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To teach English online or in a classroom, you must first do a minimum of 120 hours of TEFL training. This separate 30-hour course that TEFL Institute offers doesn’t allow you to teach online but presents everything you need to know to teach English online successfully once you have your TEFL certificate.
Learning English online allows you to live and work remotely, having the lifestyle you’ve always wanted while making money. Now more than ever, people are turning to learn English online, and TEFL teachers are making a steady income. This 30-hour course will ensure you have the best chance to succeed online and maximize your potential earnings.
This course will prepare you to set yourself up for online teaching. You will learn everything you need to know about teaching English online, such as the different learning platforms you can apply for, how to conduct yourself for the interview stage, and what type of rates to expect. You’ll learn the best teaching practices so that you’re able to convey the messages that you want to get across to a student online.

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30 hour Teaching English Online

Module One: How to Set Up as an Online English Teacher

Understanding your choices when teaching English online. Join a platform or go it alone and freelance. Learn what requirements are needed to set up your online classroom and where you can find plenty of useful online resources.

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

Classroom routines are essential in any good classroom, and teaching online is no different. Many platforms focus on teaching young learners online, where it is vital to have structure and consistency for engaging and successful lessons. Learn classroom management techniques to eliminate the chaos and make your lessons run smoothly.

Module Three: How to Teach English Virtually

You will typically teach small groups or one-to-one. There are lots of everyday TEFL activities that simply won’t work in a virtual setting, so you need to learn new ways to deliver engaging classes. By the end of this module, you will understand the challenges of teaching remotely and gain tips for keeping high levels of student interaction. 

Module Four: How to Be an Effective Online English Teacher 

It is essential to know why your learners are studying English, as this will help you unlock practical lessons time after time. Learn the importance of setting clear goals for your classes, the benefits of praising students and mastering student engagement.

Module Five: Teaching Speaking for IELTS

Did you know that over 3.5 million people sit the IELTS exam each year? As one of the most common English level tests globally, you should expect to find opportunities to teach IELTS preparation. Gaining speaking practice with a fluent or native speaker is in high demand, and this module will help you understand how to coach IELTS students to score well.  

Module Six: Moving from Learning to Earning

Here you’ll get up-to-date tips on the current employment market. In this module, you will receive details about choosing the best career path, whether you plan to be self-employed or work for an established online teaching platform. You will be ready to jump into any job online, whether at home or abroad.

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.

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 for producing TEFL teachers of the highest standard. It 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 and have the right qualifications and the skills necessary to realize your ambitions. The TEFL Institute assists you at every step and offers 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 will 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 client’s needs.

Genuine & Committed – We genuinely care about our clients and interns. We are committed to providing them with one-on-one help from our dedicated, experienced team to ensure their TEFL dreams are met.

Partnership & Collaboration – We work with various 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 continuously strive to develop new and lasting partnerships to serve our clients best.

Integrity – We believe in doing everything with integrity and honesty. To uphold the highest moral standards, we serve our customers as trustworthy and reliable sources.

  • What is TEFL?

    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 this way. This is why teachers must first complete a TEFL course and gain the qualification. TEFL is widely used to teach virtually in one-to-one or small group scenarios or to teach English abroad and is sometimes even used as an easier way to travel. 

  • Who can do a TEFL course?

    First and foremost, aspiring TEFL teachers must be outgoing, confident, and not afraid to make themselves look silly, especially when teaching children. Expression is a massive part of the methodologies to get your point across. You’ll warm up to this in time; it all takes practice. 

    We suggest people 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 recommend people who work on their initiative as it is an online course, and you will need to be your motivation. 

  • What do I need to teach online?

    If you have no experience in teaching online, a good idea is to get some teaching practice in, as they may ask for “experience” hours, which are unpaid. You can alternatively complete our 10-hour Methodologies course, which has a section focused on teaching English online. 

     

    Most online companies will ask for your TEFL certificate and teaching practice, accessibility to good WiFi, a laptop or other computer devices, and headphones. Some online companies may ask their teachers also to have a Bachelor’s Degree. This is evident in Chinese online companies, as it is a government regulation (no matter where you live). 

  • How are the courses laid out?

    Our courses contain content, videos, podcasts, reflective tasks, and tests. They are online courses and can be completed independently and from home. 

    Our specialist courses are much shorter than the main TEFL qualifications. They are all completed online and in your own time. All tests are done online and corrected instantly. They have course content and tests throughout the course. They can be completed before or after the main TEFL qualification. 

  • Are the courses accredited?

    The TEFL Institute is fully accredited by ACDL. Our 180 hour Level 5 TEFL course is regulated by OFQUAL. 

  • 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 hard copy. 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 work online

You are over 17 and would like a professional qualification

You are interesting in upskilling

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Found this diamond of a company. Elaine was helpful friendly and informative. Can not recommend them enough. Check out there page if you need anything TEFL related and teacher training related options.
shaista S.
03:08 12 Apr 24
I just finished an online teaching course with Michelle Benson. It was very well organised, her instructions were easy to follow, and she motivated everybody with lots of positive feedback during the sessions. She showed us through her example how online teaching can be fun and serious at the same time.
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21:10 11 Apr 24
Elaine was v helpful and assisted me decide which course to do. Looking forward to starting !
Deirdre Marie O.
19:37 11 Apr 24
Excellent presentation: in her approach to the material in our webinar, Jessica not only explained but also demonstrated the good humour, patience and energy that helps people learn.
Fn K.
10:21 11 Apr 24
Very well put together presentation, interactive and informative. Thank you
Jenny E.
17:42 10 Apr 24
I just enrolled in the level 5 course after great guidance, conversations and advice from Walter Cullinan, he was a pleasure to engage with!Looking forward to completing my course now n’ qualify.
Alan W.
14:34 10 Apr 24
Having recently taken part in an online webinar hosted by Jess for "Teaching English Online" I would recommend always taking the opportunity to attend the TEFL Institute's webinars. It was informative and supportive with Jess providing many tools and links to help me in my role to teach online.
Jacquie B.
12:49 10 Apr 24
I am about to complete the Highfield Level 5 Diploma in TEFL through the TEFL Institute in Dublin. This online 180-hour course, accredited by Highfield, offered flexibility with a six-month completion window and affordability, often with special offers available for additional learning. Annelies, Rachel and Jenny were always available for assistance and responded to my emails quickly. The engaging course material was both challenging and achievable.Moreover, the online zoom meetings held by Jessica were helpful in terms of looking where to start teaching online. She not only provided useful websites, but gave tips on how to position yourself as the new teacher.Overall, I highly recommend the TEFL Institute Ireland for those interested in becoming TEFL teachers or refreshing their qualifications as well as to anyone interested in flexible working setting form anywhere. Thanks to the entire team for their assistance and encouragement!
Justina Z
10:06 10 Apr 24
Thanks Jessica l appreciate your help.
Rumbidzai N.
08:34 10 Apr 24
Jessica was great, a good seminar with at least a couple of references that I have followed up and found to be really useful!
Mike F.
07:29 10 Apr 24
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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.


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.

 

course benefits
  • 30 hours of accredited online training
  • Internationally recognised TEFL certificate
  • Internationally recognised certificate
  • TEFL training accredited by ODLQC
  • Personal tutor support, student discord chat & Live zoom classes
  • Lifetime TEFL job hunting advice
  • Downloadable TEFL course book
  • Letter of reference from TEFL
  • 24/7 access to our student portal
  • Access to our Alumni Group
  • Access to your course via TEFL on the Go app!
  • Employer certificate verification
  • Complete the course at your own pace
  • Get qualified to travel the world & teach online
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