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300 Hour Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL Course

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If you are looking for a professional, globally recognised, government-regulated TEFL qualification; you should consider the online level 5 TEFL course, why not consider the highest TEFL qualification we offer? Welcome to the Ultimate Online TEFL Course – the 300 hours, gold standard TEFL course.

What is OFQUAL? – Good question

Our Level 5 Certification in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (QCF – WHAT IS THIS?) it means the course has been regulated by the Office of Qualification and Examinations Regulation of the UK government (or Ofqual, for short). It is considered to be equivalent to a foundation degree (2 years at University or College) or a CELTA qualification and Trinity CertTESOL.

Why this course?

The potential to earn is high. In addition to the apparent benefits, entering the field of IELTS  and TOEIC instruction will open doors for you. Furthermore, if you love to travel, you will enjoy excellent mobility as the demand for IELTS and TOEIC preparation teachers is increasing daily around the world.

What does this course include?

Along with the base level 5 180-hour course, you will also get four in demand specialist TEFL courses: the 30 hour IELTS (International English Level Testing System) course, the 30-hour TOEIC (Test of English for International Communication) course, the 30-hour TYL (Teaching Young Learners) course and the 30-hour TBE (Teaching Business English) course giving you an instant and immense boost to your earning potential

Did you know? You don’t need to speak a second language to teach English abroad, as long as you’re a fluent English speaker and have a desire for teaching English you’re good to go!

Who can take this course?

A person who is looking to be a top qualified teacher!
Earning best salaries & have more employment opportunitites
This is a perfect course for ambitious teacher who wants more than a minimum
A Level 5 TEFL will increase your employment opportunities!

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Accredited TEFL Certificate

Teach Abroad
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Online Teaching
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The Accreditation Council for Distance Learning (ACDL) have strict standards to which course providers must conform. It’s not just the quality of our courses that the ACDL assesses, but the whole process from start to finish. Our ACDL specific course accreditation means that the course has passed a rigorous evaluation and continues to be monitored regularly. Average completion time: 10-14 weeks

What you get with your Level 5 TEFL Course

Course benefits

  • Fully downloadable TEFL course material
  • Expert job hunting advice
  • Access to TEFL jobs board
  • Lifetime support and guidance
  • Self-determined training schedule
  • Personal online TEFL tutor support
  • Lifetime qualification
  • Internationally recognised certificate
  • Downloadable TEFL coursebook
  • Worlds first TEFL App
  • Employer certificate verification
  • Level 5 OFQUAL regulated certificate

What Our Graduates Say

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When you enrol onto our 300 Hour Level 5 TEFL Course, receive two free guides: Lesson Planning Guide & Grammar Guide, as well as Lifetime Access to your course material! FREE (Valued at €39 each!).

Verified Student Reviews

Alison Buckley
Alison B.
17:03 24 Nov 20
I have just started my 180hour course work online and am pleasantly surprised by the depth and detail in the course material covered.
Steph Vickers
Steph V.
18:22 20 Nov 20
I just completed 120hr TEFL course and 30hr Online Teacher Training course. I found both courses to be well laid out and the content very interesting. There are lots of useful tips and resources that will help get you started on your career path. The staff are extremely helpful and easy to get in contact with if you need any guidance or queries. I would highly recommend.
Orla Nic Dhonnacha
Orla Nic D.
12:15 18 Nov 20
The 120 Hour TEFL course is very easy to follow and you can go at your own pace. They supply an extensive list of resources to help you along the way. The team are always quick to respond and are very helpful and friendly. I would highly recommend this language school to anyone interested in a career as an English teacher.
Sarka P
Sarka P
10:47 18 Nov 20
I've recently enrolled in the 120 hours course and I can only recommend. The lessons are very well composed with lots of videos and real life teaching scenarios. Plus there's always a great communication and assistance from TEFL at all times :)
Niamh McCrossan
Niamh M.
15:35 17 Nov 20
Michelle was so helpful and really put my mind at ease for moving away to teach English in a few months time. I feel totally prepared with all the advice and tips she has given us and couldn't recommend this course more if you're thinking of teaching English!
Triskel Eart
Triskel E.
12:10 17 Nov 20
I have enrolled in the 310 hours TEFL course and just finished the 10 hour Certificate in Classroom Methodologies. The course was on line, via Zoom, and it really gave me the feeling of being in a real class. The other students were nice, the atmosphere was relaxed and friendly. The teacher, Michelle, she was fantastic. With a natural enthusiasm and irish flair that I absolutely loved! I was not sure about enrolling at the beginning but as soon as I started I realized I couldn't have made a better choice. I look forward to continuing the course and getting my TEFL certification with the Tefl Institute of Ireland!
joe d
joe d
11:07 14 Nov 20
Have just completed the IELTS online course with TEFL.IE. The course was highly useful in orientating me as to administering the course, and will no doubt benefit myself and my students in the future. Thank you! Joe
Hollie Byrne
Hollie B.
20:01 13 Nov 20
I finished a 120 hour TEFL back in January. The course was so easy to follow and I could do it in my own time. Raging I didn't purchase in class training to get hands on experience - will definitely do that in the future.

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Module 1: Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign LanguageRef: R/506/8712- Credit Value: 5

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Outline to students the widely extended presence of English globally, and its valuable use in many countries.
  • Learn the most modern teaching methodologies and recommended classroom practices
  • Explore modern pedagogical methods and theories, such as ´behaviourism´ and the ´natural approach.
  • Total: 21 hours
  • Internal ref: R/506/8712
  • Regulator ref: R/506/8712
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 5
  • Guided learning hours: 21
Module 2: Understanding English GrammarRef: D/506/8714 - Credit Value: 5

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Grasp a clear understanding of the various nuances in English grammar, covering syntax, punctuation and tenses
  • Master applying these nuances into your lesson plans, adapting their use to the ESL level of the class
  • Total: 27 hours
  • Internal ref: R/506/8712
  • Regulator ref: R/506/8712
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 5
  • Guided learning hours: 27
Module 3: Teaching English GrammarRef: K/506/8716 - Credit Value: 2

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Master the challenge of teaching English grammar to non-native speakers
  • Help develop each student’s ability to form grammatically correct phrases and sentences.
  • Perfect the presentation of grammar structures and meanings with context
  • Master the assessment of a class´s grammar level, applying this level to lesson planning and correction of work.
  • Total: 17 hours
  • Internal ref: K/506/8716
  • Regulator ref: K/506/8716
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 17
Module 4: Teaching English Vocabulary Ref: A/506/8719 - Credit Value: 1

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Develop a pedagogical approach to vocabulary
  • Integrate dictionary use to your lessons
  • Design tests for fast vocabulary learning
  • Design classroom strategies to maintain vocabulary usage, through recording and recycling.
  • Master the knowledge of lexical sets, association, collocation and ´false friends´
  • Total: 12 hours
  • Internal ref: A/506/8719
  • Regulator ref: A/506/8719
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 1
  • Guided learning hours: 12
Module 5: Teaching Productive Skills: Speaking and WritingRef: a/506/8722 - Credit Value: 4

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Distinguish between accuracy and fluency, and evaluate their importance in ESL learning
  • Gather a range of communication activities for lessons, such as debating, role play, problem solving and simulation
  • Foster the skill of self-corrected written work within each student
  • Delineate the skillful use of sarcasm, irony, contradiction and persuasion, amongst others.
  • Total: 25 hours
  • Internal ref: A/506/8722
  • Regulator ref: A/506/8722
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 4
  • Guided learning hours: 25
Module 6: Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening and ReadingRef: F/506/8723 - Credit Value: 2

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Master the pedagogical approaches to listening and reading
  • Teach students techniques such as skimming and scanning
  • Outline the significance of discourse markers in the English language
  • Total: 11 hours
  • Internal ref: F/506/8723
  • Regulator ref: F/506/8723
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 11
Module 7: Materials and Aids for Teaching EnglishRef: L/506/8725 - Credit Value: 2

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Master the use of both electronic and non-electronic media as teaching aids in the classroom. Think podcasts, videos and flashcards
  • Specialize in using various teaching aids, justifying their use in the classroom
  • Learn when a particular teaching aid is appropriate, and where it is not
  • Total: 11 hours
  • Internal ref: L/506/8725
  • Regulator ref: L/506/8725
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 11
Module 8: Teaching Pronunciation of English Ref: R/506/8726 - Credit Value: 3

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of English phonology and how to teach it to non-native speakers
  • Learn how to stress the importance of pronunciation, cadence, and intonation of English in the classroom
  • Highlight the impact each student´s mother tongue on English pronunciation, and how they can avoid this
  • Total: 18 hours
  • Internal ref: R/506/8726
  • Regulator ref: R/506/8726
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 18
Module 9: Lesson Planning for Teaching English as a Foreign LanguageRef: D/506/8728 - Credit Value: 2

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Master the pedagogical skill of lesson planning
  • Become skilled in designing engaging lesson plans, and adapting lessons naturally in the classroom
  • Learn how to adapt lesson plans for varying levels of learners, and for mono-lingual versus multi-lingual classes
  • Total: 11 hours
  • Internal ref: D/506/8728
  • Regulator ref: D/506/8728
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 11
Module 10: Young LearnersRef: D/506/8728 - Credit Value: 1

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Teach students aged 5-16 the basics of the English language
  • Know what motivates learners of these ages and what teaching methodologies best support them
  • Gain understanding and technique in teaching young learners
  • Design excellent lesson plans tailored to young learners, for optimal engagement and learning.
  • Total: 11 hours
  • Internal ref: D/506/8728
  • Regulator ref: D/506/8728
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 1
  • Guided learning hours: 11
Module 11: Use Resources Effectively when Teaching English as a Foreign LanguageRef: h/506/8732 - Credit Value: 2

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Gain a thorough understanding of the varying resources available to TEFL teachers
  • Differentiate between the benefits of using non-electronic versus electronic resources
  • Master the navigation of online TEFL resource sites to find the best materials
  • Self-audit textbooks and coursebooks, to evaluate their standard and relevance to your teaching
  • Total: 16
  • Internal ref: H/506/8732
  • Regulator ref: H/506/8732
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Training Qualifications UK Ltd
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 16

IELTS (International English Language Testing System) – 30 Hours

Module 1: Introduction to IELTS

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have an understanding of what IELTS is and how it operates.
  • Understand what is assessed in the IELTS exam and how does assessment work.
  • Learn who takes the IELTS exam and what scores will they need.
Module 2: Teaching listening for IELTS

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand what the IELTS Listening test consists of.
  • Be aware of the types of questions in the IELTS Listening test.
  • Be able to help students prepare for the IELTS Listening test.
  • Gain 20 essential tips for teaching IELTS Listening.
Module 3: Teaching reading for IELTS

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand what the IELTS Reading test consists of.
  • Understand what is different about the IELTS Academic Reading test and the IELTS General Training Reading Test.
  • Be aware of types of questions in the IELTS Reading test.
  • Be aware of what reading skills are assessed.
  • Gain 20 tips for the IELTS Reading test.hide_avatar=true
Module 4: Teaching writing for IELTS

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand what the IELTS Writing test consists of.
  • Have an overview of the IELTS Academic and GT Writing tests.
  • Be aware of how IELTS Writing is assessed.
  • Be able to help students with Academic Writing Task 1.
  • Be able to prepare students for GT IELTS Writing Task 1.
  • Be aware of IELTS Academic and GT Writing Task 2.
  • Have possible IELTS Essay Topics (GT and Academic Task 2).
  • Have topics to consider.
  • Have a summary of IELTS Writing strategies Task 1 (for students).
  • Have a summary of IELTS Writing strategies Task 2 (for students).
Module 5: Teaching speaking for IELTS

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand what the IELTS Speaking test consists of.
  • Be aware of the speaking skills assessed in the IELTS Speaking test.
  • Be able to help your students prepare for the IELTS Speaking test.
  • Have common IELTS Speaking topics.
  • Have examples of Part 2 Candidate tasks.
Module 6: Teaching vocabulary for IELTS

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have an overview of Vocabulary for IELTS.
  • What vocabulary students preparing for IELTS need to know.
  • Be able to help your students learn vocabulary.
Module 7: Possible challenges

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand possible challenges with teaching for IELTS.
  • Understand and preparing for mixed-level classes.
  • Understand teaching low-level IELTS students, mixed GT and Academic classes, and very high-level IELTS students. Be able to make IELTS interesting.

TOEIC (Test Of English for International Communication)

Module 1: Introduction to teaching TOEIC

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of TOEIC.
  • Know where in the world TOEIC is used and why.
  • Know what the TOEIC test consists of and how it is scored.
Module 2: TOEIC Listening

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of the TOEIC Listening test.
  • Know what is assessed in the TOEIC Listening test.
  • Be able to prepare your learners to be successful in TOEIC Listening.
Module 3: Teaching TOEIC Reading

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of the TOEIC Reading test.
  • Know what is assessed in the TOEIC Reading test.
  • Be able to prepare your learners to be successful in TOEIC Reading test.
Module 4: TOEIC Speaking

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of the TOEIC Speaking test.
  • Know what is assessed in the TOEIC Speaking test.
  • Be able to prepare your learners to be successful in TOEIC Speaking test.
By the end of this module, you will:
  • Have a clearer understanding of the TOEIC Speaking test.
  • Know what is assessed in the TOEIC Speaking test.
  • Be able to prepare your learners to be successful in TOEIC Speaking test.

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of the TOEIC Writing test.
  • Know what is assessed in the TOEIC Writing test.
  • Be able to prepare your learners to be successful in TOEIC Writing test.
Module 6: Teaching the TOEIC Bridge test

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of the TOEIC Bridge test.
  • Be aware of the format of the TOEIC Bridge Test and test questions.
  • Be able to prepare your students to be successful in the TOEIC Bridge Test.

TBE (Teaching Business English) - 30 Hours

Module 1: Introduction to Teaching Business English

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of how learning and teaching Business English differs from General English.
  • Have considered a range of different teaching contexts from classroom-based lessons to distance learning.
  • Have a clearer understanding of the role of the Business English teacher.
  • Have a greater understanding of the need to present language in context and focus on specific business communication skills.
Module 2: Needs analysis and course design

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a clearer understanding of how to conduct an effective needs analysis or language audit.
  • Be able to confidently design a course with appropriate objectives and syllabus components.
Module 3: Selecting and developing materials

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a greater awareness of the range of materials used to teach Business English.
  • Be better able to select appropriate materials when planning Business English classes.
Module 4: Teaching business speaking skills

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a greater awareness of the range of Business English speaking skills taught in class.
  • Be more confident about teaching a range of Business English speaking skills.
Module 5: Teaching business writing skills

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have a greater awareness of the range of Business English writing skills taught in class.
  • Be more confident about teaching a range of Business English writing skills.
Module 6: Intercultural training

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand the need for intercultural training and different cultural dimensions.
  • Know how to use practical activities in class to help learners understand their own culture, other cultures and how to cope with different cultures.
Module 7: Teaching English for specific purposes

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand what is involved in teaching an ESP course and how this differs from teaching a General Business English course.
  • Have gained more confidence in teaching ESP.
  • Be able to consider the need for a clear needs analysis, subject knowledge and choosing suitable materials.
  • Have gained confidence in planning an ESP course and individual lessons
Assessment

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Includes end of course test with multiple questions, requiring a pass mark of 80% or above.

TYL (Teaching Young Learners) - 30 Hours

Module 1: Introduction to Teaching Young Learners

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have reviewed the role of English as a global language and the increase in young learners accessing English language learning.
  • Have discussed student motivation and learning needs of different age groups.
  • Have a greater awareness of how to adapt your teaching to teach very young learners, young learners and teenagers.
Module 2: The role of the teacher

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have considered a range of practical classroom management techniques designed to manage teaching and learning.
  • Have considered a range of suggestions, routines and procedures designed to maintain classroom discipline.
  • Have considered how teaching techniques can be adapted to cater for different teaching contexts.
  • Have considered some important safeguarding and child protection information to help you deal with welfare concerns.
Module 3: Teaching grammar and vocabulary

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Have considered different approaches to teaching grammar.
  • Have reviewed different activities and techniques to teach grammar to young learners at different ages.
  • Have reviewed different activities and techniques to teach vocabulary to young learners at different ages.
Module 4: Teaching receptive skills

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand the difference between receptive and productive skills.
  • Understand the main principles of teaching reading and listening skills.
  • Be able to select suitable reading and listening activities for different age groups.
  • Know how to stage a reading or listening comprehension activity.
  • Understand the importance of extensive reading and listening outside class.
Module 5: Teaching productive skills

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand what is involved in being an effective writer or speaker.
  • Understand the main principles of teaching writing and speaking skills.
  • Know how to stage writing or speaking activities.
  • Be familiar with a range of writing and speaking activities appropriate to young learners at different age groups.
Module 6: Intercultural training

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand the need for intercultural training and different cultural dimensions.
  • Know how to use practical activities in class to help learners understand their own culture, other cultures and how to cope with different cultures.
Module 7: Teaching English for specific purposes

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Understand what is involved in teaching an ESP course and how this differs from teaching a General Business English course.
  • Have gained more confidence in teaching ESP.
  • Be able to consider the need for a clear needs analysis, subject knowledge and choosing suitable materials.
  • Have gained confidence in planning an ESP course and individual lessons
Assessment

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Includes end of course test with multiple questions, requiring a pass mark of 80% or above.

ACDL Accreditation Council for Distance Learning

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

TQUK (Training Qualifications UK)

Approved center number: C000854

The TEFL Institute of Ireland is a fully approved training centre. All of 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 their checks and standards, visit their website: TQUK

Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation)

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations

Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

To learn more about Ofqual or to verify TQUK status, visit their website: Ofqual

Support & Guidance

At the TEFL Institute, we place our students at the forefront of our work. Therefore, we offer full support and guidance through training to finally launching our teachers into the TEFL industry. Whats more, our staff are experts when it comes to providing the right information and advice as you move forward. So consider us your TEFL guardians.

Quality and Experience

As leaders in the TEFL industry, our students benefit from training that has been developed over a number of years. In fact, internationally recognised and accredited by ACDL, the quality of our online TEFL course will launch you into your TEFL career.

Value

Enrolling on our fully accredited online TEFL course will give you the best value for your time and money. We know that each customer has different needs and expectations. So we offer promotions and sales on all of our courses and internships throughout the year.

Karen C.

I have started my TEFL course and already I am finding it very informative. I chose your course in particular because my older brother also did the 120 hour course and loved it. He also praised the support in job searches he received from your team. He found placement in Spain very easily with the help of your team and he commended the support that he received along the way.

Clodagh

I have always been interested in doing a TEFL course and with all this spare time on our hands at the moment I thought it was great time for me to do the course. I chose the TEFL Institute of Ireland because it is trusted by employers worldwide and has a great reputation so I trust that I will benefit the most out of this course.

Eva

I chose TEFL institute of Ireland for my course, after doing plenty of research on other sites I just felt that this was the most reliable for me. Plenty of sites charge a bomb for the same content so the good value was a big factor! Also through looking at your site I saw that it offered so much support, and past pupil stories. I felt it would be the best in regards to offering help if I needed it, and through joining the jobs board I’m confident it will guide me in the right path for a dream job abroad!

Frequently Asked Questions

What does Level 5 mean?

A Level 5 TEFL course is one that is regulated by Ofqual according to their qualifications framework. Another Level 5 teaching qualification is the CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages). Once qualified with a Level 5 TEFL qualification, you’ll have access to the most competitive jobs worldwide.

What does regulated mean?

A regulated qualification means that it is officially recognised by the government and sits on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications.

What is a TEFL certification?

The “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” (TEFL) certificate, is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide. This certificate allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. The main qualifications to get a TEFL is to have the ability to speak English at a native-level and then complete a course. You can complete a TEFL course either online or in a classroom. The different courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to complete.

How do I get a TEFL certificate?

The minimum required worldwide is to have at least the 120 Hour TEFL training.

You can choose between fully accredited TEFL courses, Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL courses or combined TEFL courses. View all our courses here.

Online TEFL courses are the most affordable & flexible way to launch your teaching career. This is a perfect way to study theoretical material at your own time & your own pace.

Combined TEFL courses are offering both online & in-class studying. They are a fantastic opportunity to get two TEFL certificates (theoretical & practical). You will learn your theory from online material and then practice it with other teachers during the 10-hour practical session, accompanied and lectured by an experienced TEFL teacher.

Before you choose your TEFL certificate, be aware to check if:

  • It is fully accredited & recognised worldwide.
  • You will gain at least 120 hours of training.
  • You will have a tutor’s assistance.
  • It is approved by an official body, such as TQUK & Ofqual in the United Kingdom.
  • Make sure to check TEFL provider reviews on Google or
  • You will have job support after completion.

What is the difference between TEFL/TESOL/CELTA?

TEFL – “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” certificate, is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide. This certificate allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe. The main qualifications to get a TEFL is to have the ability to speak English at a native-level and then complete a course. You can complete a TEFL course either online or in a classroom. The different courses vary based on the number of hours it takes to complete.

TESOL – “Teaching English as a Second Language” aka TESL. Similar to TESOL students, as a TESL teacher, you would likely be teaching English in your home country to students who have moved or live in an English speaking country. In other words, they are continuously surrounded by the language and will be using it everyday outside of the classroom, unlike TEFL students who are likely learning in their home country.

CELTA stands for “Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults” and is a very prestigious certification. In order to receive a CELTA, you must complete a 120-hour course along with six hours of teaching real ESL students. The majority of the programs are held over one-month and are full time. However, you may be able to find some courses that are part-time and are spread out over three months. The CELTA program must follow a strict regulation created by Cambridge University. Due to its intense nature and requirements, the cost also tends to be much higher and can be up to €1700!

What does TEFL stand for?

TEFL stands for “Teaching English as a Foreign Language” – TEFL is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide.

Which TEFL course to take?

Confused about which TEFL course to enrol in? Don’t worry, as long as you can speak English at a fluent or near-fluent level, then you are eligible to take one of the TEFL Institute of Ireland’s regulated TEFL courses.

Non-native speakers do sometimes find the Ofqual Regulated Level 5 TEFL course quite challenging and we understand it is essential for you to be sure that you are comfortable with your English language abilities before choosing which course to take. As a guide, we recommend that that non-native speakers have a minimum IELTS 6.5 score. If you are unsure you should take our FREE online level test below

Complete The TEFL Institute of Ireland’s FREE English Level Test which has been designed to assist you with making this important decision.  If you have any doubts, request a call, and we can discuss which course would suit your needs.

Do I need a Bachelor’s degree to take a TEFL course?

The great news is that you don’t need a degree to take a TEFL course! This is a common worry. Anyone with fluent English can enrol in one of our courses to become a qualified and confident English teacher.
It’s good to know that a degree is a requirement in some countries to get a work permit such as Japan and Korea, but there are many opportunities for those without a degree to be hired.
Even if you see an employer preference for degree holders I still recommend applying as they may not get their full quota and you may have so many additional skills that will appeal to hiring managers.

What’s the difference between Accredited TEFL Courses vs Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL Courses?

Lots of people ask about the difference between our courses. For example, the 120-hour Premier TEFL course is what we would call one of our  fast track courses. This is the minimum recognised worldwide.

• You have 10 modules to complete usually taking 4 – 6 weeks
• Each module has a multiple-choice test at the end and you need 80% to pass
• You’ll get your digital certificate on completion and can buy a hard copy from us if you’d like one with an embossed logo immediately

Looking at the 180-hour level 5 Ofqual-regulated TEFL course by comparison:

• Learners spend typically 10 – 12 weeks to complete the 11 modules
• Since it’s a UK government regulated level 5 course the pass mark is 100% and assessments are multiple-choice plus open-ended answers. Don’t worry, you can re-attempt quizzes in order to get 100%. Our academic team will review your answers at the end of your 11 modules and may ask for some questions to be reattempted (absolutely normal). Some questions may require to provide Academic references.
• You’ll get your digital coursework completion certificate from us after module 11, and following successful assessment from our academic team, we’ll be able to claim the licence for your Ofqual (government) certificate from our accreditation body TQUK.

The Ofqual-regulated course range is certainly for those people who want to gain a higher-level more recognised qualification.

Read our blog to learn more about the Level 5 TEFL course here.

What are the benefits of completing a Level 5 TEFL Course?

If you are looking for a professional, globally recognised, Government Regulated TEFL qualification; you should consider the online level 5 TEFL course. The Government Regulated Level 5 TEFL course is the same level as CELTA and Trinity Cert TESOL. Ofqual government regulated (UK) Level 5 TQUK qualification.

The course has 180 hours of TEFL training, more than the minimum required and it’s a higher standard course and therefore, is more competitive.

What’s the age restriction to take TEFL course?

There is none really, we usually say that if you are over 16yrs old, you can start completing a TEFL course. If you are looking for jobs abroad then the minimum age requirement is 18 yrs old or higher.

Who are the ACDL?

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.

ACDL – Accreditation number: 2854-2540

To learn more, visit their website: ACDL

Who are the TQUK?

The TEFL Institute of Ireland is a fully approved training centre. All of 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.

Approved center number: C000854

To learn more about TQUK and their checks and standards, visit their website: TQUK

What's Ofqual stand for?

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

To learn more about Ofqual or to verify TQUK status, visit their website: Ofqual

Are combined TEFL courses better than the online courses?

We would always recommend attending practical training. If you have the time to attend one of our 10 hour classroom courses, then do! This will give you more confidence and it will put the theory from your online course into practice. The day course is run by our experienced TEFL’s teachers and you will learn the most important skills for executing lessons, from how to warm up the class, to using grammar in a clear and concise manner. This course is perfect if you have already TEFL cert and you would like to put it in practice. Some people prefer to start from the practical course and then do a 120-300hour TEFL course after.

We have 4 locations where we hold our day courses in Ireland:

TEFL Course Dublin, Jurys Inn, Parnell Street

TEFL Course in Galway, The Clayton Hotel

TEFL Course Cork, Radisson Blu Hotel

TEFL Course In Limerick, The Maldron Hotel

Are there any free TEFL courses for unemployed?

We don’t offer free courses but we do help with getting funding from the Dept of Social Protection in Ireland. Our comprehensive courses train you in teaching English as a foreign language at home and abroad. More information on the social welfare grant can be found by following this link: Local Social Welfare Office

This scheme is designed to fund quick access to short term training or related interventions, obtain/renew certification/permits for individual job seekers that have identified work opportunities or where Case Officers have identified an immediate skills gap that represents an obstacle to taking up a job offer or accessing other activation.

We are happy to invoice an external organisation or company on your behalf. Please get in touch with us at [email protected] and we can arrange this for you.

Here at the TEFL Institute of Ireland we firmly believe education should be affordable for everybody. Under this ethos, we offer a 10% subsidy to those who find themselves currently unemployed or in full-time education. Enrol on any of our fully accredited TEFL courses for less and open a new world of opportunities.

To gain the TEFL subsidy you should add the word FUNDING at the checkout. Please be aware that we randomly ask for proof of student or unemployed status. We accept documentation such as a copy of a student card or job seekers allowance. Please send either to us within 14 days via email to [email protected] Or via post to:

The TEFL Institute of Ireland
Old Friary Building
Lower Main Street
Dungarvan
Co. Waterford

Post code: X35 FX45

Am I too old to teach English abroad?

You are never too old to gain new qualifications. Some employers might have age restrictions but others won’t. There are always options to teach English from home, private tutor, online tutor.

Do I need to speak another language to teach English abroad?

No, it is not necessary to have knowledge of other languages. You will be able to find a job and work comfortably without knowing the language spoken in that particular country. The real question is, should you make an effort to learn a foreign language? Basic language is always a plus and we would always recommend learning a few phrases before you move abroad. Learn to say Hi, Thank you, Goodbye, Sorry. If you can order a meal and pay for that meal without automatically handing over the biggest bill in your wallet (whilst looking adorably confused) you’ll survive.

Which course to take if I only would like to focus on teaching English online?

If online teaching is your primary goal, we would always recommend at least the 120 hour TEFL training. If you would like to specialise in specific categories, you can upper your qualifications by adding 30 hour specialist’s courses such as:

  • Teaching Young Learners
  • Teaching Business English
  • Preparation for IELTS Exam
  • Preparation for TOEIC Exam

And of course, adding our 30 hour Teaching English Online course is a huge benefit as it focuses to prepare you (the teacher) how to enter online tutoring world.

What’s inside?

The 46 page comprehensive TEFL brochure will tell you everything you need to know about teaching English as a foreign language – including the full range of training options, TEFL Jobs, and TEFL scholarships available.

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  • TEFL Scholarships Available
  • Best countries for TEFL Jobs
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    What’s inside?

    The 46 page comprehensive TEFL brochure will tell you everything you need to know about teaching English as a foreign language – including the full range of training options, TEFL Jobs, and TEFL scholarships available.

    • Which TEFL Course
    • Why a TEFL Internships
    • TEFL Scholarships Available
    • Best countries for TEFL Jobs
    • Career Guidance Centre

      What’s inside?

      • The TEFL job market
      • Types of employers
      • Job advertisement & examples
      • Interview questions
      • Tips for a good cover letter

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