EF Distance Learning Courses


EF run a series of fully online distance learning courses, to help EF teachers develop skills in teaching and management. These courses are each either 5 or 10 weeks long, and require 3-5 hours of work per week.

To be eligible for distance learning courses, usually you need to be an EF Kids or EF Franchise teacher working in China and have been at EF for at least 6 months.

You can also see more information by clicking on the link below including a video introduction.

Also, the Distance Learning Handbook below gives further information about all aspects of the Distance Learning courses.


EF’s distance learning courses all use asynchronous communication (discussion forums with a one-week deadline for posting in), mostly based around group discussion. This lets you fit the course tasks around your own work and life. Some tasks will ask you to discuss new ideas with your peers; others to apply ideas in your own work and reflect on them. There are also quizzes and e-learning content to help you digest more complex ideas.

As well as commenting on other’s posts, you may also work in pairs or small groups to create a resource or presentation or compare your ideas and learn from each other.

After each week’s tasks, your tutor(s) will provide individual feedback on your posts in Motivis, and usually a summary email of the week’s ideas and learning as well.

At the end of most courses there is a final written assignment, usually in the form of an academic essay - though don’t worry if you haven’t done much essay writing recently: guidance and a template for writing in will be provided. The reason for this kind of assignment is that it lets you bring together ideas from the whole course to plan a lesson or project and reflect on its success.

You will then do peer reviews to help each other edit and improve your essays before the final submission to your tutor(s).


Introduction to Management. This 10-week course introduces newer managers to fundamental concepts related to being an effective manager - focusing on Communication, Motivation, Culture, Feedback and Productivity

Training & Development. This 10-week course introduces managers and in-center trainers to some of the key principles and processes of running effective training courses: Theories of Adult Learning, Making a Training Needs Analysis, Delivering training, both offline and online, and Evaluating Training using the Guskey Method.

Managing Teacher Engagement. This 10-week course looks at how to engage and motivate teachers, leading to higher productivity and higher staff retention. This includes both Content and Process theories of motivation, more modern theories and the role of culture, as well as methods and models for making positive change in your center.


Lesson Planning. This 10-week course introduces the key principles of lesson planning: models for presentations, controlled practice, and freer production, including PPP, ESA, TTT and TBL; as well as backwards planning, maintaining a context, and how to start and end a lesson effectively.

Reflective Practice. This 10-week course covers different methods teachers can use to reflect on their teaching and develop their skills. You will learn more about peer observations, journalling (using a reflective cycle), self-monitoring, critical incidents and peer coaching, and finally use these methods together to develop a chosen area of your teaching.


Grammar 1. This 5-week course covers some key principles relating to presenting and practicing grammar, including deductive and inductive approaches, effective board-work (including time lines and presenting sentence structure), as well as accuracy vs fluency and e-factor/a-factor.

Grammar 2. Following on from Grammar 1, this 5-week course covers writing context setting and error correction, as well as how to structure grammar instruction effectively and how to provide the right amount of cognitive load for learners. It also gives some practice on writing a grammar analysis (useful preparation for DipTESOL).

Phonology 1. This 5-week course covers the articulation of the sounds of English and how to support learners in pronouncing more clearly (lip, tongue and mouth position), as well as the IPA chart and word stress. You will learn how to present this clearly on the whiteboard, and reflect on practicing phonological techniques with your learners.

Phonology 2. Following on from Phonology 1, this 5-week course covers how to present and practice sentence stress, intonation and connected speech - critical for learners sounding natural and achieving a high listening ability.

Vocabulary 1. This 5-week course covers key principles relating to presenting and practicing vocabulary, including using word webs and CA grids, concept checking, providing effective practice and helping learners to remember new words.

Vocabulary 2. Following on from Vocabulary 1, this 5-week course looks at the lexical approach to teaching and how this can be implemented in EF lessons. This includes collocations and expressions, using lexical notebooks with learners and analyzing language with corpus data & concordancers. The course also gives practice with writing a vocabulary analysis (useful preparation for DipTESOL).