EF Certificate in Teaching Phonology (Modules 1 -3)

Course duration: 4 weeks per module

Group size: Up to 16 participants

Delivery:  Online via Motivis

Certification: 20hr EF teacher training certificate, per module (5 hours a week for 4 weeks)

Module 2

This course is for those who already have CertTESOL/CELTA and/or Phonology Module 1. By the end of the course you will be able to:

  • Recognize a range of features of connected speech (inc. elision, liaison, assimilation, intrusion)

  • Better understand intonation and sentence stress

  • Use and reflect on a range of activities to explain and practice connected speech, rhythm and intonation with your learners

  • Help your learners sound more fluent and rhythmic in their speech.

Module 2 Assessment: Create a training plan for peers in your center.

Module 1

This course is for those who are thinking of doing CertTESOL/CELTA in the next year, and/or want to understand the foundation skills of effective phonology teaching.

By the end of this course you will be able to:

  • Explain the organization of the IPA chart

  • Transcribe words into IPA

  • Better understand word stress patterns

  • Use and reflect on a range of activities to explain & practice sounds that your learners struggle with.

  • Help your learners better pronounce challenging English words

Module 1 Assessment: Create a training plan for peers in your center.

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Module 3

This is for teachers who already have CertTESOL/CELTA, and/or Grammar Module 2, and want to carry out independent research into a specific area of phonology (which could also be used for the DipTESOL interview in future). You will do 4 weeks of reflective action research in an area of phonology teaching chosen by you, and use your findings to create a training video for other teachers to watch and learn from.

Module 3 Assessment: Create a training video, and do peer reviews for coursemates. See videos from past courses graduates here.

You should consider enrolling in this course if you are interested in incorporating phonology in the classroom or for those preparing to take the EF Trinity Certificate or Diploma in TESOL.

"The phonology course helped me to understand more about the aspects of phonology that my learners struggle with. I feel more confident now in my ability to help my learners improve in this area. I also discovered many invaluable resources to use in my lessons. This course is great for anyone who wants to understand more about phonology and how to teach it." 

-Katlyn Josway, Kids and Teens Teacher



  • Have over 6 months experience in ESL

  • Hold a TEFL qualification

  • Be willing to spend 5 hours (longer for non-native English speakers) of study time a week on this course for 4 weeks per module

  • Want to gain a deeper insight into the nature of language



  • Prepare information such as your BlueCard number, your Skype ID and manager's email

  • Consider why you want to join this course (250-350 words)