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Our brand-new 60-hour Level 5 Teaching English for Exams is suitable for any TEFL teacher who wants to be able to prepare students for English language exams. You may have even taken one of these yourself as a student and can provide real insight into the process! English language exams are incredibly popular all over the world and there are many students out there looking for teachers to help prepare them for an exam.

This teaching area is a key component of TEFL business and employers want qualified teachers on board to help students prepare for an exam. The course will teach you all about the context of teaching English for exams, as well as diving into two common English language examinations:

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Top Benefits
  1. Teaching English for Exams is a key area in TEFL. Obtaining a Level 5 qualification in this area will boost your CV to employers who want qualified, confident teachers for their students.
  2. There are many different English language examinations. While the course focuses on two of the most popular exams, your knowledge can also be applied to other exam contexts. After learning how to teach one type of exam, you can adapt and teach any, making you a highly sought after TEFL teacher.
  3. Your digital and hard copy Level 5 certificates are included in the course for free (terms and conditions apply.). This means that there are no final, additional costs for your certificates when you finish.
  4. Teaching English for Exams requires different skills and knowledge to General English classes. With this course, you will be thoroughly prepared and feel ready to go into the classroom. If the teacher is confident, then the students will feel more confident for their exams.
Why Teach English Exams?

Teachers trained to teach exams like IELTS or TOEIC are usually better paid and sought after, particularly across Asia than teachers without specialist training. What’s more, you’ll have much greater opportunities by becoming an expert in this field. Teach your students to pass English exams whether online or abroad – the possibilities are endless with this qualification.

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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.


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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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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.


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What’s included
Our courses are built with students’ experience in mind - proven learning principles, mentorship. Once you complete our training you are unlocking all the tools you need to begin your English teaching career.
Internationally recognised TEFL certificate
Digital Completion Certificate Included
TEFL training
Approved by Highfield and Ofqual
Full Suite of Tutor Support
Weekly Zoom Classes, Personal Tutor Assigned to Each learner + Discord Board to connect with other learners
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TEFL training approved by ODLQC & ACDL
Job Support
Lifetime Access to our Jobs Board & recruitment team ready to help you kickstart your TEFL career
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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
3-6 weeks • TEFL Institute of Ireland mentorship • approx. 4-5 hrs/week time commitment
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Module 1: Understand the principles of teaching English for exams

In the first module, you will understand what it is to teach English for exams, along with what motivates learners to take an English language examination. Understanding what drives your learners to take exams will make you a better teacher in the classroom.

Module 2: The Principles of the Structure and Content of English Language Examinations

In the first module, you will understand what it is to teach English for exams, along with what motivates learners to take an English language examination. Understanding what drives your learners to take exams will make you a better teacher in the classroom.

Module 3: The Principles of Receptive Skills & Grammar in English Language Examinations

In this module, you will look at the role of listening and reading for English language examinations and what tasks normally feature in examinations which test these skills. You will also examine the role of grammar and vocabulary in this type of English lesson.

Module 4: The Principles of Productive Skills in English Language Examinations

In this module, you will look at the role of listening and reading for English language examinations and what tasks normally feature in examinations which test these skills. You will also examine the role of grammar and vocabulary in this type of English lesson.

Module 5: The Principles of Lesson Planning and the Practical Considerations for Teaching English for Exams

In the final module, you’ll look at lesson planning for this context and what advice we can give to students who are taking an English language exam. You’ll also create your own lesson plan for Teaching English for Exams!


60 Hour Level 5 Awards: This is a Level 5 Award which includes progress quizzes after each module that are graded instantly. They require a 100% grade to pass. After studying all 5 Modules, you will have to submit one final written assessment that is assessed. The written assessment is approximately 25 questions and will be marked by The TEFL Institute academic assessors. A grate of 100% is required to pass. If any answers are not correct, you may be required to complete a resubmission.

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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Tracy was my advisor and she was so beyond amazing! SO helpful and so kind while responding to my questions, fabulous service:)
erin ewald
erin ewald
18:08 12 Jun 24
Sórcha helped me out a lot with my job hunt after I completed my 120 hour course. Highly recommend!
I was very impressed with the customer care when communicating with the TEFL institute of Ireland. Tracy was always quick to respond and went out of her way to respond to my (endless) questions. I was particularly impressed by the way she would contact different teams to get answers specific to my situation. Thank you so much Tracy!
Sal Allsop
Sal Allsop
09:08 11 Jun 24
great courses and Tracy from the customer service is the best:)
Yasmin R. Mahmoud
Yasmin R. Mahmoud
17:39 10 Jun 24
Really good comprehensive course that is definitely learner friendly. Customer support is great as well shout out Sórcha
Adam O'Reilly
Adam O'Reilly
16:23 10 Jun 24
Tracy was super helpful with my query! very friendly and efficient!
Áine Hartnett
Áine Hartnett
13:19 10 Jun 24
Sórcha was so helpful and answered the many questions I had!
Loz B
Loz B
10:39 10 Jun 24
Thank you for the well-structured course on IELTS teaching. The course helps consolidate and learn the information about IELTS structure, its parts, bands and many more. Will definitely use it while preparing for my classes. I also think it'd be a good idea to have some videos of the classes taken by IELTS teachers on different aspects to make the course more practical.
Diana Kupratsevich
Diana Kupratsevich
09:40 10 Jun 24
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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.

Does this course in teaching exams focus on specific exams like CAE?

This Level 5 course in teaching exam English covers the general principles of teaching exams while including a range of detailed examples of the CAE, FCE and IELTS exams specifically.

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