ITA Nicaragua Online TEFL course syllabus

International TEFL Academy Nicaragua Online Course Syllabus


The International TEFL Academy Nicaragua Online TEFL course is a fully interactive course taught by a seasoned university level professor with an advanced degree in TESOL or a related field and international teaching experience.

The online TEFL course is designed for students who are looking to Teach English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) internationally in a professional environment.

Throughout this course, students will learn everything from creating lesson plans, teaching the four components of language learning: listening, speaking, reading & writing, gain an understanding of different teaching methods, and more.


The course is comprised of:

– 150 hours of online coursework – which includes readings, assignments, quizzes and self-checks. (Required)

– 20 hours of Practicum (student teaching, observation and/or tutoring in an ESL classroom) (Required) ITAN’s Hybrid class can be completed for the mandatory practicum component.

– 30 hours for 2 additional course modules: Teaching Business English and Teaching Young Learners (Optional)

Course Content:  Read about the 150 hour TEFL course content here


Part 1: Unit and Module Outline

Important Note: Refer to the course calendar for specific task and peer participation due dates. Course activities and tasks will be explained in detail within each corresponding learning module. If you have any questions, please contact your course instructor.

Your 170-Hour TEFL/TESOL Course is divided into 4 separate units which includes the Thematic Unit.  Each unit contains its own set of modules.

Pre-Course Grammar Module

A thorough overview of grammar from adjectives to compound verbs to gerunds, and more.  Self-checks are included throughout the module to help with Unit 1: The Study of English. The Pre-Course Grammar Module is sent to students upon registration to begin reviewing important grammar points.

Unit 1: The Study of English

Module 1 – Grammar: Reading and tasks on the understanding and importance of grammar. This module will also focus on the issues involved with teaching grammar to ESL students. It is recommended to complete this module with the use of a grammar book or online grammar resources.

Module 2 – Pronunciation, Stress and Intonation:  Reading and tasks related to communicating with good pronunciation, the importance of teaching good pronunciation, and some teaching ideas on how to incorporate pronunciation, stress and intonation into your lessons.

Module 3 – Lexis:  Reading and tasks helping future ESL teachers begin to think about the language they will be teaching. This module also helps give a basic understanding of the importance of word formation and teaching the appropriate language. Future ESL teachers will also learn possible difficulties their students will have with vocabulary choice and how to help these students.

Unit 2: The Teaching and Learning of ESOL

Module 1 – The Basic Principles of TESOL: Reading and tasks related to the principles of good ESOL teaching. This module includes information on how to provide a caring classroom environment and why this is essential to language production and progress. The module also touches on the topics of communicative teaching and communication versus correctness.

Module 2 – Listening and Reading:
 Reading and tasks based on training and helping ESLlearners develop successful extensive and intensive listening and reading skills. This module also gives future ESL teachers authentic material ideas (newspaper, radio broadcasts, etc) to promote these skills.

Module 3 – Speaking and Writing:
 Reading and tasks related to teaching successful oral and writing skills by being able to identify problems with achieving these skills and by designing activities in the classroom to promote them.

Module 4 – Visual Aids:
 Reading and tasks that detail various audio and visual aids that can be used in the classroom. This module gives future ESL teachers a variety of ideas for using visual aids in the classroom. The pros and cons of various visual aids will also be discussed in this module.

Module 5 – Error: Reading and tasks focusing on authentic student errors, classifying them, using a correction code, producing remedial exercises and improving your own practice with correcting errors.

Unit 3: Lesson Planning

Module 1 – Classroom Management and Assessment: Reading and tasks related to the overall aims of TEFL/TESOL. This module focuses on student/teacher relationships and how to achieve genuine communication inside and outside the classroom.

Module 2 – Lesson Stages and Plans:
 Reading and tasksfocusing on the importance of lesson planning including timing, warm-up, input, practice and production stages of your lessons. This module also touches on how to be aware of teacher and student roles in your lessons and how to become a reflective teacher for your future career.

Thematic Unit

At the end of the course, each student will need to complete a thematic unit.  Your thematic unit will cover 3 days worth of lesson planning that you will create.  The timeframe of 3 days simulates a typical week of classes for a TEFL/TESOL instructor abroad.  The thematic unit is worth a total of 50 points.

More details can be found under Assignments and Tasks.

Part 2: Young Learners and Business English Additional Modules

The following 2 units are offered as an optional add-on to the course.  You will earn an additional 30 hours of certification at the end of the following 2 units.

Business English

Subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Business English in relation to EFL/ESOL
  • How to carry out a Needs Analysis
  • Matching course content to target group
  • Creating materials for Business English
  • How to write a Business English syllabus

Young Learners

Subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Differences between the ways in which adults and children learn
  • Features in the stages of development of Young Learners
  • Classroom management strategies for use in the Young Learners classroom
  • Teaching techniques for use with Young Learners

Part 3: Textbook and Course Materials

Required Text

There are no required text books for this course.  All of your reading material is available online within Moodle.  However, the course material is available to purchase in either a paperback or PDF version.  Purchase of the course book is completely optional and not a requirement to take the online TEFL/TESOL Certification Course.

If you would like to purchase a paperback copy of the text book, you can do so here:

If you would like to purchase a PDF version of the course material, you can do so here:

Recommended Texts

ITA Online students are recommended to have a grammar book as a supplement to the provided course reading.  Every ESL/EFL teacher should have a grammar “bible” that they take with them wherever they teach.

A few suggestions are:

  • Fundamentals of English Grammar, 3rd Edition by: Betty Schrampfer Azar
  • Practical English Usage by: Michael Swan
  • A Practical English Grammar by: Thomson and Martinet

Part 4: Assignments and Tasks


Each module contains its own set of tasks (assignments.) Tasks will be completed in 2 different formats – through an online quiz format or by uploading your completed tasks to the appropriate forum. For example, Unit 1 Module 1 has a total of 7 tasks. Task 1 will be completed as a quiz and tasks 2 – 7 will be uploaded to the appropriate forum.

You can access the quiz or forum for each task(s) by returning to the main course page. In the upper left hand corner of your browser select the full name of your course to be taken to the main course page.

When you return to the main course page, scroll down to Unit 1 Module 1 – Grammar.

To access the task(s) you wish to complete, simply select the appropriate link – i.e. Task 1: Grammar OR Tasks 2 – 7: Grammar.

Each module has a different number of tasks that you must complete. Students must complete each task in order to successfully pass the class.

Your course calendar outlines the number of tasks that are to be completed for each module.

Tasks are due by 12:00 midnight Central Standard Time on the specified due date. In the calendar, tasks are either followed by a (Q) or (F) to indicate if they are to be completed via quiz format or uploaded to a forum.

Late Work Policy

Be sure to pay close attention to deadlines—tasks that are completed after the due date will lose 2 points for each day the task is posted late.  Tasks that are submitted more than 3 days after the scheduled due date will receive an automatic grade of “0″unless given an extension by your course instructor.

Peer Participation

Each week your Course Instructor will post a discussion topic in the forum labeled Peer Participation. Students are required to participate in the discussion each week by posting at least one thought or comment in the forum regarding the posted topic. Peer Participation is worth a total of 55 points (5 points per week.) You are required to participate in all 11 of the Peer Participation discussions. Please post your Peer Participation by Friday of each week. Refer to the course calendar for exact due dates. You will not receive credit for Peer Participation if you post your comment after the due date.


Self-checks are located throughout the course as a way for students to test their knowledge as they read through the material. They will not be graded and are not required for students to complete. Any questions regarding the self-checks can be posted in the Instructor Forum.

Thematic Unit

At the end of the course, each student will need to complete a thematic unit.  Your thematic unit will cover 3 days worth of lesson planning that you will create.  The timeframe of 3 days simulates a typical week of classes for a TEFL/TESOL instructor abroad.  The thematic unit is worth a total of 50 points.

Your thematic unit will be a great start to your personal ESL/EFL lesson plans.  It can also serve as a portfolio that you can bring to interviews and showcase to potential employers to illustrate your knowledge and experience with planning a variety of activities.   Details on completing your thematic unit are found in your online course.

*Students MUST complete the Thematic Unit in order to pass the class. Students who do not complete the unit will not be issued their TEFL/TESOL Certificate.

Course Evaluations

Throughout your course you will be asked to complete 2 course evaluations – a Mid-Course Evaluation and a Final Course Evaluation.  The evaluations cover the course material, course instructor and International TEFL Academy.  The evaluations should only take 10 – 15 minutes.

The Mid-Course Evaluation is worth 10 points and the Final Course Evaluation is worth 15 points.

Viewing Grades in Moodle

Points you receive for graded activities will be posted online in the Grade Book. From the main course page, click on the Grades link on the left navigation to view your points and feedback.

Your instructor will update the online grades each time a grading session has been complete—within 5 days of the due date. Tasks in the form of an online quiz will be automatically updated upon completion.

Part 5: Task Outline

Below is an outline of the course tasks that are to be completed for each unit and module.  Some tasks will be uploaded by saving a Word document and uploaded into the appropriate forum.  These tasks are indicated by (F).  Students will be graded on the presentation of these tasks (i.e. correct spelling, grammar, punctuation, etc.)

Other tasks will be completed as an online quiz and are indicated by (Q).

Please check your course calendar for exact due dates.



Unit 1 Module 1 – Grammar

  • Task 1: Grammar (Q) – 20 points
  • Task 2: Grammar (F) – 10 points
  • Task 3: Grammar (F) – 4 points
  • Task 4: Grammar (F) – 20 points
  • Task 5: Grammar (F) – 32 points
  • Task 6: Grammar (F) – 3 points
  • Task 7: Grammar (F) – 6 points

Unit 1 Module 2 – Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation

  • Task 1:  Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation (Q) – 14 points
  • Task 2:  Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation (Q) – 15 points
  • Task 3:  Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation (Q) – 6 points
  • Task 4:  Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation (Q) – 10 points
  • Task 5:  Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation (Q) – 10 points
  • Task 6:  Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation (F) – 9 points
  • Task 7:  Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation (F) – 22 points
  • Task 8:  Pronunciation, Stress, and Intonation (F) – 10 points

 Unit 1 Module 3 – Lexis

  • Task 1: Lexis (F) – 10 points
  • Task 2: Lexis (F) – 15 points
  • Task 3: Lexis (F) – 10 points
  • Task 4: Lexis (F) – 15 points
  • Task 5: Lexis (F) – 11 points
  • Task 6: Lexis (F) – 15 points
  • Task 7: Lexis (F) – 20 points


Unit 2 Module 1 – The Basic Principles of TESOL

  • Task 1: The Basic Principles of TESOL (F) – 20 points
  • Task 2: The Basic Principles of TESOL (F) – 20 points
  • Task 3: The Basic Principles of TESOL (F) – 20 points

Unit 2 Module 2 – Listening and Reading

  • Task 1: Listening and Reading (F) – 10 points
  • Task 2: Listening and Reading (F) – 30 points
  • Task 3: Listening and Reading (F) – 40 points

Unit 2 Module 3 – Speaking and Writing

  • Task 1:  Speaking and Writing (F) – 25 points
  • Task 2:  Speaking and Writing (F) – 25 points

Unit 2 Module 4 – Visual Aids

  • Task 1:  Visual Aids (F) – 25 points
  • Task 2:  Visual Aids (F) – 25 points

Unit 2 Module 5 – Error

  • Task 1:  Error (F) – 30 points
  • Task 2:  Error (F) – 60 points
  • Task 3:  Error (F) – 60 points


Unit 3 Module 1 – Classroom Management and Assessment

  • Task 1:  Classroom Management and Assessment (F) – 25 points
  • Task 2:  Classroom Management and Assessment (F) – 25 points

Unit 3 Module 2 – Lesson Stages and Plans

  • Task 1:  Lesson Planning (F) – 40 points
  • Task 2:  Lesson Planning (F) – 10 points

Other Assignments

  • Thematic Unit – 50 points
  • Mid-Course Evaluation – 10 points
  • Final Course Evaluation – 15 points
  • Peer Participation – 55 points (5 points per week)

Part 6: Grading Scale

Final grades assigned for this course will be based on the sum of the total points earned and are assigned as shown in the chart below.  Students must receive 630 or more points to pass the class.

Check the Grade book throughout your course to view your current total points and feedback from your instructor.

Letter Grade

Points Possible


  A  810 – 900  90 – 100%
  B  720 – 809  80 – 89%
  C  630 – 719  70 – 79%
  D  540 – 629  60 – 69%
  F  0 – 539  0 – 59%

Part 7: Practicum

Practicum Overview

Practicum is an essential component to a teacher’s training process, as it provides valuable insight and experience prior to obtaining independent teaching positions. International TEFL Academy requires that all students accumulate a minimum of 20 hours for TEFL/TESOL certification. These hours can be achieved through observation, tutoring, student teaching or a combination of 2 or 3 of these in an ESL/EFL setting in which non-native speakers are learning new English language skills.

Hands-on experience with English language learners provides an opportunity for teacher trainees to apply teaching principles to real-life situations, build confidence in their skill and pedagogical style, gain exposure to various learning styles and classroom situations, and acquire valuable teaching experience. These components will assist a teacher in feeling more prepared, as well as add a competitive edge during one’s job search and interview process.

Practicum Locations

You can do a web search for English language classes offered in your community. You will find that many different organizations will offer English classes to non-native speakers. Some examples of class sites are language schools, ethnic community centers, community colleges, park districts, local libraries, and faith-based organizations such as churches or synagogues. You may also find a non-native English speaker to whom you can offer one-on-one tutoring. It is up to each individual student to find a practicum location and set up their hours.

Practicum Due Date

Students have an additional 30 days to complete the practicum hours from their course end date. For example, if your course ends on December 1, you must submit your practicum documents by December 31. Please refer to your course calendar for exact due dates.

Part 8: Course Policies


Students are expected to participate in all online activities as listed on the course calendar. In order to stay on track you MUST log in to the course at least once a day.  If not, you may miss important announcements, date changes, etc.  You will not be docked any points if you do not log in to your course every day, but it is highly recommended.

Build Rapport

If you find that you have any trouble keeping up with assignments or other aspects of the course, make sure you let your instructor know as early as possible. As you will find, building rapport and effective relationships are key to becoming an effective professional. Make sure that you are proactive in informing your instructor when difficulties arise during the course so that we can help you find a solution.

Withdrawing From Your Course

Students who are unable to complete the online course must write a letter to International TEFL Academy stating that they will not be able to complete the course.  Please refer to your ITA Terms and Conditions for a description about the withdrawal process.

Commitment to Integrity

As a student in this course you are expected to maintain high degrees of professionalism, commitment to active learning and participation in this class and also integrity in your behavior in and out of the classroom.  Cheating and Plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course.

Cheating is defined as “an act of lying, deception, fraud, trickery, imposture, or imposition.  Cheating implies the breaking of rules.”

Plagiarism is defined as “the wrongful appropriation, close imitation, or purloining and publication, of another author’s language, thoughts, ideas, or expressions, and the representation of them as one’s own original work.”

Students who are caught cheating and/or plagiarizing on course assignments will receive an automatic grade of “0” on their assignment with no chance of redoing the assignment for credit.  If the student continues to plagiarize he or she will be automatically withdrawn from the class.  Students who get caught cheating and/or plagiarizing on the Final Project – Thematic Unit will receive an automatic grade of “0” on the project, but will still be required to redo the assignment in order to pass the class.

Questions about Course Guidelines and Policy

If you have any questions regarding the assignment policies, quiz policies, due dates, etc. please contact your advisor.

Continuing with the course assures International TEFL Academy that you are aware of your role as the student and what is required of you throughout this course!

Part 9: Instructor Information

Your instructor is available by email only.  You can send your instructor an email at any time of the day or night and will receive a response within 24 – 48 hours. To find more information on your course instructor and contact details, please visit the profile section in your course.  Your course instructor is not available by phone.

Important Note: This syllabus, along with course tasks and due dates, are subject to change. It is the student’s responsibility to check ITA for corrections or updates to the syllabus. Any changes will be clearly noted in course announcements.


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