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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 classrooms worldwide. This TEFL course has be...
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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 – taiwan

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immerse overseas for two years – guatemala, republic of georgia, sierra leone, mozambique

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vietnam, teach & explore – native english teachers for preschools & english center

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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 – taiwan

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immerse overseas for two years – guatemala, republic of georgia, sierra leone, mozambique

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vietnam, teach & explore – native english teachers for preschools & english center

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

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! 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 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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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, 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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I completed the 30 Hour Teaching English Online Course that was included in my purchase of the 150 Hour TEFL Course and thoroughly enjoyed it. Didn’t take as long as I thought it would and includes many tips and softwares that you can use during lessons. Extremely helpful and great addition to my CV ⭐️
Nikol S.
21:59 18 Sep 23
The 10 hour virtual course in teaching English will I'm sure be invaluable to me on my TEFL journey . With no Zoom experience at all I was very apprehensive to begin with but Michelle Benson made the whole experience a truly memorable fun experience making each participant welcome and relaxed from the beginning ...Thank you very much Michelle
Gerard A.
12:30 18 Sep 23
I gained alot of knowledge from this course and enjoyed it! Thank you for a great experience and good communication.
Samantha L.
14:59 16 Sep 23
this is one of most reliable institute to study with to get an acceptable TEFL certificate. the courses are up-to-date and engaging . Many teachers can take advantage of this chance to improve their knowledge of teaching. I would totally recommend this to everyone.
Mahsa T
12:58 16 Sep 23
I completed the Level 5 TEFL Diploma and thoroughly enjoyed the course from start to finish. The modules were varied and the information provided was clear. The quizzes were helpful to revise the lessons and the assessments were assessed rigorously, which highlights the quality of the courses. The support provided was second to none, the staff were friendly, extremely helpful, and responded promptly to my queries. Thank you to all the staff, especially Rachel for the support.
Maeve W.
15:26 15 Sep 23
Great, Annelies was very efficient and very helpful!
Patrick O.
15:04 15 Sep 23
super amazing course and help! thank you
Mila Z.
09:02 15 Sep 23
My experience studying online has been mostly positive so far. It is very easy to access the course materials from the comfort of my own home. The course content is very thorough, enticing and interesting; factually complete and accurate. Very clear explanations, learning objectives, and assessments. It provides a very valuable experience for me.
simona S.
07:52 15 Sep 23
Very interactive and clearly outlined. Help was always on hand and the zoom classes on Tuesday were very effective and added extra consolidation to the content.
Sorcha D.
17:34 14 Sep 23
I am delighted to have completed and passed Level 5 Diploma. I liked the combination of a quiz at the end of each module. It gave a good indication of what I had learned. The assessments particularly the final one were quiet challenging. Throughout the process the comfort in knowing that support was always there. Whenever I had a question I got an answer very quickly. Special thanks to both Rachel and Shauna. I also found the live zoom class on a Tuesday to be very beneficial whenever I needed it. Overall a very positive experience and I would highly recommend The TEFL Institute.
Martina R.
20:38 13 Sep 23

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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 institute 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.



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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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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