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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.

Expand your Career Opportunities

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 course 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 online or in classrooms worldwide. This TEFL course has been deve...
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180 Hour Ofqual Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL Course

The interactive 180-Hour Ofqual Level 5 TEFL Diploma will further your career options and give you access to the most competitive TEFL jobs worldwide....
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310 Hour Hybrid Level 5 Advanced Diploma in TEFL

The 310-hour Level 5 Advanced Diploma is the highest level TEFL qualification that The TEFL Institute offers. This qualification provides greater job ...
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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 – mergilan, uzbekistan

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teach in taiwan in 2024-25!

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tesol/tesl/tefl teachers – yakutsk, russia

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full / part time english online tutors to teach korean professionals

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native english teacher, slovakia (eu)

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come to mexico to work with us, giving content classes in english

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online english teacher – remote ( korean timezone)

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full-time english teachers needed in thai binh city, vietnam

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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.

english teacher – mergilan, uzbekistan

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teach in taiwan in 2024-25!

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tesol/tesl/tefl teachers – yakutsk, russia

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full / part time english online tutors to teach korean professionals

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native english teacher, slovakia (eu)

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come to mexico to work with us, giving content classes in english

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online english teacher – remote ( korean timezone)

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full-time english teachers needed in thai binh city, vietnam

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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 certification courses online! This gives you the flexibility to study when it suits you and combine it with any other commitments you might have.

Furthermore, 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. It proves to your potential employers that you have undertaken the appropriate training to teach English.

You’ll learn about teaching methodologies, practice teaching, fun activities games and lesson plans! If you’re not yet a grammar expert, then you don’t need to worry about this! We 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.

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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 course 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 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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Accredited TEFL Certification

The best TEFL certification program is one that is accredited and will be valid for your future employers. Our program 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 of 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 to meet 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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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 course 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!

There are some countries which require a higher level of training (South Korea, China, and 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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Via email, I requested a callback, to which Annelies responded, instantaneously.
Shan B
15:01 29 Feb 24
Wonderful experience talking with Annelies Veenhouwer, she takes customer care to a new level. I was delighted.
dara
14:50 28 Feb 24
I was called back by the lovely Elaine who made sure all my questions were answered and kept me in the loop about special offers available on courses that she thought would suit me! She gave me advice on what other services are available via the TEFL Institute such as the jobs board and she completely shared in my excitement about getting going! I'm looking forward to getting started, thanks Elaine ✨
lisa S.
13:43 28 Feb 24
Elaine and the team gave great advice for getting started as an TEFL teacher.
Anne R.
11:38 27 Feb 24
I really enjoyed the 10 hour online teaching course with Michelle. She has a great grasp of grammar, excellent teaching knowledge and a lively and engaging teaching style. She also is very encouraging and supportive. Thanks so much Michelle for everything. Tim.
Tim O B.
16:39 25 Feb 24
I participated in the 10 hour virtual teaching course with Michelle Benson. Michelle is knowledgeable, experienced, and patient, and she created a supportive and productive environment. The course zipped along at a jaunty pace, and was an excellent introduction to the practicalities of teaching.
Joe B.
13:17 24 Feb 24
I just finished the 10 hour Virtual TEFL course under Michelle Benson's expert tutoring. She's a fun and purely vocational teacher. She makes it rather easygoing.I had read the manual before hand but I believe it's not really necessary to do so nor to open it whilst following the course. Michelle shares the info on her screen.As a teacher myself, I expected a much more complex and demanding approach so if you're completely new to the subject, it's exactly what you need. It's just the right place to lose your fear and feel comfortable in front of others.I would have appreciated a longer course to be able to go into more detail and "polish" certain aspects but, all in all, it gives you an idea of what is expected from you as a TEFL teacher.Thanks a mil. Michelle.
Helen M.
09:44 23 Feb 24
I did the 10h Virtual TEFL course and I had a great time. I was quite nervous since I am not the most comfortable talking to new people, but the tutor, Michelle Benson, was so friendly and so were the other students. The class was engaging, some points that were taught in the 180h course where I was confused were so simply explained (how to distinguish the tenses for example). The atmosphere was great, laughs here and there. The presentation wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, I thought I'd be more nervous, but all of the encouragement from everyone towards each other was great. Very enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend. Now I'm not as daunted by zoom classes lol. God bless :)
Salomea K.
22:42 22 Feb 24
I just completed a 180 hour TEFL course.Staff were helpful, the course was engaging and I would recommend
Maria F.
18:24 21 Feb 24
I struggled a bit to understand how everything works in the beginning but now that I am going, it is a positive experience.
Dalene F.
12:41 16 Feb 24
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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 internationally recognized 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 institute to employers worldwide, you will have the ability and confidence to secure your first TEFL job online or abroad.

Moreover,  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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You can now access our TEFL courses from any device, whether you are on the go or simply at home, through our exclusive TEFL app! If you are currently working on a course or simply need to review it, our app will enable you to always have it on you.

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FAQs

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 Course. 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 simultaneously? Get your TEFL certification online and start looking for your new 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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