TEFL 320: The most comprehensive combined TEFL course
Stand out from the crowd with the only TEFL course to give you 300 hours of online TEFL training plus a 20 hour weekend classroom course. This combined course lets you put your teaching into practice whilst giving you in-depth online training to teach a wide range of TEFL skills.
Whether you’re looking to make teaching English abroad a career or you want to earn a generous salary, the 320 hour course is designed with you in mind. The online part of the course contains our essential 120 hour course plus 5 of our leading Specialist Courses so you’ll stand out from the crowd and boost your earning potential. The 320 hour Combined TEFL Course will unlock doors around the world when it comes to finding the best paid jobs. By the time you complete the online section you’ll be able to teach a wide range of students, including adults and young learners.
The 20 hour weekend classroom course is the chance to try your hand at teaching for real, role play with other students and learn some practical tips to take into the classroom from one of our experienced tutors.
Before you know it you’ll be at the end of the 320 hour course and your certificate will be winging its way to you. All that’s left for you to do then is get applying for TEFL jobs in your dream destination.
Although this is our longest TEFL course we’ve created this so that you’re fully equipped to enter the teaching world. Because the majority of the course is online you can complete it at your own pace so it fits around your life, with 175 days (roughly 25 weeks) to finish it you can even take the odd weekend off!
It’s up to you when you want to do the practical weekend course some people choose to do it first, others like to break up their online learning – it’s your call. Don’t worry if you’re not sure on where you’ll be or when you’ll be free there’s a flexi option so you can pick a date that works for you when it suits you.
When we designed our TEFL courses we made sure we’d want to do them ourselves which is why you won’t find a dull assignment or boring lecture. Instead they’re jam-packed with quizzes, videos and interactive real-life scenarios.
What will I learn?
You’ll be learning a lot throughout the 320 Hour course and we don’t want to spoil all the surprises but it’s safe to say that by the end you’ll feel ready to jump straight into teaching.
We’ve packed our top specialist courses into the 320 Hour course, these include: Advanced Grammar, Teaching Young Learners, Teaching One to One, Lesson Planning & Teaching Business English. Here’s a quick snapshot of what you’ll learn throughout the course:
Plan and deliver effective lessons to get the best from your students
Put your practical classroom tools into action
Create an adaptable lesson plan for all ages and classroom sizes
Deliver engaging lessons to adults in Business English
Understand and deliver the essentials of teaching grammar
Want to know what you’ll be doing? Here’s a brief overview of the online modules:
1. Lesson planning & content
Build a lesson plan with content designed to inspire your students and boost your confidence as a teacher
2. Taking it to the classroom
Try your hand at different classroom techniques before putting them in front of real-life students
3. Adapting your teaching to different ages & class sizes
Get to grips with this invaluable skill and you’ll find you can teach all ages and class sizes, helped by our Teaching Young Learners and Teaching One-to-One specialist courses.
4. Teaching grammar & Business English
Add the TEFL magic to these stereotypically less exciting topics and you’ll be enjoying these lessons as much as your students! Get skilled up with our Advanced Grammar and Business English add-ons!
5. Course assessment
You’ll need to pass an assessment at the end of each module and it’s a great way to see how far along the course you are. When you’ve passed that final test you’re qualified!
Two days might not seem like a long time but you’ll get the chance to get your hands dirty (metaphorically) and try some real-life teaching. Don’t worry about deciding on a location on date at the start, we offer a flexi option which lets you pick that later on.
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
Although the majority of your course will be completed online you won’t be going it alone! You’ll have the support of one of our expert tutors to give you constructive feedback and mark your assessments, helping you become a world class TEFL teacher.
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.
We know that everyone learns differently and at their own speed which is why our online courses are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So whether you want to hit the books at 3am or study on your break, as long as you’ve got access to the internet you can be continuing your journey to getting TEFL qualified!
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10th December 2018
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"Do I need to complete all the specialist courses included?"
Yes, if you’re signed up to do the 300 hour course you’ll need to complete the extra courses. If you’re in a hurry and want to get teaching quick you could always do our 120 Hour Online course and add the specialist modules on at a later date.
"What’s the benefit to doing the specialist modules?"
Where do we start?! The main plus is pay, by having these extra qualifications under your belt you’ll be able to earn a lot more teaching abroad. But there’s plenty of other benefits, they’ll help you become a more confident and better teacher, helping your career and your students learning.
"Where will I teach abroad? "
Once you've got your TEFL certificate, the world is waiting for you. With the 320 hours, you'll be a star-player in the TEFL jobs world. As long as the country you want to teach in doesn't have English as a first language, then anything is possible.
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.