EF Certificate in Teaching Vocabulary

Course duration: 10 weeks

Group size: Up to 16 participants

Delivery:  Online via http://training.ef.com

Certification: 30hr EF teacher training certificate

Assessment: 5 minute vocabulary training video

You will want to apply to take this course if you are interested in exploring the meaning of words or in preparing for the EF Trinity Diploma in TESOL


You will learn about the linguistic aspect of language, experiment with different techniques in planning, presenting and practicing a range of vocabulary activities to engage, support and challenge your learners. You will complete weekly tasks which involve giving and receiving feedback from up to 16 peers on the course. By the end of the course you will have produced a video detailing a lexical activity that you use with your students and share this online.


This course is for teachers:

  • With at least 6 months ESL experience
  • Who hold a TEFL certificate
  • Who are willing to spend 2 hours (longer for non-native English speakers) of your professional development time a week on this course for 10 weeks


By the end of the course you will:

  • Be able to describe word classes, groups and formation
  • Be able to teach word parts and word chunks
  • Be able to use techniques and activities to help your learners understand, remember and use newly acquired lexis
  • Present activities you use to better help your students with lexis


During the course you will:

  • Join the Lexis group online
  • Research, teach and reflect on the practical tasks
  • Complete theoretical and practical tasks on a weekly/bi-weekly basis
  • Post the completed task in the group
  • Comment on at least 2 posts by your peers
  • Teach activities, incorporating ideas from this course and be given feedback by your peers and trainer
  • For more details about Course Requirements, click here 


“As a teacher it is essential to have a solid understanding of the lexical approach in order to best deliver classes. Enrolling onto this course not only helped my teaching skills improve but also allowed me to share useful techniques and tips with my colleagues and raise the standard of teaching and learning in my center.”
-Steve Mayers, International Teacher



  • Prepare information such as your BlueCard number, your Skype ID and manager's email
  • Consider why you are a good candidate for the course (250-350 words)
  • Describe a learning experience you have had, and what you learned from it that will help you with this course (250-50 words)
  • Show forward-thinking: what are the challenges and how will you overcome them? (250-350 words)