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By doing the combined 120-hour minimum TEFL Course along with an extra 60 hours of training from the TEFL Institute, you are putting yourself ahead of the competition with the 180-Hour Professional TEFL Course.
You can teach English online or in any classroom around the world with the 120-hour TEFL course. To earn a competitive salary and secure employment, TEFL employers expect at least 120-hours of TEFL tuition. The additional 60 hours that the 180-Hour Professional TEFL Course offers allows you to help students take their IELTS  or TOEIC exam.
With these additional 60-hours, you will have the skills and knowledge to be able to offer guidance to the students wanting to take their IELTS or TOIEC exam. The IELTS/TOEIC exam students also make ideal training candidates for you. By helping them prepare for their exams, you will get extra practical training learning how to teach English as a foreign language so that you’re comfortable in any foreign environment.
All you need to complete our 180-hour professional online TEFL course is fluent English and a device to access our award-winning learning platform. Embark on a new chapter with a lifetime qualification, training yourself in the primary areas of teaching English as a foreign language. Employers can authenticate the qualifications of any TEFL Institute teacher online via the employer’s verification page, giving them the confidence that your TEFL qualification is official.
Embark on a new chapter with a lifetime qualification that will take you around the world and give you the ability to teach English as a foreign language. The only requirement you need to complete our 180-hour Professional TEFL course is a command of fluent English (minimum level c1).

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Module One: How to Make Sense of Teacher/Learner Needs

Understanding your students’ language abilities and why they want to learn English. Get to know the basic principles behind TEFL teaching.

Module Two: How to Understand and Use Grammatical & Teaching Terminology

By the end of this module, you’ll know your present continuous from your present simple tense no problem. Most of all, you’ll be familiar and confident with grammatical terms. We know that grammar can be intimidating for new teachers – it won’t be at the end of module 2!

Module Three: How to Plan Your Syllabus & Lessons

Being the best teacher you can be is down to planning. On this course you’ll get the planning techniques that will not only save you time but will ensure that your lessons run smoothly. You’ll gain students’ respect which of course is great for reviews (especially if you are teaching online).

Module Four: How to Teach Grammar

Now that you know grammatical terms, you’ll fly through this module on how to teach it. Breaking down your students’ English levels, you’ll know which grammatical term to teach and how to teach it. You’ll get so much useful information about how to prepare engaging grammatical building block lessons which work. Watching your students progress will be so exciting!

Module Five: How to Teach Vocabulary

Did you know that there are around 171,000 words in the English language? Don’t worry, you’ll only be asked to teach a few hundred of those! From beginner restaurant vocab like, MENU, PLATE, GLASS, MAINS to advanced business such as, INCOME, EXPENDITURE, RECRUITMENT. You’ll study the tools to teach vocabulary and use them effectively so that your students can use it in the right context.

Module Six: How to Teach Pronunciation 

Help your students speak English confidently by practicing pronunciation. This is the primary reason that they want to learn English from you. As a native speaker pronouncing a word like ‘enough’ is simple for you, not so with many other nationalities. On this course you’ll learn modern techniques to help your students sound as fluent as possible.

Module Seven: How to Teach Reading & Listening Skills

These are called ‘Receptive skills’ because the student is receiving language. By the end of this lesson, you’ll know the most effective ways to engage students in reading English and how to write it. This includes setting listening tasks to music, radio and recordings, to reading letters, emails, Facebook posts both inside and outside the classroom. Oh yes, you’ll be setting a lot of homework for your students!

Module Eight:  How to teach Writing & Speaking Skills

These are called ‘Productive skills’ because students produce language. You’ll learn plenty of useful ideas about how to get your students up on their feet and chatting to you about hobbies, politics or story telling. You’ll also get help with how to teach your students to write English – at all levels, from favorite foods, to the economy in Spain.

Module Nine: How to Teach English for Specific Purposes

Your students have a reason why they want to learn English. You’ll learn how to differentiate these different types of students and how to tackle their lessons. For example, how to teach teenagers, or business people or exam classes to help students get into universities in the US or UK. You’ll end lesson 9 armed with a breadth of knowledge about who you are teaching, why you are teaching them and what you should teach them.

Module Ten: How to Move from Learning to Earning

Here you’ll get up-to-date tips on the current employment market. Once you’ve secured your first job, in this module you’ll receive details about how to get the best career ‘teachers toolkit’ ready to jump into any job online or abroad.

PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR TEFL/TESOL TEACHERS

The International English Language Testing System is an international standardized test of English language proficiency for non-native English language speakers.

Imagine helping your students to open doors to universities and jobs in English speaking countries? This important exam is taken by two million hopeful students annually – and you are the key to their success! Which means that having this accredited certificate on your resume will boost your earning power by at least 30%.

Schools want you, students need you – opportunities galore await!  IELTS really is THAT important.

This seven module course will focus on how to teach the four main areas that students must be proficient in to pass:

  • Listening – students listen to four recordings and answering questions.
  • Reading – students answer 40 questions on various writing materials provided in the exam.
  • Writing – students will be asked to explain data provided to them and write an argumentative essay.
  • Speaking- assessment through four oral. conversations on various general topics as well as more abstract topics.

Similarly to IELTS, the Test of English for International Communications is a global standard in English fluency.

Primarily a workplace exam for those employed in international business it sees over 6 million test-takers annually.

This fully accredited six module course will give you the specialist knowledge to work within a commercial environment and prepare your students for global career success. English is the global language of commerce. This means that you will be in high demand in this very lucrative area.

In this unit you will understand how to improve your students’ score in the main areas of this hugely important exam. This centres around:

  • 45 minutes for Section I: Listening.
  • 75 minutes for Section II: Reading.
  • Approximately 30 minutes to answer biographical questions.

Highfields Qualifications

The TEFL Institute’s Level 5 accrediting body is the  (Highfield Qualifications). This qualification is aimed at those with little or no experience teaching English or those with previous experience seeking a recognised qualification to validate their knowledge. This qualification provides learners with a certificate recognised worldwide and can be used to secure teaching positions, visas and other employment-related to English language teaching. For a more general overview of the units, we recommend Highfield Level 5 Certificate in Teaching as a Foreign Language (TEFL). To learn more about Ofqual or verify Highfield’s status, visit their website: Ofqual.

Training Qualification UK (TQUK)

We are an approved training centre with Training Qualifications UK our training centre number is C000854.
Awarding End-Point Assessment to ensure that all the relevant policies and procedures are applied for the learners to see the best outcome possible from their experience.

The Accreditation Council for Distance Learning:

An is accrediting body specialising in distance learning courses. Their ethos promotes the utmost standard of excellence among providers bearing a seal of approval assures students that ACDL-accredited educational providers offer the best in certified quality standards. The accreditation number is 2854-2540.

The Vital Consular:

What is this verification seal, and why is it different to an accreditation? The TEFL Institute is a verified UK TEFL provider, meaning that you can study any one of our courses with the knowledge that it will be fit for purpose when you need to use it overseas for your new teaching role. The Vital Consular verification scheme ensures that the members are all recognised by the UK Government. All certificates they issue can be used for an overseas work permit; not all TEFL providers meet these requirements!

This is extremely important if you’re travelling to China, Vietnam, Taiwan and other destinations where your documents will need to be legalised for your visa. If your certificate doesn’t get past the first stage of legalisation by the UK Government, you’ll likely have to start a new course, costing you extra time and money before you can even get things moving.

As a globally recognised TEFL provider, our academic team are responsible for developing and delivering a comprehensive range of accredited and government regulated courses 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 and is ranked as the number #1 training provider by employers worldwide.

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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.

  • What is a TEFL certification?

    The “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” (TEFL) certificate, is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide. This certificate allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. The main qualifications to get a TEFL is to have the ability to speak English at a native-level and then complete a course. You can complete a TEFL course either online or in a classroom. The different courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to complete.

  • How do I get a TEFL certificate?

    The minimum required worldwide is to have at least the 120 Hour TEFL training.
    You can choose between fully accredited TEFL courses, Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL courses or combined TEFL courses. View all our courses here.
    Online TEFL courses are the most affordable & flexible way to launch your teaching career. This is a perfect way to study theoretical material at your own time & your own pace.
    Combined TEFL courses are offering both online & in-class studying. They are a fantastic opportunity to get two TEFL certificates (theoretical & practical). You will learn your theory from online material and then practice it with other teachers during the 10-hour practical session, accompanied and lectured by an experienced TEFL teacher.
    Before you choose your TEFL certificate, be aware to check if:

    • It is fully accredited & recognised worldwide.

    • You will gain at least 120 hours of training.

    • You will have a tutor’s assistance.

    • It is approved by an official body, such as TQUK & Ofqual in the United Kingdom.

    • Make sure to check TEFL provider reviews on Google or

    • You will have job support after completion.

  • What is the difference between TEFL/TESOL/CELTA?

    TEFL – “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” certificate, is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide. This certificate allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. The main qualifications to get a TEFL is to have the ability to speak English at a native-level and then complete a course. You can complete a TEFL course either online or in a classroom. The different courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to complete.

    TESOL – “Teaching English as a Second Language” aka TESL. Similar to TESOL students, as a TESL teacher, you would likely be teaching English in your home country to students who have moved or live in an English speaking country. In other words, they are continuously surrounded by the language and will be using it everyday outside of the classroom, unlike TEFL students who are likely learning in their home country.

    CELTA stands for “Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults” and is a very prestigious certification. In order to receive a CELTA, you must complete a 120-hour course along with six hours of teaching real ESL students. The majority of the programs are held over one-month and are full time. However, you may be able to find some courses that are part-time and are spread out over three months. The CELTA program must follow a strict regulation created by Cambridge University. Due to its intense nature and requirements, the cost also tends to be much higher and can be up to €1700!

  • What does TEFL stand for?

    TEFL stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” – TEFL is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide.

  • Do I need a Bachelor’s degree to take a TEFL course?

    The great news is that you don’t need a degree to take a TEFL course! This is a common worry. Anyone with fluent English can enrol in one of our courses to become a qualified and confident English teacher.

    It’s good to know that a degree is a requirement in some countries to get a work permit such as Japan and Korea, but there are many opportunities for those without a degree to be hired.

    Even if you see an employer preference for degree holders I still recommend applying as they may not get their full quota and you may have so many additional skills that will appeal to hiring managers.

  • What’s the age restriction to take TEFL course?

    There is none really, we usually say that if you are over 16yrs old, you can start completing a TEFL course. If you are looking for jobs abroad then the minimum age requirement is 18 yrs old or higher.

  • Are the courses accredited?

    The TEFL Institute is fully accredited by the TQUK (center number: C000854) and ACDL (accreditation number: 2854-2540). The 120 hour TEFL Certificate is 100% accredited.

  • Are the certificates included in the price?

    All of our accredited courses include a PDF version of the certificate. This is perfect for applying for jobs online or abroad. Sometimes, perhaps for visa reasons, you may need a hardcopy. We have options available, but there is an extra cost for print and postage.

Please see the full FAQs through this link:

teflinstitute.com/frequently-asked-tefl-questions/

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

You are over 17 and would like a professional qualification

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I did the 180 hour course. Response to any questions or difficulties I had was immediate and helpful. Lots of help and support from both the staff and my personal tutor Rachel. Any technical issues that popped up were delt with quickly and didn't hinder progress. Feedback was constructive and the modules were self explanatory and clear. The content was easy to understand and needed little alternative explanation.
Zainab M.
12:52 26 Sep 22
Recently completed my 10 hour teaching practice, found it very informative, great working interactively with other international students from diffrent countries in the world. Was a little scared of the zoom classroom but Michelle made the experience very easy. Would highly recommend the teaching practice section as Michelle made it very clear and easy to understand. Cant wait to take on another course with TEFL.
Liz B.
17:33 25 Sep 22
I recently completed the 180 hour Level 5 course and I found it to be great. Really accessible materials and coursework and the assessments were very fair. Many thanks to Orla and the rest of the team for making it so easy - I'm excited to put it to use!
Laurie M.
15:51 25 Sep 22
Very accessible course that I could complete at my own pace. I felt comfortable asking any questions I had. I would recommend this to anybody who should wish to gain an EFL qualification.
Emma O.
21:29 24 Sep 22
Currently taking the "180 Hour Level 5 TEFL Course", as well as other 30 hour courses. Absolutely love the way the courses are set up as well as the materials used. In addition to the courses mentioned above, I took the "10 Hour Advanced Certificate in TEFL Classroom Methodologies Course" with Michelle Benson. She did an outstanding job at showing and teaching what a good lesson should look like while experiencing it ourselves. She emphasized on the importance of finding our own teaching style. Thank you for a great teaching experience, new knowledge and the possibility to teach English in the future!
Angela W.
13:54 24 Sep 22
A great honor and distinct pleasure to work with this institute as a student. Cannot wait for more courses in a close future.
Saieed Moslemi N.
13:08 24 Sep 22
I have just completed my 180 hour course, and with being a little daunted by the amount of information regarding teaching online, Emma from TEFL has been so helpful and informative, giving me all of the essential information I may need. Orlas has also been a huge help in regards to my career progression. A big thanks all of the team at TEFL!
EmmaLouise B.
11:49 24 Sep 22
I really enjoyed the course! I completed the 240 hour professional course and learned so much, and it was really easy to fit studying around my busy schedule, which was great! I have also had no problems finding work after completing the course! All the staff have been so helpful with any issues or questions I have had, specifically Emma (she was great!).10/10 recommend.
hannah K.
11:19 23 Sep 22
Having completed the 120-hour course with this institution has been a very enriching experience. The platform is very interactive, easy to use and very thorough in its content. The most important factor in choosing TEFL.ie for me was the flexibility to work at your own pace, from anywhere.All of the subjects were very relevant and beneficial to me. The part of this course that I like the most was when they included links to all of the example lessons/lesson plans.I’d recommend this provider to anybody looking to become TEFL qualified.
Ciara B.
07:42 21 Sep 22
I recently completed the 10-hr virtual class practicum course, offered through the 310-hr Level 5 Gov´t Regulated Tefl course. I am pleased to say that the virtual classroom course provided me with vital teaching practice in only 10 hours! First, the instructor, Kate Popova, is to be congratulated on her ability to teach a programme in an easy-to-follow structure, creating a relaxed, non-threatening environment for us novice teacher students to take advantage of her expertise and put theory into practice. I particularly liked how Kate stressed the importance of instilling elicitation in the classroom regularly to ensure integration between teacher and students as well as student to student integration with engaging activities, including intuitive teaching techniques to help learners become more autonomous in their learning. It was all very helpful. Thanks a bunch Kate!
Celeste P.
19:13 20 Sep 22
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30 Hour TOEIC Preparation course
30 Hour IELTS Specialist course
10 Hour Teaching Practice
30 Hour Teaching Young Learners
30 Hour Teaching Business English

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Free Teaching English Online Course

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TQUK
Approved centre number: C000854
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OFQUAL
(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.

Highfield Qualifications

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.

ODLQC
(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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  • 180 hours of accredited online training
  • TEFL training approved by TQUK & ODLQC accredited
  • Personal tutor support, student discord chat & Live zoom classes
  • 6 months study time, with extensions possible
  • Lifetime TEFL job hunting advice
  • 24/7 access to our student portal
  • Access to your course via TEFL on the Go app!
  • Downloadable TEFL course book
  • Letter of reference from TEFL
  • Access to our Alumni Group
  • Internationally recognised certificate
  • Employer certificate verification
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