Did you know? TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and it has the same meaning as TESOL – Teaching English as a Secondary or Other Language.
120 Hours: Our essential TEFL course
Our 120 Hour Online TEFL Course is included in every one of our course bundles and it covers all the fundamental elements of English-teaching that any TEFL newbie needs to know.
Ideal for those who want to get qualified and hop on that plane as soon as possible, the 120 course is completely online-based and easy to work through at your own pace. With flexible learning 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, you can log in and out as you please from any device. So, whether you’re at home, on the bus or out and about, you can fit your studying around even the most hectic lifestyle.
In less than 10 weeks, you’ll gain the knowledge and preparation needed to step into that classroom and deliver a fun and engaging lesson with confidence. With a 120 hour TEFL certificate from i-to-i, the world really is your oyster!
Our 120 hour course has been specifically designed to make it easy for people with busy lifestyles to complete.
When you receive your login details by email, you can choose to activate your course whenever you’re ready to start studying. Plus, your course will remember where you last got up to so when you log back in, you can continue where you left off.
During this course, you’ll get an A-Z of TEFL, covering everything from learning to plan and adapt lessons for different age groups to managing a classroom. And you’ll get plenty of interactive activities to keep your study time fun and interesting!
What’s more, you’ll also benefit from professional support from our Level 7 qualified tutors who are on hand to help with course queries and provide detailed feedback throughout your studies.
120 Hours: What you'll learn
Through this course, you’ll learn all the tools required to become a TEFL expert and most importantly, gain the confidence to deliver your first lesson. Here’s a brief summary of the topics you’ll cover:
The theoretical side of TEFL
Learning to plan and deliver engaging lessons
Managing classrooms of varying sizes and abilities
Putting TEFL theory into practice
Making grammar lessons informative and fun
Establishing a good learning environment
Even if you don’t have prior teaching experience, you’ll feel fully equipped to TEFL once you’ve got 120 hours under your belt!
120 Hours: Module breakdown
Feeling nosey? Here’s a little insight into the modules you’ll complete during the 120 course:
Developing a lesson plan
Learn the art of lesson planning and how this essential skill can help alleviate nerves and boost confidence
Understand which content works best to base your lessons around and how to deliver it in an effective way
Adapt lessons for the classroom
Find out how to establish a good learning environment for your students and how to involve and connect with them in your lessons
At the end of each module, you’ll take a quiz to make sure you’ve understood all of the content and to summarise what you’ve learnt so far
The final module is where you’ll be assessed on your knowledge but don’t worry, you’ll get 3 chances to pass the multiple choice quiz and submit your own lesson plan
We’re here for you every step of the way! All of our tutors are Level 7 qualified so you can rest assured that you’re getting top quality support, advice and feedback. From start to finish, you can call, email or chat to a tutor on our live webchat service, whatever questions you need answered.
TEFL Tutor, Tracy Robinson
After almost 20 years in the industry, teaching students of all ages and nationalities, Tracy now uses her experience to train teachers to do the same! As our Director of Studies she is involved in creating and maintaining courses, looking after our tutors and candidates and dealing with day-to-day academic issues.
TEFL highlight: Tracy has worked all over, including four years in Japan where she realised TEFL was her calling.
TEFL Tutor, Lindsey Cottle
Lindsey is currently living in Amsterdam, where she’s worked for the university since late 2015. She’s previously worked all over including in India, Italy, Taiwan and the UK – but Hong Kong is her favourite teaching location after being thrown in the deep end at just 22. She loves the motivation and effort the weekend course students demonstrate, and can’t wait to meet you all there!
TEFL highlight: The new perspective you get – being invited into people’s houses for religious festivals, and being taught to cook local cuisine.
TEFL Tutor, Penny Campbell
TEFL superwoman Penny is qualified up to the eyeballs, and has lived and taught in some amazing locations like Egypt, Mexico and Japan over the past twenty years. It was a burning desire to see the world that spurred Penny to get qualified, but since then she’s learnt how rewarding and diverse a career in TEFL can be; she’s written books and exams, and produced online resources for the British Council. Phew!
TEFL highlight: When I qualified, online courses didn’t exist – so I did my CELTA qualification in Egypt, and loved it!
TEFL Tutor, Meryl Burgess
Leeds lass Meryl delivers courses around the north of England, and has volunteered and taught abroad in Ecuador, the Czech Republic and Australia. She’s been in the TEFL game for 15 years, and still gets a kick out of meeting the TEFL students who are off on amazing adventures around the world. Meryl’s favourite country is Ecuador, a diverse country with very welcoming locals.
TEFL highlight: Obtaining my visa to be able to teach in Ecuador involved illegal border crossings and bribery. Maybe not a highlight… but certainly memorable!
TEFL Tutor, Teresa Jacobs
Travel is Teresa’s passion, and her claim to fame is having visited every country in Europe, Scandinavia, China (with the toilet stories to prove it) and many of the ‘Stans! It’s just as well she’s a TEFL tutor, then, as she’s able to continue travelling (to Hanoi, New York, or even just Milton Keynes!) and inspire others to get out and have some meaningful adventures. Favourite destination: Brazil.
TEFL highlight: Working in Turkey, where in the mornings I taught in Asia and in the evenings, Europe!
TEFL Tutor, Annie da Silva
Portuguese-born Annie started life in Paris, but has lived in Johannesburg, South Africa for most of her life after her parents emigrated when she was two. She’s been a TEFL teacher in her home country for over 25 years, and a teacher trainer for over ten years. You’ll likely meet her if you take our classroom course in Jo’burg, so be sure to say hi!
TEFL highlight: I feel very privileged to do the work I do. There aren’t many jobs that expose you to so many different types of people and walks of life!
TEFL Tutor, Peter Bowdery
Peter lives and teaches in the Czech Republic, and is currently an online tutor for i-to-i. He’s been teaching for over twenty years in Poland, England and the Czech Republic, and in his spare time he translates, proofreads and writes materials for English course books, as well as lending his voice to recordings on these learning materials!
TEFL specialisation: Business English. I have a Trinity TESOL Certificate and RSA DELTA.
TEFL Tutor, Paul Myers
Paul lives in Hong Kong, and runs weekend courses in Bangkok and Hanoi. He started his TEFL career teaching in Korea, then moved on to Japan and China, and still nurses a passion for travel today. His favourite aspect of being a TEFL tutor is being instrumental in the lives of people who want to learn English, and he recognises that the teacher makes a huge difference in learning effectiveness.
Favourite place: Thailand, for sure. I think this is largely due to the incredibly friendly people. I’d love to teach there one day.
Whether you work full-time or you’re a busy student, it’s easy to get qualified with 24/7 access from your smart phone, tablet, laptop or PC – you could even login on your daily commute!
Study at your own pace anytime and anywhere and before you know it, you’ll have your shiny new certificate.
Wow this is a great course. Once i got started i could not stop. I completed my cource way before the expiry. The content is very useful and gave me the confidence to be a great English teacher. Thank... More
11th August 2018
The course was very effective and straight to the point. Especially the practical weekend in combination with the 120 hour course was very useful.
This course definitely helps when you want to teach ... More
Frank Bastiaan Nooteboom
10th August 2018
I would rate this course a 5 stars. It is definitely an enlightening, fun and wonderfully structured course. It creates an easy learning environment right from your own home :) I would suggest... More
10th August 2018
Brilliant course...kept me engaged every minute!the very best tutors and material.....ready for my China adventure.....you guys deserve six stars, thank you!!!!!
9th August 2018
I feel totally prepared to step into the classroom as an ESL teacher after completing the I to I 120 Hour Online Tefl course. The different learning modules were all explained clearly, and the grammar... More
9th August 2018
1.Teaching English can either be a wonderful way to spend a year or two living overseas or a fascinating career – 2.It’s really up to you – and our courses are designed to introduce you to many ... More
8th August 2018
Now that I are TEFL qualified, I feel like the more great opporunities openning up for me!!!
Thank you for being such a responsive, professional and trustworthy team!
7th August 2018
I love how it provides practical examples as well through the videos. It doesn’t just focus on the theory side but also the practicality of it.
7th August 2018
I really enjoyed the course and I felt that it covered all the aspects required.
7th August 2018
The best form of learning I have experienced and I'm not at all fond of learning so this definitely a mind changer.
Most people complete the 120 course in 4-8 weeks. It depends on a few different factors like how much time you’ve got on your hands, whether you’re a fast learner and if you’ve taught before. You could be on that plane in no time!
"Do I need any other qualifications to take the course or to teach English?"
Good news! No, you don’t need any qualifications to take our TEFL courses or to teach English abroad. You just need to be able to speak English fluently and have a sense of adventure!
"How quickly can I start teaching abroad?"
You can use our TEFL Jobs Board to start applying for work straight away if you like! You’ll just need to let prospective employers know that your qualification is in progress. Otherwise, you can wait until you’ve completed your course to start applying. Either way, it’s possible to get qualified and start work in a matter of months!
If you'd like to find out more about this course, give us a call on 877 526 3959. We can't wait to hear from you!
Discover i-to-i: A world-leading TEFL Course provider
Regulated – Accredited – Trusted
Our TEFL Courses are internationally-recognised and regulated by Ofqual, the English Government body responsible for ensuring the highest quality of qualifications. You can be confident that with an i-to-i qualification, your CV will rise to the top of the TEFL pile!
Ofqual is the English Government department responsible for ensuring qualifications are of the highest quality. Having Ofqual regulation is a brilliant stamp of approval and is something that TEFL employers look for when trying to find the perfect TEFL teacher!
Why do I need Ofqual?
Even though there’re lots of TEFL jobs in the world, there are equally lots of TEFL teachers! It’s important to stand out from the crowd when applying – and that’s where our courses come in to help! With Ofqual regulation and a long-established, recognised provider like i-to-i on your CV, you’ll have a huge advantage over other candidates.
Did you know?
We’ve also received independent accreditation from the ODLQC (Open & Distance Learning Quality Council) which is recognised by employers across the globe, giving you a qualification which will give you the best start on your TEFL journey!
With so many TEFL courses out there to choose from, it’s hard to know where to start. So here’s our top tips for things to look out for.
English Government Regulation - Make sure that the course you’re about to start has been independently checked and leads to a regulated qualification. The Ofqual seal of approval gives employers the confidence that you’ve got the best qualification around!
Experience - With over 23 years’ experience in TEFL, we’ve carved the path for TEFL courses. Since the world’s first weekend TEFL course in 1994 leading to the world’s first online TEFL course in 2001, you’ll be training with a world leading provider.
Help & Support - You’re bound to have questions during your course so make sure you’ll get the support you need. Our TEFL courses come with a personal tutor so you can tap into their TEFL wisdom along the way. What’s more our lovely Customer Support Team and Academic Director are always on hand based at i-to-i HQ!
Quality & value
Our qualifications open doors all over the world, we’re accredited & our courses are regulated by all the right people. Plus we’re always looking for new and exciting ways to get people teaching, innovation is kind of our thing.
Support & advice
We know this is all new to you – but we make it new ‘exciting’ not new ‘scary’. And we’ll hold your hand as tight, and for as long, as you need.
Experience & knowledge
We wrote the book on this stuff, we’ve been around the longest and have handed out more TEFL courses than anyone – about 182,000 and counting.
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