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23 Mar

San Francisco, The Cartwright Hotel

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$395

22 Jun

San Francisco, The Cartwright Hotel

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$395

14 Sep

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The USA's Leading Level 5 TEFL Diploma Course

The one and only course you need -168hrs and you're done!

What our Combined Level 5 TEFL Diploma Course includes

  • 10-hour Classroom Teaching Practice TEFL Course in San Francisco

  • 158-hour Online TEFL & Grammar Course to further your TEFL training (6 months’ access)

  • Three free 30-Hour Top-up Courses in Teaching Young Learners, Teaching Business English and Teaching Online & 1:1 — worth $468

  • 24 FREE weekly one hour webinars (join live or watch later) — worth $250

  • 282 hours of TEFL training (114 FREE optional top-up course/webinar hours)

  • FREE The TEFL Handbook ebook — worth $30

  • FREE The TEFL Resource Pack ebook — worth $30

  • Guaranteed pass (or your money back)

  • Level 5 Diploma, DEAC (U.S. Department of Education recognized body) approved qualification

  • Tutor support from EFL professionals

  • Help with finding TEFL Jobs abroad on completion of the course

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Tired of doing the same old job day in and day out? If you are looking for a career that is as exciting as it is fulfilling, then teaching English as a foreign language might be the job you are looking for!

At The TEFL Academy in San Francisco, we offer a Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours). The classroom portion of the course is taught in a face-to-face setting over 1 day, at The Cartwright Hotel, San Francisco. The online portion of the course can be started before or after your classroom training. Our dedicated group of TEFL experts will be available to help you throughout your studies.

During the class in San Francisco, you’ll get the chance to talk to our experienced trainer and meet other students on the TEFL course. You’ll learn about the practicalities of teaching, including classroom management and become classroom confident with 6-hours of peer to peer teaching practice. A separate 10-hour Teaching Practice Certificate will be awarded on completion.

How quickly you wish to complete the 158 hours of online TEFL course study is at your discretion. We allow up to six months, but some students complete the course in 4-weeks. You will learn the theory of TEFL, as well as grammar and vocabulary teaching skills.

You will be granted an internationally recognised Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours) upon completing the TEFL course. Our Level 5 TEFL Course is DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. The DEAC is a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor. Our course is regulated by Ofqual (UK government department) and awarded by Qualifi, a UK government recognized awarding body. Be sure to visit our TEFL Jobs Board when you have received your final marks, so you may begin searching for opportunities abroad. We also offer you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field of teaching English. All enrollments on our level 5 course include three free 30-hour top-up courses in Teaching Young LearnersTeaching Business English and  Teaching Online & 1:1. You will be provided with a unique discount code with your booking confirmation email which can be redeemed against each course.

If traveling the world and bringing in a good paycheck is something that you desire, then be sure to enroll in a TEFL course in San Francisco right away with just an $80 deposit! Deposits are only accepted for courses more than 2 weeks away, your online course will be available as soon as you have paid the balance in full.

Classroom Course Timetable

Day 1 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

  • TEFL Course Introduction
  • Classroom Management
  • Concept Checking and Eliciting Questions
  • Morning Break
  • Teaching Practice 1
  • Break for Lunch
  • Teaching Practice 2
  • Afternoon Break
  • Teaching Practice 3
  • Q&A Session

Online Course (Instant access on enrollment)

The online course consists of ten mandatory units. All ten units are exam-assessed and for units 5, 7 and 10 there are also coursework-assessed assignments. You get 6-months access to the course, but some students complete their qualification within 4 – 6 weeks (when studied full time).

  • Online Course Unit Breakdown
  • Lesson Planning
  • Teaching English Vocabulary
  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Understanding English Grammar
  • Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening and Reading
  • Teaching Productive Skills: Speaking and Writing
  • Teaching English Grammar
  • Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Materials and Aids for Teaching English/Classroom Management Strategies
  • Using Resources Effectively when Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Case Study, CV and Cover Letter, Job Sites and Resources

"Our course has been approved by the DEAC, a U.S. Department of Education recognized awarding body."

Course options explained

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 Level 5 version of our TEFL course is a more in-depth overview of TEFL and is a good choice if you wish to gain formal teaching jobs, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursements and help in gaining a work visa. Upon completion, you will be awarded an internationally recognised Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours), which is regulated by Ofqual (UK government) and DEAC-Approved (US Department of Education National Accreditor).

A regulated Level 5 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government) has approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. Our Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168hrs) is the same level as the following qualifications: a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.

We also offer a Level 3 version of our course, which is an introduction to TEFL and is perfect for anyone looking for casual work teaching English, such as volunteering, backpacking or finding work “in-country”, and some online teaching roles. It requires less of a time commitment (120 hrs) and is more cost-effective, so it can be a way of fast-tracking into the industry for someone with a short-term teaching plan. The course you should choose depends entirely on your own situation, needs and teaching plans.

All regulated Level 5 TEFL Diplomas are 150hrs+ in length. We have never seen a single employer ask for more than 168hrs of TEFL training.


Career opportunities

With 1.5 billion people wanting to learn English right now the career opportunities are endless! Once you have completed the course you will be qualified to teach English internationally.

You will be qualified to teach:

  • Children
  • Young Adults
  • Adults

In a range of educational settings such as:

  • Online
  • Schools
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Private English Language Schools
  • Business/Corporate English
  • Private One to One Tuition

"Our course has been approved by the DEAC, a U.S. Department of Education recognized awarding body."

Brendon Albertson, Senior Trainer

Brendon earned an MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Central Connecticut State University, and has been teaching English as a Second Language for 8 years in China, South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

His students have included adult business people, high school and college students, kindergarten and elementary school children, and immigrants living in Boston.  In addition to teaching abroad, Brendon volunteered on organic rice farms in Japan, joined a dance group with security guards in Southern China, and learned to make kimchi in Korea.

Recently, Brendon was the lead teacher at a non-profit organization assisting immigrants with finding employment and college opportunities in the Boston area, and he currently teaches at a private international high school just outside Boston.

Brendon is passionate about teaching students how to learn on their own, and enjoys helping new teachers find their own strengths and teaching style.  He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and enjoys learning about how students’ native languages influence their ideas and personality.

His one piece of advice for future EFL teachers is that when you teach a language, you’re not just teaching others knowledge; you’re guiding them in the development of a skill.  Brendon would like to encourage everyone to try teaching EFL abroad, as you can learn so much at the same time!

"My one piece of advice for future EFL teachers is that when you teach a language, you're not just teaching others knowledge; you're guiding them in the development of a skill."

Tired of doing the same old job day in and day out? If you are looking for a career that is as exciting as it is fulfilling, then teaching English as a foreign language might be the job you are looking for!

At The TEFL Academy in San Francisco, we offer a Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours). The classroom portion of the course is taught in a face-to-face setting over 1 day, at The Cartwright Hotel, San Francisco. The online portion of the course can be started before or after your classroom training. Our dedicated group of TEFL experts will be available to help you throughout your studies.

During the class in San Francisco, you’ll get the chance to talk to our experienced trainer and meet other students on the TEFL course. You’ll learn about the practicalities of teaching, including classroom management and become classroom confident with 6-hours of peer to peer teaching practice. A separate 10-hour Teaching Practice Certificate will be awarded on completion.

How quickly you wish to complete the 158 hours of online TEFL course study is at your discretion. We allow up to six months, but some students complete the course in 4-weeks. You will learn the theory of TEFL, as well as grammar and vocabulary teaching skills.

You will be granted an internationally recognised Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours) upon completing the TEFL course. Our Level 5 TEFL Course is DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. The DEAC is a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor. Our course is regulated by Ofqual (UK government department) and awarded by Qualifi, a UK government recognized awarding body. Be sure to visit our TEFL Jobs Board when you have received your final marks, so you may begin searching for opportunities abroad. We also offer you the opportunity to specialise in your chosen field of teaching English. All enrollments on our level 5 course include three free 30-hour top-up courses in Teaching Young LearnersTeaching Business English and  Teaching Online & 1:1. You will be provided with a unique discount code with your booking confirmation email which can be redeemed against each course.

If traveling the world and bringing in a good paycheck is something that you desire, then be sure to enroll in a TEFL course in San Francisco right away with just an $80 deposit! Deposits are only accepted for courses more than 2 weeks away, your online course will be available as soon as you have paid the balance in full.

Day 1 (9 a.m. - 7 p.m.)

  • TEFL Course Introduction
  • Classroom Management
  • Concept Checking and Eliciting Questions
  • Morning Break
  • Teaching Practice 1
  • Break for Lunch
  • Teaching Practice 2
  • Afternoon Break
  • Teaching Practice 3
  • Q&A Session

Online Course (Instant access on enrollment)

The online course consists of ten mandatory units. All ten units are exam-assessed and for units 5, 7 and 10 there are also coursework-assessed assignments. You get 6-months access to the course, but some students complete their qualification within 4 – 6 weeks (when studied full time).

  • Online Course Unit Breakdown
  • Lesson Planning
  • Teaching English Vocabulary
  • Teaching Pronunciation
  • Understanding English Grammar
  • Teaching Receptive Skills: Listening and Reading
  • Teaching Productive Skills: Speaking and Writing
  • Teaching English Grammar
  • Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Materials and Aids for Teaching English/Classroom Management Strategies
  • Using Resources Effectively when Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Case Study, CV and Cover Letter, Job Sites and Resources

"Our course has been approved by the DEAC, a U.S. Department of Education recognized awarding body."

Course options explained

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 Level 5 version of our TEFL course is a more in-depth overview of TEFL and is a good choice if you wish to gain formal teaching jobs, which usually include accommodation, flight reimbursements and help in gaining a work visa. Upon completion, you will be awarded an internationally recognised Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours), which is regulated by Ofqual (UK government) and DEAC-Approved (US Department of Education National Accreditor).

A regulated Level 5 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government) has approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. Our Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168hrs) is the same level as the following qualifications: a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.

We also offer a Level 3 version of our course, which is an introduction to TEFL and is perfect for anyone looking for casual work teaching English, such as volunteering, backpacking or finding work “in-country”, and some online teaching roles. It requires less of a time commitment (120 hrs) and is more cost-effective, so it can be a way of fast-tracking into the industry for someone with a short-term teaching plan. The course you should choose depends entirely on your own situation, needs and teaching plans.

All regulated Level 5 TEFL Diplomas are 150hrs+ in length. We have never seen a single employer ask for more than 168hrs of TEFL training.

Career opportunities

With 1.5 billion people wanting to learn English right now the career opportunities are endless! Once you have completed the course you will be qualified to teach English internationally.

You will be qualified to teach:

  • Children
  • Young Adults
  • Adults

In a range of educational settings such as:

  • Online
  • Schools
  • Universities/Colleges
  • Private English Language Schools
  • Business/Corporate English
  • Private One to One Tuition

"Our course has been approved by the DEAC, a U.S. Department of Education recognized awarding body."

Brendon Albertson, Senior Trainer

Brendon earned an MS in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages from Central Connecticut State University, and has been teaching English as a Second Language for 8 years in China, South Korea, Japan, and the United States.

His students have included adult business people, high school and college students, kindergarten and elementary school children, and immigrants living in Boston.  In addition to teaching abroad, Brendon volunteered on organic rice farms in Japan, joined a dance group with security guards in Southern China, and learned to make kimchi in Korea.

Recently, Brendon was the lead teacher at a non-profit organization assisting immigrants with finding employment and college opportunities in the Boston area, and he currently teaches at a private international high school just outside Boston.

Brendon is passionate about teaching students how to learn on their own, and enjoys helping new teachers find their own strengths and teaching style.  He speaks Mandarin Chinese and Japanese, and enjoys learning about how students’ native languages influence their ideas and personality.

His one piece of advice for future EFL teachers is that when you teach a language, you’re not just teaching others knowledge; you’re guiding them in the development of a skill.  Brendon would like to encourage everyone to try teaching EFL abroad, as you can learn so much at the same time!

"My one piece of advice for future EFL teachers is that when you teach a language, you're not just teaching others knowledge; you're guiding them in the development of a skill."

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Accreditation FAQ

The Level 3 and Level 5 versions of our TEFL course are regulated by Ofqual (UK government department) and awarded by Qualifi, a UK government-recognised awarding body. The Level 3 and Level 5 versions of our TEFL course are DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status. The DEAC is a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor.

The TEFL Academy is fully accredited by Qualifi an Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation, a UK government department) regulated awarding body. Qualifi have robust quality assurance systems and procedures in place which all course providers must successfully pass in order to be accredited under the scheme.

You can find out more about Qualifi on their website: https://qualifi.net

The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation (Ofqual) regulates qualifications, examinations and assessments in England and vocational qualifications in Northern Ireland.

Ofqual is a non-ministerial UK government department.

You can verify our qualifications on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications:

Level 3 here,
Level 5 here.

Ofqual recognise Awarding Organisations like Qualifi and regulate qualifications like ours. An Ofqual regulated TEFL qualification will be recognised worldwide and is highly respected by employers.

The Distance Education Accrediting Commission was founded in 1926 and is a U.S. Department of Education National Accreditor. DEAC's goal is to ensure a high standard of educational quality in the distance education institutions it approves by requiring compliance with its published standards, policies and procedures.

Our Level 5 TEFL Course is DEAC-approved as meeting the criteria for Approved Quality Curriculum (AQC) status.

You can find out more about the DEAC on their website: https://www.deac.org/

When you hear about “levels” this refers to the UK government’s framework for qualifications. This framework allows learners studying UK government regulated qualifications to understand where their qualification sits in comparison to other qualifications. A regulated level 5 qualification means that Ofqual (UK government), have approved the qualification to be at a recognised level of achievement. Our Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168hrs) is the same level as the following qualifications: a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.

A TEFL Diploma is simply a slightly higher level of qualification than a "Certificate". It means you will have completed a more in-depth TEFL course.

A regulated qualification means that it is officially recognised by government and sits on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications.

You can verify our qualifications on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications:

Level 3 here,
Level 5 here.

Choosing to study a regulated qualification is your guarantee of quality. Course providers offering regulated qualifications must comply with very tough quality assurance rules and procedures. This ensures that:

  • The staff delivering and assisting students are suitably qualified
  • The course provider has the resources to effectively deliver the qualification
  • The course itself effectively teaches and assesses the qualifications aims
  • The contents of the course have been written and designed by industry professionals and peer reviewed
  • The feedback and grades given to learners is fair, moderated and meets modern academic standards
  • Officially regulated by the UK government, therefore the qualification will be internationally recognised by schools, employers, foreign embassies and governments of most other countries.

Any qualification that is officially recognised by the UK government will sit on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications. Make sure to ask your course provider to provide a link to the register for their qualification.

You can verify our qualifications on the Ofqual Register of Regulated Qualifications:

Level 3 here,
Level 5 here.

You may see cheap TEFL courses advertised online that claim to be a “level”, such as “Level 5 140-Hour TEFL Course” (often advertised on daily deal websites), unfortunately these courses are not the level they claim to be and are highly misleading.

The level of a course tells learners where the qualification sits on the UK’s Regulated Qualifications Framework (RQF).  If a course is not listed on the Register of Regulated Qualifications, then it is not really a level at all. You can find our qualification on the register here.

Make sure you ask any TEFL training provider that claims to be offering a “level” of TEFL course to provide a link to the Register of Regulated Qualifications. If they cannot provide this, then the qualification is not the level they claim it to be and will not be accepted by foreign embassies and employers.

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

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  • Q. How satisfied were you with the webinar course? A. Although nothing is perfect, this webinar is on a optimus level and it really enhances your TEFL career, putting on really proof all that you have learnt from the main course, so indeed it's worth to enrol on.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Trainer? A. He was fair giving time to all to make questions, solve some doubts, well-explained instructions and topics to reinforce the main course.
  • Q. How satisfied you were with the classroom element of the course? A. Although there was a great amount of work to get through and many areas were quite challenging for the participants, our teacher, Ann, was patient, very experienced, enthusiastic and always supportive.
  • Q. How satisfied you were with your TEFL Tutor? A. As I said above, our tutor was what made the course for me. She had a great manner and encouraged us all to do our best in the teaching parts. I have been teaching in mainstream for 30 years and she has really made me think about my own teaching!
  • Q. Why did you choose The TEFL Academy instead of another TEFL company? A. Your website looked very good. Your accreditation was well highlighted which really encouraged me to use your Academy to train under.
  • Q. Did the course live up to your expectations? A. I was thoroughly pleased with the weekend/classroom part of the course. and look forward to completed the online stage.
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  • Q. How would you rate your Online Level 5 TEFL Diploma course? A. I have learnt a great Deal in this course, you cover everything I need to know and helped with test along the way, you have offered helpful feedback after each assignment which will help me in the future.
  • Q. What do you plan to do now you are a TTA graduate? A. My plan is to look for a job as a TEFL teacher and help so many people better their skills in the English language.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Tutor? A. Milton Bratton was very interested in his students, gave all students the possibility to participate, had constructive feedback in a good way, offered a good variety of activities during the day and had good humor!
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. I really enjoyed the classroom activities, the interaction with all the other students. I think we were very productive and learned a lot. Also, there was a good atmosphere and Milton Bratton was a very good instructor. We touched a lot of subjects, there was a lot of room for own experiences and open questions.
  • Q. How satisfied you were with the classroom element of the course? A. The classroom element was fast paced but always allowed for us as students to review material in groups that we may individually had not understood. The quality of teaching was excellent an combined learning with supportive practice of the content to reinforce it. The breadth of content covered was very helpful.
  • Q. How satisfied you were with your TEFL Tutor? A. They were very good at engaging the class, explaining content, and gave use both collective and individual feedback on our presentations. The tutor was knowledgeable and gave us serious pointers as to looking for TEFL jobs. I could not have asked for a better tutor.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. I got the answers I was looking for to my questions. The feedback to practical exercises was constructive and useful. There was a lot of useful practical information in general. Trainer's style was excellent.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Tutor? A. Encouraging. Had lots of real life examples to back up the theory.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. The training was extremely helpful as it helped me gain experience in creating my own lesson and teaching to the whole class. The trainer really guided me on the areas of teaching I would need to improve and recognise the ones I am good at. Since, I've never taught before so this was definitely useful to me.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Tutor? A. The trainer basically taught us everything we needed to know as part of our training and I definitely learned a lot about how we should adapt our teaching methods according to the levels of students we would be teaching.

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