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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!
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A. Age doesn't matter, honest! People of all ages come
along to do our courses.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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
A. On both the weekday and weekend courses there are a
maximum of 20 people.
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.
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.
A. Usually between 6 - 10 weeks.
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.
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.
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
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
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
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 10 working days after passing the course.
If in a rare case you don't receive your certificate within 28 days then please contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.
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.
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
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