such as by a train or bus stop) but we do not arrange the housing for you.  Chicago has many options and it's easy to choose a good place to live for a month.

ALUMNI TIP:  “To future TEFL students, please disconnect from the world during the certification. Also, know that your classmates will be the reason you get through if you all use your minds collectively.”

What do I need to bring on the first day of class?

Arrival Time: Students should arrive at 916 W. Diversey Pkwy between 9:00 and 9:30 a.m.
Items to Bring: Students should plan on bringing with them the following items on the first day of class:

  • Monthly Planner
  • TEFL Course Book
  • Picture ID
  • Pre-Course Tasks
  • Notebook
  • Laptop
  • Pen
  • Flash Drive

Lunch: ITA will order lunch for the first day of class.  Vegetarian options will be available, but please let ITA know of any other dietary restrictions.

ALUMNI TIP: "DO NOT GIVE UP. You will make it through if you put forth the effort by participating in class and doing the prescribed work. It's completely worth it in the end!”

Whom should I contact if I have more questions about the International TEFL Academy Chicago TEFL Class?

If you are a prospective student, please contact an Admissions Advisor by calling (773) 634-9900.

If you are an enrolled student, please contact the Student Affairs Department.

Our experienced Student Affairs Department is dedicated to helping our students prepare for their TEFL class & to succeed in achieving their goal of teaching English abroad.  All members of our team have lived, worked & taught English abroad and they all possess years of experience in the field of TEFL.

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Courtney Clark

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Courtney Clark

I decided to get TEFL certified so I would really know what I'm doing as a teacher and be able to do the best job I can. I chose ITA specifically because I felt like their certification would be accepted by any school/company abroad without question because of their credibility. The course was brutal, but I couldn't possibly mean that in a more positive way. It taught me how to lesson plan and prepare like a teacher, handle the stress of being a teacher, and helped me to break out of my shell and improve my public speaking skills. After the class, I felt extremely confident that I can handle whatever comes my way in my teaching career.

Jassira Vardak

Chicago TEFL Course Grad

Jassira Vardak

The course was amazing. I’m so glad I chose the in-person course; the class was informative, and the discussions with teachers and fellow students were illuminating. Both instructors did such a good job of preparing me to teach English overseas. I felt so confident by the end of the course that most of the pre-moving anxiety I had was totally unrelated to teaching. Everything we did was geared towards real world situations and the practicum was vital for giving me both the much needed experience teaching as well as invaluable and immediate feedback from my instructor.

Elizabeth Feyh

Chicago TEFL Course Grad

Elizabeth Feyh

I chose ITA because it seemed like the overall best program. I would be taught how to teach, given an arsenal of techniques to make English fun, get practicum feedback, and receive a 190-hour certification. I chose to do the in person class because I needed the accountability, and I chose Chicago for financial reasons. I wish I could take the course over and over again. My instructors were amazing and extremely knowledgeable. They were always willing to help improve lesson plans or brainstorm ideas. I really appreciated all of the feedback I received. It really helped me improve each time.

Visit the ITA Blog to read more articles and stories by our alumni about their experiences getting TEFL certified with International TEFL Academy, and teaching English online and around the world.