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As a globally recognized TEFL provider, our academic team are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive online learning module with extensive course material. The TEFL Institute has a reputation within the TEFL industry for its high calibre of training and producing TEFL teachers of the highest standard.
The TEFL Institute’s accrediting body is the Training Qualifications United Kingdom (TQUK), and our centre number is C000854. We are also accredited by ACDL, of which our accreditation number is 2854-2540.
The 180 hour level 5 TEFL Course is government regulated by OFQUAL. The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland. To learn more about Ofqual or to verify TQUK’s status, visit their website: Ofqual
The Accreditation Council for Distance Learning, is an accrediting body specialising in distance learning courses. Their ethos is of promoting the utmost standard of excellence among providers bearing a seal of approval provides assurance to students that ACDL-accredited educational providers offer the very best in certified quality standards.
Because we care about your TEFL journey from the moment you decide you want to teach English as a foreign language. We want you to be well prepared, to have the right qualifications and all the skills necessary to realize all of your ambitions. The TEFL Institute assists you every step of the way and offer guidance to ensure you take the right course or internship that best suits your needs. From the moment you get in touch, we are here for you and you become a member of the TEFL Institute family.
Our Core Principles
Passion – Our team is passionate about travel, teaching and building lasting relationships with our clients. We are constantly generating new leads, creating new programs and internships, and generating new content to help meet our clients’ needs.
Genuine & Committed – We genuinely care about our clients and interns and are committed to providing them with personal one-on-one help from our dedicated and experienced team to ensure that his or her TEFL dreams are met.
Partnership & Collaboration – We work with a variety of other companies across the globe to create lasting relationships and partnerships to help service our clientele by providing them with opportunities to live and work abroad. We are continuously striving to create new and lasting partnerships to best serve our clients.
Integrity – We believe in doing everything with integrity and honesty. To uphold the highest moral standards in all we do to best serve our customers as a trustworthy and reliable source.
WHO CAN DO A TEFL COURSE?
First and foremost, an aspiring TEFL teacher 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 own initiative as it is an online course and you will need to be your own motivation.
WHAT CAN I DO WITH MY TEFL CERTIFICATE?
As a TEFL qualified teacher, the world is your oyster. Our 120 hour TEFL certificate is fully accredited and internationally recognized, meaning you can teach online or around the globe. If you are looking to teach in your home country at a language centre or would like to go to the UAE, we would suggest you doing our higher level qualification, our 180 hour level 5 TEFL course, as this is the requirement in such competitive countries.
WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN THE 120 HOUR TEFL COURSE AND THE 180 HOUR LEVEL 5 TEFL COURSE?
Both courses are your main TEFL qualification and give you the opportunity to start your ESL career. However, there are a few differences between them and the right choice will depend on your story and goals.
The 120 hour TEFL course is the minimum standard around the world. It is a lovely laid out course with 10 modules outlined in the course content. This certification can be used primarily to teach online and travel the world. It is the fastest route to getting a qualification.
The 180 hour course is a level 5 qualification and can be compared to a CELTA or TrinityTESOL. This course is harder and longer to complete, but worth it in the end as it opens up so many opportunities. This course should be taken if you’d like to teach in your home country or certain places in Asia.
DO I NEED TO BE A TEACHER TO TEACH ENGLISH ABROAD?
You do not need any prior teaching degrees or experience to teach abroad. Once you have your TEFL certificate, you are 100% able to work as a TEFL teacher. A B.Ed. will of course help your resume, but it is definitely not necessary.
Please see the full FAQs through this link:
who can take the course
You are a native or near native speaker of English
You have always wanted to live and work in another country
Interested in teaching but are not sure if TEFL is for you
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(The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)
Ofqual is responsible for regulating education standards, certifications and exams in England and Wales. According to Ofqual’s qualification framework, a regulated Level 5 qualification means that it has been assessed to be a level 5 course. This qualification is of equal achievement and difficulty to other qualifications at the same level, including CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications. Highfield Qualifications is an Ofqual regulated awarding body that has approved The TEFL Institute as a Highfield’s qualifications centre.
To learn more, visit their website: OFQUAL.
A global leader in compliance and work-based learning qualifications and one of the UK’s most recognisable awarding organisations. As such regulated by Ofqual, Qualifications Wales, SQA Accreditation, the Council for the Curriculum, Examinations and Assessment (CCEA), and the Security Industry Authority (SIA). In addition to this, we’re also a government-regulated end-point assessment organisation (EPAO).
To learn more, visit their website: Highfield Qualifications.
(Open & Distance Learning Quality Council)
ODLQC was founded in 1969 as the Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Colleges, becoming the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council in 1995.
Set up at the government’s request, it benefits from governmental support and cooperation, though it is now an independent body and a registered charity.
The TEFL Institutes accreditation follows a rigorous assessment of administrative and tutorial methods, educational materials and publicity, to ensure that all standards are met.
To learn more, visit their website: ODLQC.
TQUK (Training Qualifications UK)
Approved centre number: C000854
The TEFL Institute is a fully approved training centre. Our course materials have been externally and independently approved, endorsing our brand as one of high standards and excellence. TQUK, an Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation) regulated awarding body.
To learn more about TQUK and its checks and standards, visit its website: TQUK.
ACDL Accreditation Council for Distance Learning
ACDL – Accreditation number: 2854-2540
The Accreditation Council for Distance Learning (ACDL) have strict standards to which course providers must conform. Our ACDL specific course accreditation means that the course has passed a rigorous evaluation and continues to be monitored regularly. It’s not just the quality of our courses that the ACDL assesses, but the whole process from start to finish.
To learn more, visit their website: ACDL.
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Don’t panic! In many cases your focus as an English teacher will be conversational. Most native English speakers aren’t aware of grammar terms; but you’ll cover everything you need to know during your course, plus receive a 70+ page Grammar eBook.
Your TEFL course is marked through continuous assessment with end of module knowledge tests. You’ll need to score 100% to pass, and unlock the next module. If you don’t pass first time, you’ll be able to re-sit at no extra cost, so don’t worry.
The time taken to complete a TEFL course depends on how much study time you can dedicate each week and which duration of course or training package you choose. You’ll have 180 days (six months) to complete your TEFL course, which is typically twice as long as needed to finish our most comprehensive training courses.