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TEFL courses

If you want to teach abroad, you have to have a TEFL certificate. And to get a certificate, you need to complete a TEFL course.
The only exception is if you have a teaching or education degree. If this is you, then you don’t need a TEFL certificate to teach abroad.


First things first – what does TEFL stand for?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
A TEFL course trains you to teach English in another country. When you successfully complete a TEFL course, you receive a TEFL certificate.
You may have also heard the acronym TESOL, which stands for Teaching English as a Second or Other Language. It's just another way of saying TEFL.

How do I get a TEFL?

It’s easy. We offer numerous TEFL courses for teaching abroad.
When choosing a TEFL course, keep in mind that the minimum course requirement is 120 hours.

What is the best TEFL course for teaching abroad?

We recommend taking one of our 120-hour courses.
Anything less than 120 hours means you’re not eligible to teach abroad with us.
Choose a course that has the features that you want. For example, do you want tutor support via Skype? Getting detailed written feedback? Access to video case studies?
Each course has a different syllabus and varying features. So deciding on the best TEFL course is an individual preference.
You’re welcome to choose a TEFL course for abroad that is over 120 hours, provided you have the time and budget. The more effort you put in to your course, the better equipped you’ll be.
If you need help choosing a course, we’d be pleased to help. Simply give us a call or send us a message.

What kinds of TEFL courses are there?

There are 2 kinds of TEFL courses:
  • Online
  • Face to face
  • Combined (online and face to face).
While you can complete your course 100% online, we suggest a combined course. A 120-hour combined course typically has 100 hours of online study and 20 hours of face-to-face practise.
A combined course will give you the opportunity to practise in person what you’ve learned in the online component. It’s a great way to get rid of any nerves before heading abroad.
If you have the time and money to do your course entirely face-to-face, then go for it!

Do schools abroad have a preference for candidates with online, face to face or combined TEFL certification?

Most schools don’t have a preference for the type of course an applicant has.
However, the course must be at least 120 hours. And some schools also prefer the certificate not to have 'online' printed on it.

Will the kind of TEFL course I choose have any impact on my salary?

No, none at all. Again, just make sure it’s at least 120 hours.

What is actually involved in doing a TEFL course?

This depends on the course you choose.
Generally, a TEFL course includes areas of study such as:
  • Grammar
  • Phonology
  • Classroom management
  • Lesson planning.
You will have little tests along the way to check for your understanding.
The tests may be multiple choice or free answer. A TEFL instructor will assess your free answers and your overall mark.
TEFL courses for teaching abroad aren’t overly difficult, though they will require your time, patience and concentration. It’s best not to rush through your course.

Do I need a TESOL certificate to teach English abroad?

TESOL stands for Teaching English as a Second or Other Language. It's just another way of saying TEFL.
So yes, you need a TESOL (or TEFL) certificate to teach abroad unless you have an education or teaching degree.

Do I need CELTA to teach English Abroad?

CELTA stands for Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults. It's an internationally recognized qualification.
It takes about a month to complete a CELTA course full-time, making it more comprehensive than a TEFL or TESOL course.
While it's a great certificate to have under your belt, TEFL is sufficient (and costs a lot less, too!).

Can non-native English speakers take a TEFL course?

If you’re a non-native English speaker, you can still complete one of our TEFL courses.

If you have any further questions about TEFL courses for teaching abroad, we’d love to answer them. Simply call us or send us a message.

Happy TEFLing!