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TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language


- Study online for the Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) course, and gain an upgradeable 40 hour certificate.

Alternatively you can study for the qualification during a weekend course, held in Manchester, London, Edinburgh, Birmingham, Belfast, Newcastle, Cambridge and other locations across the UK.


Getting Started

TEFL stands for "Teaching English as a Foreign Language". It can also be referred to a TESOL (Teaching Enlgish to Speakers of Other Languages and ELT (English Language Teaching).

Different Types of TEFL course

You can consider the following groups of TEFL courses:

  • Internationally recognised courses.
    There are two internationally recognised courses which are the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) and the Trinity CertTESOL. They are assessed externally by recognised examining boards. Theses courses run full or part time - the full time course lasts about 5 weeks, the part time course can take from a few months or more than a year.
    The CELTA course includes six hours teaching practice, teaching groups at two different abilities. It also covers lesson planning for different situations, how to develop your professional teaching skills, language awareness and analysis and language skills including speaking, writing, listening and reading.
    CELTA courses are designed by the individual course centres, using the specified guidelines. They are available in over 50 courtries worldwide.
  • Short courses.
    These are less than 40 hours in length and are run over intensively over a weekend or as a two week long course. They are less substantial than the courses above, but will give you a flavour of what to expect from a longer course, and enable you to decide whether or not Teaching English as a Foreign Language is for you.
  • Distance and Online TEFL Courses.
    These are flexible courses designed to fit around existing committments, but you will have to get used to working on your own without the support of other students. Many of them are similar in depth to the short courses described above, and may lack actual teaching practice.

Will I be able to teach English?

To study for the CELTA exam, you should be educated to the standard required to acceed to higher education, have a good standard of English and be aged over 19 years of age. However, centres do have the discretion to accept younger students or those without any formal qualifications.

Once you have the appropriate qualification, you will need to be enthusiastic about teaching English, and be interested in the students you are teaching and their language and culture. You will also need to be able to prepare your lessons and develop a lesson plan. Ultimately, seeing the progress your students make will be very rewarding.

How much do the courses cost?

Course costs vary dependent upon which course you choose to follow, depending on where you take the course. The cost of the Cambridge CELTA and the Trinity TESOL courses is around £1000 in the UK outside of London, slightly more in London.