Our 200 Hour Combined TEFL Course goes above and beyond our essential 120 hour TEFL course, creating the perfect cocktail of in-depth online learning with a weekend of practice in the classroom.
We understand that for first time TEFL teachers you want to be as prepared as possible for when you start teaching. And that’s why we’ve included not only 2 of our top selling specialist TEFL courses but also our classroom TEFL course for engaging, hands on learning. Get to grips with the essentials of teaching English as a foreign language plus brush up on your grammar and learn how to adapt your teaching style for younger learners. And when it comes to your classroom course, you’ll be spoilt for choice! We run regular weekend classroom courses across the world giving you chance to put your new skills to the test.
With 200 hours of TEFL training under your belt you’re going to be an attractive prospect to future employers, so whether you’re looking to teach to fund future travels or it’s the start of a new career, this is something you can’t miss off your CV!
The beauty of the 200 hour TEFL course is that it’s truly flexible. Because the majority of your studying will be done online all you’ll need is the internet and you’re good to go. When it comes to your weekend TEFL course it’s up to you whether you pick the date up front or you can opt for the flexi-option and decide when it works for you.
We know that studying online comes with its own challenges which is why all of our courses give you dedicated and helpful feedback from expert tutors. They’re there to answer your questions and help you become the great TEFL teacher you can be. Plus there’s always the weekend course for you to talk through any tricky things that you come across.
And if you’re thinking that the course is going to be 200 hours of boredom you can think again! Our courses are jam-packed with quizzes, interactive real-life scenarios and videos to help you put the theory into practice.
What will I learn?
New to teaching? Perfect! Our 200 hour TEFL course has been designed to give a complete newbie the tools they need to enter the classroom with confidence. Combining 180 hours of online learning with 20 hours of classroom training, you’ll get the best of both worlds! Here’s just a few of the things you’ll cover:
Plan and deliver effective and engaging lessons
Create fun and interesting content for students of any age
Put your lesson plans into practice
Learn how to manage the classroom and get the best from your class
Want to know what you’ll be doing? Here’s a brief overview of the online modules:
1. Lesson planning & content
Create a top lesson plan packed full of engaging and interactive content.
2. Making it work in the classroom
Learn how to take the theory into the classroom, delivering effective lessons.
3. Teaching grammar
Turn the tables on this often unloved topic, find a new love for grammar and get your students excited about it.
4. Adapting your lessons to young learners
Get the skills to handle and teach younger (and more lively!) students from the first lesson to dealing with different abilities.
5. Check your knowledge
Test what you’ve learnt along the way with interactive quizzes.
6. Course assessment
Complete your final assessment for your 120 Hour TEFL training and two shorter tests for the Advanced Grammar and Teaching Young Learners modules. Once you’ve passed them all it’s over to you to start your own job hunt!
You’ll be amazed at what you can learn in two days but by the end of the weekend classroom course you’ll be itching to jump into the classroom. With plenty of opportunity to put what you’ve learnt into practice, this is when you see the teaching theory come to life.
Here’s the timetable for the two days:
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
We want you to feel fully prepared before you enter the classroom which is why we designed the 200 Hour TEFL course to do just that. We know that whether you’re totally new to TEFL or you’ve got some teaching experience you’ll have questions.
Our tutors are available to give you support and constructive feedback along the way so you’ll have TEFL experts on hand for all your queries.
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
Portuguese-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.
You can access the course online 24/7, so whether you like to study in the small hours or you prefer to get cracking first thing you can complete the course in a way that works for you. The only thing you need to get started is the internet – it’s that simple!
I am very happy with the course. And i-to-i has been helpful.
18th June 2018
Thank you, I-TO-I Team! That was a really amazing experience! I had the opportunity to check my knowledge, discover so much new information about teaching, new methodologies, secrets, tips, materials.... More
18th June 2018
The course was great. Seeing and drilling the theory practically taught me a lot. Anny is an amazing teacher and I learned a lot from her.
However, I feel that there might be better venues for th... More
18th June 2018
Wonderful course with many tips and references for all levels using various teaching methods, techniques and incentives.
17th June 2018
It provides a strong foundation to go forwards with in TEFL.
17th June 2018
It equipped me with the practical knowledge of what I have to do as an ESL teacher and how to in a simpler way
16th June 2018
it was taught in such a way, that it was easy. You could see where you were going, could give yourself daily targets.
16th June 2018
This course is the best, teaches you so much
15th June 2018
I really enjoyed doing this course. It was very well set-up and has helped me tremendously on my way to become a good English teacher.
13th June 2018
The course is very good and provides access to essential and interesting learning modules, however be prepared to truly commit. I work 60 hours a week and one day hope to move abroad and teach but not... More
"Can I change the specialist courses to something else?"
Unfortunately not. We carefully picked the additional specialist courses based on customer feedback and our expert TEFL knowledge. If you want to keep studying (which we always encourage!) we offer several other specialist courses, so if there’s something else you fancy you can always add it on later.
"How soon before I’m teaching abroad?"
Keen to get out there and live the TEFL dream? You could be teaching in the sunshine in as little as three months.
We find most people take four to six weeks to complete the 120 hour online course. You can complete the classroom course at any point, it's totally up to you. It’s up to you whether you want to wait until you’ve completed the specialist courses before applying for jobs but the minimum requirement for TEFL is 120 hours training.
"Where can I teach abroad?"
The world really is your oyster when it comes to teaching English as a foreign language! You can teach anywhere where English is not a first language – it’s a lot of places. Just pick your dream destination and you could be there sooner than you think!
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:
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 23 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
Our qualifications open doors all over the world, we’re accredited & regulated by all the right people and innovation is kind of our thing.
Support & advice
We know this is all new to you – but we make it new ‘exciting’ not new ‘scary’. And we’ll hold your hand as tight, and for as long, as you need.
Experience & knowledge
We wrote the book on this stuff,we’ve been around the longest and have handed out more TEFL courses than anyone – about 182,000 and counting.
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