Published 18th March 2020

The Coronavirus (Covid-19) global pandemic is a constantly evolving situation that we are monitoring closely. This article will be amended regularly and serves as a general guide on how the virus is affecting the TEFL industry.

Unprecedented demand for online TEFL teachers

As countries take measures to slow the spread of the virus, including the closure of schools,  there has been a huge increase in the demand for online teachers. This is being felt especially strongly in the TEFL industry. We are receiving reports from companies that match up EFL/ESL teachers with students that they do not have enough TEFL teachers to cope with demand.

TEFL is fast becoming an ideal way for fluent English speakers to earn money from home during the pandemic.

Read our article: Coronavirus (Covid-19), Teach English Online and Earn Money from Home.

Our face-to-face courses

Anyone booking a combined course will be able to reschedule the 20hr face-to-face section of their course to a later date if their course is unable to go ahead. For those students with an upcoming course:

Firstly, we would like to assure you that the health and safety of our staff and students is of utmost concern and we are continually monitoring the situation worldwide.

As the situation varies greatly from country to country, we will assess whether or not a course will proceed on a case by case basis, which will be continually assessed.

If it is decided your course will not be going ahead, you will be contacted immediately and offered the opportunity to attend a classroom course at a later date.

Should the government advice of your area deem it safe for your course to proceed, we ask you to follow all advice and precautions provided to you included in the government advice of your area.

In addition to this, should you have travelled overseas recently, or should you or a family member feel unwell, please do not attend the course and instead contact us to reschedule your classroom course.

Please stay up to date on the advice in your location and contact us should you have any concerns.

Are schools still recruiting for TEFL teachers?

Schools internationally are still recruiting, however start dates are being pushed back until the end of the year. With travel restrictions in many countries we advise all students to check the government advice on traveling abroad in your country.

If you are considering a TEFL course or have just completed your course you can start applying for jobs, but please expect to not start your employment until at least autumn 2020.

  1. Good morning

    I am a qualified teacher currently teaching Science to grade 8 and 9 students. I am qualified to teach English and mathematics as well.

    I am interested in completing my TEFL course so that I can teach online.

    I am looking for an accredited online course. I see that your courses are campus-based. I would like to know whether I can complete the course online?

    Do I need a TEFL to teach English online?

    Kind Regards


  2. Hello, I’m interested in taking advantage of your amazing sale on TEFL combined program right now. That being said I assume most classrooms will not allow face to face for the foreseeable future. I understand this will be rescheduled after everything is resolved, but I have one question. If I were to do the combined program and completed the online portion but not the face-to-face, would I still have accreditation to teach online? Or would it be wiser to take the less expensive option and use it online for the time being.

    1. Hi there – Thanks for your message – One of my colleagues is going to Email you some more information to help on this!

          1. Hi Natasha – Yes you can certainly upgrade from the online course to the combined course by paying the difference at a later date!

  3. Hi,

    I’m interested in completing the TEFL course as I’m aspiring to teach in Vietnam next year at some stage. Obviously now with the Corona virus pandemic, there is a demand for teaching online. I would consider doing this before physically moving overseas.

    Could you send me some information on cost, the process, the logistics. Basically things I need to know and consider.

    Many thanks

    1. Thanks for your message – Its great that you are interested in teaching online! One of my colleagues has just sent you an email with more information.

  4. Hello! I’m curious to know the process of utilizing a TEFL certificate on its own. I have no University degree and would only depend on the TEFL certificate to find a job, preferably, in Asia. My research shows that it would be easier to teach in Central and South America and that most times in Asia countries may offer a position but the moment someone has both (TEFL and University degree) they replace teachers for “more qualified” teachers. What are your thoughts?

    Thanks! Stay safe xxx


  5. hi there. I am wanting to register my daughter for your TEFL course, and had been intending to go for the combined course due to the classroom training. However, my concern is that the coronavirus issue could delay completion of the face to face portion of the coure for an indefinite period of time. If we are unable to complete the practical portion for an extended period, would we be due a refund for this portion? Alternatively, if we initially paid for just the Online course and later wanted to “add on” the practical portion (obviously at additional cost) if the situation in the country stabilises and the face to face training proceeds, would this be an option/possibility? Thank you

      1. Oh, dear, this is also my question. May I get an advise on this as well? The option to add a Classroom tuition later.

    1. Hi,

      I also would like to know if it is possible to study the online course now and add the face to face component at a later date (paying the appropriate extra fee of course).

  6. Iam really interested in completely an online course to be able to secure online teaching roles in the future. Could you please email me more information on the online course and how many hours per day i will have to dedicate to the course?


  7. Hi,

    I completed my TEFL recently and I would be interested in teaching online if you could send me some information?

    Kind regards,

    Jamie McNeill

  8. I am very interested in gaining a TEFEL qualification to teach online during this COVID 19 pandemic and then use this experience to teach in other countries once everything settles down.
    Please could you send me more information on the course requirements, costs and duration etc.

    Thanks so much.

  9. Hello,

    I`m an English teacher from Ukraine. In May I’m going to visit Philadelphia and I would like to complete TEFL courses. Am I understand correct that most of the course will be online and 2 days (weekend) lessons would on campus?

    Kind regards,

  10. Good day. I am very interested in completing the combined course but I am worried about the restrictions our country has on the face to face portion of the course. I see that this question has come up frequently and I would just like to be emailed more information on how to go about completing a level 5 tefl course in SA.

    1. Thank you for your message – Given this I would encourage you to sign up for the online course? You can always change to the combibed version later when the situation improves by paying the difference.

  11. Hello!

    I am currently studying the online combined course and was looking to get placed after completion. However I understand given the circumstances, august 2020 would be possibly the earliest opportunity for this and this isn’t a certainty. Therefore I would definitely be interested in teaching online to learn and gain experience this year and was wondering if you could send me some further information on this?

    I also wondered if I would be eligible to do so if my face to face proportion of my course was not able to go ahead and I just completed the 10 online units?

    Many Thanks!


  12. Hi there, I have already signed up to do the combined course. If I complete the online portion of the course and then it turns out the classroom portion is unable to go ahead is it possible to get accreditation for the online portion completed?
    Thank you!

    1. Hi Michelle – Completing the online course leads to the level 5 qualification so you can complete this and hopefully do your weekend training at a later date!

  13. Hi, I am planning on signing up for the online course very soon. Is it possible to add some one on one training afterwards for an additional cost.

    1. Hi Joanne -Yes it is! You can sign up for the weekend classroom training later by paying the price difference.

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