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310 Hour Level 5 Advanced TEFL Diploma Course

Get off to the best start in TEFL with a course that has it all. We’ve paired our most prestigious 300 Hour Advanced Diploma TEFL Course with a hands-on 10 Hour Virtual TEFL Course with practicum to offer you the ultimate TEFL training experience. 

Not only will you get your core Level 5 TEFL Diploma, but you’ll also have the following extra courses to make your CV shine: 

  • 60 Hour Award in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Business English
  • 60 Hour Award in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Online & One-to-One
  • 10 Hour Virtual TEFL Course with practicum.  

Worried about time? With a 6-month study period, 24/7 online access and personal tutor support, you’ll have everything you need to succeed. Complete these courses at your own pace using any device. Plus, choose when to attend your online TEFL course with practicum for ultimate study flexibility. Enrol today and maximise your TEFL potential. 

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6 Months of Study Time
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Once you have completed this diploma, you are gaining a lifetime and internationally recognised Diploma Certificate.
Once you have completed this diploma, you are gaining a lifetime and internationally recognised certification
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Our Course Style

The 310 Hour Advanced TEFL Diploma is the all-inclusive package we offer. It will prepare in the most common TEFL areas, from teaching young learners and adults to more specific subjects like teaching business to professionals. You will also have a chance to practice your teaching skills within our 10 hour Virtual TEFL Course, which will give you insights into teaching practice, and you will gain confidence to get started.

What's Included?

Along with the180 Hour Level 5 Diploma, you’ll get the following Level 5 specialist TEFL Courses: 60 Hour Award in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Business English& 60 Hour Award in Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) Online & One-to-One. Combining these courses is a cost–effective and savvy way to get the most in-depth TEFL training. 

Don’t forget about the best! Our 10 Hour Virtual TEFL course is entirely online via Zoom. You will have a chance to practice different TEFL methodologies with other teachers. Get that practical experience before you enter your first TEFL classroom.

Top 5 Benefits of this Diploma Course

Employers will be highly impressed that you have undertaken and passed the Advanced TEFL Diploma, due to its prestigious reputation and detailed TEFL training content.

The broad range of content covered in the TEFL Diploma course will provide you with a sound knowledge of the profession and give you the confidence to teach English anywhere you want to.

The course includes free digital and hard copy certificates (terms and conditions apply) which means you don’t have to pay any extra fees for this, which is the case with other TEFL courses.

The interactive and engaging style of our course will leave you excited to log on and study your next lesson!

Our course also covers online teaching which is a key feature of today’s TEFL market. This means you will have an up-to-date knowledge of teaching TEFL today, another thing to impress your potential employers!

Our Accreditations

HIGHFIELD QUALIFICATIONS AWARDING BODY IN THE UK

Approved Center Number: 21335

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. The TEFL Institute is an approved training center by Highfield Qualifications, an independent Ofqual approved Awarding Organization. This means the TEFL Institute has met Highfield’s expectations for developing and delivering high quality courses in the TEFL industry. Every year, Highfield maintains evaluation visits to ensure we are consistently meeting the high standards with our training.

OFQUAL (THE OFFICE OF QUALIFICATIONS AND EXAMINATIONS REGULATION)

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) is the regulator for vocational qualifications in England and Northern Ireland. Ofqual gives formal recognition to Awarding Organizations and monitors their activities. Ofqual has given approval for Highfield, the Awarding Organization (AO), to provide a wide range of regulated qualifications in varying sectors, including Education and Training.

You will gain 38 Credit Points at Level 5 (RQF) on successful completion of the 180 hour Ofqual regulated TEFL Diploma course (launched October 2021), which is more than most Level 5 TEFL qualifications. Qualification Number 610/1571/4 on the Ofqual Register.

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DEAC AQC CURRICULUM APPROVED CENTRE

DEAC is a prestigious accrediting agency based in the United States. Its Approval Quality Curriculum (AQC) status signifies that a program or course has met its rigorous quality standards. For our Level 5 TEFL Courses, DEAC approval means that our curriculum, assessments, and overall standards align with those set by US educational authorities. AQC stands for Approved Quality Curriculum. It is a status granted by DEAC to signify that a particular curriculum or course offered by an educational institution meets the rigorous quality standards set by DEAC. Essentially, AQC indicates that the curriculum has been thoroughly reviewed and approved by DEAC for its quality and adherence to educational standards.

At The TEFL Institute, we proudly announce that our Level 5 TEFL Courses have received approval from DEAC, the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. DEAC’s AQC designation signifies that our courses meet stringent quality standards, ensuring that our students receive the highest quality education in the field of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). This approval underscores our commitment to providing exceptional TEFL training that meets global standards of excellence.

ODLQC – OPEN & DISTANCE LEARNING QUALITY COUNCIL

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. Our courses undergo strict external monitoring and control checks an on ongoing basis to ensure you receive the highest quality teacher training experience.

View the TEFL Institute’s verification on ODLQC website.

Ireland's Leading TEFL Provider

The TEFL Institute of Ireland is trusted and recognised by employers worldwide. At the heart of everything we do is our mission to provide you with the best TEFL experience. From study support to lifetime job assistance, our team of experienced TEFL teachers and trainers have the expertise to help you achieve your TEFL goals.    

Jacob Thomas - Academic Director Recommends

‘OUR BRAND NEW LEVEL 5 TEFL DIPLOMA COURSE IS CUTTING EDGE IN THE WORLD OF ENGLISH LANGUAGE TRAINING.
With interactive, up-to-date materials, we have created the most comprehensive and user friendly course on the market based on our many years of experience in delivering top-quality TEFL training.

Get your TEFL Diploma to give yourself the best chance possible to securing yourself one of the thousands of TEFL jobs worldwide.’

ACADEMIC DIRECTOR
Jacob Thomas

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Course Content Breakdown
Our courses are built with students’ experience in mind - proven learning principles, mentorship. With interactive, up-to-date materials, we have created the most comprehensive and user friendly course on the market based on our many years of experience in delivering top-quality TEFL training.
Internationally Recognised TEFL Diploma
Digital & Hard Copy Ofqual Level 5 Diploma Included
Letter of Reference
Complete your TEFL course & receive a personalised free PDF reference letter
Full Suite of Tutor Support
Weekly Zoom Classes, Personal Tutor Assigned to Each learner + Discord Board to connect with other learners
Level 5 TEFL Diploma Courses
TEFL training approved by Highfield Qualifications and government regulated by Ofqual. Giving you CELTA equivalent level of certification.
Job Support
Lifetime Access to our Jobs Board & recruitment team ready 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 with 24/7 access.
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.
Course Content Breakdown
10-14 weeks • TEFL Institute of Ireland mentorship • approx. 5-6 hrs/week time commitment
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180 hour Level 5 Diploma
Module 1: The Principles of Teaching English Grammar

Module 1: The Principles of Teaching English Grammar

In order to teach grammar, a TEFL teacher needs to be comfortable and understand it themselves! This is why we provide a comprehensive overview of grammar in the English language. If you’re not an expert on grammar before the course, you will be when you finish Module 1!

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5 Diploma
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 6
  • Guided learning hours: 30
Module 2: The Principles of Teaching English Vocabulary

Module 2: The Principles of Teaching English Vocabulary

Teaching English isn’t all about grammar, teaching vocabulary is important too. In this module, you’ll learn about the different groups of vocabulary that we teach, how students learn new words best and the most effective techniques that we use as teachers to teach new vocabulary in the classroom.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5 Diploma
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 15
Module 3: The Principles of Learners' Needs and Teaching Methodologies for Online and Face-to-Face learning

Module 3: The Principles of Learners’ Needs and Teaching Methodologies for Online and Face-to-Face learning

In the world of TEFL, there are different lesson structures and methodologies we use. It is likely that employers will expect you to be able to employ some of these methodologies when you teach your lessons. In this Module, you will learn about the most common TEFL teaching methodologies; how they work and how to implement them!

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 15
Module 4: The Principles of Teaching Receptive Skills for Online and Face-to-Face Learning

Module 4: The Principles of Teaching Receptive Skills

Another side of TEFL teaching is teaching students the necessary skills they need to be able to use the language. In this module, you will lTearn about techniques and activities to use to maximize students’ use of receptive skills (listening and reading!)

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 18
Module 5: The Principles of Teaching Productive Skills for Online and Face-to-Face learning

Module 5: The Principles of Teaching Productive Skills 

Once you’ve mastered teaching reading and listening, we move onto how to teach the productive skills: speaking and writing! These are essential skills for students. In this module, you will learn how to help your students master these skills and become more fluent in English.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 18
Module 6: The Principles of Teaching Pronunciation and Phonology

Module 6: The Principles of Teaching Pronunciation and Phonology

Pronunciation is key in language learning. If students can’t pronounce things coherently, they can’t be understood which defeats the whole purpose of speaking another language. In this module, you will learn how to teach pronunciation, why it’s important and what techniques and methods you can use to be able to do this with success in the classroom.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 14
Module 7: The Principles of Online Teaching Using Teaching Aids and Materials

Module 7: The Principles of Online Teaching Using Teaching Aids and Materials

Pronunciation is key in language learning. If students can’t pronounce things coherently, they can’t be understood which defeats the whole purpose of speaking another language. In this module, you will learn how to teach pronunciation, why it’s important and what techniques and methods you can use to be able to do this with success in the classroom.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 17
Module 8: The Principles of Lesson Planning and Online Classroom Management Techniques

Module 8: The Principles of Lesson Planning and Online Classroom Management Techniques

Teaching TEFL is about much more than simply teaching grammar or skills. It’s important that the teacher can manage their classroom and create an effective learning environment for their students. In Module 8, you will learn what you can do to make your lessons more efficient and how students can get the most out of their time with you, maximizing their learning experience.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 2
  • Guided learning hours: 15
Module 9: The Principles of Teaching Adults English as a Foreign Language for Online and Face-to-Face learning

Module 9: The Principles of Teaching Adults English as a Foreign Language 

Teaching TEFL is about much more than simply teaching grammar or skills. It’s important that the teacher can manage their classroom and create an effective learning environment for their students. In Module 8, you will learn what you can do to make your lessons more efficient and how students can get the most out of their time with you, maximizing their learning experience.

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 3
Module 10: The Principles of Teaching Young Learners English as a Foreign Language for Online and Face-to-Face learning

Module 10: The Principles of Teaching Young Learners English as a Foreign Language for Online and Face-to-Face learning

Being able to teach Young Learners (normally children between 6-13 years old) is a speciality in TEFL, which will unlock more jobs for you worldwide. In this module, you will learn about considerations for teaching children, how to manage your classes and motivate them.
You will also carry on your lesson planning skills and plan some lessons for this age group!

  • Qualification number: 600/0000/A
  • Unit level: Level 5
  • Owner acronym: Highfield Awarding Body for Compliance Limited t/a Highfield Qualification
  • Credit value: 3
  • Guided learning hours: 19
60 Hour Specialist Course in Teaching Online & One-to-One
Module 1: Principles of Teaching English Online

In this module, you’ll learn all about the context of Teaching English Online and the key differences between this and traditional classroom teaching. You’ll also learn about the type of positions offered in online teaching and the demand for online English teachers.

Module 2: The Principles of Teaching English One-to-One

In Module 2, you will learn about teaching one-to-one classes and the current demand for these classes in the world of TEFL. You will learn about the differences between one-to-one and group classes as well as common considerations when teaching individuals.

Module 3: The principles of Learners' Needs and Creating a Syllabus for Teaching English One-to-One and Online

In this key module, you will learn about the importance of determining your learners’ needs for online and one-to-one classes, as well using a syllabus in these teaching contexts. You’ll also learn how to implement methods to find out your learners’ needs and create a syllabus from the results, a crucial element for successful lessons.

Module 4: Tools, Materials and Practical Considerations for Teaching English Online and Onto-to-One
Module 4: Tools, Materials and Practical Considerations for Teaching English Online and Onto-to-One

In this module, you’ll learn about using different tools and materials for online and one-to-one classes. You will learn about how to select and adapt these especially for your students for them to get the best out of their lessons with you.

Module 5: The Principles of Teacher Talking Time (TTT), Error Correction and Lesson Planning for Online and One-to-One Lessons

In Module 5, you will learn about how teacher talking time can be managed in online and one-to-one classes and how to correct errors in these lessons. Finally, you will pull all your knowledge together to produce lesson plans to teach your students and get valuable feedback!

60 Hour Level 5 Specialist Course in Teaching Business English
Module 1: The Principles of Teaching Business English

In this module, you’ll learn the fundamentals of Teaching Business English including the key motivations for these learners and how your role as the teacher can influence these lessons. You’ll also look at the type of language typically taught in these courses and how this differs from General English

Module 2: The Principles of Needs Analyses, Course Design, and Materials for Teaching Business English

In Module 2, you’ll learn all about Business English syllabuses and how to understand and implement these in courses that you teach. You’ll also look at classroom management techniques and how to use materials for teaching Business English.

Module 3: The Principles of Teaching Business English Skills

In the third module of the course, you’ll look at the key skills in English and how to teach these for the Business English context. You’ll examine how these are important for Business English learners and how to adapt you materials to suit the needs of the learners for these skills.

Module 4: The Principles of Teaching Business English Grammar, Vocabulary and English for Specific Purposes (ESP)

In Module 4, you will look more closely at how we teach grammar and vocabulary in Business English classes, and how important these are for this context. You’ll also look at the branch of English for Special Purposes (ESP)  and what materials you might use if you decide to teach this niche are of TEFL.

Module 5: The Principles of Business English Lesson Planning

In the final module of the Teaching Business English course, you will focus on how to incorporate everything you’ve learnt so far into lesson planning for this context. You will practise writing lesson plans for Business English classes and also reflect on your work to make you a better teacher.

10 Hour Virtual TEFL Course
Day 1/ Session 1: Introduction to Teaching Methods
  • Module 1: Ice-breakers and teaching grammar structures Module 2: Student profiles, initial assessment and needs analysisModule 3: Classroom managementModule 4: Effective verbal communicationModule 5: How to explain meaning in the presentation stage of the lessonModule 6: Pair work activities for the practice stage of the lessonModule 7: Group activities for the production stage of the lessonModule 8: A foreign language lesson
Day 2/Session 2: Putting Theory into Practice
  • Module 9: Grammar awarenessModule 10: Teaching the four skills: listening, speaking, reading and writingModule 11: How to teach pronunciationModule 12: Teaching practiceModule 13: International English examsModule 14: Getting work in TEFLModule 15: Teaching English online
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.
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So happy after receiving my diploma in an email from Olivia! I very much enjoyed the experience completing my level 5 course, I have learned a lot and I feel prepared to start working as an English teacher. Thank you!
Catherine Smith
Catherine Smith
14:32 22 May 24
I recently attended a Webinar hel by Jessica and Walter. It was extremely interactive and I found the information relayed by both very useful. Both were patient, upbeat and had all relevant information readily available when asked a question. Very worthwhile.
Robbie Murphy
Robbie Murphy
12:37 22 May 24
I have enrolled for a course with TEFL institute today, so cannot comment on the course yet. But what is worth mentioning is very competent pre-purchase guidance. I filled in a "call-me-back" form not hoping for much response, but soon was surprised by an actual phone call from Ireland from one of the instructors, Walter Cullinan (I'm in South Africa by the way). He gave me some honest and competent feedback on my points of interest, provided some further comments through timely email interaction and I ended up signing up for the course.
Liliya Galieva
Liliya Galieva
10:16 22 May 24
It was very good!
Niclas Lundberg
Niclas Lundberg
08:48 22 May 24
I recently completed the TEFL course Level 5 with The TEFL Institute Ireland and overall, it was a positive experience (it was rather tough, though :))) ) Instructors were supportive and knowledgeable.I'm also grateful for the ongoing support provided by The TEFL Institute Ireland even after completing the course. The availability of numerous webinars aimed at assisting graduates in finding employment opportunities is highly appreciated.Today's webinar by Jessica and Walter was very informative and interesting.
Salome Gorgiladze
Salome Gorgiladze
18:23 21 May 24
The webinar with Jessica and Walter was brilliant. They introduced some teaching opportunities in Europe, patiently answered every question, gave useful practical advice. All in friendly and supportive environment.
Emese Toth
Emese Toth
17:23 21 May 24
I just attended the webinar Teaching English in Europe: What You Need to Know, hosted by Jessica & Walter. It was informative and very helpful. I was very happy to learn about all of the options for TEFL teachers in Italy, particularly the increasing demand for private teachers.
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I've recently begun my 300+ Hr Level 5 certification and the lessons are clear and straightforward. The process to enroll was also simple and straightforward. TEFL Institute, including specialists and advisors such as Jessica Jeffery and Walter Cullinan, gives its students adequate support/help to complete their certification as well as giving guidance when looking for work overseas. I would highly recommend.
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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.

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 DEAC and AQC, and what do they signify for The TEFL Institute's Level 5 TEFL Courses?

DEAC stands for the Distance Education Accrediting Commission. It is a recognised accrediting agency by the United States Department of Education, responsible for evaluating and accrediting distance education programs.

AQC stands for Approved Quality Curriculum. It is a status granted by DEAC to signify that a curriculum meets their rigorous quality standards. For The TEFL Institute’s Level 5 TEFL Courses, DEAC AQC Curriculum Approval confirms that our courses have undergone a thorough evaluation and have been deemed to meet the high standards DEAC sets. This approval demonstrates the quality and credibility of our TEFL courses, ensuring that students receive exceptional education and training in TEFL.

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 are the technological requirements to complete this course?

This Level 5 course can be completed on a desktop/ laptop PC or on a mobile device via our app (available on the Apple and Google Play stores). In general, we recommend a good internet connection with a minimum of 10mbps download speed and 2mbps upload speed. In order to complete the course, you will need to be connected to the internet at all times.

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