Delaware EFL Teacher Training (DEFT)

DEFT provides the latest in training and pedagogical techniques to English teachers from around the world!

Since 1985, the ELI has been a leader in short-term English as a Foreign Language (EFL) teacher training. The Delaware EFL Teacher Training Institute (DEFT) is an intensive certificate program designed to meet the specific needs of EFL teachers, supervisors, or teacher trainers by providing:

  • Seminars
  • Workshops
  • Class observations
  • Practica
  • Training in current methods, approaches, and techniques.

DEFT also includes developmental coursework in written and spoken English, as needed.

Did you know?
The United States Department of State and several foreign ministries of education have awarded DEFT grants for training.


Is DEFT only for groups of EFL teachers?

In the past, DEFT was only offered as a special, customized program for groups of English teachers (i.e., minimum of 12 teachers); however, beginning in January 2018, the ELI will offer regular sessions of DEFT for which individual English teachers can register without the need to be included among a group!

Please see the topics below to learn more about DEFT:

Program duration

Typically, the DEFT program is offered for four weeks; however, for special groups, the ELI is able to customize the program length in order to meet the needs of the participants. For more information, contact Baerbel Schumacher at

 About DEFT Instructors

Program instructors are members of ELI faculty who have developed their expertise training English teachers in the US and abroad. All faculty members have either a Master’s degree in Teaching English as a Second Language (MA-TESL) or in Applied Linguistics; several faculty members also have obtained their doctoral degrees.

Course Offerings (20 hours per week)

Participants in DEFT may choose from a menu of seminars and workshops to meet their particular needs and interests. In addition, a program of study may be tailored to meet a specific group’s needs.

EFL Pedagogical Courses

  • Communicative Grammar Instruction
  • Writing Instruction
  • Reading Instruction
  • Strategic Interaction
  • Content Based/Integrated Skills Instruction
  • Oral Intelligibility Instruction
  • Drama Based Instruction
  • Use of Music/Films/Video
  • Business English Instruction
  • Teaching Culture
  • Techniques for Teaching Large Classes
  • Testing/Portfolio Assessment

Supervisory/ Teacher Training Courses

  • EFL Curriculum Design
  • Considerations Systematic
  • Classroom Observation
  • Program/Teacher Evaluation
  • Designing and Conducting Teacher Training Workshops
  • Conference Planning
  • Learning and Teaching Styles
  • Needs Assessment Methods

Supplementary Courses and Activities

  • Materials Development/Desktop Publishing
  • ESL Class Observations
  • Computer Training

English Communication Skills Courses

  • Oral English Proficiency
  • Written English Proficiency
  • Cultural Program and Activities

Cultural Programming

DEFT also includes an option of cultural and recreational trips, such as day trips to historic Philadelphia, Baltimore, and the Amish country of Lancaster, Pennsylvania, and weekend excursions to the Delaware beaches or Pennsylvania ski resorts, depending on the season, and visits to New York City and Washington, DC.


Program participants are housed on or near campus in resident halls, homestay families, or nearby hotels. Learn more about ELI housing.


This program may be scheduled at most times throughout the year for a minimum of twelve participants in a group. We will be happy to design a program tailored to meet the needs of your EFL teachers.

Individuals: The next session of DEFT for individual teachers will take place from January 8, 2018 to February 2, 2018. For more information, please contact ELI Admissions at

Admissions Process

Groups: The group coordinator should contact Baerbel Schumacher for instructions at or at

Individuals: Click here to complete the application and to view our admissions instructions. For more information, please contact ELI Admissions at

DEFT Price

Item 2017 – 2018
Tuition US$ 3,856
Room and food (estimate) 1,300
Health clinic and insurance 205
Books (estimate) 150
Non-refundable Application fee 100
Express mail fee 35
Total estimated fees US$ 5,646


Special Notes:

  • Prices are in US dollars.
  • Prices are subject to change without notice.

If you have any questions about these requirements, please contact

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