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To teach English online or in a classroom, you will need to do a minimum of 120 hours of TEFL training first. 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 the TEFL teachers who are teaching are making a steady income. This 30-hour course will ensure you have the best chance to succeed online and maximize all of that potential earning.
This course will prepare you for setting 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 important 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 that will 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 common 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 important to know why your learners are studying English as this will help you unlock effective lessons time after time. Learn the importance of setting clear goals for your classes, the benefits of praising students and master 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 how to choose 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 you are 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.

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 and have the right qualifications and the skills necessary to realize all of your ambitions. The TEFL Institute assists you 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 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. We are committed to providing them with personal one-on-one help from our dedicated and 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 in this way. This is why teachers will first need to complete a TEFL course and gain the qualification. TEFL is widely used to either teach English online in one-to-one or small group scenarios or to teach English abroad and sometimes even used as an easier way to travel. 

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

  • How are the courses laid out?

    Our courses are filled with course content, videos, podcasts, reflective tasks, and tests. They are online courses and can be completed in your own time 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 the TQUK (center number: C000854) and 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 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 work online

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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Approved centre number: C000854
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Accreditation number: 2854-2540
TEFL Accreditation with The TEFL Institute

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.

 

course benefits
  • 30 hours of accredited online training
  • Internationally recognised TEFL certificate
  • Internationally recognised certificate
  • TEFL training approved by TQUK & ODLQC accredited
  • 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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