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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 Los Angeles

  • 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 $390

  • 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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If great pay and an opportunity to live in another country sounds appealing, then consider teaching English as a foreign language!

At The TEFL Academy in Los Angeles, we offer a Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours). The classroom part of the course requires 1 day of your time, where you will be taught by our highly qualified TEFL professionals at the Courtyard Los Angeles Westside. The online portion of the course can be started before or after your classroom training. Our team of experts will help guide you throughout your TEFL course.

In the classroom course in Los Angeles, 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.

The online course is made up of 158 hours of study, which you can complete at your own pace. You can complete the course within 4-6 weeks, but we do allow up to 6 months to complete the course. You will learn the theory of TEFL, including teaching vocabulary and grammar lessons.

Once you have been given your grades, you can show off your certificate proudly! The qualification is an internationally recognized Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours) which 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. Once you have received your grade, visit our TEFL Jobs Board, where you can begin your search for teaching English as a foreign language abroad immediately. We also offer you the opportunity to specialize 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 making a good living and seeing the world sounds exciting, then don’t hesitate, enroll today! For an $80 deposit, you can claim a spot on one of our TEFL courses in Los Angeles. 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

1 Day (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
Meet Our Alumni

"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."

Angie White, TEFL Trainer

Yuri (Angie) White currently serves as the Assistant Director of Studies at EC Language Centre; Los Angeles. As the ADOS, she has implemented a reflective observation model which promotes professional development and reflective teaching.

In addition, Angie mentors teachers in areas of lesson planning, materials development and how to teach writing. Prior to her current role, Angie spent 9 years in South Korea as an English teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer focusing on methods for teaching writing. Angie loves being a TEFL trainer because she remembers what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL. She enjoys teaching EFL methodology and sharing her experiences teaching overseas with her students. Angie has presented at numerous conferences and delivered many workshops and presentations focusing on writing and various EFL topics.

Angie White

"I love being a TEFL trainer because I remember what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL."

If great pay and an opportunity to live in another country sounds appealing, then consider teaching English as a foreign language!

At The TEFL Academy in Los Angeles, we offer a Combined Level 5 TEFL Course (168 hours). The classroom part of the course requires 1 day of your time, where you will be taught by our highly qualified TEFL professionals at the Courtyard Los Angeles Westside. The online portion of the course can be started before or after your classroom training. Our team of experts will help guide you throughout your TEFL course.

In the classroom course in Los Angeles, 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.

The online course is made up of 158 hours of study, which you can complete at your own pace. You can complete the course within 4-6 weeks, but we do allow up to 6 months to complete the course. You will learn the theory of TEFL, including teaching vocabulary and grammar lessons.

Once you have been given your grades, you can show off your certificate proudly! The qualification is an internationally recognized Level 5 TEFL Diploma (168 hours) which 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. Once you have received your grade, visit our TEFL Jobs Board, where you can begin your search for teaching English as a foreign language abroad immediately. We also offer you the opportunity to specialize 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 making a good living and seeing the world sounds exciting, then don’t hesitate, enroll today! For an $80 deposit, you can claim a spot on one of our TEFL courses in Los Angeles. 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.

1 Day (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
Meet Our Alumni

"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."

Angie White, TEFL Trainer

Yuri (Angie) White currently serves as the Assistant Director of Studies at EC Language Centre; Los Angeles. As the ADOS, she has implemented a reflective observation model which promotes professional development and reflective teaching.

In addition, Angie mentors teachers in areas of lesson planning, materials development and how to teach writing. Prior to her current role, Angie spent 9 years in South Korea as an English teacher, curriculum developer, and teacher trainer focusing on methods for teaching writing. Angie loves being a TEFL trainer because she remembers what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL. She enjoys teaching EFL methodology and sharing her experiences teaching overseas with her students. Angie has presented at numerous conferences and delivered many workshops and presentations focusing on writing and various EFL topics.

Angie White

"I love being a TEFL trainer because I remember what it was like taking the first step towards a career in EFL."

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The TEFL Academy course is held at

Courtyard Marriott Los Angeles Westside,
California 90230
6333 Bristol Parkway Culver City
California
90230
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Accreditation FAQ

The simple answer is, we just don't know! Recruiters offering the best opportunities with the most competitive packages are now asking for level 5 TEFL qualifications. All regulated level 5 courses are 150hrs+ in length. We have never seen a single employer ask for more than 168hrs of TEFL training.

A Level 5 TEFL Diploma is the gold standard of TEFL qualifications, therefore we only offer this option for our level 5 students.

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!

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. 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.

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.

Potential TEFL course students should remember that their prospective employers are likely to be based outside the USA. This means that accreditation bodies based solely in the USA may not be recognised by employers abroad. This is why The TEFL Academy has chosen Qualifi, as they offer international accreditation for training course providers.

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 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.

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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Brandon
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. Great to have opportunities to create elements of a lesson plan, implement them by teaching our peers, and get good feedback from the instructor. The communicative learning method requires classroom learning experience.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Trainer? A. Very experienced, dedicated, and consistent with his approach. Really conveyed a good sense of how best to teach English as well as how not to teach it.
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Kathleen
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. Brett was a fantastic facilitator and the course delivery was really engaging and practical. I feel like I'll actually use the skills I learned.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Tutor? A. Brett was engaging, charismatic, and really knowledgeable. He was fantastic at connecting with students on a personal level but also kept the lessons flowing really well.
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Natalia
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. I gave this score because I was very impressed. The trainer was very interactive with us. The classroom element also helps with preparing you for what to expect with the online course (if you haven’t started the online course) and because it’s interactive in person, you get to have a bit of training on how to conduct yourself on your teaching journey with TEFL.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Tutor? A. Our Tutor (Mrs Renee) was very great. She gave us an idea of how it is like being a TEFL Teacher as she has experienced herself. She was very interactive with us. She Helped us with the areas that we found difficult to understand. I liked how she was very understanding and patient because some of us do not have a teaching background. She was the best.
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Lucinda
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. Luan is the best TEFL teacher which I have had the privilege to learn from! She is skilled, kind and she is passionate about her job. Correction, I don't think that she regards her job as a job, I think that this is her calling! Luan shaped my future and has made me a better and more conscientious teacher. I am excited to tackle my modules, complete my course and pass with flying colours so that I can show Luan that I implemented the techniques which she taught me. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for giving me hope for my future, Luan and Team TEFL Academy! I have been unemployed since 1 August 2019, you give me hope!
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Trainer? A. Luan is by far the best TEFL trainer I have had the privilege to learn from. She applied Teaching methodology, she elicited answers from us in a very animated manner. Her classroom management style was excellent, (we were a very chatty bunch). She managed to control us not going off on a tangent and I am in awe by how we stuck to our timetable, yet had fun while learning!
  • Q. How satisfied were you with the classroom element of the course? A. Lynne was extremely helpful and I felt very comfortable, interested and engaged. I would happily do the course again! Everyone was very welcoming and kind and the location was not to far away, had close parking, and was a nice hotel.
  • Q. How satisfied were you with your TEFL Tutor? A. Lynne was wonderful, very helpful and funny. She ensured we understood everything and I felt constantly engaged and interested.

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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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