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30 Hour Teaching English Online Course
GREAT FOR: Learn how to design and deliver practical online English lessons.

Set your own schedule and earn money anywhere in the world by teaching English online. Our 30 Hour Teaching English Online Course prepares you with everything you need to know to deliver engaging online English lessons, including: 

  • The tools you need to teach online 
  • Classroom management strategies 
  • Tips for teaching one-on-one or small groups 
  • Lesson delivery methods 
  • And more. 

Having a minimum of 120 hours of TEFL training is a great start to becoming an online English teacher. With this specialist teaching English online course, you’ll advance your skills to create and deliver confident, practical English lessons online. This makes it one of the best ways to teach English online with no experience. 

Enrol today to learn more about the growing field of online TEFL. Plus, how to work from the comfort of your own home – or anywhere in the world! 

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Our Course Style

Be prepared to take on any online teaching role with our 30 Hour Teaching English Online Course. Six modules will take you through everything you need to deliver the best online classes. You’ll get 24/7 online access and six months to complete your course at your own pace. And a personal tutor to support you along the way. 

Why Teach English Online

Thanks to advances in technology and the increasing number of people worldwide wanting to learn English, you can now make a steady income from teaching online. The best part? As an online English teacher, you control your schedule to fit around your lifestyle and work from anywhere with internet. 

Our Accreditations


Highfield Qualifications are a global leader in compliance and work-based learning and apprenticeship qualifications and one of the UK’s most recognisable awarding organisations. As such were 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).


ODLQC was founded in 1969 as the Council for the Accreditation of Correspondence Colleges, becoming the Open and Distance Learning Quality Council in 1995.

Accreditation follows a rigorous assessment of a provider’s administrative and tutorial methods, educational materials and publicity, to ensure that all Standards are met.


ACDL – Accreditation number: 2854-2540

The TEFL Institute of Ireland is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Distance Learning (ACDL), an accreditation body which specialises in distance learning courses. Thus our accreditation by ACDL reflects the high quality distance learning offered by The TEFL Institute.

To learn more, visit their website: ACDL

Ireland's Leading TEFL Provider

With The TEFL Institute of Ireland, you’ll gain a lifetime qualification that’s recognised by employers worldwide. Our experienced team is passionate about providing outstanding support. From helping you choose the best course for you to TEFL job assistance, we’re here to help you achieve your TEFL goals. 

Who Can Take This Course?
A person who:
  • You’re a native or fluent English speaker
  • You want to advance your online TEFL skills
  • You’re interested in teaching English online from anywhere in the world
  • You want to be more flexible with your teaching hours
What’s included
Our courses are built with students’ experience in mind - proven learning principles, mentorship. Once you complete our training you are unlocking all the tools you need to begin your English teaching career.
Internationally recognised TEFL certifcate
Digital completion certificate included.
Accredited TEFL Training
All of the specialist TEFL courses are accredited by ODLQC & ACDL.
Full Suite of Tutor Support
Personal tutor assigned to each learner + discord board to connect with other learners.
Job Support
6 months access to our jobs board to help you kickstart your TEFL career.
Employer Certificate Verification
Your future employer can verify if your certificate is on our database and accredited
TEFL on the Go App
All students can complete their training from any device, from anywhere in the world
24/7 Access
Self-paced online TEFL Course. Complete the course at your own pace, and at times that suit you. Even if you are working or studying you can complete the course at ease with our 6 months study time.
Free Teaching English Online Start-up Guide
Would you like to start earning from the comfort of your own home? This start-up guide is the perfect starting point to your online career.
Course Content Breakdown
2-4 weeks • TEFL Institute mentorship • approx. 3-5 hrs/week time commitment
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30 Hour Teaching English Online Course
Module 1: Your Virtual Classroom

In module one, you will learn all about your virtual classroom. You’ll start by learning all the necessary tools you need to succeed as an online teacher. Besides, we’ll walk you through all of the different platforms you would use as a teacher so that even if you aren’t tech-savvy, you can still succeed! Lastly, we will walk you through how to set up your virtual classroom and recommend some tools to make your life as a virtual teacher easier.

Module 2: Your Role As The Teacher

Next, we will discuss your role as a teacher, including the different classes you may teach from different levels to subjects (i.e. business English). Also, we walk you through separate classroom management tips to make the most of your time together!

Module 3: One-to-One & Small Group TeachingModule 3: One-to-One & Small Group Teaching

In the third module, we discuss teaching one-on-one and in small groups. As an online teacher, the majority of your classes will be with one-on-one courses or small groups of students (3-4), depending on the company you work for. To begin, we give you the pros and cons of teaching one-on-one classes as well as some tips on how to succeed on an individual level. Next, we dive into the actual lessons themselves and different activities that you can use in your virtual classroom. Besides, we give you various topics and examples based on age groups, language level, and course type.

Module 4: How to Give Effective Lessons

In the fourth module, we will teach you how to deliver practical lessons to your students. We start by discussing different delivery methods that you can use before giving you various resources to use to help you plan, prepare, and deliver your lesson. Besides, we will walk you through the seven steps to creating a successful lesson plan as well as provide you with examples of course.

Module 5: Your Role As The Teacher Part 2

Understand your students’ language abilities and why they want to learn English. You’ll learn how to differentiate these different types of students and how to tackle their lessons in a personalized way. Get to know the principles behind online TEFL teaching and advance your knowledge of effective class techniques.

Module 6: Freelance, Digital Nomad, or Self-Employed?

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.

Meet your instructors
You’re 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.
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I’m happy i made a decision to study with TEFL Institute,Much more helpful to have people like Annelies Veenhouwer who are just a mail away for any questions you may have, she is such a helpful soul especially as a beginner in this journey, if you’re planning to start your English career TEFL Istitute is the right place and hope that you get yourself an Annelies to help you with all your questions 💫
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Rebecca Ndlovu
15:15 30 Jan 23
I would like to share my awesome experience in dealing with Annelies at TEFL Institute London, she quickly came to my assistance and swiftly solved my problem. She was friendly, informative and thorough and I highly commend Annelies, the TEFL Institute and their staff. If you are considering doing a TEFL course, this is the site to do it on.
angeline smit
angeline smit
14:57 30 Jan 23
I really enjoyed the course I took at the TEFL Institute recently. The information is valuable, well organized and of great importance. For experienced teachers, it will be a good way to check out their knowledge.
Tatjana Baschkatowa
Tatjana Baschkatowa
05:58 30 Jan 23
My experience of the TEFL Institute has been excellent so far. It is outstanding in the following ways: Efficient, friendly and helpful customer service; well-designed website and course portal; amazing value for money; high standard of professionalism; high quality training resources and materials. Thank you TEFL Institute! I look forward to continuing my studies with you.
06:59 28 Jan 23
I am currently studying with this company and find them fantastic .They are very helpful and respond so quickly to any questions I have had in the past and present . I recently had an issue where I managed to pay for something 5 times 🤦🏽‍♀️ as you can imagine it was a stressful situation. Rachel was AMAZING she called me first thing the next morning to let me know she had seen my emails and that she was sorting it. She was just so so lovely, understanding and so helpful and to top it off had the issue sorted in minutes. Honestly the support that’s provided is so good, I am so glad that I’ve chosen to study with them.Thanks again guys for your ongoing supportShirley
Shirley Larkin
Shirley Larkin
17:02 27 Jan 23
The course that is extremely useful for independent teaching
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Gabriel 63
13:57 27 Jan 23
A great course that helps to boost confidence. Michelle is extremely helpful and passionate😊
Ciara Burke
Ciara Burke
21:30 26 Jan 23
I have just completed the virtual 10 hour course. It is such a useful course to take, and it fully equips you for conduct English lessons even in such a short space of time! If you are considering becoming a TEFL teacher, whether in a virtual or real-life classroom, or teaching younger learners, this course is perfect for virtually any potential teacher. You learn so much useful information in an engaging and interactive way, including what to do during a lesson, how to conduct lessons, how to grab the attention of learners, and even more.I really interacted well with and got on with the other people in my class, through group work and full-class interaction. Kate Popova was an amazing teacher to us all and delivers the lesson in a clear way, including everybody in the tasks. Don't think that this course is about listening to a long lecture and endlessly taking notes - in fact, it's all about taking part, learning through practise and having interesting discussions! The best part for me was when we teamed up and delivered practised delivering lessons to pretend A1 English learners, as well as getting useful feedback afterwards. I don't think that the value of this can be undermined, seeing as you are practising exactly what you are going to do as a job upon getting this qualification, and then receiving advice from an experienced teacher in the field!We also received invaluable advice and materials from Kate on how to proceed in terms of searching for good TEFL opportunities, what to specialise in, what countries to go to, etc. Really, the whole thing fully prepares you to embark upon your TEFL journey!I fully recommend taking part in this course. It is truly remarkable and extraordinarily interesting. You will learn many things and gain invaluable experience, gaining a certificate to prove it at the end!Don't waste any more time, get yourself onto the 10 hour classroom methodologies course now!-EDITI also want to praise the 120 hour TEFL course. It is a very thorough and engaging programme, and can be completed easily and within a short space of time. As an English teacher, it is not only necessary for me, but I feel like it has helped to enrich me as a person and work better with my students.Consider completing the course, whatever your background!Big shout out to Emma. She has helped me enormously and always readily answered my phone calls and emails whenever I needed help. The team are brilliant! Thank you!
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Teaching English Online FAQs
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Do I need a degree to teach English online?

In short, no but it can depend on employers! Although many English teaching companies do require you to have a degree, such as VIPKid, and English First, it is not required for all online English teaching companies. PalFish, which is an app that you can use on your phone to teach English, does not require you to have a college degree.

How much money can I make as an online English teacher?

The amount of money you can make teaching English online will depend on your experience. It varies from company to company. In general, you can make anywhere from $12 to $26 per hour. (€9 -€20 per hour).

Do I have to plan the lessons and create the teaching material?

Nope! The majority of online English teaching companies, if not all, prepare the teaching materials for each lesson. This includes the slides you will use and the games that you will play in each lesson. It is encouraged for you to look over each lesson before going over it with students.

Do I need to have props to teach English online?

It depends on the company! Some English teaching companies may require you to have a prop or two for your lessons with younger students while others may not. However, the majority of online English teaching companies do prefer you to use props. It engages the student and when you are applying for the position, it will help you to get the job!

What are the requirements to teach English online?

This will differ from company to company. For the majority of companies, if you are a native English speaker with your degree, your TEFL certificate, and a clean background check, you will meet the requirements.

How many hours a week do you work?

This is completely up to you! Although some companies may require you to work a minimum of 6-8 hours a week, the total amount of hours that you work is up to you. One of the benefits of teaching English online is that you can choose how many hours a week you wish to work and when you want to work.

Who do you normally teach?

In general, the majority of online English teaching companies have students ages 5 -15. However, there are companies where you could be teaching adult learners. For example, PalFish is an app with an Official Kid’s Course, where you teach children. However, their app, in general, is focused more towards adults where you simply have a conversation with someone on the app and are paid by the minute.

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