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COURSE OVERVIEW
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Boost your TEFL training with our most comprehensive accredited online TEFL course qualification – the 240 Hour Professional TEFL Course. Most TEFL employers require a minimum of 120 hours of teacher training. With this course, you’ll get twice the amount to really impress future TEFL employers. 

Included are the 120 Hour Premier TEFL Course and four specialist courses:  

  • 30 Hour Teaching IELTS  
  • 30 Hour Teaching Advanced Grammar
  • 30 Hour Teaching Business English   
  • 30 Hour Teaching Young Learners  

Like all our TEFL courses, this 240 hour course is delivered online. You’ll get 24/7 access to complete your training at your own pace. Plus, a personal tutor to support you every step of the way.  

In just eight weeks, you could be qualified to teach all areas of TEFL. From teaching business professionals to shaping the minds of young learners, this TEFL qualification has everything you need to prepare yourself for a successful career teaching English online or abroad. 

Months
6 Months of Study Time
5-8Weeks
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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Our Course Style

We’ve created our TEFL courses with even the busiest of lifestyles in mind. You’ll have six months to complete the course. And, since it’s all online, you can fit your studies around your other commitments. We’ve also added videos, quizzes and real-life scenarios into our training for a truly engaging learning experience. 

In this 240 hour TEFL master package, you will have 5 TEFL courses to complete, our 120 Hour Premier TEFL Course and four specialist courses:  

  • 30 Hour Teaching IELTS  
  • 30 Hour Teaching Advanced Grammar
  • 30 Hour Teaching Business English   
  • 30 Hour Teaching Young Learners  

We recommend starting from the primary qualification, e.g. our 120 Hour TEFL Course and then moving onto the 30 hour Micro Credentials Specialist TEFL Courses.

Boost Your Employability

Most TEFL employers require applicants to have at least a 120 hour TEFL qualification. With a massive 120 hours of extra training, you’ll be in one of the best positions to land your dream TEFL job. Covering a wide range of TEFL specialisms, this 240 hour course helps you become more employable, allowing you to earn more! 

Ireland’s Leading TEFL Provider

A TEFL qualification from The TEFL Institute of Ireland guarantees you a lifetime certificate that’s recognised and trusted by employers worldwide. Our courses are developed and delivered by our team of experienced EFL teachers and trainers. That means you can be sure to receive the highest standard of training on the market. 

Why Choose Us
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 courses 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.

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. Our accreditation by ACDL reflects the high-quality distance learning offered by The TEFL Institute.

To learn more, visit their website: ACDL

Who can take this course?

A person who:
➡️ is a native or near-native English speaker
➡️ wants to live and work in another country or tutor online
➡️ is interested in teaching but not sure if TEFL is for you
➡️ is 17 yrs old + and would like a professional qualification

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 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
5-8 weeks • TEFL Institute of Ireland mentorship • 5hrs/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.
30 Hour Teaching Young Learners Course
Module 1: Introduction To Teaching Young Learners

Understanding your students’ language abilities and why they want to learn English. Get to know the basic principles behind teaching younger learners and teens.

 

Module 2: The Role of The Teacher

Classroom routines are important in any good classroom but for younger learners it is vital to have structure and consistency. Learn classroom management techniques that will eliminate the chaos and make your lessons run smoothly.

Module 3: Teaching Grammar And Vocabulary

Did you know that we say about 7,500 words on an average day? Don’t worry you will only be asked to teach your young learners a few hundred of these. From beginner vocab like HELLO and GOODBYE you’ll study the tools to teach vocabulary and use them effectively so that your students can use it in the right context.

By the end of this module, you’ll also know your present continuous from your present simple tense. Most of all, you’ll be familiar and confident with grammatical terms.

Module 4: Teaching Receptive Skills

These are called ‘Receptive skills’ because the student is receiving language. By the end of this lesson, you’ll know the most effective ways to engage students in reading English and how to write it. This includes setting listening tasks to music, audio stories and recordings, to reading articles, emails, facebook posts both inside and outside the classroom.

Module 5: Teaching Productive Skills

These are called ‘Productive skills’ because students produce language. You’ll learn plenty of useful ideas about how to get your students up on their feet and chatting to you about favorite superheroes, games or pets. You’ll also get help with how to teach your students to write English – at all levels, from favorite foods, to their hobbies.

30 Hour Teaching Business English Specialist Course
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 & 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 & 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.
30 Hour Teaching Advanced Grammar
Module 1: Word Formation
  • Basic Components: Morphemes & Words
  • Major Parts of Speech: Content Words
  • Minor Parts of Speech: Function Words
Module 2: Forming Sentences
  • Parts of Speech
  • Syntax
  • Simple Sentences: Single Clause
  • Building Sentences: Structures
  • Compound and Complex Sentences
Module 3: The Tenses
  • Tense Compendium
  • Time & Tense
Module 4: Teaching Grammar
  • How to Teach Grammar
  • Error Correction
  • Grammar Lesson Planning
  • Ready to Roll Grammar Activities
30 Hour IELTS Preparation Specialist Course
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.
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.
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
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Via email, I requested a callback, to which Annelies responded, instantaneously.
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Shan B
15:01 29 Feb 24
Wonderful experience talking with Annelies Veenhouwer, she takes customer care to a new level. I was delighted.
dara
dara
14:50 28 Feb 24
I was called back by the lovely Elaine who made sure all my questions were answered and kept me in the loop about special offers available on courses that she thought would suit me! She gave me advice on what other services are available via the TEFL Institute such as the jobs board and she completely shared in my excitement about getting going! I'm looking forward to getting started, thanks Elaine ✨
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lisa sherringham
13:43 28 Feb 24
Elaine and the team gave great advice for getting started as an TEFL teacher.
Anne Ryan
Anne Ryan
11:38 27 Feb 24
I really enjoyed the 10 hour online teaching course with Michelle. She has a great grasp of grammar, excellent teaching knowledge and a lively and engaging teaching style. She also is very encouraging and supportive. Thanks so much Michelle for everything. Tim.
Tim O Brien
Tim O Brien
16:39 25 Feb 24
I participated in the 10 hour virtual teaching course with Michelle Benson. Michelle is knowledgeable, experienced, and patient, and she created a supportive and productive environment. The course zipped along at a jaunty pace, and was an excellent introduction to the practicalities of teaching.
Joe Barrett
Joe Barrett
13:17 24 Feb 24
I just finished the 10 hour Virtual TEFL course under Michelle Benson's expert tutoring. She's a fun and purely vocational teacher. She makes it rather easygoing.I had read the manual before hand but I believe it's not really necessary to do so nor to open it whilst following the course. Michelle shares the info on her screen.As a teacher myself, I expected a much more complex and demanding approach so if you're completely new to the subject, it's exactly what you need. It's just the right place to lose your fear and feel comfortable in front of others.I would have appreciated a longer course to be able to go into more detail and "polish" certain aspects but, all in all, it gives you an idea of what is expected from you as a TEFL teacher.Thanks a mil. Michelle.
Helen Monguzzi
Helen Monguzzi
09:44 23 Feb 24
I did the 10h Virtual TEFL course and I had a great time. I was quite nervous since I am not the most comfortable talking to new people, but the tutor, Michelle Benson, was so friendly and so were the other students. The class was engaging, some points that were taught in the 180h course where I was confused were so simply explained (how to distinguish the tenses for example). The atmosphere was great, laughs here and there. The presentation wasn't as hard as I thought it would be, I thought I'd be more nervous, but all of the encouragement from everyone towards each other was great. Very enjoyable experience. Would definitely recommend. Now I'm not as daunted by zoom classes lol. God bless :)
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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 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 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 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 and flexible way to launch your teaching career. This is a perfect way to study theoretical material at your own time and pace.

Combined TEFL courses offer both online and in-class studying. They are a fantastic opportunity to get two TEFL certificates (theoretical and 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 EFL 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 Ofqual, in the United Kingdom.
  • Make sure to check TEFL provider reviews on Google.
  • You will have job support after completion.
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; 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 our 180 Hour Level 5 Ofqual Regulated TEFL Diploma by comparison:

• Learners typically spend 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 who want to gain a higher-level qualification that is more widely recognised.

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

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, we still recommend applying as they may not get their full quota, and you may have many additional skills that will appeal to hiring managers.

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.

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