Frequently Asked Questions

Here are a few answers to our most common questions about our TEFL courses

Why should I take a TEFL/TESOL course?

You can explore new cultures, make new international friends, learn a new language, improve your CV/Resume, live and work in exotic locations, travel the globe, give something back to the world and make a positive difference to other people’s lives.

You’ll get an internationally recognized online TEFL course, a 120-hour accredited TEFL/TESOL certificate, personal tutor, online video & material, lifetime membership to our global job club, job guarantee, online teaching practice.


TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language – Is the name of the industry which encompasses two major certificates, the Certificate TESOL or similar (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) such as ITO.

TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. A more modern term which encompasses both TEFL & TESL. All of the above are used interchangeably in practice worldwide, they all mean virtually the same. This term refers to the certificate you will receive on most TEFL courses.

CELTA = Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults.
Generally speaking, you should possess a high level of grammar knowledge before enrolling on a CELTA course.

An International TEFL Organization (ITO) approved course is Ideal for beginners or experienced teachers and especially for those whose grammar isn’t strong. You will learn how to teach all levels (children, adults, beginner, advanced, business, one-on-one) giving you multiple employment options.

Do I need a Bachelors Degree (BA) to teach abroad legally?

In some countries, you may also need a BA degree but not all. Officially, you need a BA degree to obtain a teaching permit in order to teach legally in countries such as China, Korea and Thailand. However, there are plenty of exceptions where a degree is not required and most of the ESL teachers there still do not hold any Ba degree. You can also teach privately or teach online with just a TEFL certificate. No experience or qualifications are required to enroll in our TEFL courses.

How long does it take to complete the course?

It takes around 2 weeks to complete the online TEFL course but you have up to 3 months if need be. The course and online teaching practice modules will usually incur an additional 3-4 weeks study. You only really need to study for a few hours a week. You can download your TEFL certificate as soon as you have completed the course. In-class TEFL and CELTA courses usually take 4-weeks.

I saw a cheaper TEFL course, why is this?

Virtually all of those cheaper courses are not internationally recognized, even though they often say they are. TEFL is the world’s leading, and most recognized, TEFL course provider. We offer a fully accredited, internationally recognized TEFL course that you can take online in the comfort of your own home. We also help you find a job afterwards. All of our tutors are highly qualified with at least three years experience teaching English overseas.

What are my job prospects like and where can I teach?​

A TEFL course is your gateway to working anywhere in the world. With English becoming the “global language”, trained TEFL teachers are in high demand, in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and private language schools in over 150 countries from Thailand to Tanzania. There is also a growing demand for online teachers so you may work from home or while traveling.

Who are you accredited by?

Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t any single accreditation body for TEFL. There are numerous independent ones all claiming to be “the most accredited”.

Our course and examination is ideal for people who want to prove their teaching knowledge with an additional globally recognized certificate.

 International Recognition and practical teaching practice are much more valuable to ESL employers than just ‘accreditation.’

 Our TEFL qualifications and courses are widely accepted and valued by employers around the world. We are internationally respected as the quality standard.

Why should I choose TEFL (ITC)?

The (ITC), which stands for International TEFL Courses, are the world’s most recognized and reputable TEFL course providers and moderators. Since 1997, we have been responsible for setting standards within the independent ESL and TEFL/TESOL education sector. Our accreditation is held by dozens of ESL training providers around the world.

We provide the leading mark of educational quality for the sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards.

All of our TEFL/TESOL providers have been rigorously inspected. Institutions that carry our endorsement and the ITC mark therefore represent some of the leading and most reliable private TEFL/TESOL courses and training providers worldwide.

We intend to accomplish our goals by:

  • Creating a community of trustworthy TEFL/TESOL course providers.
  • Setting standards for trust and ethical business practices.
  • Building trust in the TEFL/ESL marketplace.
  • Encouraging TEFL training providers to deliver results in accordance with our standards and addressing customer concerns in a timely, satisfactory manner. 

You will gain a 120-hour, TEFL (TESOL or CELTA) qualification in 2 or 4 weeks and your certificate will be internationally recognized and accepted throughout the world. We have added a comprehensive job club service to our package so now many students manage to find employment before they complete the course! You are assured that each course is guaranteed to provide you with both quality training and international recognition.

What will I learn on the TEFL course?​

Topics Include:

  • Introduction & warmers
  • Classroom discipline
  • Classroom management
  • Elicitation techniques
  • Using the blackboard
  • Grammar structure
  • How it feels learning a foreign language
  • Concept checking
  • Practice activities
  • Student practice
  • Drama & role play
  • Pronunciation
  • Teaching and assessment of integrated skills,
    such as listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • How to teach grammar
  • Error correction
  • Teaching practice & feedback
  • Creating materials
  • Evaluation and testing
  • Written exam & presentation