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The TEFL Institute offers a wide variety of TEFL courses, programs and more to help you learn English as a second language.

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Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) can give you the opportunity to teach all over the world. There are over 200 countries where you can teach English and an online TEFL certification can help you find your dream job abroad that matches your skills and interests. Getting a TEFL certification can be the start of a new adventure!

120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course

The 120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course offers a fast-track qualification to teach English either online or in any classroom worldwide. This TEFL course ...


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180 Hour Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL Course

The 180 Hour Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL course will further your career options and give you access to the most competitive TEFL jobs around...


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310 Hour Level 5 Hybrid TEFL Course

This master course is the best of TEFL courses. Ranked as the same level as a CELTA qualification, it will give you expert preparation for teaching...


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Paid Internships

Our paid internships offer you the chance to get you started in the world of TEFL. Our internships come with accommodation assistance, application support and guidance throughout your stay. It’s a great stress-free way to get working abroad and dip your toes into TEFL.

Teach English in Thailand

Thailand is a top TEFL destination known as the ‘Land of the Free’. With some of the highest salaries and a taste of tropical paradise, it’s ...


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Teach English in Vietnam

With our TEFL internship in Vietnam, you’ll receive a lifetime TEFL qualification, hands-on teaching experience, and the opportunity to live in o...


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Teach English in South Korea

While enjoying the cultural delights of unique and lively South Korea, you’ll earn a lifelong TEFL qualification and improve your teaching skills...


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Browse TEFL Jobs

Our TEFL alumni can utilise our free jobs board!!! Studying with us means you get access to the latest jobs all over the world and online. This is even available to you after you finish your TEFL certification program.

english teacher in prague – start in september/october 2022

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Join our complimentary webinars

Keep up with the latest TEFL news with our free webinars. We host a range of webinars with our TEFL experts on various topics - from teaching online to teaching in South America! Students on any of our TEFL certification programs can access these.


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We're Certified What is a TEFL certification? If you’ve been considering working abroad as an English teacher, then you will have come across the word TEFL various times. If you are interested in pursuing this career, or after a new adventure, then you’ll need a TEFL certification. You can get this all from the comfort of your own home with our TEFL certification online! This gives you flexibility to study when it suits you, and combine it along with any other commitments you might have. A TEFL certification qualifies you to teach English online and in classrooms across the world. It will certify that you have the skills and the knowledge to teach English to speakers of other languages. Having an accredited TEFL certification online will prove to your potential employers that you have undertaken the appropriate training to teach English. A TEFL certification online can give you the necessary skills and preparation you’ll need to teach English both online and abroad. You’ll learn about teaching methodologies, fun activities and games and how to plan your lessons! If you’re not yet a grammar expert, then you don’t need to worry about this! Our TEFL certification will prepare you to teach grammar to others in a confident and knowledgeable way. Whether you decide to pack up and move abroad for a new experience, or teach English online, all of our courses prepare you to go into the classroom (or virtual classroom) and deliver the best TEFL lessons to your students. Taking a TEFL certification online can be the first step into a fulfilling TEFL career.
Get Certified How to get a TEFL certification

To get a TEFL certification, you don’t require any previous experience or qualifications! As long as you are over 18 and have a good level of English, you can apply to study for a TEFL certification online with us! We have students from all over the world from all backgrounds! 

Some of the courses we currently offer are:

180-hour Ofqual Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL Course 

This is our fully comprehensive online TEFL course. It’s a Level 5 TEFL course meaning it is one of the best TEFL certification programs you can do to make your CV stand out in the world of TEFL. You can access the course whenever you want to and study at your own pace. Our materials are comprehensive and interactive too! Throughout your course, you’ll have full access to our tutor support, our student discord network and online zoom sessions! 

Accredited 120-hour Advanced TEFL Course

If you’re thinking about teaching online or if you already have some teaching experience, then our industry standard 120-hour advanced TEFL course could be the right option for you! You can access this fast-track course in your own time and study whenever it suits you! This can be a quick way for you to get qualified and get teaching soon!

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Get TEFL Certified Accredited TEFL Certification

The best TEFL certification program is one that is accredited and will be valid for your future employers. Our TEFL certification online is accredited by our awarding body, Highfield. This means that your TEFL courses will be recognised worldwide as a valid qualification that certifies your knowledge in TEFL. To learn more about Ofqual or verify Highfield’s status as our accrediting body, visit their website: Ofqual.

Studying a TEFL course that is accredited such as our range of courses means that it has been approved by an external body and that it meets the standards for the level. This means that your TEFL course has been verified that it meets the industry standards. An accredited TEFL course ensures that you are taking a course that is to the highest standard. This is very important for you and your potential employers to see!

Our course also holds accreditation for distance learning, which means that although you are studying at home, you’re in safe hands with us! Your course has been validated by the Accreditation Council for Distance Learning ensuring a high quality for online learning. Your course is accredited and accepted worldwide, even as an online course. The accreditation number is 2854-2540.

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Get TEFL Certified Government Regulated TEFL Certification

Our government regulated TEFL certification online ensures that your course is of the highest TEFL standards. Our 180-hour course is a level 5 course meaning it is equivalent to a CELTA qualification. These courses have been validated to a high standard and are recognised worldwide and will get you noticed by employers. These courses can get you employment offers worldwide and online.

Taking a government regulated TEFL certification online gives you access to the best quality courses in a convenient way for you. You can receive extensive training all from your living room! Online learning allows you to complete the best TEFL certification program that suits your needs and skills.

There are some countries which require a higher level of training (South Korea, China, Japan for example) and taking a government regulated TEFL certification will ensure that you receive the best training for roles in these countries. You will most likely need to validate your certification to work in these countries. Undertaking an accredited, government regulated TEFL course means that this process will be smooth. Our courses are accepted worldwide so you won’t get the nasty surprise of having to redo your TEFL course because you didn’t go with an accredited provider!


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30 Hour IELTS preparation Course is the best value for money, ever! I can go into class with lots of confidence in my ability to assist my students in reaching the very best of their potential in their exams.
Deirdre O.
13:45 27 Sep 22
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 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

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Find answers to some of the most frequently asked questions

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.
One thing to look out for in a TEFL course is that the TEFL company offers an Ofqual-regulated Level 5 TEFL certification. This means the content, teaching, and materials have been examined carefully 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 make sure that you get at least 120 hours of training, which is the industry benchmark for employers worldwide.
The TEFL Institute have no other qualification criteria to complete one of our TEFL 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 TEFL 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, 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.
With all the different TEFL qualifications and hours, choosing the right TEFL 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 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 jobs 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 TEFL 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 TEFL 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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The TEFL Institute

The TEFL Institute is a modern language institute that offers an international academic experience. We offer three primary TEFL qualifications with many additional high-quality courses to add to your resume!

As a renowned and international TEFL provider, your mind will be at ease when choosing the right TEFL course. The academic team consists of reputable professionals who work hard to ensure that our courses are high quality and standard.

As a recognisable global TEFL certification to employers worldwide, you will have the ability and confidence to secure your first TEFL job online or abroad.

The TEFL Institute provides a full job placement service led by our experienced recruitment team, who are there to advise and help you with your employment opportunities teaching English online or abroad.



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