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Teach English Online

There is a growing demand for English teachers online, which gives you the opportunity to build a full-time career from anywhere in the world, or boost your income without leaving home.
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Teach English Abroad

Want to experience teaching in a new country? Our Internship packages take the hassle out of teaching abroad, allowing you to focus on the more enjoyable aspects of your travel.
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World Class TEFL Training - fully accredited and government regulated TEFL courses

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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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.

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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.

DEAC, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission

DEAC, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission, is a prestigious accrediting agency headquartered in the United States. Their Approval Quality Curriculum (AQC) status indicates that a program or course has successfully met their rigorous quality standards. At teflinstitute.com, we are thrilled to announce that our Level 5 TEFL Courses have received approval from DEAC, underscoring our dedication to delivering top-tier education in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). This approval ensures that our curriculum, assessments, and overall standards align with those set by US educational authorities, providing our students with the highest quality training. DEAC’s AQC designation validates our commitment to excellence and ensures that our students receive the finest TEFL education, meeting global quality standards.

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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Ideal for anybody between the ages of 17-70
Non-native speakers and native speakers
Degree and non-degree holders

120 hour Advanced TEFL Course | Student's Choice

$195.00 51% off
Fast Track
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 Regulated Level 5 TEFL Diploma

$335.00 46% 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

$495.00 57% 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.

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16.07.2024

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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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Very helpful advisors and tutors!Thanks again Tracy :)
Soudeh H.
14:22 24 May 24
Very helpful advisors and tutors!Thanks again Tracy :)
Soudeh H.
14:22 24 May 24
Jessica and Walter have been very informative and responsive. It was worth it, doing this certification. I highly recommend.
Ruqaia
11:39 24 May 24
Dialed in to a webinar on teaching in Europe a couple days ago with Jessica and Walter. Pretty good presentation on the different opportunities available and the firsthand experiences was informative. Chat was also more lively than some other webinars I have attended.
Randy V
22:18 23 May 24
Thank you for a great moment of learning process! I thoroughly enjoy the material and discussion session.
Cut F.
03:07 23 May 24
So happy after receiving my diploma in an email from Olivia! I very much enjoyed the experience completing my level 5 course, I have learned a lot and I feel prepared to start working as an English teacher. Thank you!
Catherine S.
14:32 22 May 24
I recently attended a Webinar hel by Jessica and Walter. It was extremely interactive and I found the information relayed by both very useful. Both were patient, upbeat and had all relevant information readily available when asked a question. Very worthwhile.
Robbie M.
12:37 22 May 24
I have enrolled for a course with TEFL institute today, so cannot comment on the course yet. But what is worth mentioning is very competent pre-purchase guidance. I filled in a "call-me-back" form not hoping for much response, but soon was surprised by an actual phone call from Ireland from one of the instructors, Walter Cullinan (I'm in South Africa by the way). He gave me some honest and competent feedback on my points of interest, provided some further comments through timely email interaction and I ended up signing up for the course.
Liliya G.
10:16 22 May 24
I have enrolled for a course with TEFL institute today, so cannot comment on the course yet. But what is worth mentioning is very competent pre-purchase guidance. I filled in a "call-me-back" form not hoping for much response, but soon was surprised by an actual phone call from Ireland from one of the instructors, Walter Cullinan (I'm in South Africa by the way). He gave me some honest and competent feedback on my points of interest, provided some further comments through timely email interaction and I ended up signing up for the course.
Liliya G.
10:16 22 May 24
It was very good!
Niclas L.
08:48 22 May 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 TEFL 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.

    Our world-class TEFL training courses receive official recognition from government-regulated awarding bodies in the USA and UK. This means that when you graduate, you’ll hold a globally recognised certification. Level 5 (180hr) Diploma/TEFL courses are DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. The DEAC is a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor. Level 5 Training is also accredited by Highfield Qualifications and regulated by Ofqual in the UK.

    The Level 5 TEFL Courses offered by The TEFL Institute have received DEAC AQC Curriculum Approval. These include our comprehensive Level 5 TEFL Diploma course, as well as the 180-hour, 4x 60-hour, and 300-hour Advanced Diploma courses.

    DEAC AQC Curriculum Approval signifies that The TEFL Institute’s Level 5 TEFL Courses meet the stringent criteria set by the Distance Education Accrediting Commission (DEAC) for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. This approval demonstrates the high quality and credibility of our TEFL courses, ensuring that students receive top-tier education and training in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). It also reflects our commitment to providing excellence in teacher training and preparing our students for successful careers in TEFL worldwide.

    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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