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The TEFL Institute harbours over 30 years of experience in the English as a foreign language (EFL) industry. Together with our team of academic educators, we will assist you in choosing the perfect TEFL certification online, and help prepare you to teach English online or abroad. All of our courses are accredited and internationally recognised.

Our government and Ofqual-regulated Level 5 TEFL Diploma courses guarantee the highest standard of teacher training and qualification. Because of this, our training and teachers are highly rated and in constant demand by employers worldwide.

We have the experience, global reputation, and curriculum that employers respect and trust.

The online TEFL/TESOL courses can be completed on any device. Download our app and work on your course from your phone or tablet!

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Awards and Accreditations:

Highfield Qualifications

The Institute’s Level 5 qualification accrediting body is Highfield Qualifications. This qualification provides learners with an internationally recognised certificate/diploma and can be used to secure visas, teaching positions and other employment related to English language teaching worldwide.

[Approved Centre Number: 21335]

OFQUAL (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

Ofqual gives formal recognition to Awarding Organisations and regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments. Ofqual has approved Highfield, the Awarding Organisation (AO), to provide a wide range of regulated qualifications in varying sectors, including Education and Training.

The Accreditation Council for Distance Learning:

ACDL  is an accrediting body specialising in distance learning courses. Their ethos promotes an unyielding standard of excellence among providers bearing their seal of approval. This ensures that ACDL-accredited educational providers offer the best in certified quality standards to students.

[Accreditation number: 2854-2540]

ODLQC:

The Open and Distance Learning Quality Council are an independent guardian of quality in open and distance learning. To achieve accreditation, a provider must submit to regular assessment by ODLQC, and show that the education or training offered meets those standards. This accreditation offers proof of quality, which is then reflected in our graduates.

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TEFL Courses for Everyone

Whether you are 17 or 70 years old, native or a non-native English speaker, let us help you find the perfect course for teaching English online, abroad or both! Our courses are recognised worldwide.

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120 Hour Advanced Course

$156.06 65% off
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Get access to entry-level jobs. Qualify to teach at home & abroad.
This course has been developed with some of the best schools and offers a fast-track qualification to teach English abroad or online worldwide.   
  • 24/7 Study Access
  • Internationally Recognised Certificate
  • Provides the fundamental knowledge and confidence to become a great teacher
  • Lifetime TEFL job hunting advice

180 Hour Level 5 Diploma

$249.00 61% off
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Highly regarded by employers worldwide, this CELTA level equivalent qualification will give you expert preparation for teaching English online or abroad.      
  • 24/7 Study Access
  • Internationally recognised government regulated certificate
  • Provides the higher employment opportunities for online & abroad jobs
  • Lifetime TEFL job hunting advice

310 Hour Hybrid Level 5 Advanced Diploma

$435.00 70% off
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This master course is the best of all of our TEFL courses. It will give you expert preparation for a wide range of  roles, salary-boosting specialist courses, PLUS teaching practice.  
  • 24/7 Study Access
  • Internationally recognised government regulated certificate
  • Provides the higher employment opportunities & includes practical experience course
  • Lifetime job hunting advice

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Do you want to become a professional EFL teacher? Then this webinar is for you. You'll learn what it takes to get the most sought-after qualification, stay connected with people who have taught abroad, and find resources for English teachers and job seekers.

Teaching English Online - Where to Start?

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ZOOM (UK TIME)

Date

11.03.2024

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5:00 PM
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TEFL Institute Study Prospectus

Our 24-page brochure has everything you need to know to get started as a TEFL teacher. Find out which course is best for you and hear from our alumni.
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Verified Student Reviews

Testimonials from students who have taken courses through The Institute and found success teaching English online or abroad.
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Via email, I requested a callback, to which Annelies responded, instantaneously.
Shan B
15:01 29 Feb 24
Via email, I requested a callback, to which Annelies responded, instantaneously.
Shan B
15:01 29 Feb 24
Wonderful experience talking with Annelies Veenhouwer, she takes customer care to a new level. I was delighted.
dara
14:50 28 Feb 24
I was called back by the lovely Elaine who made sure all my questions were answered and kept me in the loop about special offers available on courses that she thought would suit me! She gave me advice on what other services are available via the TEFL Institute such as the jobs board and she completely shared in my excitement about getting going! I'm looking forward to getting started, thanks Elaine ✨
lisa S.
13:43 28 Feb 24
Elaine and the team gave great advice for getting started as an TEFL teacher.
Anne R.
11:38 27 Feb 24
I really enjoyed the 10 hour online teaching course with Michelle. She has a great grasp of grammar, excellent teaching knowledge and a lively and engaging teaching style. She also is very encouraging and supportive. Thanks so much Michelle for everything. Tim.
Tim O B.
16:39 25 Feb 24
I participated in the 10 hour virtual teaching course with Michelle Benson. Michelle is knowledgeable, experienced, and patient, and she created a supportive and productive environment. The course zipped along at a jaunty pace, and was an excellent introduction to the practicalities of teaching.
Joe B.
13:17 24 Feb 24
I just finished the 10 hour Virtual TEFL course under Michelle Benson's expert tutoring. She's a fun and purely vocational teacher. She makes it rather easygoing.I had read the manual before hand but I believe it's not really necessary to do so nor to open it whilst following the course. Michelle shares the info on her screen.As a teacher myself, I expected a much more complex and demanding approach so if you're completely new to the subject, it's exactly what you need. It's just the right place to lose your fear and feel comfortable in front of others.I would have appreciated a longer course to be able to go into more detail and "polish" certain aspects but, all in all, it gives you an idea of what is expected from you as a TEFL teacher.Thanks a mil. Michelle.
Helen M.
09:44 23 Feb 24
I did the 10h Virtual TEFL course and I had a great time. I was quite nervous since I am not the most comfortable talking to new people, but the tutor, Michelle Benson, was so friendly and so were the other students. The class was engaging, some points that were taught in the 180h course where I was confused were so simply explained (how to distinguish the tenses for example). The atmosphere was great, laughs here and there. The presentation wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, I thought I'd be more nervous, but all of the encouragement from everyone towards each other was great. Very enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend. Now I'm not as daunted by zoom classes lol. God bless :)
Salomea K.
22:42 22 Feb 24
I just completed a 180 hour TEFL course.Staff were helpful, the course was engaging and I would recommend
Maria F.
18:24 21 Feb 24
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    Yes. There are plenty of opportunities for people Who want to teach English online but don’t hold a degree. Once you are qualified, you can find work online using two routes: working for an online school or starting as a freelancer. We would suggest getting some experience working with online companies in the beginning before setting out on your own. Some companies that hire candidates that are not degree holders include Cambly and Latin Hire.

    Like any job, income is mostly based on your experience working for online companies. Usually, you start at a lower rate of about $10 -$12 per hour, which is increased by bonuses based on your teacher rating or the number of classes you take. If you have experience and are working in a specific niche, such as business English, as a freelancer, you can charge anything up to $35 per hour to teach English online.

    Earning your certification in teaching English as a foreign language is a great way to see the world while getting paid. TEFL certification programs can help you gain the skills and qualifications needed to begin a teaching career abroad. You do not need any previous experience or qualifications to take a Course.
    Government agencies or external bodies, such as Ofqual, ensure reputable programs are academically rigorous, employ highly qualified instructors, and help students secure teaching jobs. A Level 5 TEFL course is equivalent to a CELTA course at a fraction of the cost giving you the peace of mind that your qualification will be recognised online or abroad.

    Free Course to Teach English online with our 30-hour course.
    Learning how to teach English online is swiftly becoming an appealing option for anyone interested in teaching English as a foreign language in an ever-increasing online world.

    One thing to look out for in a TEFL course is that the company offers an Ofqual-regulated Level 5 certification. This means the content, teaching, and materials have been scrutinised and are of high quality.
    A qualification regulated by the UK Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) can be awarded to learners. Another alternative is an externally accredited certification; however, you should ensure you get at least 120 hours of training, which is the industry benchmark for employers worldwide.

    TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It is primarily teaching non-native speakers English without the use of translation. This means you won’t need to know their first language. TEFL teachers will need the knowledge and know-how of the methodologies to teach in this way. This is why teachers will first need to complete a  course and gain the qualification.
    It is widely used to either teach English online in one-to-one or small group scenarios or to teach English abroad and is sometimes even used as an easier way to travel.

    The TEFL Institute have no other qualification criteria to complete one of our courses. As long as you have a decent level of English and are aged from 18 upwards, you will be eligible to gain your lifetime certification.

    The short answer is no. Most employers are happy with the international standard of 120 hours accredited TEFL training. This is the International standard in most countries worldwide.

    First and foremost, aspiring teachers must be outgoing and confident, and not afraid to make themselves look a little silly, especially when teaching children. Expression is a huge part of the methodologies to be able to get your point across. You’ll warm up to this in time and it all takes practice.
    We suggest people to be at least 16 with a C1 level of English or higher. If you’re not sure, we have a free English test. We also would recommend people who work on their initiative as it is an online course and you will need to be your motivation.

    With all the different TEFL qualifications and hours, choosing the right course might seem confusing, but it needn’t be! We would recommend the industry standard 120-hour over a Level 5 if you fit most of the following criteria:
    You have a minimum of a BA degree in any discipline.
    You’re a native English speaker with a passport from the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand or South Africa.
    You’re seeking work in a country with a high demand for English teachers.
    We would suggest a Level 5 over a 120-hour TEFL course if you fall into the following:
    You do not have a degree.
    You have no previous teaching experience.
    English isn’t your first language, or you don’t have a passport from one of the countries listed.
    You aim to work in a country with a competitive job market or online.
    You don’t feel confident about teaching and want the most comprehensive training.

    TEFL certification lasts a lifetime and allows you to advance your qualifications in your teaching career.

    Speaking another language isn’t necessary for TEFL. Not having foreign language skills won’t prevent you from finding a TEFL job abroad or online. All you need to teach English is a certificate and, in some cases, a degree. You’ll find that few jobs will list a requirement for other languages – those that do are typically bilingual institutions.

    If you’re looking for a new career in teaching English online or want to have a year abroad, the first step is to get your online TEFL certification. Why spend hours hunting for the right provider who offers in-class TEFL courses and finding a job when you can do both at the same time. Take your certification online and start looking for your new TEFL job through our jobs board.

    The most important thing for non-native English speakers is researching the visa requirements for the country you are considering applying for a TEFL job. Certain countries will only grant visas to teachers from specific English-speaking countries, typically the USA, UK, Ireland, South Africa, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Canada. It could take longer to find TEFL work than a native English teacher, but as long as you have the right qualifications, there’s an excellent chance to find a great teaching job with perseverance.

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