Your TEFL questions answered
Before the Course
- What’s the difference between TEFL and TESOL?
- What qualifications do I need?
- Are the courses internationally recognized?
- Is i-to-i an accredited course provider?
- How is the i-to-i course different to 4-week courses?
- How do i-to-i online courses compare to other 40-hour distance learning courses?
- Is the online course right for me?
- How long will it take to complete my course?
- Does the online course include any practical teaching experience?
- Is the Grammar Awareness Module online?
- What support will I get on my course?
- What sort of equipment do I need to take the online course?
- What equipment or preparation do I need to do before my weekend course?
- How do I book a course?
During the Course - Weekend Courses
- What happens if I am finding the course difficult or don’t understand what I need to do?
- What if I can’t attend the full weekend?
During the Course – Online / Self-study Courses
- What happens if I forget my log-in details?
- How long will it take for each module to be marked?
- How do I submit my answers for the Grammar Awareness Module?
- Should I print out my work on the online course?
After the Course
- How do I get my certificates?
- How do I get my reference?
- What happens if I lose my certificate?
- Does the certificate expire?
- Can I do more courses with i-to-i?
- Why should I do another course?
- How do I find employment?
- Where can I teach with an i-to-i certificate?
- Will the certificate get me a paid job?
- Do you offer any opportunities for teaching through i-to-i?
What’s the difference between TEFL and TESOL?
In reality there is very little difference between TEFL and TESOL. TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language and TESOL for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages.
The TEFL acronym is best known in the UK while TESOL is more common in the US, Canada and Australasia. TEFL is traditionally associated with teaching students within their own country where English is rarely the first language. TESOL, however, is more commonly associated with teaching students who have migrated to an English speaking country.
What’s important here is the fact that jobs overseas that require a TESOL qualification will happily accept a TEFL qualification and vice versa.
You don’t need any previous qualifications to take an i-to-i TEFL course, though we do ask that non-native speakers demonstrate a good understanding of the English language with a Cambridge CAE qualification or equivalent.
Yes, all our TEFL courses are internationally recognised so you can travel all over the world with your TEFL certificate.
Our TEFL courses are internationally accredited. The ODLQC (Open and Distance Learning Quality Council) have recognized the quality of our courses and we monitor our courses carefully to ensure they meet the high standards that these supervisory bodies demand.
* Please note for the purposes of teaching in Ireland: i-to-i is notaccredited by ACELS or the Irish Department of Education. Teaching with an i-to-i TEFL certificate in Ireland can only be done in a private capacity. Please check with the specific language school to which you are applying to ensure that they will accept an i-to-i TEFL qualification. It is the responsibility of the customer to do this before purchasing an i-to-i TEFL course.
Our TEFL courses are an entry-level program that covers the same essential skills as the four-week course in a much shorter period of time. Our courses are intensive, jam-packed programs for people who want their qualification quickly or need a more flexible timetable.
The four-week course is better suited for people wishing to teach as a career or for prolonged periods of time. If you only plan to spend a year or two teaching then i-to-i TEFL course will save you a lot of time and money while giving you the skills you need to get paid teaching work anywhere in the world.
“The i-to-i course provides the key principles that underlie modern TEFL."Sunday Telegraph(a leading British newspaper).
i-to-i were the first TEFL provider to offer an online TEFL course and our 40-hour program is still the only totally online TEFL course. This means you can take an i-to-i TEFL course from anywhere in the world as long as you’ve got access to the internet! With an i-to-i course you’ll have instant access and, unlike other online courses, you won’t have lengthy downloads to contend with. i-to-i has tutors all over the world, so no matter where you are you’ll have a tutor in the same time-zone who can answer your questions quickly and efficiently.
The online and weekend courses are very similar and they’ll both provide you with the skills and confidence you need to teach abroad. However, everyone is different and you’ll need a course that suits you.
Our Online TEFL course is designed for people who absorb information better by reading through information and completing tasks on their own. This course contains more teaching and grammar theory than the weekend course and you’ll also benefit from the support of a dedicated personal tutor.
The Weekend TEFL course is better suited to people who prefer more interactive and fun teaching methods. The course is intensive but you’ll get practical teaching experience and you’ll be actively involved throughout the lesson.
That’s pretty much up to you. If you choose the 20 hour Weekend TEFL course you’re course will be finished in a weekend, whereas if you choose the 40 hour Online TEFL course you could spread your 40 hours over a six month period. If you need a little longer you can extend this six month period by 28 days for a small fee. The majority of our 40 hour Online TEFL customers complete their course within 2 months of starting but how long you take to complete your is completely up to you.
All of our courses have a prescribed number of hours attached to them and this is a good indication of how much time you’ll need to complete and pass the course.
There is no practical teaching experience on the online course. The online course is designed to prepare you for teaching so you can go out and get experience overseas. Though there is no practical experience Module 6 does includes an online video of a teacher in action so you can watch and analyse a professional teacher in a classroom environment.
This certificate is an online module which takes you through all the major grammatical areas of the English Language and encourages you to think and learn about how the language is constructed.
What support will I get on my course?
If you choose a weekend course you’ll have constant support from a friendly and professional tutor for the length of your course. It’s their key objective to help to complete and pass your course so they’ll be doing anything they can to make this happen.
If you choose an online course you’ll be assigned a personal tutor who not only marks your modules but is also on-hand to offer advice and guidance throughout the course.
Whichever course you choose, we'll do everything we can to ensure that you have all the guidance and assistance you need to succeed.
You’ll need a PC or Mac with internet access. The video in Module 6 can be viewed online.
All you really need is the enthusiasm and commitment to give it your best shot. It might not be the best idea to paint the town red the day before your course. It’s a long day and an intensive course so you’ll want to be bright eyed and raring to go. You might want to bring a notebook and a pen so you can jot down some of the key points but all other materials are provided.
We advise all students to brush up on their grammar before the course but this is optional and you won’t get a slapped wrist if you don’t do it.
During the course - Weekend courses
What happens if I am finding the course difficult or don’t understand what I need to do?
Your tutor will be on hand at all times. They’re there to help so make the most of them!
If you can’t commit to the whole weekend then we’d recommend you take an online course instead. The weekend course is an intensive course and it’s important that you’re present for the whole 20 hours.
During the course – online / self-study courses
What happens if I forget my log-in details?
Go to www.tefl-training.com and click on the link under 'Forgotten your username or password?'.
Our aim is that every module will be marked and returned to you within 48 hours of being submitted (Monday – Friday)
The grammar module is now online.
How the course works:
The course has been designed to be as simple as possible, no messy designs and quick to do online. It is a self study module with no tutor interaction but if you have any queries you can email the helpdesk.
Simply work through each page, by clicking ‘Save and Continue’ at the bottom right of each page. You will then be able to return to that page at a later date.
Work through each module in this way and when you have completed all four modules you will be provided with a new option to submit all four modules for marking. Until you submit your work for marking you will be able to go back through your answers checking them and making changes.
Once you have submitted your answers you will receive your results within 48 hours. The pass mark for this module is 75%.
You have three attempts to pass this module.
If after the third attempt you fail, then you can pay for another chance to re-sit the module for a small fee.
If you need any help you can contact us through the helpdesk for further support: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Yes, you can download the 40-Hour Online Course in a printable version from a link on your login page (called "Full Course Summary").
After the Course
You should receive your certificates by post within 4 weeks of completing your course. If you’ve selected a package which includes the online course and the weekend course you will get a certificate for both. These will be sent out once you’ve completed and passed that stage. The same applies if you’ve chosen one of our extras.
If you choose the Premier TEFL course you’ll receive a certificate for the 40 hour online course, the 20 hour weekend course and the 20 hour Grammar Awareness Module. This means you can start teaching before you’ve completed the whole Premier TEFL package.
“I got my first TEFL job before I had even completed the course."
Miss Cathryn Dale
If you enrolled in your course before 24th August 2009, the certificate that we send in the post will come with a reference letter which you can show off to prospective employers. If you enrolled in your course after this date i-to-i do not provide reference letters.
You can request a duplicate certificate for a small fee. £15 / US$20 / CA$20 / €15 / AU$25 / NZ$28.
No, but we do advise that you continue to develop your teaching skills throughout your career. We offer a selection of useful books in our online shop to help teachers to develop their skills and further improve their teaching.
Yes – we offer a selection of “extras" to help you to aim your teaching techniques toward specific situations or students.
- Grammar Awareness
- Teach English to Young Learners
- Teaching Business English
- Teaching with Limited Resources
- Teaching English One to One
- Teaching with Audio and video
- Teaching Large Classes
- Cultural Awareness in the Classroom
- Teaching Pronunciation
These courses are open to anyone who has taken, or is planning to take a TEFL course and are for building confidence and further developing skills.
Good teachers continue to study and develop their skills and knowledge throughout their career. This enables them to provide better teaching to their students and to secure senior teaching positions. Another course will help you to increase your ability and range as a teacher, but it will also increase your employability. Most employers desire teachers who are committed to continual development and additional courses help to shows that you are just such a person.
Our courses are designed to make this as easy as possible. Module 10 of the online course is jam-packed with information and advice about finding work abroad. The weekend course devotes time at the end of the course to this same topic and you’ll benefit from the advice of tutors who have years of experience working abroad.
With every full TEFL course you’ll get access over 8000 job contracts. All you have to do is download the contact database and you’ll be able to search thousands of language schools around the world to find the location for you. Once you know where you want to go start applying to the schools in that area.
Our certificates are internationally recognised so you could go anywhere in the world!
For more information on where you can expect to teach please click here.
Yes – people with our certificates are teaching and earning money all over the world. However, an i-to-i certificate isn’t the only thing that your potential employers will be looking at. To get paid work abroad you’ll need to make sure your CV/resume and cover letter are well put together and that you’re well prepared for any interviews that you might have to attend.
i-to-i works with a number of reputable TEFL schools and agents around the world. See our TEFL Jobs Board for the full picture.
We also offer a selection of volunteer teaching options. You can choose from over 20 countries around the world and assist in a variety of teaching projects. This is a great way to get practical teaching experience in preparation for your teaching career and it looks great on your CV!
Have a look in our online shop for a selection of teaching resources that will help you to develop your skills and confidence.
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