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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.

online english teacher, 16-20gbp ($20-$25) per hour

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preschool teacher of english – warsaw, poland

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esl online teacher for korean student at home

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full time elementary english teacher for honduras

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👩🏼‍🔬🔬👨🏻‍🔬looking for nes to teach high school esl math, science or comp sci in thailand! from june 2024, paid from 34,000 thb/month + work visa/permit 👨🏼‍⚕️🧬👩🏻‍⚕️

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online esl tutors needed for south korean students at engall – remote position, part-time, contractual, monthly incentives, and a supportive team!🤗

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online esl tutor wanted! teach korean students online. (cnk english)

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head teacher – united arab emirates

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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.

online english teacher, 16-20gbp ($20-$25) per hour

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preschool teacher of english – warsaw, poland

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esl online teacher for korean student at home

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full time elementary english teacher for honduras

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👩🏼‍🔬🔬👨🏻‍🔬looking for nes to teach high school esl math, science or comp sci in thailand! from june 2024, paid from 34,000 thb/month + work visa/permit 👨🏼‍⚕️🧬👩🏻‍⚕️

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online esl tutors needed for south korean students at engall – remote position, part-time, contractual, monthly incentives, and a supportive team!🤗

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online esl tutor wanted! teach korean students online. (cnk english)

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head teacher – united arab emirates

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What is a TEFL certification?

If you’ve considered working overseas as an English teacher, you’ve probably heard the term TEFL before. If you want to pursue this career or embark on a new journey, you’ll require TEFL certification. You can do all of this from the comfort of your own home with our certification classes online! This allows you to study when it is convenient for you and around any other responsibilities you may 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 assures that your course meets the highest TEFL standards. Our 180-hour course is a level 5 course, which is equivalent to the CELTA qualification. These courses are well-known internationally, have high certification standards, and will make you stand out to employers. These courses can lead to job offers all across the world, including 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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Sorcha was very helpful in assisting me by sending me my 180hr level 5 cert online even though the course had expired. And also extended the other courses on my account by an extra month with no fuss. Excellent service.
shane S.
15:04 19 Jun 24
Really enjoyed the course, it was thorough and provided the specific learning objectives that I was looking for, reccommend!
Justice A.
14:27 19 Jun 24
I'm South African and planning to teach English in Cambodia and Vietnam. I am going to sign up for the 30 hour IELTS EXAM course due to the need for people in those countries to meet the qualifying standards to study at English language universities etc.I must commend Walter Cullinan for the prompt responses given to my queries about the nature and scope of the course.I am not impressed, however, in his lack of faith in the Irish rugby team's chances of success against the Springboks.
mark W.
13:04 19 Jun 24
I sent an email with a query and Elaine Lenane was so quick and helpful at getting back to me. Everything was so efficient and clear and she really put me at ease :)
Clodagh S.
19:58 18 Jun 24
The TEFL institute of Ireland is a great option to get a TEFL certification. They have multiple levels of TEFL to choose from. You can complete the course at your own pace, and get extensions if needed. The staff are always there to help, and the one time I did need assistance, the TEFL advisor I spoke to, Sórcha O' Connell, was not only very helpful, but also got back to me almost immediately.
Sara J.
10:36 18 Jun 24
Sorcha was extremely informative and helpful,much appreciated,top notch!cheers
Jo F.
19:35 17 Jun 24
I had some concerns and questions before booking the course, but Sórcha was incredibly helpful and answered all my questions promptly. Excellent service!
Mirna P.
20:39 14 Jun 24
Really enjoyed enrollment process with Elaine Lenane for 180 hours Teaching English Online course. She gave useful and practical tips!
Frances C.
12:54 14 Jun 24
Tracy was my advisor and she was so beyond amazing! SO helpful and so kind while responding to my questions, fabulous service:)
erin E.
18:08 12 Jun 24
Sórcha helped me out a lot with my job hunt after I completed my 120 hour course. Highly recommend!
Adam Walsh (Mason F.
10:46 11 Jun 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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STUDY ON THE GO

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. TEFL primarily is 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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