TEFL Academy

What is TEFL?

TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Other acronyms are often used, such as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), and ELT (English Language Teaching) and in terms of teaching English abroad, they are often used interchangeably.

With an ITTT TEFL academy accredited TEFL course you can acquire all the specialist skills and knowledge required to become a qualified teaching professional, to teach in almost any country in the world

What is the difference between TEFL and TESOL?

Many of the most popular countries for teaching English abroad require teachers to hold a TEFL certification in order to obtain a work visa or work permit. The recognized worldwide standard qualification for teaching English to non-native speakers is known as either a TEFL or TESOL certificate.

What can you do with a TEFL certificate?

Infographic: What can you do with a TEFL certificate?

Am I eligible to take a TEFL academy course?

Providing you are willing to learn and are over the age of 18 years, you are eligible to take one of our courses. All our introductory level courses are designed to be taken with no previous experience in teaching or specific qualifications.

What do you need to be able to teach English around the world?

Infographic: What do you need to be able to teach English around the world?

All ITTT TEFL academy certification programs are open to native English speakers and non-native speakers and there is no requirement to speak any language other than English. While there are some countries that have restrictions on hiring non-native English speakers, there are many other fascinating countries throughout the world that do not.

Can non-native English speakers take a TEFL course?

What kind of people become EFL teachers?

There is no single ‘type’ of person who aspires to be a TEFL teacher, though they do often have a number of common traits, which include:

* A passion for new experience
* An interest in other cultures than their own
* A love of travel
* A willingness to and enjoyment in, helping others

From student to teacher in six easy steps

Whatever your own personal motivation, ITTT can help make your dream of a new teaching career become a reality.

Infographic: From student to teacher in six easy steps

Where can I teach EFL?

Job opportunities exist in almost every country in the world for those gaining a TEFL certification. After completion of their training course, ITTT TEFL academy graduates might find work within their own country, but for many others it is necessary or preferable to look further afield. A career in teaching can vary from volunteering in a disadvantaged community to teaching in state or international schools, within private businesses or even by setting up their own language school.

Here are seven examples of popular international destinations for teaching English abroad:

Infographic: Where are the best places to be an English teacher?

How to get a TEFL certification

When deciding upon a TEFL certification course the most important thing is that you choose one that meets your own individual plans. There are many short-format TEFL certifications available online that can be completed in 60 study hours or even less. These are fine in some situations.

The internationally accepted minimum qualification is an online TEFL certification covering at least 100 hours. Although these courses may not include any teaching practice, they are still often enough to enable you to get a good entry level teaching position in many countries.

If you want to have as many options as possible, including those that offer the best salaries and other benefits, then you should consider an in-class TEFL certification program. Many In-class courses run full-time over a four week period and include teaching practice with genuine language learners. Alternatively, the ITTT TEFL academy also offers a combined course option that is split between a period of distance learning and a shorter on-site attendance.

Whichever course you decide fits your needs, you should ensure that the provider you choose meets all the following internationally recognized standards;

  • They should offer online courses that include at least 100 hours of training and input.
  • Courses meet international standards for the regulation of acceptable English language teaching certification.
  • They should offer in-class courses that include a minimum of 6 hours of observed teaching practice with real English language students.
  • All in-class trainers and online tutors must be highly-experienced and qualified professionals.
  • Training materials should cover vital teaching skills.
  • All teaching materials and training methods should be updated regularly to reflect developments in language teaching.
  • The end certificate should be of a high-quality and internationally recognized by employers.
  • Every course must be moderated and inspected by an independent teaching body or professional.

TEFL course options

To ensure we are to provide the best option for all situations, we offer a range of courses that vary in duration, cost and method of study. However, whichever course you choose you will receive the same high-level of study materials and first-class instruction.

Our academy accredited TEFL courses come in two main formats: online certification and in-class certification. Both formats have advantages and disadvantages but regardless of your choice you choose you can rest assured that you will receive the best TEFL certification currently available.

How do I choose the right TEFL course?

In-class TEFL courses

This intensive course option is conducted over a four-week period at one of our international TEFL training academies. If you want the most comprehensive way to start your TEFL career then our in-class course might be perfect for you.

The major benefits of this course option are:

  • The opportunity to practice your teaching skills with genuine language learners in an authentic classroom environment
  • Immediate feedback and constructive criticism on your lessons
  • Direct classroom-based instruction by experienced, professional teacher trainers
  • When not in the classroom you are free to explore the local culture and to make new friendships with your fellow classmates.
  • Training in-class can often lead to job opportunities in the local area

In order to give you as much choice as possible, we offer our in-class course in multiple locations around the world. We have many options throughout the USA, plus training centers in some of the most popular destinations for teaching EFL in Europe, Asia and South America.

For more information, please visit our in-class TEFL course page or click on the interactive map below.

inclass course map


Online TEFL courses

While there are many positive aspects to attending a center to take your course, there are some downsides, in that it is more expensive and you probably will need to travel to the location of the course. For these reasons we have the option of flexible online courses.

Taking an ITTT TEFL academy course online also has advantages, which include;

  • They can be completed in your own time from any location with an internet connection.
  • As they are studied via 100% distance learning the overall TEFL certification cost is considerably less than for an in-class course.
  • You have the option of an experienced online tutor to guide you through your studies.
  • All courses with tutor support come with an additional course free of charge.
  • Tutor-supported courses also include a range of informative videos to complement the written materials.

For further information, please visit our online TEFL course page.

120-hour online TEFL certification course

The 120-hour online TEFL course gives a well balanced overview of many important areas of English Language teaching. This includes an outline of the English grammar system, as it is often taught in the classroom. Further study includes classroom management skills, how to plan and create lessons for a whole range of levels and purposes and how to usefully test and evaluate your students’ performance.

Standard
Course
Specifications
120-Hour
Course
120-Hour
Course
With Tutor Support
and Video
Continuous Assessment
Internationally Accredited
Embossed Certificate
Letter of Recommendation
Supplementary Materials
Free Lesson Plan Access
Teaching Skills Units
Grammar Units
Phonology Units
Video Lessons
Full Tutor Support
20 Course Units
Free Course CTBE or CTEYL
Technical Support
Job Guidance Lifetime Lifetime
US$ 435
US$ 249
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US$ 599
US$ 339
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Teaching English Online with a 170-hour TEO Certificate from ITTT

Teaching English online is something that can be either full or part time and the ITTT 170-hour Teaching English as a Foreign Language Course is perfect for those who want to be able to teach both online and onsite.

Consisting of our 120-hour certification course plus the 50-hour course in teaching English online, the course is specifically designed to give you options on successful completion.

We also have a network of past graduates and recruiters who currently work with some of the biggest online teaching companies, who can assist you in your job searches.

Standard
Course
Specifications
170-hour TEFL Course
with online specialization
170-hour TEFL Course
with online specialization
with tutor support & videos
Continuous Assessment
Internationally Accredited
Embossed Certificate
Letter of Recommendation
Supplementary Materials
Free Lesson Plan Access
Teaching Skills Units
Grammar Units
Phonology Units
Video Lessons
26 Course Units
Full Tutor Support
Free Course
Technical Support
Job Guidance
US$ 420
US$ 289
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US$ 520
US$ 369
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Advanced TEFL Courses

250-hour Diploma course in TESOL (DipTESOL)

If you already have a TEFL certificate and are looking for a higher level of qualification, you may consider our 250-hour TESOL Diploma course.

There are several reasons why people enroll on our online TESOL Diploma course including:

  • It is a higher level course
  • It has the potential to gain you a higher income
  • It can lead to a more prestigious teaching position
  • To increase your knowledge in the area of teaching
  • To gain research skills by doing

Our advanced online TESOL Diploma course includes a wide variety of subjects, from material design to different learning theories, all of which are designed to give you a clearer understanding of your role as an EFL teacher.

As you make your way through the course you should find that many of your existing skills gradually improve, such as your research skills and writing ability. The course should also help you to develop many other transferable skills that you will find useful both inside and outside of the classroom.

It is possible to take the Diploma with no previous qualification, by completing the 120-hour course first and then to move directly to the 250-hour Diploma 120-hour course, giving a total study time of 370 hours.

Advanced
Course
Specifications
370-Hour TESOL
Diploma Certification
With Tutor Support
Research-Based
11 Certification Modules
11 Research Study Sheets
11 Self Study Worksheets
Internationally Accredited
Embossed Certificate
Letter of Recommendation
Technical Support
Job Guidance
Free Lesson Plan Access
Full Tutor Support
Course Assessment Modular Tests
Complimentary Course Free 120-hr TESOL Course
with Tutor
US$ 1390
US$ 599
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TEFL course packages

We have put together three exclusive course packages that offer a great value for money and an opportunity to gain an extensive level of expertise in EFL teaching.

Our three course packages are:

  • 220-hour Master Package Course
  • 470-hour Professional Package Course
  • 550-hour Expert Package Course

All three course packages include the 120-hour online TEFL certification course, the 50-hour course in teaching business English (CTBE) and the 50-hour course in teaching English to young learners (CTEYL). The Professional package adds the Diploma and the Expert contains all the previous courses plus two further components.

Graduates of any ITTT TEFL academy package course may choose to receive an individual certificate for each section completed or a single package certificate.

  220-hour Master
Package Coursewith tutor support & videos
470-hour Professional
Package Coursewith tutor support & videos
550-hour Expert
Package Course with tutor support & videos
120-hour TEFL course with tutor support and videos
50-hour course in teaching business English
50-hour course in teaching English to young learners
250-hour Diploma course in TESOL (DipTESOL)
50-hour course in teaching English online
Certificate of teaching practice recognition
$ 699
$ 399
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$ 1298
$ 799
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$ 1690
$ 999
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Other TEFL certification options

Combined TEFL courses

A further option that provides a compromise between the in-class and online course options is to take a combined TEFL certification course. In this case you take the full certificate in two stages. First you complete the 120-hour online course and after that you attend a training center for eight or ten days to complete your observed teaching practice. The in-class section of the combined course is available in a variety of exciting locations, including:

  • Bangkok, Thailand
  • Barcelona, Spain
  • New York City, USA
  • Paris, France
  • Phuket, Thailand
  • Rome, Italy

Completion of both sections of the course results in an equivalent certification as the full in-class training course.

What’s the difference between online, in-class and combined courses?

Infographic: What’s the difference between online, in-class and combined courses?

For more information, please visit our Combined TEFL course page.

30-hour Certificate of Teaching Practice Recognition (CTPR)

If you are already TEFL or TESOL certified or considering one of our certification courses but lacking teaching practice, our 30-hour CTPR would be perfect for you. This option is aimed at potential teachers or qualified teachers who need to show employers that they have completed six hours of teaching practice.

TEFL Jobs

Once you complete your ITTT TEFL academy certification course you will be in a great position to start applying for teaching jobs in your home country or anywhere else in the world that interests you.

The demand for teachers is particularly high in the following regions and countries.

Asia: China, Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam

Latin America, Central and South America: Argentina, Brazil, Chile, Costa Rica, and Mexico

Western Europe: France, Italy and Spain are among the most popular locations. Eastern Europe also attracts many teachers due to the lower cost of living.

Middle East, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates: Traditionally offer the highest salaries to be found anywhere in the world, however, a high level of qualifications and experience are often required to secure the best jobs in this region.

For more information on the international TEFL job market, please visit our TEFL Jobs page or click on the interactive world map below to see where ITTT’s TEFL & TESOL training centers are located.

Infographic: Looking for a job as a TEFL teacher

If you already know where in the world you want to teach or if you are undecided and looking for inspiration, you can also check out our tips for teaching abroad page where you will find a wide range of information on dozens of possible teaching destinations. Each country’s page offers a varied selection of guides, including useful travel tips, guides to the local culture, cuisine and popular attractions, as well as some light-hearted facts that you never knew you wanted to know.

Why choose ITTT?

Here are the top ten reasons why we believe that ITTT TEFL academy offers the very best TEFL certification choices:

  • We have a large range of high-quality courses to meet the needs of every individual student.
  • You will receive the same high-level of study materials, tuition and support whichever course you choose.
  • Our courses are open to anyone over the age of 18 with a good standard of English language comprehension, regardless of their educational background.
  • A highly effective support services that is available to every trainee before, during and after their training with our academy.
  • Every graduate will have access to our post-course job support services.
  • We regularly offer exclusive special offers that include additional free TEFL certification courses when you sign up for our most popular course programs.
  • Our in-class course offers a wide choice of exotic and exciting locations around the world.
  • Our online courses offer convenience as they can be studied from any location in the world with an internet connection.
  • At ITTT TEFL academy we are affiliated to and accredited by some of the leading individuals, institutes and schools in the language teaching field.

Accreditations

Lamar University (in-class courses)

All TEFL International courses are validated and credit-bearing by Lamar University in the USA. Lamar University is a public university in Beaumont, Texas. Part of the Texas State University system, Lamar University is also accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Paris College of International Education (in-class courses)

Each in-class graduate receives an official transcript from the Paris College of International Education with their TEFL International Certificate. Paris College of International Education is approved as a higher education establishment and is recognized by the Paris Academy as degree-granting.

Paris College of International Education (online courses)

The certificates gained by completing an online course with ITTT are the only 100% online TEFL/TESOL certificates available that are validated, accredited and credit bearing from an internationally-recognized university. The credits earned from PCIE have been transferred successfully to universities all over the world. In the US, credit evaluation services consider PCIE to be in the same bracket as a US regionally-accredited university.

Teacher Training Council (five-day combined courses)

Five-day combined courses are moderated by the Teacher Training Council, an international learning and development body.

IATEFL - International Association of Teachers of English as a Foreign Language

ITTT is an institutional member of IATEFL. IATEFL is one of the most thriving communities of ELT teachers in the world. Its mission is to "Link, develop and support English Language Teaching professionals worldwide". With its global reach, IATEFL encourages teachers of English around the globe to share ideas and philosophies via regular newsletters and conferences. Our IATEFL membership number is 16020. For more information on IATEFL, please visit: www.iatefl.org.

Paris College of International Education Lamar University iatefl Teachers training council

Testimonials

While we are confident that ITTT offers the very best TEFL certification programs currently available, don’t just take our word for it. Why not visit our TEFL certification reviews page to see what our graduates think about us, our courses and their own unique experience earning a qualification with ITTT?

You can also take a look at this video which features newly qualified EFL teachers from all corners of the world speaking about their training experience and how gaining a qualification with ITTT TEFL academy has had a positive impact on their lives and teaching careers.

Job interview tips for teaching English abroad


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