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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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The customer service I received was absoutely brilliant. Emma Coleman was helpful, timely and attentive and answered all of my questions, making me much more comfortable with my purchase.
Robbie M.
14:44 02 Dec 22
I recently completed TEFL's "Highfield Level 5 Certificate in Teaching English as a Foreign Language" course. TEFL is a wonderful institute. The course is well structured, easy to follow, insightful, and I feel I learned a lot about language and linguistics as well as how to teach English itself. The advisory and tutoring staff that I encountered, like Rachel Walsh, are very amiable, helpful and quick to respond. At all times, through the structuring of the course and the TEFL staff there ready to offer help, I felt fully supported and equipped to stay the course and finish with my qualification. I can't wait to get started!
Joseph R.
13:10 02 Dec 22
I have found the TEFL course very good and easy to follow, I have also found the TEFL staff very very helpful with any questions or worries I had.
Richard M.
10:02 02 Dec 22
I had a great interaction with Anneliese, she was very helpful and I was able to plan for the best study plan which fits into my schedule! #Grateful😊👍
Mercy M.
16:27 01 Dec 22
I have recently enrolled to train as a TEFL teacher at the TEFL Institute. I contacted them through the website to make enquiries as to what was involved. As promised an advisor - whose name was Emma Coleman - phoned me back promptly to explain what was involved. She was extremely friendly, helpful and actually - probably through a lot of experience! - anticipated some of the questions and concerns I had. And put me entirely at ease about the process. The price I thought was quite reasonable too! What impressed me most was the genuine friendliness and the availability of the advisor, Emma, in the back-and-forth communications by phone and email as I sorted out my questions in advance of committing to the Level 5 course. A thank you to Emma and, now that I have begun the online course, I can highly recommend the TEFL Institute as the place to train for those seeking a professional certified TEFL diploma.
Martin H.
00:37 01 Dec 22
I'm so glad I've chosen this institute to study with as the customer service is top class - anything I've asked of Leo, he's answered with great patience and kindness. I've done an initial 30hr teaching online course and have just begun the 180hr course.
Áine H.
00:31 01 Dec 22
Excellent school ! I studied online from France and the lessons were very well constructed and structured. I have passed a level 5 Offqual TEFL Certificate 180Hrs, in less than 5 months. As I work during the week, I used to study in the evenings and in the weekends. Online support is great. There is the possibility to log on discord to chat with other students or members of the school. I was in contact with Rachel via email. Thank you to the whole team !!🤩
MHP M.
15:57 29 Nov 22
Today, (29th November) I had a some queries to check on the TEFL Institute of Ireland Website and Leo came on line! Literally, within minutes he answered all my questions and couldn't have been more helpful.I have absolutely no hesitation in recommending the TEFL Institute of Ireland to anyone who is interested in pursuing a career in teaching English as a foreign language. I believe you won't find a better standard of professionalism and service anywhere!Thanks again to you all for providing such an excellent facility!!
Roisin H.
15:45 29 Nov 22
I did the level test after which I received several possible courses to take. Not being sure what the best option could be, I asked for a call and a few minutes after was online with Rachel Walsh whose great advise helped me going for the right choice, both in terms of my needs and price. I actually took advantage of the fantastic Cyber Monday discounts!!!
Helen M.
12:15 29 Nov 22
To date I have had a wonderful stress free to my study material and my online platform .. I was able to work 24 hours on my modules with Easy access at my own past the friendly staff Rachel, and Emma who have assistance me in my approach to these courses and step by step on how to access to the course my password I like to that all of the staff for making this possibleKind regardsPaul kriel
paul K.
20:32 28 Nov 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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