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Frequently Asked Questions

TEFL Courses FAQs

Welcome to the world of TEFL

Our TEFL Experts have over three decades of experience in the world of teaching English as a foreign language
and have helped thousands of students get the skills and certificate they needed to start a great new career.

Now, it's your turn!

Here are the answers to many of the questions we are often asked about TEFL. From how you qualify to eligibility, finding work and everything else in between!

If for some reason your question and answer isn't listed, please get in touch with us and our TEFL Experts will be happy to help.

Email: info@tefl.org.uk

Phone: 01349 800 600

General FAQ

 

  • Q. Am I too old/too young to do a TEFL course?

    A. Age doesn't matter, honest! People of all ages come along to do our courses.

  • Q. Can I add on further TEFL courses later?

    A. Of course, you can. But, we like to encourage you to enrol on the higher level courses, which is cheaper than adding on courses later on. It's up to you.

  • Q. Can I book my TEFL course with a £50 deposit?

    A. Yes. If your course is more than two weeks away you can pay a £50 deposit to secure your place on the course. The remaining balance will automatically be charged to your card two weeks before the course start date. If your course starts within the next two weeks you will need to pay the full amount at the time of booking. If you don't want your balance payment to be taken automatically, give us a call and we can arrange a way more convenient to you.

  • Q. Can I take the course if I have a disability?

    A. Of course.  If you require any special arrangements to take either the classroom or online course, please get in touch and we will be happy to help you.

  • Q. Can TEFL Org UK set me up with a job following the course?

    A. We are continually setting up arrangements with schools overseas, so keep an eye on the TEFL Jobs Centre to see what jobs are available. Once you enrol on a TEFL Org UK course, you will be able to call us any time to discuss your TEFL job options, just make the call.  You'll also have full access to the TEFL Jobs Centre, so you can apply for your dream TEFL job!

  • Q. Do I need to get anything for the course?

    A. You don't, but we recommend a grammar reference book since this is the most essential resource any teacher can have. There are a number on the market. Ones we have used when we were starting are Practical English Usage by Michael Swan or A - Z of Grammar by Geoffrey Leach.  Just bring a notepad and a pen to the course.

  • Q. Do I need to know grammar?

    A. You don't need any prior knowledge. You'll get an introduction to grammar on the course, plus you can take our grammar course to really build your confidence in English grammar.

  • Q. Do I need to speak the local language?

    A. Absolutely not! Even if you do speak the local language, DON'T in the classroom. The whole point of having native English-speaking English teachers is that you provide a feeling of total immersion in the classroom and the students are forced to communicate in English. Of course, learning the language helps in your life outside the classroom.

  • Q. Does the certificate expire?

    A. No, it doesn't. But, be realistic. Employers might be less attracted to you if it has been a couple of years since you took your course and have done no teaching in that period.  You may want to take a shorter weekend course to refresh your memory if you haven't used your TEFL certificate for a long time.

  • Q. How do I apply?

    A. You can apply online through our secure payment system or over phone or even by post. You can use credit / debit cards, PayPal or cheques. To make it even easier, we will also accept a £50 deposit to reserve your place.

  • Q. How long do the courses take?

    A. The weekend course is done over one weekend! The online courses will depend on how much time you set aside for completing it. 2 - 3 months should be more than enough to cover the online course and the grammar course, although some have completed them in 6-10 weeks.

  • Q. How many people are on each course?

    A. On both the weekday and weekend courses there are a maximum of 20 people.

  • Q. I have a qualification with another provider - can I still apply for a job with you?

    A. The positions we offer are only available for TEFL Org UK graduates. However, have a look on TEFL.com or ESLcafe if you're looking for jobs without a TEFL Org UK certificate.

  • Q. Is there international TEFL accreditation?

    A. There is no one single awarding body for TEFL. Most course providers provide their own accreditation or seek accreditation from accrediting bodies that are not TEFL-specific.

  • Q. On average how long does it take to complete the online course?

    A. Usually between 6 - 10 weeks.

  • Q. What is TEFL?

    A. TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) is teaching English to people who do not speak English as their first language. This is largely done abroad, however, increasingly a lot of people are teaching English here in the UK.  You will also find other acronyms like TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), TESL (Teaching English as a Second Language), which are the same as TEFL.

  • Q. What is the difference between TEFL Org UK courses and other courses?

    A. TEFL Org UK courses have been written by some of the most experienced teacher trainers in TEFL. Having over 25 years of experience between us, we have designed the courses to give first-time TEFL teachers everything they need to become the best they can be.

  • Q. What is the difference between the online and weekend course?

    A. What you learn on both of the courses is pretty much the same. The weekend course is practical and fast-paced whereas the online course is more theoretical and you can progress through the course in your time, plus you have one-to-one tuition. Many TEFL students take both courses so they can see the theory of the online course put into practice on the weekend course.

  • Q. What qualifications do I need to apply for a course?

    A. We believe that if you can speak English then you have the potential to teach it. Therefore, we only ask that you are a native-level speaker of English and that you have the enthusiasm to learn something new. No other qualifications or experience is necessary.

  • Q. What support will I get on the course?

    A. All our courses are tutor-guided so you will receive the support you need. You can access the TEFL Org UK forums and community and discuss aspects of the course with others in the same position as you. You will also have access to our help desk should you have any queries about your course, and you can call us at any time.

  • Q. When will I receive my certificate?

    A. After completing your course, and finally submitting and getting graded for the "have I passed" tasks, your certificate will be sent for printing. You should expect to receive your certificate within 3 weeks after passing the course.

    If in a rare case you don't receive your cert in three weeks then please contact Sally at sally@tefl.org.uk and she will tell you where your certificate is.

    However if you wanted us to issue a TEFL certificate urgently; that can be done at a cost of £10.00 per certificate in the UK and £15.00 abroad.

  • Q. Where are TEFL Org UK courses held?

    A. TEFL Org UK courses are held throughout the UK, if you think we should be holding a course somewhere we are not, then please let us know.

  • Q. Which course should I take?

    A. There are a number of different courses, but a simple rule is that the more you learn, the more prepared and more confident you are. Also, your CV will look more competitive if you have a 130-hour course rather than a 20-hour course. However, some already have the confidence and just need the basic weekend or online course (perhaps with the grammar course too). It really depends on you. All our courses will find you paid teaching work overseas. If you have any doubts then give us a call.

  • Q. Will a TEFL Org UK certificate get me a job?

    A. Yes it will. TEFL Org UK graduates are teaching all over the world. See where they are teaching by visiting the TEFL Org UK community.

  • Q. Will I be able to apply for jobs straight after the course?

    A. On average, about a third of students have secured jobs before they go on the course, others will apply for work after having done the course. So, you can apply for work as soon as you make the decision to go abroad and do it; just log on to the TEFL Job Centre after enrolling on a course and you can begin your search.