Certificate in TEFL

Why this Certificate

The goal of the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL) program is to enhance the professional knowledge and practical skills of in-service and pre-service classroom teachers in Armenia and the region. It is designed to meet the needs of those current and future teachers who may not have the time or aspiration to pursue a Master's degree, but who do want to keep up with the latest developments in the field, and expand and improve their own teaching.

Career Paths

CTEFL is perfect for those interested in starting a career in teaching English and for teachers who want to continue improving their own teaching but do not have time to pursue the two-year Master’s degree in TEFL. Typically, CTEFL graduates secure English language teaching positions in language centers around the country. For teachers already working in the schooling system, CTEFL enhances their teaching skills and boosts confidence leading to more challenging and rewarding work opportunities and contributing to potential promotions on the job.

Those who complete CTEFL successfully and reside outside Yerevan including Artsakh are eligible to apply for a teaching position to start a new or support an existing branch of the AUA’s After-school English Program in their local communities.

‘Being one of the first graduates of CTEFL totally changed my whole approach towards teaching a foreign language. It also paved a path to open-mindedness and cross-cultural understanding. Forever thankful to my AUA teachers’.

Armine Kocharyan, CTEFL 1995 Alumna

Language and Cross Culture Coordinator, Peace Corps Armenia

Certificate Completion Requirements

To complete CTEFL, students must successfully complete the CTEFL courses/modules with a grade point average of 3.0 or above. CTEFL graduates who wish to pursue further study towards the MA TEFL program may transfer their CTEFL courses towards the MA TEFL Program.

Curriculum

CTEFL courses include three courses of a total of 9 credits:

Teaching Language Skills (3 credits)

This course introduces the underlying theories and classroom practices for teaching ESL/EFL reading, writing, listening and speaking. The course highlights the nature of literacy and oral language development, beginning language skills (phonemic awareness, phonics, pronunciation), and meaning-focused language instruction. This practical course focuses on developing students’ technical abilities to effectively design classroom activities that target language skills and integrate them into coherent lesson plans. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.

Classroom Assessment (3 credits)

This course will lay the foundations for the students to learn about various principles and issues regarding research methods in second or foreign language teaching and classroom research. The course will look at the various viewpoint involved in research, the issues raised by quantitative and qualitative research, how the research program is to be structured and carried out, and how to report findings. Three hours of instructor-led discussion per week.

Teaching Practicum (3 credits)

The purpose of this course is to consolidate the theory and practice of teaching EFL and engage students in reflective practice. This course combines face-to-face classes on topics related to practical aspects of teaching EFL classes (e.g., lesson planning, classroom management) and fieldwork experience including EFL class observations and supervised teaching.

CTEFL Format

Students may select one of two formats in pursuing the CTEFL Program:

  • Year-round format: In this format, CTEFL students take their courses with Master’s in TEFL students during the fall and spring semesters. Classes are scheduled once or twice a week during morning and afternoon hours.
  • Summer intensive format: In this format, CTEFL courses are scheduled within 6-7 weeks during the months of June and July. Classes take place in the mornings and afternoons every day at the AUA campus.

Enrollment Requirements

To be considered for acceptance, applicants must:

  • Submit a complete Application for Enrollment in Certificate Programs at im.aua.am including all required supplements as outlined in the instructions.
  • Present valid and official results confirming English Language Proficiency typically through the TOEFL iBT (target score of 79*) or IELTS Academic (target score of 6.5*). Native and near native speakers are eligible for a waiver.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited or licensed institution of higher education having obtained an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 5-point scale. Students in their final year of studies are also eligible to apply.
  • Demonstrate interest and potential to become a successful TEFL professional.

*The Admissions Committee may, at its discretion, admit an applicant who does not meet the target requirements but who otherwise demonstrates the potential to successfully pursue a degree at AUA.

English and TOEFL iBT Preparation 

For English and TOEFL iBT classes, contact AUA Extension http://extension.aua.am, which offers subsidized courses in the regions of Armenia and Artsakh.

AUA Extension centers:
  • American University of Armenia, 40 Marshal Baghramyan Ave. Yerevan;
  • "Knowledge for Development" Center, 63 Myasnikyan str. Dilijan;
  • Gyumri Technology Center, 1 Gai str.;
  • Vanadzor Technology Center, 12 Shinararner str.;
  • School N3, “Giteliq” University, 5 Momiki str. Yeghegnadzor;
  • 6 Azatamartikneri str. Stepanakert

Special for Summer 2019

For participants who reside in the regions of Armenia and Artsakh*

  1. Up to 100% subsidized tuition*
  2. In-house English proficiency test administered during the admissions interview, instead of TOEFL iBT or IELTS
  3. Further employment opportunities with AUA’s After-School English program and AUA Extension

Apply for CTEFL and financial aid at im.aua.am

by May 15, 2019

* This summer 2019, CTEFL is sponsored through earmarked donations to advance teaching in the remote regions of Armenia. Priority will be given to the following regions: Gegharkunik, Lori, Syunik, Shirak, Tavush, Vayots Dzor, and Artsakh. To be considered for a subsidy, applicants must apply for tuition assistance through AUA’s Office of Financial Aid.

Fall 2019 CTEFL Application Submission Deadlines

If a deadline date falls on a non-working date, the deadline will be moved to the following working day.

  • Early Admissions - February 15, 2019
  • Regular Admissions - May 15, 2019

Fees are calculated per credit unit, as per university policy.

Application Procedure

For information regarding application to CTEFL, visit the Admissions website.

ACADEMICS

1. What does the CTEFL Program do?

The goal of the Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (CTEFL) program is to enhance the professional knowledge and practical skills of in-service and pre-service classroom teachers in Armenia and the region. It is designed to meet the needs of those current and future teachers who may not have the time or aspiration to pursue a Master’s degree, but who do want to keep up with the latest developments in the field, and expand and improve their own teaching. For more information, applicants are encouraged to visit our webpage https://tefl.aua.am/ctefl/

2. How is the Intensive Summer CTEFL different from the year-round CTEFL?

Both CTEFL programs have the same courses: Teaching Language Skills, Classroom Assessment, and Teaching Practicum. But the summer CTEFL is offered intensively over 7 weeks instead of 30 weeks (Fall and Spring semesters).

 3. What is so special about this summer 2019 CTEFL?

This summer 2019, AUA has identified special donor support to sponsor the tuition of CTEFL for the applicants who come from the regions of Armenia and Artsakh. From within this category, special priority will be given to applicants from Gegharkunik, Lori, Syunik, Shirak, Tavush, Vayots Dzor, and Artsakh. These priority regions are part of AUA's strategic development.

4. When will the Intensive Summer CTEFL program start and how long will it last?

The CTEFL 2019 program will start on June 17th and will last 7 weeks. The last week of the program will be off-campus, when the students will return to their homes and submit their final assignments online.

5. What is the program schedule like?

The classes are scheduled to start in the morning, and last till late afternoon, Mondays through Fridays. Saturdays and Sundays are days off  There will be a lot of homework assignment throughout the program

6. What is the language of instruction at AUA?

The language of instruction at AUA is English.

ADMISSIONS

7. Who can apply for the Intensive Summer CTEFL Program at AUA?

Priority will be given to the following regions: Gegharkunik, Lori, Syunik, Shirak, Tavush, Vayots Dzor, and Artsakh. However, this does not mean that applicants from Yerevan and/or other regions cannot apply. Anyone who meets both the certificate general and program specific admission requirements may apply for CTEFL at AUA.

 

  • What are the Certificate Admissions requirements?

 

To be considered for acceptance, applicants must:

  • Submit a complete Application for Enrollment in Certificate Programs at im.aua.amincluding all required supplements as outlined in the instructions.
  • Present valid results confirming English Language Proficiency. This typically include TOEFL iBT (target score of 79*) or IELTS Academic (target score of 6.5*). For the applicants residing in the regions of Armenia and Artsakh, TOEFL iBT and IELTS are being replaced with an in-house English language test at AUA. Native and near native speakers are eligible for a waiver.
  • Hold an undergraduate degree from an accredited or licensed institution of higher education having obtained an undergraduate GPA of 3.4 or higher on a 5-point scale. Students in their final year of studies are also eligible to apply.

Demonstrate interest and potential to become a successful TEFL professional.

*The Admissions Committee may, at its discretion, admit an applicant who does not meet the target requirements but who otherwise demonstrates the potential to successfully pursue a degree at AUA.

8. How is the admissions process different for those from the regions of Armenia and Artsakh for the summer 2019 CTEFL?

For the applicants who reside in the regions of Armenia and Artsakh, the admissions process is different. Instead of taking TOEFL iBT or IELTS, they can take an in-house English proficiency test administered on the same day when they come to AUA for the admissions interview. Applicants who reside in Yerevan or outside Armenia (except for Artsakh) must take TOEFL iBT or IELTS.

9. What’s the In-house English proficiency test like?

This test includes two parts. Part 1: A written part with a number of multiple choice items as well as essay questions to test the applicants’ knowledge of English grammar and vocabulary, as well as reading and writing skills. Part 2: An oral interview with CTEFL admissions committee (3-4 people), lasting 15-20 minutes with questions related to professional and personal experience and interests. Applicants must successfully pass Part 1 to be able to take Part 2. Applicants with very low scores on Part 1 will not be admitted to the interview.

10. How can I apply?

By the Regular Enrollment Deadline May 15, you should submit the complete:

  1. An application form for CTEFL. The Application for Enrollment in Certificate Programs is currently available at im.aua.am. To start your application, first create and confirm your profile. Then, please follow the steps to complete and submit your applications. For any information regarding the application form, please contact the Office of Admissions (060) 612743.

Please make sure to specify in your Statement of Purpose whether you are interested in the Intensive Summer format taking place in June/July 2019 or the year long program with classes scheduled to begin in Fall 2019. Visit https://tefl.aua.am/ctefl/ for more information. 

If you reside in a region of Armenia or Artsakh, and you would like to take the Summer CTEFL In-House test, please indicate it in your application form:

  • Test Subject – English Proficiency Test 
  • Test Name – Summer CTEFL In-House 
  • Test Date – May 15(This is not the exact test date. We will contact you for more information regarding the date and the time for your test and the admission interview).

 

  1. A Financial Aid Form. The tuition assistance application form can be found hereand the list of the required documents (checklist) can be found here. Applicants need to fill in the corresponding application form and submit the hard copy of the TA application form together with the required documents to the Office of Financial Aid by May 15.   
11. Is there an English language proficiency requirement?

Yes. Applicants should submit official exam results confirming English Language Proficiency either through TOEFL iBT or IELTS Academic exams. For the applicants residing in the regions of Armenia and Artsakh, TOEFL iBT and IELTS are being replaced with an in-house English language test at AUA. Some applicants may be eligible to receive a waiver of the English Language Proficiency Requirement. For more information, please read the English Language Proficiency waiver policy and application form here

 

12. Who is eligible to apply for an English language proficiency waiver?

You may receive a waiver to the English Language Proficiency requirement if you studied at least two consecutive of the previous five years of full-time study at a recognized high school, college, or university where the primary language of instruction is English. Applicants may receive a waiver if they have completed at least two years of full-time study at a recognized high school, college, or university where the primary language of instruction was English. For more information, please refer to the English Language proficiency waiver policy at http://policies.aua.am/policy/143. To apply for the waiver, applicants should create a profile at http://im.aua.am and submit an English Language Proficiency Test Waiver form.

13. Is there a minimum score for the THE TOEFL IBT and IETLS Academic exams?

The TOEFL iBT and IETLS Academic target score requirements for admission at AUA are as follows.

  • TOEFL iBT – 79 or higher
  • IELTS Academic – 6.5 or higher

Applicants should note, however, that meeting the scores listed above is not a guarantee of admission. On the other hand, having scores lower does not result in automatic denial. Only those applicants with a 67 or lower on the TOEFL iBT or 5.5 or lower on the IELTS Academic will be automatically denied admission.

14. Is there a specific date when I must submit my application?

Yes. The Regular Enrollment Deadline is due May 15.

15. What if I forgot to attach a required document to my application or did not report my official test score to AUA?

It is your responsibility to submit a complete application. If you forget to send a required document or do not report an official score to AUA, please immediately contact the Office of Admissions and make sure to send those missing documents by email to im.grad@aua.am.

The Office of Admissions screens all submitted applications for technical eligibility. If your application is incomplete, please note that it will not be considered for further review by the Admissions Committee. Incomplete applications will be moved to the following deadline date. If you fail to complete your application by the rolling admissions deadline date, the Office of Admissions will update your application status to ineligible.

16. How do I pay my application fee?

Your application fee may be paid online, via Easy Pay Cash Machine (Armenia only), or bank transfer We strongly encourage applicants to make payments online as it may take up to 10 business days for your account to reflect Easy Pay or Bank Transfer payments. Detailed instructions are available on the payment page in http://im.aua.am once you have submitted your application.

TUITION AND FINANCIAL AID

17. What can I expect to pay for tuition as a Certificate student?

For more information, applicants are encouraged to review https://admissions.aua.am/certificate-programs/#tuition

18. Does AUA Offer Financial Aid?

Yes.  AUA is committed to providing the best possible education to its students. As such, AUA’s admissions process is need-blind.  AUA policy is that no Armenian citizen admitted to AUA will be denied study because of demonstrated financial need, as determined by the AUA Financial Aid Committee based on a number of factors. AUA offers a number of financial aid opportunities for both Armenian citizens and international students. For more information, applicants are encouraged to review http://finaid.aua.am/financial-aid-definition/.

 

19. How can I apply for Tuition Assistance?

The tuition assistance application form can be found here and the list of the required documents (checklist) can be found here. Applicants need to fill in the corresponding application form and submit the hard copy of the TA application form together with the required documents to the Office of Financial Aid by May 15. 

20. Is there a specific date when I must submit the tuition assistance application form?

Yes. The Regular Enrollment Deadline for Tuition Assistance is due May 15.