Learn about ITA's Exclusive 4-week Grammar Specialty Course

Why Take The Foundations of English Grammar Course?

Even though there are over 380 million native English speakers around the globe, there are far fewer that understand the how and why of English grammar.

This course will build your explicit knowledge of English grammar from the basic building blocks through the tenses and aspects needed to fully understand how the language works.

This course is intended to teach you, the teacher, the foundations of English grammar which will allow you to better instruct your students in their learning of English.

Please note, this course doesn’t teach you how to teach English, rather it introduces and builds upon the main grammar points you will be expected to teach in the foreign language classroom:

  • Prepare yourself for the EFL classroom. Our TEFL course prepares you to be an incredible EFL teacher, but to be truly confident in the classroom, you will need to be prepared to teach grammatical concepts in any situation. This course will enable you to do that in just four weeks.
  • Enhance your understanding of English. English grammar is challenging for native speakers along with those learning the language. By taking this course, you will jump start your feelings of success with your teaching practice and eliminate your need to teach yourself through websites and other resources. In FEG, you will learn from the best instructors at ITA with a passion for grammar.
  • Experience what it means to study English. Put yourself in your students’ shoes for a while and truly dive into being a student of a language. Even though you are likely a native, or very proficient speaker of English, immerse yourself in how to learn language. This course will use teaching methods found in many EFL classrooms for grammar instruction, but it will be centered more around the metalanguage (or explanations) used to discuss grammatical constructions.

Advanced TEFL Class Details


4 weeks part-time. This course includes 60 hours of online coursework, which includes readings and tasks. You will receive a separate digital certificate from what you receive for your standard TEFL course.

Course time commitment is about 15 hours a week.


More information can be found on the TEFL Course Dates section.


Classes are capped at 20 students with a maximum trainer to trainee ratio of 1:10 to ensure personal attention and maintain the highest standards of instruction.


This course will be delivered entirely through the course management system Moodle. In Moodle, students will access online lessons, course materials, tasks, and resources. All tasks will be documents submitted online or taken as an online quiz.

To complete this course, you must have a reliable internet connection. It is the responsibility of the student to ensure that they meet this requirement prior to enrollment. Extensions on tasks will not be given to students due to technical difficulties.


This course features live lectures, webinars & chats, however, there is no required live time, and students can access recorded elements through the course.

Advanced TEFL Course Content

Foundations of English Grammar is designed to build your explicit knowledge of English grammar, thereby enhancing your ability to explain different facets of grammar while Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

Students will learn about English grammar in great detail, including the terminology and rules related to the building blocks of English. The course will enable students to explain the form, meaning, and use of all major grammar structures in English.


Like all ITA courses, this Specialty Course is taught by university-level instructors with an advanced degree in TESOL (or a related field) and who have experience teaching grammar & syntax. Your instructor is available by email and you can expect a response from him/her within 48 hours.


  • This course uses our Foundations of English Grammar book as a launching point for study. All topics in the book, however, aren’t assessed in the course because learning ALL of English Grammar in four weeks is too much for anyone. Instead, we’ve grouped grammar structures into weekly units to make the content engaging and scaffolded.
  • Week 1: This first week covers the building blocks of English grammar including nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, adverbs, prepositions and conjunctions.
  • Week 2: After learning the basics, this week covers how sentences and questions are formed and the variety of types that can be created.
  • Week 3: This third week dives straight into tenses and covers the simple and continuous forms of the present, past and future tenses
  • Week 4: The final week ends with the more complex aspects, covering the perfect and perfect continuous forms of the present, past and future.
  • Optional content in the course, while not assessed, dives into the active and passive voices, modals, and conditionals. This content is included as a means of providing you a solid foundation for understanding these constructions.


All of your course reading materials can be found in the course textbook including the knowledge checks. We recommend that you purchase the book to accompany your studies so you have a means of taking notes and annotating your learning as you study.

Tuition, Enrollment & Eligibility

The Cost of the Specialty TEFL Course is $499.
(Save $100 and pay just $399 when you sign up for this course at the same time you register for your Standard TEFL Course!)


  • Students can enroll in this course before, during, or after their standard ITA 11-week 170-hour Online TEFL course.

  • In-person TEFL course students & 4-Week Intensive Online TEFL Course students can enroll in this course before or at the completion of their TEFL course.

  • ITA Students: you should speak to your Admissions Advisor before enrolling in any Specialty Courses.

  • Not an ITA student yet? Fill out a form here to receive detailed information about TEFL certification and job search guidance for teaching English abroad & teaching English online.



Students should speak with their TEFL Admissions Advisor prior to enrollment & and may register when they enroll for their main TEFL Course and or at any time thereafter. 

Foundations of English Grammar Course Dates & Registration


Job Opportunities for Foundations of English Grammar Students 

All students and graduates from the Foundations of English Grammar Students  Specialty Course receive lifetime, worldwide, and online, job search guidance from ITA's expert team of advisors. You will be prepared and supported by the ITA Team to find employment as an English teacher.

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Additional Highlights & Features For
The 4-Week Grammar Specialty Course

Expanded opportunities for engagement

This course covers the major English grammar structures in a fast-paced format. We’ve designed it so that you can check your understanding throughout before taking the quizzes or completing the weekly assignments. These knowledge checks allow you to self-assess your understanding of the topics for the week and make determinations on where you can move ahead or continue your studies.

Practical assessments for future teaching

Even though this course doesn’t teach you how to teach grammar, the assignments mimic activities you will use as an EFL instructor. Throughout the weeks, you will work through examples of common errors English language learners commit and how best to explain the grammar to guide learners as well as finding and creating content to use in highlighting how grammar forms affect meaning and are used.

Video explanations of challenging structures

See what grammar teaching looks like when it is done expertly. This course includes video explanations of some of the most complex grammar points to explain. These are intended to help you in your learning and provide you with an example of fantastic pedagogy in grammar lessons. Through watching these videos and working through the assignments, you will have a strong understanding of best practices for teaching grammar and can jump right in to implementing them in your classroom.

Implicit introductions to topics

Just as you are taught in the TEFL certification, introducing a grammar point with a presentation of the concepts can be rough for you and your learners. In this course, you are provided with an authentic text at the beginning of each concept to help guide you to identify the structure(s) you will be learning. This implicit approach is a pedagogical best practice and provides you, the student, with a means to center yourself in your learning. After looking at the text and making a self-assessment of your understanding, you will step through the structures highlighted and how the form, meaning, and use affect the example.

Immediate access to your certificate

Once you have successfully completed the Foundations of English Grammar course, a digital/printable version of your certificate will be available immediately (no need to wait for the mail!). Note: The certificate you receive for this course is separate from the certificate you receive for your 170-Hour TQUK-accredited Online TEFL Course or the Intensive TEFL course you complete through International TEFL Academy.

Comprehensive Textbook

All the reading, explanations, examples, and resources found in this course are available on our Textbook page. We recommend that you purchase this as a reference for the course as well as for use after the course to help you in giving the best instruction possible.

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