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120 Hour School Elective TEFL Course

Take this course as an elective module or to enhance your CV.

All you need to complete our 120-hour School Elective TEFL Course is fluency in English and a device to access our award-winning learning platform. Embark on a new chapter with a lifetime qualification, training yourself in the primary areas of teaching English as a foreign language. As Ireland’s leading TEFL provider, you can be confident in choosing a lifetime professional TEFL qualification with us. Our internationally recognized brand and specialized training courses have made our teachers some of the most sought-after in the TEFL industry.

With 120 hours of training, our online TEFL course will prepare you for any TEFL role. Learn with text, audio, and video through ten comprehensive modules. Master the art of grammar structure, plan practical lessons, instruct flowing conversations and build knowledge to make your classes as engaging and stimulating as possible. You will have the entire academic term to complete the course, and your teachers will help you schedule it around your studies.

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About the Course

Be prepared to take on any role with our accredited 120-hour TEFL course. Ten engaging modules will take you through videos, quizzes and real-life scenarios to equip you with everything you need to know. Master the art of grammar structure, plan practical lessons, instruct flowing conversation, and build knowledge to create positive learning environments. 

Become TEFL Qualified Within Weeks

The international standard 120 hour TEFL course is one of the quickest and most convenient ways to become fully qualified to teach English as a foreign language. On average, it takes 10-12 weeks to complete this course. And with six months to complete, plus 24/7 online access, you can study at your own pace on any device with an internet connection. 

Why The TEFL Institute of Ireland?

UNRIVALLED SUPPORT

At The TEFL Institute of Ireland, we place our students at the forefront of everything we do. From training to launching our newly qualified teachers into the TEFL world, we’re here to assist and guide you every step of the way. As experienced EFL teachers, our support staff are best placed to provide you with the right information and advice as you progress. Just call us your TEFL guardians!

LEADING TEFL TRAINING

As leaders in the TEFL industry, our students benefit from training that our experts have developed over many years. We continually develop and come up with new ideas, programmes and content to provide you with the highest standard of TEFL training. Internationally recognised by employers and accredited by ACDL, the quality of our online TEFL courses will give you everything you need to succeed in TEFL.

EXCELLENT VALUE

We work hard to ensure our accredited online TEFL courses are affordable, accessible and give you the best value for your time and money. From our 120 hour TEFL course to hybrid TEFL courses and everything in between, we have the TEFL course to meet every aspiration and budget. Our competitive prices combined with dedicated support give you a level of TEFL training that’s hard to beat.

Course Content Breakdown
10-12 weeks • TEFL Institute mentorship
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120 Hour Premier TEFL Course
Module 1: Introduction to TEFL

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Increase your awareness of the use of English around the world today.
  • Recognise the varying factors of motivation and needs of English learners.
  • Grasp the historic development of ELT theories, methods and practices and how they have influenced current ELT approaches.
  • Use the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) to familiarise yourself with the different learner levels and competencies.
Module 2: The role of the teacher

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Hold a strong understanding of how to become an effective ESL teacher.
  • Gain knowledge to carry out the best classroom management practices.
  • Put your learning to practice with a range of teaching techniques.
  • Master how to adapt your teaching style to cater for different teaching environments.
Module 3: Organising and managing to learn

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Train in how to create different lesson plans.
  • Gain a full understanding of the many aspects involved in lesson planning (e.g. outlining the goal of the lesson and adapting the lesson to the student profile).
  • Study alternative lesson plan models, using the knowledge for different class styles.
  • Become comfortable with following a curriculum or timetable and work your lessons around these factors.
  • Familiarise yourself with the likelihood of using prescribed materials and resources, affecting your own lesson plans.
Module 4: Teaching Grammar

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Gain a full understanding of the term ‘grammar’.
  • Learn how to recognise the grammar level of a student.
  • Recognise the pros and cons of teaching grammar.
  • Study the historical development of grammar and the use of grammar in English today.
  • Gain a strong understanding of the current English grammar system.
  • Understand different approaches to presenting grammar.
  • Build a foundation of varying approaches in teaching grammar.
  • Be able to teach grammar in fluency and accuracy focused styles.
Module 5: Teaching vocabulary

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Recognise the significance of teaching vocabulary.
  • Acquire an appreciation for teaching students vocabulary and how the vocabulary is taught.
  • Gain a strong understanding of the numerous layers of English vocabulary, such as lexical chunks.
  • Discover how to present vocabulary and lexical chunks in varying ways.
  • Attain numerous methods of practising vocabulary.
  • Recognise the need to record and re-use vocabulary.
Module 6: Teaching pronunciation

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Be aware of pronunciation difficulties faced by English students.
  • Familiarise yourself with the work involved in producing sounds, words and longer utterances.
  • Study the numerous phonological sounds.
  • Discover numerous activities and styles in teaching pronunciation.
Module 7: Teaching receptive skills

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Recognise the difference between receptive and productive skills and how to be an effective reader and listener.
  • Understand the primary foundations of teaching reading and listening.
  • Be taught how to create an effective reading or listening comprehension exercise.
  • Master the importance of further learning outside the classroom e.g reading and listening.
Module 8: Teaching productive skills

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Gain an understanding of the importance of writing and speaking English, using this knowledge in the classroom.
  • Develop techniques in teaching the principles of writing and speaking English.
  • Take in numerous teaching techniques in writing and speaking classes.
  • Add writing and speaking activities to your teaching repertoire.
Module 9: Teaching English of different purposes

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand the motives behind each student in learning English.
  • Have the ability to adapt your lessons in teaching very young learners up to teenagers.
  • Enhance your knowledge of international English language examinations and how to focus your teaching on helping students with these exams.
  • Learn about teaching business English and topic-specific English.
Module 10: From course to the classroom

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Preparation on planning and applying for your first TEFL job.
  • Recognise the importance of boosting your teaching resume with different resources.
  • Training on entering the job market and how to develop professionally.
  • Identify new ways to improve your teaching style.
DEDICATED MENTORSHIP
Meet your instructors
Youre not in this alone, as part of this course youll be matched with a mentor from our academic team. Mentors are CELTA & DELTA qualified, and have at least 4 years of teaching experience. Whenever you will need help our tutor team is there to guide you. create alongside them, and receive weekly live & asynchronous feedback on real-world projects.
The TEFL Institute mentor network
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Rachel
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Luke
Academic Assessor
Sian
Academic Assessor
Laura
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Jenny
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Via email, I requested a callback, to which Annelies responded, instantaneously.
Shan B
Shan B
15:01 29 Feb 24
Wonderful experience talking with Annelies Veenhouwer, she takes customer care to a new level. I was delighted.
dara
dara
14:50 28 Feb 24
I was called back by the lovely Elaine who made sure all my questions were answered and kept me in the loop about special offers available on courses that she thought would suit me! She gave me advice on what other services are available via the TEFL Institute such as the jobs board and she completely shared in my excitement about getting going! I'm looking forward to getting started, thanks Elaine ✨
lisa sherringham
lisa sherringham
13:43 28 Feb 24
Elaine and the team gave great advice for getting started as an TEFL teacher.
Anne Ryan
Anne Ryan
11:38 27 Feb 24
I really enjoyed the 10 hour online teaching course with Michelle. She has a great grasp of grammar, excellent teaching knowledge and a lively and engaging teaching style. She also is very encouraging and supportive. Thanks so much Michelle for everything. Tim.
Tim O Brien
Tim O Brien
16:39 25 Feb 24
I participated in the 10 hour virtual teaching course with Michelle Benson. Michelle is knowledgeable, experienced, and patient, and she created a supportive and productive environment. The course zipped along at a jaunty pace, and was an excellent introduction to the practicalities of teaching.
Joe Barrett
Joe Barrett
13:17 24 Feb 24
I just finished the 10 hour Virtual TEFL course under Michelle Benson's expert tutoring. She's a fun and purely vocational teacher. She makes it rather easygoing.I had read the manual before hand but I believe it's not really necessary to do so nor to open it whilst following the course. Michelle shares the info on her screen.As a teacher myself, I expected a much more complex and demanding approach so if you're completely new to the subject, it's exactly what you need. It's just the right place to lose your fear and feel comfortable in front of others.I would have appreciated a longer course to be able to go into more detail and "polish" certain aspects but, all in all, it gives you an idea of what is expected from you as a TEFL teacher.Thanks a mil. Michelle.
Helen Monguzzi
Helen Monguzzi
09:44 23 Feb 24
I did the 10h Virtual TEFL course and I had a great time. I was quite nervous since I am not the most comfortable talking to new people, but the tutor, Michelle Benson, was so friendly and so were the other students. The class was engaging, some points that were taught in the 180h course where I was confused were so simply explained (how to distinguish the tenses for example). The atmosphere was great, laughs here and there. The presentation wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, I thought I'd be more nervous, but all of the encouragement from everyone towards each other was great. Very enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend. Now I'm not as daunted by zoom classes lol. God bless :)
Salomea Kiszka
Salomea Kiszka
22:42 22 Feb 24
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