Online TEFL Course

So you’re still employed, or finishing up your bachelor’s degree, but you want to get certified to teach English abroad? Our online TEFL course might be the best TEFL course for you! It’s designed like a 100-level college course, so you can tack it on to your already busy schedule and chip away at a TEFL / TESOL certification course over the short 11 weeks. It’s internationally accredited, with a quality standard unlike any other online TEFL course you’ll find on the web. With courses beginning every month, you can easily find a date range that works for you, and plan to finish just in time to apply for your new ESL teaching job overseas.



  • Internationally accredited
  • Only 20 students per class
  • Plan to study 8-10 hours per week
  • Real professors with degrees in related TEFL/TESOL fields
  • Interactive online courses
  • Flexibility to study in your own time




  • July 2, 2018 – September 14, 2018
  • July 16, 2018 – September 28, 2018
  • July 30, 2018 – October 12, 2018
  • August 13, 2018– October 26, 2018
  • August 27, 2018 – November 9, 2018
  • September 10, 2018 – November 23, 2018
  • September 24, 2018 – December 7, 2018
  • October 8, 2018 – December 21, 2018
  • October 22, 2018 – January 4, 2019
  • November 5, 2018 – January 18, 2019
  • November 19, 2018 – February 1, 2019
  • December 3, 2018 – February 15, 2019
  • December 17, 2018 – March 1, 2019
  • December 31, 2018 – March 15, 2019


Length of training:  11 Weeks

– Online TEFL Course: 150 Hours
– Student Teaching: 20 Hours

It’s a requirement for all students to complete a 20-hour hands-on practicum as part of the online TEFL course, but don’t worry, we can help you find a local organization to volunteer with to fulfill this expectation! It might be with church, a preschool or a local nonprofit — anything that gets you standing in front of a classroom and working with real students.

Total TEFL / TESOL Certification: 170 hours

Optional two-week (30 hours) bonus modules available at no extra cost: 
Young Learners and Business Professionals

Total TEFL/TESOL Certification Available: 200 hours

Tuition: $1,250

I enrolled in Teach English: ESL’s online TEFL course, and I’m so glad I did…I love my TEFL course – I ended up feeling it was the only affordable option available to me that didn’t sacrifice quality.” ~Eliza (USA) 

Online TEFL course best



It’s the most CONVENIENT option

  • It’s designed to do while you work so you don’t have to stop earning while you study. If you’re already a university student, it’s the equivalent of tacking on an extra 100-level course. Just schedule 10-12 hours each week for coursework. Easy peasy.

Study at your own pace, but meet weekly deadlines to stay on track.

  • All assignments are due on Fridays and Sundays over the 11-week duration, so you’ll never lose track of deadlines, and it’s an interactive course on Moodle (like Blackboard) so you can contact your professor and classmates at any time via email or discussion groups. There are no ‘live’ classroom times, so when you study is up to you.

Flexibility that doesn’t lack in quality.

  • This is the gold standard for online courses and it’s internationally accredited!

Grade A professors.

  • All your professors hold at least a master’s degree and have 5+ years of teaching experience both abroad and at home, plus they’re easily reachable by email and live chat.

It’s not just online.

  • You’ll have the unique opportunity to complete a 20-hour practicum right in your hometown. You’ll receive invaluable experience and be two steps ahead of many first-time ESL teachers. Don’t worry, help is provided to find a local placement.

Live lectures and video demonstrations.

  • The professors will host live webcast lectures for your optional participation. If you can’t attend, just save it and watch it later. Every module has a video demonstration for those visual learners out there.

Ongoing Support.

  • During the course, there is continuous support, materials and advice for you. And after you finish, you’ll have access to lifetime job search guidance. Yes. Lifetime.

No grades.

  • This online TEFL course is a pass/fail situation, where 70% is passing. It’s not designed to be hard – it’s designed for you to learn as much practical information as necessary to help you teach English abroad.


Read our 10 Big Online TEFL Course Advantages



Part 1: Chapter Outline

Your 170-Hour TEFL/TESOL Course is divided into 10 separate chapters and a final project, The Thematic Unit.

Pre-Course Grammar chapter

A thorough overview of grammar from adjectives to compound verbs to gerunds, and more. The Pre-Course Grammar Chapter is sent to students upon registration to begin reviewing important grammar points.

Chapter 1: Role of the Teacher

Reading and tasks on various contexts in which teaching occurs; expectations for teachers on their first day of class; identifying ideas for balancing work ideas and leisure; recognizing traits of an effective teacher; ways to build community in your classroom; examples of how to be a good role model; strategies for maintaining professional relationships during your teaching career; terminology and abbreviations used in the TEFL profession; and effective and ineffective teaching practices.

Chapter 2: Creating a Student-Centered Classroom

Reading and tasks on the student-centered approach and teacher’s roles; autonomous learning, the roles of collaboration and cooperative learning; understanding the Learning Pyramid; experiential learning and examples of useful EFL activities; VARK learning preferences; and activities used for each type of intelligence in Multiple Intelligences.

Chapter 3: Cultural Sensitivity

Reading and tasks on culture and cultural sensitivity, surface and deep culture; the five barriers to cross-cultural communication; four main cultural dimensions and their implications for the EFL classroom; and culture shock and its stages.

Chapter 4: Methods and Approaches

Reading and tasks on the differences between approach, method, and technique; contemporary and traditional teaching methods; communicative language teaching (CLT); characteristics of the community language learning approach; general procedures used in a silent way classroom; the pillars of Suggestopedia; using Total Physical Response and Total Physical Response Storytelling in a classroom; principles of content-based instruction; and ways to implement cooperative learning, task-based learning, project-based learning, and differentiation.

Chapter 5: Lesson Planning and Assessment

Reading and tasks on the importance of lesson planning and how it relates to instruction; characteristics of an effective lesson plan; producing an effective lesson plan; the foundation behind effective assessment methods; assessment formats and assessment question types; and incorporating the most appropriate type of assessment for all four language skills.

Chapter 6: Grammar and Lexis

Reading and tasks on defining word root, prefix and suffix; categorizing words into parts of speech within the context of a sentence; content words and function words; common phrasal verbs and collocations; phonological, morphological, syntactic, semantic, and pragmatic understanding; selecting vocabulary words to teach in the ESL/EFL classroom; effective methods of vocabulary instruction; challenges and approaches to teaching idiomatic expressions; simple, complex, compound, and complex-compound sentence types; proper usage of the tense-aspect system and conditionals in English; declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences; challenges that EFL students face with word order; effective methods of grammar instruction; and methods for assessing vocabulary and grammar.

Chapter 7: Listening and Reading

Reading and tasks on how the brain processes listening output; types of listening input; types of listening materials and how to choose them for the classroom; how to tailor listening activities to student level and mental method of processing; ways to set up activities within a listening lesson and sequence of lessons; how the MINUS Approach can be used to structure effective listening; specific techniques for teaching listening skills; how the schema theory impacts ESL/EFL reading activities; common reading strategies that can be taught to ESL/EFL learners; selecting reading materials; intensive and extensive reading skills; types of pre-reading, while reading, and post-reading activities; and ways to assess reading both formally and informally.

Chapter 8: Speaking and Writing

Reading and tasks on the foundation needed for ESL/EFL students to improve their oral and written language production; commonly used classroom speaking activities; the sounds and most common pronunciation rules for English pronunciation and when to incorporate effective pronunciation techniques into ESL/EFL lessons; structuring ESL/EFL writing activities and lessons; and recommended outside resources to improve and expand teacher knowledge, methods, and materials of ESL/EFL speaking and writing.

Chapter 9: Visual Aids and Technology

Reading and tasks on the several benefits of using low-tech visual aids with English language learners; low-tech visual aids and how they can be applied to the ESL/EFL classroom; ways to use the Internet effectively with ESL/EFL students; precautions to consider when assigning Internet-related activities; how blogs and wikis might be used to enhance students’ communication skills; recommendations for effectively integrating video into the ESL/EFL classroom; ways to use songs as a teaching and learning tool; appropriate visual aids for each language skill (reading, writing, listening and speaking); and general criteria to follow when choosing a visual aid.

Chapter 10: Classroom Management

Reading and tasks on the basic concepts and best practices of classroom management; the most common ways to physically arrange a classroom and their implications; ways to establish a presence as a teacher; how to create a successful community of student learners; suggestions for structuring daily lessons; and other student and classroom issues that may arise, and how to approach them.

Thematic Unit

At the end of the course, each student will need to complete a thematic unit. Your thematic unit will cover three days worth of lesson planning that you will create. The timeframe of three days simulates a typical week of classes for a TEFL/TESOL instructor abroad. The thematic unit is worth a total of 100 points. The Thematic Unit must be completed in order to receive your TEFL/TESOL certificate.

Part 2: Young Learners and Business English Additional Chapters

The following 2 units are offered as an optional add-on to the online TEFL course. You will earn an additional 30 hours of certification at the end of the following 2 units.

English for Specific Purposes (ESP) and Business English

Subjects covered in this unit are:

  • The history and development of English for Specific purposes (ESP)
  • The rationale behind and methods for conducting needs analyses
  • Major considerations for teaching English for academic purposes (EAP)
  • Sample reading, writing, listening, and speaking tasks that would benefit students in Business English
  • Various online resources available for ESL/EFL instructors within EAP and business English

Young Learners

Subjects covered in this unit are:

  • Differences between teaching young learners and adults
  • Differences in teaching approach to different ages of young learners
  • Examples of best activities for young learners
  • How to teach listening and speaking skills to young learners
  • How to teach reading and writing skills to young learners
  • How best to manage a class of young learners