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Teaching South African and International Languages (TSAIL)

Enhance your language teaching skills

Being able to speak more than one language is an increasingly necessary skill. As a result, the demand for teachers of languages other than English is increasing - particularly in South Africa. The TSAIL course is based on the same principles as our TESOL course to equip you with the skills and knowledge necessary to be an effective language teacher.

Course Fee

The course costs R15 700.


The course is part-time and runs for 17 weeks (120 hours).




Participants who meet all minimum requirements for the course are awarded a certificate of competence. 

Programme Overview

The TSAIL course consists of both theoretical and practical components for teaching another language, such as IsiZulu, Sesotho, French, Spanish, German, Mandarin, Sign Language, etc.

During the input sessions, our trainers will cover theoretical aspects related to teaching a second or foreign language. These include language awareness, teaching methdology and basic principles.

The teaching practice component offers trainees the opportunity to present lessons to actual language students while receiving individual feedback from highly qualified trainers with local and international teaching experience. 

You are at the centre of your learning throughout the course. This is what makes Wits Language School's TSAIL course unique.

Our course dates for 2019 are:
  • TSAIL for SASL (Part-time) 13 July - 07 October (Saturdays only)

Teaching Communicatively, Classrom Management, Teaching Aids, Phonology, Teaching Vocabulary, Teaching Grammar, Teaching Listening Skills, Teaching Reading Skills, Teaching Speaking Skills, Teaching Writing Skills, Error Correction and Assessments.

Entry Requirements

Please ensure you meet the following requirements when applying for the course: 

  • Minimum 18 Years                             
  • Matric Certificate                                 
  • Mother-tongue Proficiency in the Language to be Taught (Assessed) 
  • Although you do not need a degree in order to the TESOL course, please note that several countries require this as part of the visa process for jobs. 
Application Process

Step 1: Submit an enquiry form

Step 2: Complete the registration form and pre-interview tasks

Step 3: Email your completed application form, pre-interview tasks and a certified copy of your ID to   

Step 4: We will arrange a time for you to come in for an interview (approximately 1 hour).

Step 5: We will notify you within 24 hours of your acceptance. NB. No payment is to be made until we confirm that you have been accepted.

Step 6: Upon receiving confirmation of acceptance into the course with attached invoice, please send us the proof of payment to secure your seat. Note that the course must be paid upfront as we do not offer payment installments. 

Career Opportunities

Teach your first language in language schools around the world.

The TSAIL course does NOT qualify you to teach in public schools in South Africa.