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Teaching English as a Foreign Language

Teaching English as a foreign language, or TEFL as it’s often shortened down to, is basically teaching English to people who aren’t native English speakers.

You can teach English as a foreign language all around the world, as in general there’s a huge demand to learn the language – perfect for those with big TEFL dreams!  Whether you want to use TEFL to explore the globe, or are simply looking to work remotely or from home, often all you need to teach English as a foreign language is to be a native speaker of English and have an internationally-recognised TEFL certificate (like ours!). So if you want to get paid, discover new cultures and make once-in-a-lifetime memories, teaching English as a foreign language is definitely for you!

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FAQs about Teaching English as a Foreign Language


Ready to get started but got a few burning questions? We’ve got your back! Here are a couple of things we regularly get asked about teaching English as a foreign language. If you’re still unsure, request a free call back and we’ll get in touch to talk all things TEFL!

  • Q: What do I need to teach English as a foreign language?

    If you want to teach English as a foreign language, whether that’s around the world or working online from home, you’ll need an internally-recognised TEFL certification. It’s your proof to schools, academies or students directly that you’ve been trained in TEFL and will know what to do when faced with taking an English lesson!

    If you want to work as a TEFL teacher around the world, check that you’re booking onto an accredited TEFL certification course that:

    – Lasts a minimum of 120 hours

    – Is delivered by a reputable TEFL provider

    – Is regulated by an official body, such as Ofqual in England

    – Gets good reviews

    – Offers ongoing support with job searches and career development

    As we’ve said above, you also need to be a native English speaker. A native English speaker (in TEFL terms anyway) is defined as someone who both speaks English as their first language and is a citizen of one of the following countries: USA, UK, Ireland, Canada, South Africa, Australia or New Zealand.

  • Q: How Do I Get Started Teaching English as a Foreign language?

    It all starts with getting qualified to teach English as a foreign language with a TEFL Course. As you’ll discover, TEFL Courses come in many different forms. To make it simple, there are two main types of TEFL Courses: combined and online. Online TEFL Courses are where all the course can be completed online; whereas the Combined TEFL Courses are a mix of online learning with a classroom course for practical experience.

    Once you’re qualified, you can teach around the world by applying to jobs directly, or if you’d prefer support with your application, visas and accommodation, you can do one of our popular Supported TEFL Jobs or TEFL Internships.

  • Q: How much can I earn teaching English as a foreign language?

    It all depends on where and how you’re teaching English.

    Employed as a TEFL teacher

    If you have a specific country in mind where you’d like to teach – check out our A-Z of destinations here to find out how much your average monthly salary would be.

    TEFL Internship

    If you’re on a TEFL Internship (China or Thailand) with i-to-i, you could be earning a generous monthly living allowance, plus you’ll also get accommodation included and sometimes even meals, bills and laundry covered.

    The aim of our TEFL Internships is make teaching abroad fuss-free, letting you focus on the fun! Included in the fee, you’ll also get qualified with an English government-recognised TEFL Course before jetting off to an epic destination where you’ll teach English in some stunning locations.

    Supported TEFL Job

    With our range of Supported TEFL Jobs, you could be earning a salary of up to £740 per month with accommodation included, airport pickup and transfers and even a sizeable completion bonus to help fund your further travels!

    Before you go, you’ll get top-quality training with our 120 Hour Online TEFL Course so that you’re fully prepared to step into the classroom. Plus, during your placement, you’ll get full in-country support through our trusted partners while you teach in a carefully selected school and explore a brand new country.

    Teaching English online

    Obviously, with online English teaching, it all depends on which company you’re teaching through or whether you’re working on a self-employed basis, how many students are in the sessions and how many times a week you’re teaching.

    On average, we would advise that you can earn around the below when teaching English as a foreign language online:

    – General or conversational English – £8+ per lesson

    – Business English – From £20+ per lesson

    – Examination preparation – Around £20 per lesson

    – Job interview coaching – Around £15 per lesson

    – English lessons for specific nationalities – £10+ per lesson

TEFL courses

Become a confident, qualified English teacher with flexible online, classroom or mixed learning.

Supported TEFL jobs

With accommodation, a salary and a qualification sorted – it’s the hassle-free way to get a trusted TEFL job!

TEFL internships

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i-to-i TEFL
4th Floor, Wilson House, Lorne Park Road,
Bournemouth, England, BH1 1JN,
United Kingdom

i-to-i TEFL is a part of Teach and Travel Group Ltd.
Registered Company No. 7935847.