Delaware EFL Teacher Training (DEFT)

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

DEFT provides a program of seminars, workshops, class observations, and practica, as well as training in current methods, approaches, and techniques. The program also includes developmental course work in written and spoken English, as needed.

Program instructors are members of Delaware faculty who have developed their expertise training English teachers in the US and abroad. The United States Department of State and several foreign ministries of education have awarded DEFT grants for training.

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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 who would like to participate should contact ELI Admissions at for more information.

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