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120 Hour Online TEFL Course

Earn a great salary living, teaching and travelling abroad

– Endorsed by employers across the world –

A course that equips you to teach English all over the world, in a super convenient online format that fits easily around your life. Endorsed by employers across the world, we’ve developed the 120 Hour Online TEFL Course in partnership with some of the world’s leading language schools – so you know you’re getting the best! And it’s nothing like going back to school; study online in your own time, with the support of an expert tutor, and become a confident teacher with loads of great roles at your fingertips.

Teacher in classroom

The 120 hour Course is a minimum requirement for teaching jobs

TEFL teacher studying

Online study means you can work at your own pace

TEFL teacher and children

Immerse yourself in amazing cultures across the globe


Teach in amazing locations like Hong Kong, Shanghai and many more...

Course breakdown

How it works

Here’s an online course that pushes the boundaries of what it means to study on your tablet, phone or computer. You’ll get stuck into video content and real-life classroom scenarios, with regular checkpoints to make sure you’re still with us. You’ll also get tailored feedback from a personal tutor, giving you the best, most flexible e-learning experience going.

Worried you won’t find the time to study? Don’t be. Most i-to-i TEFL teachers fit their course around their full time job, university or college studies really easily.

About your online course

The course is packed full of practical knowledge and tips to help you become a great TEFL teacher. It has 3 main sections, guiding you through the core elements of successful teaching in turn. Each section includes knowledge modules to make your learning come alive; examples and ideas to turn your knowledge into great practise; and self-check quiz modules to help you review what you’ve been learning.

What will I learn?

The online course will guide you through the stages of becoming a competent, confident TEFL teacher ready to take the reins in the classroom. You’ll learn all about:

  • The theory of TEFL
  • Planning effective lessons
  • Classroom management
  • Practical teaching tips
  • Teaching vocabulary & grammar
  • Creating a good learning environment

Why take an i-to-i TEFL course?

Our online course will get you fully prepared for the world of teaching English overseas. We’re always developing and improving on our TEFL course as with our 21 years of industry experience, we’ve got plenty of knowledge to share! The online format doesn’t mean two-dimensional learning – you’ll pick up real world teaching skills through video content and interactive modules. And forget about lectures and essay writing; you’ll be designing lesson plans and fun games for the classroom instead! You’ll submit your work for detailed feedback to a dedicated, expert tutor with years of experience in the TEFL industry, and our support team are on hand throughout in case you need us at any time. This is an online course like no other!

Do it. I know you are worried about the culture-shock, the classroom, the students and mostly, the fear of failure; I was too, but I took the plunge and you should too.

Jess, Graduate - Works in Cambodia

The UK’s trusted TEFL provider


i-to-i are accredited by the ODLQC (Open Distance Learning Quality Council), which means our courses are recognised as great quality all over the world. The ODLQC is an independent accrediting body that ensures quality in open and distance learning.


We’re an associate of IATEFL (International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language), a global support network for TEFL professionals. IATEFL runs regular publications and conferences for teachers worldwide.

Why is accreditation important?

The truth is, not all TEFL courses are created equal, and that’s where accreditation comes in – please, don’t waste your cash on a course that isn’t recognised around the world! Accreditation means an independent, outside body (such as the ODLQC) has reviewed the contents of a TEFL course and deemed that it meets certain international standards of learning. In short, accreditation means quality.

Money Back Guarantee

If, within the first fourteen days of booking your course, you’re not happy, we’ll give you a full refund – no questions asked.

Top reasons to train with i-to-i

  • Our 21 years’ experience has made us sticklers for quality – we’re constantly honing our courses to make sure they’re the best out there.
  • Employers across the world want i-to-i TEFL graduates, and we’ve got hundreds of jobs available on our TEFL jobs board. Find yours now!
  • We’ve trained over 175,000 TEFL teachers over the years. Why don’t you join them?

Where can I teach?

Teaching English across the world, you could earn from around £500/$720 up to a massive £3900/$5700 a month (that’s in the UAE)! Click your chosen destination on the map to find out how your earning potential stacks up.

  • Employers across the world recognise the i-to-i TEFL course as the sign of a competent, motivated TEFL teacher
  • Did you know you could be qualified and applying for our dream roles in as little as 8 weeks?
  • You’ll also likely get lots of great benefits included like accommodation, meals and in some cases, your flights paid for!

* Note: these figures are approximate as of April 2016 and represent the maximum earning potential in each location

Hear from our students

Best decision I ever made

Amy, Graduate
South Korea.

Do it. I know you are worried about the culture-shock, the classroom, the students and mostly, the fear of failure; I was too, but I took the plunge and you should too.

Jess, Graduate
Works in Cambodia

The entire TEFL company is incredibly helpful and the course was simple and easy to understand. The customer service is impeccable. I really appreciate the care and contact I’ve had.

Lorna Melia, Graduate
April 2015

The tutors were excellent and provided me with feedback through-out the course.

L.Paterson, Graduate
March 2016

This course has made teaching aboard become real. It has made me extremely excited for what the future holds with regards to teaching aboard.

Amy Daugherty, Graduate
February 2016

At first I thought it's gonna be a piece of cake! But then the course was very challenging and I learned so many new things!!! Excellent.

Josiane, Graduate
March 2016

I would highly recommend the i-to-i 120 hour course to help you be a well prepared, albeit inexperienced in the classroom, ESL teacher.

Nate, Graduate
April 2015

TEFL jobs - competitive salaries, amazing benefits, dream locations

Our jobs board is packed with dream roles all over the world, and as an i-to-i graduate you’ll be well equipped to apply. Now, you just need to decide: where would you most like to teach?

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Live the dream teaching English in Asia

Start dates: year round

Experience the colourful and varied cultures of Asia. Teaching jobs are available all over Asia; you could earn up to £1900/$2800 a month teaching the basics to kindergartners, all the way up to businesspeople wanting to brush up on their English grammar. Positions available in South Korea, Japan, China, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia.

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Explore and earn in varied Europe

Start dates: year round

The type of roles you’ll find in Europe may be more competitive, as in many countries English is taught in schools from an early age anyway. That said, some of these amazing placements across France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the Czech Republic, Poland and Greece will be perfect for TEFL teachers wanting to discover European life.

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Earn up to £3900/$5700 in the Middle East

Start dates: year round

Teaching jobs in Saudi Arabia, Turkey and the United Arab Emirates offer a unique insight into Middle Eastern life. Teachers in this area will get to experience a rich culture alongside earning some of the world’s most attractive salary and benefits packages.

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Teaching in the Americas

Start dates: year round

Boasting some of the world’s most breath taking scenery and ancient history, the South and Central Americas are both great choices for TEFL teachers. Discover the vibrant cultures of Brazil, Argentina, Ecuador and Costa Rica and gain hands-on teaching experience in a welcoming local community.

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Live and teach across Africa

Start dates: year round

We have teaching placements across Africa including in South Africa, Morocco and Egypt. Every location varies massively, but each offers the opportunity to live and teach in a unique culture, and can be financially rewarding – you can earn up to £1300/$2000 a month teaching in Morocco!

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Endorsed by language schools worldwide

Top reasons to take a TEFL course

You never know where it could lead

You may just want to see what all the fuss is about, but who knows? It could be the start of an amazing new chapter of your life.

It looks great on your resume

Employers always like to see lots of varied experience on a CV. Show them you can learn, plan and manage people effectively.

It’s more lucrative than you think

In countries like Japan and the UAE, you’ll likely earn a lot more than you could in many roles back home. Ker-ching!

The 9-5 isn’t your only option

Fancy teaching your students on the beach? No problem! Want to check out Angkor Wat at the weekend? Done!

Questions? Call our friendly TEFL advisors on 877 526 3959. They're happy to help! Request a Call Back

Say hi to the TEFL tutors!

With at least 5 years' teaching experience each, these guys are here to get you qualified and out there teaching.

Director of Studies

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

Stuart Fassam

Stuart’s been teaching TEFL for nine years now, after what was meant to be a year in Sicily turned into six (oops)! As well as Italy, he’s also worked in Spain and France in private language schools, state school and universities, and also has experience in Director of Studies and examiner roles. He’s now based in the good old north of England with his partner and two kids.
Fun fact: Stuart’s partner Claire is also one of our TEFL tutors (though they haven’t yet confirmed if they met in the classroom!).

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!

i-to-i TEFL tutor Wendy Rogers

TEFL Tutor

Wendy Rogers

Wendy lives in beautiful Cape Town, South Africa and has been a TEFL tutor since July 2011. She loves living here, and her favourite place is the beautiful nearby fishing town of Kalk Bay. Wendy has taught in Ireland, Libya and the UAE, and has travelled extensively – highlights include the pyramids in Cairo, and seeing elephants swim in a Zimbabwean lake.

TEFL highlight: Watching students’ creativity, and each time a student tells me how much more confidence and insight they have at the end of a course.

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

Alex Semakin

Russian-born Alex is the former Online Director of Studies for i-to-i, and he loves putting his MA in TESOL into practise passing on his knowledge of teaching abroad to his students. His passion is simplifying complex grammar rules and seeing the look of understanding cross a student’s face! Alex has lived and worked all over Europe, Israel and in the USA, and currently works for a university in Perm, Russia.
Favourite place: Jerusalem, for its unique history, and Liverpool for the Beatles spirit! I also love the hills and forests of Russia.

TEFL Tutor

Annie da Silva

Portugese-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!

i-to-i TEFL Tutor Peter Bowdery

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

Debbie Hooper

It was the variety of the work and the diverse people that attracted Debbie to TEFL back in 1993, and she’s lived and worked in Vienna, Austria and New Zealand (lucky!). Based in Devon, she’s been teacher training since 2002. Fave aspect of TEFL? She loves the challenge of diving into a new culture and finding out how things work in a new country.
Most remote TEFL course: I’ve run courses in remote parts of China, Siberia and Rwanda!

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.


How do I access the course?

Once you’re signed up, you'll receive instant access and course login details which you will be able to use on your tablet, smartphone, laptop or desktop computer. As you work through, our team will be on hand to help you out if you get stuck.

How long will it take me to complete?

It all really depends on your situation, and how much time you’re able to dedicate to studying. Most teachers get through the course in about 4-6 weeks, but don’t worry if it takes you a bit longer – you’ve got 3 months of access.

Will I get feedback on my work?

Yes, you’ll have a designated expert tutor who will mark your work as you go and give you detailed feedback and support. You’re not on your own!

How can I learn to teach with an online course?

We know it can be hard to focus when you’re just sat in front of a computer –that’s why we developed our course with leading language schools, to provide you with the best, most interactive and varied multimedia online course out there.

Who is marking my work?

Here at i-to-i we pride ourselves on being the TEFL experts. All our TEFL tutors have been taken on by us because of their extensive TEFL experience and know-how. They’re old hands in the world of TEFL, and you can rely on their feedback and support.

How can I fit the course in with my life?

We have had students pass their course in their university holidays, as well as people who currently have a job and wish to spend a couple of hours on the course two or three times a week. The great thing about our courses is that they fit around your life.

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