Find out if TEFL’s for you: the 20-hour classroom course
Want to dip a toe into TEFL before taking the plunge with one of our longer courses? Then the 20-hour classroom course is for you.
This weekend face-to-face course is a brilliant taster into the world of TEFL (teaching English as a foreign language). The two-day practical course, led by experienced tutors gives an introduction into teaching English abroad. You’ll even get the chance to practice leading your own lesson and it’s a great way to meet fellow students taking the same path.
If you find you’re bitten by the TEFL bug, you can add on the 120-hour online course later and get qualified to teach all over the world.
Quality training means top jobs
Ofqual-regulated TEFL training. A mark of quality employers will recognise – making you super employable.
One weekend, one classroom, one life-changing opportunity.
If you’re not sure whether TEFL is for you or just want to get a taster of what teaching is like, the 20-hour classroom course is the perfect introduction.
Over two days, you’ll be fully immersed in the TEFL experience, learning everything from how to plan a lesson to how to inspire your students.
Packed with practical experience and the support of an experience tutor, the 20-hour course also gives you the opportunity to meet like-minded aspiring TEFL teachers.
There’s a choice of dates with locations around the world, so choose one near your home town or university and get ready for a weekend that could take life in a new direction.
And at the end of the course, if you want to take things further, you can add on the 120-hour online course and get qualified to teach all over the world.
What will I learn?
An exciting introduction to the world of TEFL
This super-charged weekend course gives you an insight into all aspects of teaching English abroad.
You’ll learn about the TEFL principles, find out how to teach reading and listening skills, and discover how to use materials to support your lessons.
To round everything off, we’ll take a look at how to find and apply for teaching positions so you can start thinking about where in the world your TEFL journey might take you.
In just two days, you’ll gain practical insights into what it’s like to teach abroad and harness the confidence to go after your dream job, wherever that may take 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
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!
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!
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.
I enjoyed every moment of the i-to-i TEFL course, it is very efficiently structured and everyone can get something valuable out of it. Even though I studied B.Ed and majored in English, this Course ga... More
29th September 2016
If you are hesitating over whether or not to take this course... don't! I found it very useful and interesting and you will learn and have fun at the same time.
23rd September 2016
It was really difficult for me. But I did it! Thank you!
19th September 2016
I found the course very useful, even if you just complete the 120 hours, you are packed with a bunch of knowledge that will help you to create and teach an effective lesson.
You are able to learn thi... More
16th September 2016
The course was easy to follow and the content was very systematic. It can be followed at one's own pace, which is great for those who are still working full time. Three months limit is more than enoug... More
Yuk Gyn Lau
14th September 2016
I found this to be a professionally-delivered course that was user-friendly, varied, interesting and enjoyable! The practical classroom-based component was invaluable and well worth the effort and ex... More
13th September 2016
A very user friendly online course that was clearly structured and easy to follow. The turn around for the marking of assessment was very efficient. I would highly recommend this company for your onli... More
9th September 2016
A friend of mine recommended i-to-i to me as she was very happy with what she got as learning experience and way of being taught.
I must say that she was right and I also enjoyed it very much. I wou... More
7th September 2016
Just finished 30 one to one course, found the course well constructed and user friendly, 10 units in all, could have done the course quicker, only shocker was an essay required at the end, not being f... More
4th September 2016
I found the course to be really interesting and made me more curious about experimenting with material and forms. The course gave me a different learning experience in many different ways – experie... More
Hope Sithokozile Mliswa
2nd September 2016
I started the course with trepidation, it has been a long time since I did any 'academic' work! But I found the course to be very well structured, you can work at your own pace and revise as you go. ... More
26th August 2016
I greatly appreciated all the support that was available. I had a difficult time downloading my lesson plan and essay, and the staff worked with me to scan and email them. Everyone I worked with at i-... More
23rd August 2016
Good teaching training. I have been teaching English for a few years already and I wanted to brush up my technique and I'm glad I chose i-to-i to do it. A friend of mine recommended your company. I wa... More
18th August 2016
Brilliant! Their response rate is fast and efficient! Loved the course.
16th August 2016
i-to-i TEFL provided me with a great experience. They were very helpful and quick to assist.
I found the content they provided was well presented, easy to use and worth the cost.
I highly recommend... More
15th August 2016
I had the oppurtunity to do this course in Cape Town .Wendy presented the course and i got real practical and inciteful teaching .i learn a great deal on how to present and teach a class and had grea... More
12th August 2016
I really enjoyed this course. There was a great balance of theory and videos to demonstrate the theory practically. All of the material is accessible online. There is so many useful content included; ... More
8th August 2016
Very engaging, well set up course. I would have liked to see more films used. The course was easy to navigate and the material very helpful and interesting, however the quizzes/test sometimes had a qu... More
4th August 2016
I attended the course in Cape Town South Africa . This course helped me such a lot and especially brought home more understanding to the material i had attempted on the online course .I commmend the f... More
3rd August 2016
This course was the best decision I've ever made. Not only do the course run you through the positive parts you will experience in class, they also run over the negative and possible hills you will ha... More
Yes! We believe feedback is really important, not only to check you’re on the right track but to give you confidence as you go along.
After submitting your work, it will be checked by our experienced TEFL tutors and you’ll receive great feedback and support as you’re progressing.
"How soon before I’m teaching abroad?"
Eager to pack the sunscreen and flip-flops? Well, the great news is you could be applying for jobs in as little as three months.
We find most people take four to six weeks to complete our 120 and 140-hour courses and then start applying for jobs straightaway. As soon as you find the perfect job, chuck your passport in your backpack and call a taxi to the airport!
"How much grammar will I need to know?"
Don’t let worries about grammar put you off. You’ll be teaching conversational English and we’re sure you’re already a natural when it comes to talking.
So if grammar leaves you cold, don’t sweat; you can still be a great teacher.
Our courses are a little bit special and others think so too. We’re very proud to have received two big thumbs up from Gatehouse Awards, the awarding organisation recognised by exam watchdog Ofqual, and also by independent accrediting body the Open & Distance Learning Quality Council.
Regulated & recognised
With so many TEFL courses on the market, the quality can vary widely from one provider to another. And not all TEFL courses lead to an Ofqual-regulated qualification. But the good news is, ours does.
i-to-i TEFL courses have been independently scrutinised and matched to a regulated qualifications framework before receiving approval by Gatehouse Awards, the awarding body recognised by Ofqual (the government department in charge of regulating qualifications). Impressive stuff, don’t you think?
What does this mean for me?
When you choose an i-to-i TEFL course, you know you’re choosing the best. You’ll gain a qualification that’s recognised the world over and gain the skills that make landing a job pretty much guaranteed.
Our Ofqual-regulated qualifications stand head and shoulders above the rest. Add to this our worldwide reputation and over 21 years’ experience and it’s probably time to get your flights booked.
We’ve also received independent accreditation from the Open Distance Learning Quality Council (ODLQC). This is a mark of quality recognised by employers across the globe.
Always check your course has been accredited by a respected external body and will lead to a regulated qualification. Take a look around and you’ll find many TEFL courses that claim to be ‘accredited’ but it’s wise to check credentials carefully. Good accrediting bodies include the ODLQC and Pearson but top of the pile is a qualification regulated by Ofqual.
Quality & value
Looking for a qualification that will open doors to jobs around the world? Well, that’s exactly what i-to-i delivers. Regulated and accredited by respected independent bodies, we’re always improving and innovating to bring you the very best. .
Support & advice
Starting a new challenge can sometimes feel a bit daunting but we’ll make your TEFL experience new and exciting not new and scary. We’ll be right here, holding your hand every step of the way. .
Experience & knowledge
When it comes to TEFL, we know our stuff and pretty much wrote the book on teaching English as a foreign language. We’ve been around longer than any other provider and have awarded more TEFL qualifications than anyone else – over 175,000 and counting.
No experience? No problem. Once you’re qualified, you can join the other 175,000 i-to-i graduates teaching abroad.