How many hours should my TEFL course be?

An online search for TEFL certification will reveal that there are many options out there, representing a wide range of study hours. This huge variety is largely down to the fact that individual course providers are free to design any format of course they want. Although having choices is generally a good thing, it can often be difficult to decide which of the many available TEFL courses is right for you. The best place to start is to decide what goals you want to achieve once you have completed your TEFL training.

Who should take a short-format online TEFL course?

Having the opportunity to help others by volunteering as an English language teacher is something that appeals to many of our trainees. TEFL qualified teachers are in demand in many countries around the world where local people require English skills in order to get into jobs within tourism and other industries. If this sounds like something you would be interested in, a short-format TEFL course should provide enough content to get started in this field.

Who should take a standard length online TEFL course?

Anyone who wants the best chance of earning a good salary while teaching English abroad will need to complete a TEFL course that includes the unofficial but widely recognized minimum of 100 hours of study. By completing our 120-hour TEFL certification course you will learn everything you need to begin a new career as a English language teacher. It covers essential teaching skills such as classroom management, lesson planning and how to test and evaluate student progress. During the course you will also cover a wide range of English grammar subjects that are a vital part of many of the lessons you will need to teach in the classroom.

Who should take advanced or specialized online TEFL courses?

Once you have completed an initial TEFL certification course you might consider expanding your teaching credentials by taking additional training courses. If you want to take an advanced level course, our 250-hour TESOL Diploma could be perfect for you. By completing this highly respected course you will further expand the potential jobs available to you and increase your chances of earning a higher salary.

Specialized TEFL courses are another great way to expand your future job prospects. We offer three different specialized courses that will prepare you for unique areas of language teaching that require specific skills and knowledge. All three are 50-hour courses that are designed to follow on from the subjects covered in your initial TEFL training course. Our courses in this category are the Certificate in Teaching English to Young Learners (CTEYL), the Certificate in Teaching Business English (CTBE), and the Certificate in Teaching English Online (CTEO).

Will my online TEFL course really take as many hours as it says?

While TEFL courses are typically labeled with a number of study hours, this figure is generally only a guide and does not necessarily represent the true amount of time it will take each individual to complete. The real figure will come down to your own level of motivation and how much time you have to dedicate to your studies. Trainees who are extremely motivated and have few other commitments on their hands will probably find they can finish their course quicker than the course label suggests.