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20 Hour Practical TEFL Course

  • 2 day 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
  • New! Virtual options available!
  • FREE Flexi-Course option: Book now, pick a date later ?
One Life-changing weekend

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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20 Hour Classroom TEFL Course: Find out if TEFL is for you

Want to get some hands-on TEFL experience before taking the plunge and teaching online or abroad? Then the 20-hour classroom course is for you.

This practical course is a brilliant way to boost your skills, knowledge, and confidence! The two-day practical course, led by experienced tutors gives an introduction into teaching English online and abroad. You’ll even get the chance to practice creating and 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.

Only UK Regulated TEFL Qualification

Quality training means top jobs

Ofqual-regulated TEFL training. A mark of quality employers will recognise – making you super employable. Check out your shiny certificate here.

Course breakdown

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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 (or online), so choose one near your home town or university and get ready for a weekend that could take life in a new direction.
If you decide you want to take things further at the end of the course, you can always add on the 120-hour online course and get qualified to teach all over the world.

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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:

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.

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Academic Director, Emily John

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TEFL Tutor, Gayle Norman

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My tutor is doing a marvellous job ...she always encourages me to proceed in the right way and gives instant reply with my any query ..thanx a lott...

Rajshree Kejriwal

30th March 2022

Thank you so much Gemma James for helping me choose the right course for me. Your help was much appreciated. Regards Cindy

Cindy Jansen

30th March 2022

I loved the way customer service dealt with my query, fast and satisfactory. Mostly, thank you Sahm.


29th March 2022

This course was very useful. I`ve already had some teaching experience and knowledge and 180h course helped me to organize my ideas and I`ve found a lot of useful information as well. I want to thank ... More

Anna D

29th March 2022

Very responsive to emails and extremely thorough explaining the process and how to set up my account details correctly. I was extremely happy with their support they gave me, while also taking the in... More

Natalie Kerr

29th March 2022

Hi!I am very happy with the TEFL course!

Sumaya Bi Bi Randeree

28th March 2022

I needed assistance about something and I got help promptly, thanks to Justina Kirveleviciute. I'm really appreciate your assistance, and thank you.

Olivia Magae Dompreh

28th March 2022

Studying with i-to-i fitted into my various circumstances since registering for the course, in 2020. There were various times where I came close to my course expiring and I was helped with efficiency ... More

Haarsha Balrajh

28th March 2022

The support team especially Sahm has been a great help when it comes to understanding and explaining assignments.

Bronwyn Pretorius

27th March 2022

Thank you for your prompt response. Much appreciated.

Jean Lombard

26th March 2022

I would highly recommend i-to-i, as they are passionate about their work and in their students. They reach out to you and do their utmost best so that you could get qualified. They really know what cu... More

Emmerentia Meintjes

25th March 2022

I have only positive feedback to give.The support given is prompt and efficient and always friendly and supportive. Special thanks to Gemma James.She has always given me excellent service and advice.... More

Nicolette Van Rensburg

25th March 2022

my academic supporter Sahm Amirsedghi has been so amazing. he has been there with me every step of the way directing in the best possible way. never letting me loose hope. thank you so much for your ... More

jade naidoo

24th March 2022

The best customer service i have ever experienced and a HUGE thank you to Gemma for all your help and encouragement

Michaela Kloppers

24th March 2022

I needed clarification about something in assignment one and Sahm Amirsedghi helped me. Very very happy with the response.


24th March 2022

I am happy with the quick response time.

Nikita Boshoff

23rd March 2022

TEFL course is the best way to be international teacher. Assignments are clear and simple. Many thanks to all tutors for their hard works.

Madalov Navruz

23rd March 2022

I believe service is a key roll in any professional business, as the consultant hit the key and implemented her the roll perfectly. With delivering in depth information, with the request from mysel... More


22nd March 2022

Goed opgezette cursus, veel extra info. Na deze training ben je zelfverzekerd genoeg om les te gaan geven! Het is wel van belang dat je er voldoende tijd in investeert


22nd March 2022

i-to-i TEFL were extremely efficient and reliable. I often received feedback for my assignments within 2-3 days, and the feedback was thorough and very encouraging. The coursework itself was manageabl... More


22nd March 2022

Very supportive and helpful . Always friendly.


22nd March 2022

Their customer has been excellent so far. The process of stopping my course temporarily was a breeze, for example.

Nelson Ntlhabo

22nd March 2022

I am so impressed with i-to-i Tefl, from the customer service division to the academic department! Thank you for a very professionally run business. I have so enjoyed the 180 hour course and look fo... More

June Labuschagne

22nd March 2022

Justina was extremely helpful, and went above and beyond in supporting me. I was very pleasantly surprised with the solution she was able to provide to my challenge.


22nd March 2022

the response was good. The assistance was amazing. The support structure is really one to appraise. thanks for all the guidance.


22nd March 2022

I have never been exposed to having to teach a class but working through the TEFL Level 5 180h course made things very simple and easy to work through and left me feeling confident enough to walk into... More

Gabriela Coelho

22nd March 2022

Really great learning experience. Love the course structure.


22nd March 2022

I found the customer service and support from i-to-i to be really good. The course layout and content is also of a high standard. I would definitely recommend them to anyone that want to start their T... More

Henk Pepler

21st March 2022

very supportive and caring. A big thanks to Emily John and Jeanette Corbett


21st March 2022

I recently completed an intensive online course with i-to-i TEFL and I cannot recommend these guys highly enough! The course itself was both incredibly practical and thought provoking with a variety o... More


21st March 2022

Nikki was a fantastic help in organising our TEFL signup and so lovely. 10/10!


21st March 2022

The amount of help I've been receiving from Emily John is amazing, she's patient and understanding. I couldn't have chosen a better place to do my course. A job very well done.


20th March 2022

Jordan helped amend my resume/cover letter for TEFL teaching roles. The feedback was incredibly helpful in a 'new' sector and was able to get my CV/cover letter to a good standard to be able... More


20th March 2022

I not started yet .. But what my friend told me is the same I am hearing in this review


18th March 2022

Jordon williams Thank you so much for your assistants, it was great help


18th March 2022

I had a very great experience with my course and with the assistance and customer support. I didn't have any issues, once or twice the reply was a bit short but the rest was a fast reply. I wo... More


17th March 2022

I had a great experience studying i-to-i's 420 Hour Diploma, I only have my IELTS course left. I had amazing feedback from Jordon, at the job seeker support team. The feedback was time was excell... More

Loraine Symington

17th March 2022

I am enjoying this course ,it is very informative and challenging. Thank you for the advice and prompt response from the support team.


16th March 2022

I have completed many courses at I-to-I TEFL and they always provide useful feedback quickly. Their courses are top quality, reasonably priced and I find the staff extremely helpful. Thanks to Emily J... More


16th March 2022

I achieved a Gold TEFL/TESOL certificate from the TEFL Organization earlier this year but it was no where near as comprehensive as i-to-TEFL.. I would highly recommend paying a little more and apply... More

Pamela Molenaar

16th March 2022

The academic team was of immense help and helped me to complete the assignment successfully.Many thanks to Ms.Emily for her quick response and guidance at every step...


16th March 2022

Phoned Leah about extending my course - she was so friendly and helpful! Great service 😁

Victoria Shoesmith

16th March 2022

I received excellent assistance and customer service from Nina Bennewitz. All that is I can say is " She's my Superstar at TEFL". THANK YOU NINA!

Roxanne Thys

16th March 2022

A challenging yet very informative and helpful course.


15th March 2022

I really like i-to-i as a company. Its a great company for those new to TEFL. Technical support has been very good. Thank you Gemma! :)


15th March 2022

Thank you I-to-i Tefl academic team & Sahm for the prompt feedback and reviews along the way of this new endeavor. best regards Raeesah


15th March 2022

Thank you so much for the advice , it certainly did helped a lot .

Danelle Geldenhuys

14th March 2022

It is one of the most informative and well-structured courses I have ever had. No frills, only helpful stuff. 100% recommended for both inexperienced teachers and those who want to improve their teach... More

Marina Pershina

14th March 2022

I have just submitted my 3rd assignment of my Level 5 Course. And i just realized my course ends in 2 days and I still have 2 more modules to do. I spoke to Justina to ask for assistance as I want to ... More


14th March 2022

Customer service was always quick to reply it was a pleasant experience to study through i-to-i over all.

Ockert Botha

14th March 2022

FAQs - your questions answered

"Will the course fit in with my life?"

Absolutely! You pick the place and date of when you want to complete your 20 hour classroom training. Once you've done that all you need to do is turn up with bags of enthusiasm!

If you're not sure when or where you want to take the course there's always the flexi-option which lets you decide at a later date.

"How do I get fully qualified as a TEFL teacher?"

If at the end of the weekend course you've caught the TEFL bug and you want to get fully qualified it's really simple!

All you have to do is add on our 120 hour online TEFL course and complete it, this normally takes people four to six weeks. Once you've passed this you've got everything you need to travel the world and start teaching!

"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 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.

ofqual-iconWho 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.

odlqcDid 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.

Regulated, accredited and trusted.

Take a look at what your i-to-i qualification could look like

With so many TEFL courses out there it’s hard to know what to look for so here’s our top tips:

  • English Government 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 27 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.

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. We’re accredited and our courses are regulated 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 210,000 and counting.

Find Us

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.