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Are you interested in teaching English as a foreign language?

Ever dreamt of going from Christchurch to Chiang Mai, Louisiana to Lisbon or Vancouver to Vienna? With TEFL you can! 

With over 1.5 billion learning English around the world it is easy to understand why the demand for TEFL tutors is enormous, whether you want to teach at home, online or overseas.

If you’re interested in teaching English as a foreign language, you just need a TEFL qualification to open up a world of opportunities.

By getting your Online Level 5 TEFL Diploma or Level 3 TEFL Certificate from The TEFL Academy, you’ll be getting a qualification that’s recognised around the world. 

Enrol today and you’ll also receive $778 of additional online learning for FREE, including three top-up courses (Teaching business English; Teaching online and 1:1; and, Teaching young learners), exclusive live access to our weekly one-hour topical webinars designed to support your learning, our TEFL Handbook and TEFL Resource Pack

TEFL is the acronym for teaching English as a foreign language or, simply, English language instruction for non-native speakers. It is sometimes also known as TESOL (teaching English to speakers of other languages) or TESL (teaching English as a second language).

Being a TEFL teacher means teaching the English language to adults and/or children whose first language is not English. This can occur either within the state school system or, more privately, at a language school or with a tutor.

TEFL instruction can be delivered face-to-face, like in a classroom, or online to/from anywhere in the world, either one-to-one or in a group. Students can learn the language generally and/or look to increase their English-language vocabulary for a specific purpose, such as learning business English.

TEFL and TESOL are both acronyms for teaching English to non-native English speakers. Both acronyms can be used to describe qualifications which certify you to teach English as a foreign language. To a large extent, "TEFL" and "TESOL" are used interchangeably.

  • TEFL - Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • TESOL - Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

Our TEFL jobs are open to anyone who has a recognised Level 3 or Level 5 TEFL qualification. This means that as soon as you graduate from The TEFL Academy, you can start applying for teaching jobs abroad. New jobs are posted daily!

Our TEFL internships are open to anyone who has enrolled on our Level 3 or Level 5 courses and meets the requirements listed for each opportunity. An internship is the ideal way to kick-start your TEFL career whilst receiving a higher level of support than standard TEFL jobs. They are a good way to bridge the gap between qualifying and starting a more formal teaching role.

Our voluntary TEFL positions are a great way to get started with TEFL, helping you to gain valuable experience whilst helping others and receiving additional support. They are open to anyone who has enrolled on our Level 3 or Level 5 courses and meets the requirements listed for each opportunity.

With so much choice and such a vast amount of conflicting information available on the Internet it can be difficult for potential TEFL course students to make the correct choice.

The most internationally recognised TEFL courses lead to a level 5 qualification, which is the same level as the CELTA/Trinity CertTESOL. The minimum entry requirement for most well paid jobs, with the best packages, is a level 5 TEFL qualification. The level 5 version of our course leads to a Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours), it's regulated by Ofqual (UK government department) and awarded by Qualifi, a UK government recognised awarding body.

A TEFL Diploma is simply a slightly higher level of qualification than a "Certificate". It will help your CV/Resume stand out against other applicants for TEFL jobs. Our Diploma is the highest Level 5 Diploma available, so courses advertised as an "Advanced Diploma" are equal to our qualification.

If you are looking for an introduction to TEFL and plan to look for casual work teaching English, such as volunteering, teaching whilst backpacking and some online teaching roles, then we recommend you choose a level 3 course. The level 3 version of our course leads to a Level 3 TEFL Certificate (120hrs).

We know that navigating your way through the TEFL web of courses is very confusing. This is why we try to keep it simple, giving you exactly what you need to get the best jobs around the world!

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  • 8671 Job board positions We have thousands of TEFL positions from over 1,500 jobs
  • 96 Global course locations We have more course locations than any other TEFL provider
  • 15521 Interns & volunteers Thousands of our alumni complete our paid & volunteer internships each year

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“The online course meant I was able to study and continue as a teaching assistant in my school. It also meant I could put into practice what I was learning as I went. Although I was already teaching, the course gave me so much more confidence, and the qualification has led to many more opportunities. I currently have my own students that I teach privately, I have worked in a summer camp in England, and I now work for an academy teaching Business English to adults.”

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Why choose The TEFL Academy?

You’ll get the best value TEFL courses, experienced trainers and outstanding student support

The TEFL Academy specialises in accredited Level 3 and Level 5 TEFL courses, and nothing else. We regularly review and update our course content and all of our trainers are English as a foreign language professionals who have qualified as TEFL teachers and have years of teaching experience.

Our friendly Student Services team is on hand to support you throughout your studies. You’ll also get exclusive access to our TEFL Jobs Board with the latest vacancies from around the world. 

  • Highest average review ratings of any TEFL provider!

  • GoOverseas’s & GoAbroad’s Top TEFL Course Awards Winner 2019, 2020 & 2021!

  • More jobs & job support than any other TEFL provider!

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The TEFL Academy was the world’s first TEFL course provider to receive official recognition from government regulated awarding bodies in both the USA and UK. This means when you graduate you’ll hold a globally recognised Level 3 (120hr) Certificate or Level 5 (168hr) Diploma, meaning you can find work anywhere and apply for jobs immediately.

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