If you are interested in teaching English in Japan, but have limited or no teaching experience, the Certificate Program in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) may be for you! You will learn the practical teaching skills and cultural awareness to successfully teach English abroad. With a TEFL Certificate, you will be part of the demand for qualified English teachers around the world, broaden your professional career opportunities, and expand your worldview while living in another country! Come meet our TEFL instructors, who have personal experience teaching English in Japan. For over 30 years, UCI Division of Continuing Education (DCE) has prepared thousands of individuals to pursue careers as English as a Foreign Language teachers, both in the US and abroad. 

Program Benefits • 11-Week Program – 150 hours of specialized training • Taught by highly qualified teacher-trainers who have lived and taught abroad • Study alongside international teachers who teach English in their home countries • Receive access to ESL/EFL teachers for career and job counseling during and after program • Includes 10-hour course specifically designed to foster effective country and job research • University of California certificate is recognized worldwide • Optional TEFL internship opportunity available 


Roger Dupuy - TEFL Instructor

Roger Dupuy, M.A. Linguistics, has been teaching ESL/Teacher-Training full-time for 26 years at the university level.  He has taught English and trained teachers in eight countries around the world. He regularly delivers workshops for TESOL and CATESOL. Internationally, he has delivered teacher-training workshops in Japan, Taiwan and in South Korea.  He received the UCI Extension Distinguished Instructor Award in 2004.  Roger likes to write. He is an author of two teacher-training books and has also published a cool little chapter role-playing games and ESL/EFL.  Currently, he is involved in the design, and teaching of UC Irvine’s Division of Continuing Education’s teacher-training programs. The content of these programs cover English language teacher training (ESL/EFL), English-meditated Instruction (EMI), and educational technology training. Mr. Dupuy has been the principal curriculum designer for English teacher-training program for both the Tokyo Metropolitan Board of Education, and Japan’s national Ministry of Education. Roger has passion for the narrative arts, curriculum design, content delivery, game design, and emerging technologies. He loves to draw while listening and teaching. He likes to take pictures, create music, and is working on a new novel

Emily Wong - TEFL Instuctor

Emily Wong has been teaching ESL/EFL for over 10 years. She completed her Master’s degree in TESOL with an emphasis in K-12 at Teachers College in New York City and has taught elementary and junior high school students in Japan and the United States. Currently, she is a full-time instructor at UC Irvine International Programs teaching adult students. She teaches both in the Intensive English Program and the TEFL Certificate Program and has created many online courses for UC Irvine ESL specializations on Coursera. As an active member of CATESOL and TESOL, Emily regularly attends conferences and often presents several times a year.  In addition to English, she speaks Cantonese, Japanese, and Mandarin.

Ingrid (Sae) Chan – TEFL Student

Sae is the current advisor for ZotCon’s Maid Cafe, as well as a UCI alumna, and graduated in 2019 with a Political Science and International Studies double major and Gender Studies minor. During her time in college, she was able to study abroad in Japan, England, France, and Hong Kong, which further inspired her interest in different cultures. She is currently enrolled in the TEFL program & is excited to answer your questions!