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The TEFL institute of Ireland is ranked one of the top TEFL trainers by educational institutes and employers worldwide. The 120 hour TEFL course is the international standard and is considered one of the cheapest and best TEFL courses online.

With this accredited 120 hour TEFL course, you can get TEFL certified and start teaching English online or abroad in less than 4 weeks. Respected by employers worldwide, this premier TEFL course will put you in the best possible position to land your TEFL job. And, since all our courses are 100% online, you can fit your studies around your busy lifestyle.

Our experienced EFL teachers have developed this course and know what it takes to succeed in TEFL. From engaging course material to outstanding personal tutor support, we provide one of the best online courses to get you ready to teach English anywhere in the world.

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6 Months of Study Time
2-4Weeks
is the average amount of time it takes to complete this course.
Once you have completed our course, you are gaining a lifetime certification.
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About the Course

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

Become TEFL Qualified Within 4 Weeks

The international standard 120 hour TEFL course is one of the quickest and most convenient ways to become fully qualified to teach English as a foreign language. On average, it takes 2-4 weeks to complete this course. And with six-month to complete, plus 24/7 online access, you can study at your own pace on any device with an internet connection. 

Ireland's Leading TEFL Provider with International Recognition

With The TEFL Institute of Ireland, you’ll receive a trusted TEFL qualification that lasts a lifetime. What’s more, our globally-recognised and specialised courses have made our graduates some of the most sought-after teachers in the industry. We’re passionate about providing outstanding support during your studies and beyond to help you achieve your goals.

Why The TEFL Institute of Ireland?

UNRIVALLED SUPPORT

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

LEADING TEFL TRAINING

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

EXCELLENT VALUE

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

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.

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.

Who Can Take This Course?

A person who:

  • is a native or fluent English speaker
  • is interested in teaching English online & in non-native English speaking countries
  • is over 17 yrs old and would like a professional qualification
  • wants to be get qualified quickly & start teaching in a month
What’s included
Our courses are built with the student's 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 certificate
Digital completion certificate included
Letter of Reference
Complete your TEFL course & receive a free personalised PDF reference letter
Full Suite of Tutor Support
Weekly Zoom classes, personal tutor assigned to each learner & Discord Board to connect with other learners
Accredited Courses
TEFL training approved by Highfield Qualifications, ODLQC & ACDL
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
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
2-4 weeks • TEFL Institute of Ireland mentorship • approx. 4-5 hrs/week time commitment
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120 Hour Premier TEFL Course
Module 1: Introduction to TEFL

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

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

By the end of this module, you will:

  • Preparation on planning and applying for your first TEFL job.
  • Recognise the importance of boosting your teaching resume with different resources.
  • Training on entering the job market and how to develop professionally.
  • Identify new ways to improve your teaching style.
DEDICATED MENTORSHIP
Meet your instructors
Youre not in this alone, as part of this course youll be matched with a mentor from our academic team. Mentors are CELTA & DELTA qualified, and have at least 4 years of teaching experience. Whenever you will need help our tutor team is there to guide you. create alongside them, and receive weekly live & asynchronous feedback on real-world projects.
The TEFL Institute mentor network
Jacob
Academic Director
Rachel
Academic Assessor & Tutor
Luke
Academic Assessor
Sian
Academic Assessor
Laura
Academic Assessor
Jenny
Academic Assessor
CUSTOMER REVIEWS
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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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17:01 21 May 24
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.
Patrick Cole
Patrick Cole
16:53 21 May 24
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Your Guide to 120 Hour TEFL Course

Learn more about this course, what it includes, and what an accredited fast-track course means. Inside this guide is a description of each module, student feedback & comparison with our Level 5 Diploma.

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New to TEFL - Things You Need To Know Before You Start
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How long does a TEFL course take?

The time taken to complete a TEFL course depends on how much study time you can dedicate each week and which duration of course or training.

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 hours of 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 and your own pace.

Combined TEFL courses are offering both online and 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
  • 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 English 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'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 2-4 weeks.
• Each module has a multiple-choice test at the end and you need 80% to pass.
• You’ll get your digital cert from us upon completion, and you can purchase your hardcopy certificate for only €25.

Looking at the 180 Hour Level 5 Ofqual Regulated TEFL Diploma by comparison:

• Learners spend typically 8-10 weeks to complete the 10 modules
• Since it’s a UK government-regulated Level 5 diploma 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 10 modules and may ask for some questions to be reattempted (absolutely normal). Some questions may require providing academic references.
• After module 10, 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 Highfield Qualifications. You’ll get your digital and hard copy Level 5 diploma certificate from us at no extra charge.

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.

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 English 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 English 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.

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