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.
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. And with our unique Flexi-Course option, you can book your course now and book your classroom course option when you’re ready.
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, 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 registered for the 120 hours online course, with a weekend practical training. The course material is very well presented with so many video clips of teaching - from young children to adults. The ... More
Estelle du Plessis
13th February 2017
For a newcomer to the I-to-I courses it is an encouraging eye-opener to 'teaching the TEFL way' and it presents a recommendable journey with an excellent service and interesting new stimulus. The wide... More
Jutta Marion Greim
13th February 2017
I am a 32 y/o journalist who needed this course for a visa.
As someone with extensive teaching experience I heartily recommend this to anyone wishing to start a career in ESL. The course is clear, p... More
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13th February 2017
An impressive course. Very well written, supported by a fast and easy Moodle platform. A decent amount of work, but such that you know the qualification was worthwhile getting. Very good online suppor... More
12th February 2017
Very useful course. Gained very practical teaching experience.
12th February 2017
A good introduction to teaching and what is required to become effective at it.
Melanie Diana Hall
10th February 2017
The 120 hour course is very easy to follow and frankly quite interesting. After only 4 weeks I felt ready to face the three assessment tests and I was pleasantly surprised to learn that I passed in my... More
10th February 2017
Yippeeee, :))) I'm on my way. Thank you I-to-I.
8th February 2017
I purchased the 120 hour TEFL course and was able to go through all the content in 2 weeks ( this includes days of 10hours+ studying and taking notes).
The content of the course was well written and c... More
30th January 2017
Being taught by the best I-to-I trainers and setting a firm platform to start a new experience in the teaching profession.
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 qualifications have been approved by Gatehouse Awards, the awarding organisation recognised by Ofqual . Make your CV stand out from the crowd with a TEFL qualification from i-to-i.
Who are Ofqual?
Ofqual is the British exam watchdog and their job is to ensure qualifications awarded are of the highest standard. An Ofqual stamp of approval on your qualification will be recognised worldwide and is highly respected by employers, pushing your resume to the top of the pile and getting you your dream TEFL job!
Why is it important to me?
There’s plenty of TEFL jobs out there but competition is tough, which is why you need to stand out from your peers. With a qualification from i-to-i you’ll have a qualification which has been independently checked to the highest standards, providing you with the best, so you can be the best.
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 it’s hard to know what to look for so here’s our top tips:
Ofqual-regulated - 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, practically guaranteeing you a job.
Experience - With over 22 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 we know our way around a TEFL course!
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.
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.