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What is TEFL

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

TEFL means ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’. With so many acronyms (ESL, EFL, TESOL) flying around, it’s hard to decipher what is what, and who does what but they all amount to the same thing – teaching English as a second language to people who are not native speakers.

Why take a TEFL Certificate Course

Speaking a language fluently does not mean that you are able to teach English to a non-native. There are many complex factors about a language that we, as native/ near-native speakers, do not know. We know the HOW to use a language but not the WHY. TEFL certificate courses teach you all you need to know to walk into a classroom and work as an English teacher with confidence and knowledge.

TEFL courses also cover the types of situations you will encounter as an English teacher. How to teach children, business English or online classes – all these form part of the English teaching experience and preparing for them during the course is essential.

All the TEFL courses that we recommend and partner with have as a standard at least 120 hours in total. Within these courses, each includes at least 6 observed teaching practices.The teaching practices take place in a controlled classroom situation, with students that are learning English as a Foreign Language to get comfortable in a classroom environment. The TEFL teachers in training then get feedback on the practices so that they can improve and learn from experienced TEFL trainers.

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What theory is taught in a TEFL course?

Class preparation and structure

What is the most effective way of teaching English? How can you prepare for many hours with just one student? TEFL courses teach how to prepare for all types of classes and how to structure an ESL class so you are fully prepared to walk into a classroom and teach with confidence.

Levels of English

Is your student beginner, intermediate or advanced? TEFL courses help prepare teachers to place their students’ level accurately and pinpoint where and how to improve.


TEFL courses explain the intricacies of English language grammar. Phrasal verbs, tenses and sentence construction are all covered so you are able to understand them from a non-native’s point of view.

Classroom Management

How do you control a group of lively children and teach them at the same time? What about encouraging nervous students to come out of their shell? TEFL courses include classes on how to deal with the most common situation you will encounter as an English teacher.

Types of English teaching

Teaching children, business English, online English classes – all these types of teaching require different preparation and execution. During the TEFL course you will cover all of these. All of our TEFL courses are face-to-face courses and not online.

When can I start my TEFL?

Start dates for this TEFL Program are generally every month and we recommend you apply early as courses fill up fast.