What if we said you could soon be getting paid to teach English while travelling the world?
Well, with our 140-hour TEFL course, you can do just that. With a combination of online learning and classroom practice, you’ll gain the knowledge and confidence to bag your first paid teaching gig.
Complete 120 hours online at your own pace, then join other budding TEFL teachers for a weekend of practical activity with an experienced tutor in the classroom.
Endorsed by employers around the globe, the TEFL course has been developed with some of the world’s leading language schools. This means you’ll gain a recognised qualification, ready to land your dream job and start your adventure.
You’re busy, we get it. That’s why we’ve designed our 140-hour TEFL course to fit around you.
You’ll complete 120 hours online at your own pace and then gain 20 hours’ practical experience in the classroom over a weekend, learning from a professional tutor. You can even choose a date and location that suits you for the classroom part.
By the way, we don’t do dull. So there are no boring lectures or tedious assignments. What you’ll find instead is manageable chunks of learning, packed with interactive features, video clips and quizzes. Plus, constructive feedback from your own personal tutor.
The result? Everything you need to start earning and traveling as you teach.
What will I learn?
From learning to earning
No teaching experience? No problem! With our 140-hour TEFL course you’ll learn everything you need to know to teach with confidence. Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll learn:
Planning your lesson
Putting your lessons into practice
Developing lesson content
In no time at all, we’ll take you from rookie to rockstar, ready to take on the world.
Want to know what you’ll be doing? Here’s a brief overview of the online modules:
1. Knowledge modules:
Combining theory with short films, activities and quizzes to bring learning to life.
2. Putting it into practice:
Real-life examples to turn what you’ve learnt into really effective teaching practice.
3. Check your knowledge:
See how far you’ve come with quizzes to help you review what you’ve learnt.
4. Course assessment:
A final assessment to pull everything together. It’s your opportunity to show the world your amazing new skills.
In just two days, you’ll gain practical insights into what it’s like to teach abroad and get the confidence to go after your dream job, wherever that may take you. And with our unique Flexi-Course option, you can start your online course now and book your classroom course when you’re ready at a date that suits you.
Here’s the timetable:
Welcome & course aims
Teaching new language
Grammar & error correction
(time may vary)
Teaching Practice 1
Day 1 reflection
Teaching reading & listening
(time may vary)
Teaching Practice 2
Day 2 reflection
Your TEFL future
Here for you
Learning online is great but what’s even better is knowing there’s a real person behind the scenes providing support, marking your work and giving you feedback.
Throughout the TEFL course you’ll get expert guidance from your tutor and our support team so you’ll never have to go it alone.
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!
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, 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!
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.
Flexible to fit around you
Early bird or a night owl; you can learn at a time to suit you with 24/7 access to the online modules.
Access the TEFL course from your tablet, laptop or phone and complete the modules at your own pace, any day, anytime, to fit in around your current job or uni holidays.
Annie was excellent, she really excelled in instructing us on teaching methodology.
4th December 2016
The 120 hours course is very good, very nicely structured and the quizzes are challenging enough to give you a good understanding of every topic. The only thing I would change is the huge amount of ex... More
4th December 2016
A varied course that gives you a solid base to go and teach. Prior to this course I have not studied anything teaching related and wouldn't have known how to start planning a lesson. By the end of it ... More
1st December 2016
I thoroughly enjoyed doing the course. I found the content of the course very interesting . The course layout is simple to follow and very clear. I found the Progress checks and assignments very helpf... More
30th November 2016
The course has a really friendly and approachable teaching style. It very clearly utilises it's own advice all the way through, which is like a constant reminder of exactly how the methods will work i... More
25th November 2016
Excellent instructor at the face to face class!
20th November 2016
Excellent and comprehensive online course to rapidly bring you up to speed on teaching one-to-one. The course is very well organized and the content is both challenging and rewarding to work through a... More
20th November 2016
The course was interesting, the right amount of challenge, the quizzes kept it interesting and helpful for reviewing understanding. Instant feedback. Thank you
16th November 2016
Excellent user interface. Very prompt feedback!
James Redford Baker
14th November 2016
I love TEFL COURSE. I am sure very much confident in teaching English as a subject. TEFL COURSE is so much complex and it has all the essential elements to make someone a complete English tutor. THAN... More
We’re proud to say that our TEFL courses stand head and shoulders above the rest – but you don’t have to take our word for it. We’ve been given the stamp of approval from Gatehouse Awards, the awarding organisation recognised by exam watchdog Ofqual, and also by the Open & Distance Learning Quality Council – an independent accrediting body.
Regulated & recognised
Not all TEFL courses are the same and not all of them will result in an Ofqual-regulated qualification. The good news is, ours does. This is because our TEFL courses have been independently inspected, matched to a regulated qualifications framework and given the thumbs up by Gatehouse Awards, the awarding body recognised by Ofqual (the government department in charge of regulating qualifications). We’re pretty chuffed about that!
Choose i-to-i and you’ll enjoy the reassurance that you’re about to begin a top-notch course, to equip you with the skills to teach all over the world with a qualification that pretty much guarantees employment.
When it comes to quality, our Ofqual-regulated qualifications stand out from the rest. And when you combine that with our worldwide reputation and over 22 years’ experience, it’s probably time to start packing your bags.
And as if that’s not enough, we’ve also received independent accreditation from the Open Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC). This is a quality mark recognised by employers all over the world.
Before beginning any course, ensure it is accredited by a respected external body and check it leads to a regulated qualification. Many TEFL courses claim to be ‘accredited’ but always scrutinise the credentials carefully. Accrediting bodies include the ODLQC and Pearson but the best thing to look out for is a qualification regulated by Ofqual.
Quality & value
Want a qualification that will open doors around the world? Well, that’s exactly what you get with i-to-i. We’re regulated and accredited by the people that matter and constantly innovate to deliver the best.
Support & advice
Starting something new can often feel like a leap into the unknown but we’ll make this new adventure exciting, not scary; holding your hand for as long as you need.
Experience & knowledge
When it comes to TEFL, we lead the way. Pioneers of the industry, we’ve been around the longest, awarding more TEFL courses than anyone else. At the last count, we had 175,000 graduates and rising.
No experience? No problem. Once you’re qualified, you can join the other 175,000 i-to-i graduates teaching abroad.