20 Hour Classroom TEFL Course

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  • 20-hour weekend course in locations worldwide
  • A great introduction to TEFL
  • Face-to-face practical learning in the classroom
  • Find your dream role with our TEFL jobs board

Course Summary

Myth buster: You don’t need to speak another language or have teaching experience to take our TEFL courses. If you can speak English, you can learn to teach English!

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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.

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Course breakdown

How it works

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:

Day 1
9.00-9.15 Welcome & course aims
9.15-10.30 TEFL principles
10.30-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Teaching new language
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-3.00 Grammar & error correction
3.00-3.15 Break

(time may vary)

Teaching Practice 1
5.30-6.00 Day 1 reflection
Day 2
9.00-9.30 Review
9.30-10.30 Pronunciation
10.30-11.00 Break
11.00-12.30 Teaching reading & listening
12.30-1.30 Lunch
1.30-2.30 Using coursebooks
2.30-2.45 Break

(time may vary)

Teaching Practice 2
5.00-5.30 Day 2 reflection
5.30-6.00 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, 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.


Did what it says on the tin, learnt all about the IELTS exam and plenty of ways to teach it. A very solid preparatory course for anybody interested in teaching the IELTS exam

Mohamed Abdulle

24th October 2016

Very experienced tutor. Huge amount of information delivered in a very enjoyable way. Very practical and interactive. Good venue. Excellent

Wendy Marfleet

24th October 2016

i-to-i is well organized, planned and easy to follow. Affordable price and great support. when you need some extra help and support or when you have a problem, their responds are very quick. The suppo... More

Nayanathara Jayasinghege

24th October 2016

This course was awessome, at first i thought i would struggle with the written assessments but everything is provided. I also thought I'd be on the phone asking for help a lot. As i haven't study in... More

zach fugiel

17th October 2016

I love how attentive the staff from i to i TEFL are and i have recommended the 140 hr combined course to my sister and boyfriend.

Nonkululeko Ignatia Sishi

11th October 2016

They were quick to answer any questions via email and they graded checkpoints quickly. It was also a wonderful resource! I learned more than I had anticipated.

Hillary Miranda Guerrero

9th October 2016

Now that I have tried and studied i-to-i TEFL course, I strongly believe that it is a MUST for anyone who plans to teach almost ANY language, in particular "English" (of course). Why "any language"?... More

Cyrus Hoss Baghai

7th October 2016

Very enjoyable process. Looking forward to completing more couses online and attending the 2 day course

peter jones

5th October 2016

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

Ronell Carstens

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!

Iuliia Kumanska

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

Lauren Mutch

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

Nola Herrmann

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

Kate Sullivan

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

Violeta Gorcheva

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

Mark P

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

Colin Angell

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

Deborah Frazier

23rd August 2016

FAQs - your questions answered

"Will I get feedback?"

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.

The UK’s trusted TEFL provider

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.

ofqual-iconRegulated & 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 22 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.

Must haves

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.

Why i-to-i?


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.

Now recruiting

No experience? No problem. Once you’re qualified, you can join the other 175,000 i-to-i graduates teaching abroad.

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While I worked a job and went to school full-time, I kept daydreaming about how I would wind up where I am today. I'm living a dream come true.
The kids will surprise you with how much they know at such a young age, and whatever age you get given you will find it a hugely rewarding experience.
The entire team has been amazing and in all honesty, I can't imagine doing any of it without them. They've settled me in, calmed my nerves and boosted my confidence.
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It was an absolutely amazing experience and one which I miss every day. It was absolutely fascinating, I loved it!
Sitting with the others, chatting and laughing the night away, it felt like I was at Fresher’s again and I loved every single minute of it.
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i-to-i TEFL is rated 4.40 stars by Reviews.co.uk based on 1229 merchant reviews

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1229 Reviews
Did what it says on the tin, learnt all about the IELTS exam and plenty of ways to teach it. A very solid preparatory course for anybody interested in teaching the IELTS exam
Very experienced tutor. Huge amount of information delivered in a very enjoyable way. Very practical and interactive. Good venue. Excellent
i-to-i is well organized, planned and easy to follow. Affordable price and great support. when you need some extra help and support or when you have a problem, their responds are very quick. The support team is always there!! This course is very useful that it'll keep you motivated and give you confidence. I recommend to anyone. You can extend your courses as you like , keep your course account even after course expiration, I find it very useful. it's like whenever you feel like going for extra qualification all you have to do is come back to i-to-i account and pay for an extra course to keep you going. I paid for a 300hr something course but right now I have completed only 120hr course. I passed it and my certificate is on the way. I'm looking forward to complete other parts of my course as well. The only problem when you're buying a course bundle is actually all the courses are not together, each sub courses are presented separated so when you complete the 120hr course you actually get 120hr course certificate once you finish the course. I guess for each sub course it's like that so I'm not sure whether I'm supposed to get a certificate of 300hr something if I complete the course bundle I bought. Anyway I highly recommend your online TEFL course with i-to-i. When looking for a good course I've done my search online to find many sites providing very expensive courses but why go for expensive ones when you can have courses for affordable prices with such a well organized and a qualified team to help you through out the course?!! Good luck and thank you i-to-i team!

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