120 Hour Advanced TEFL Course
What will you learn?
Teach the four key areas of language acquisition: reading, speaking, writing, pronunciation
Plan and deliver effective lessons that meet student and class learning objectives
Understand the nuances of teaching English to non-native speakers
Grasp English grammar terminology and know how to teach it to students of all levels
Manage classroom and student behaviour effectively
Find and create effective learning materials, text-based and digital to target language use
Use social media to engage students, from TikTok to Twitter, Facebook to Buzzfeed
Grow in confidence as a new teacher to be able to enter your first class
Search and find entry level jobs with online platforms or as a freelance teacher
English language minimum level: Fluent.
At least an international standard of intermediate or advanced fluency: B1
About this course
The course is divided into ten modules. Each lesson is subdivided into bite size learning blocks which include video and an end of lesson assessment.
After you complete this qualification you will know how to enter your first English lesson well prepared and confident. 120 hours of expert practical teaching advice will teach you the skills to understand your students’ needs, plan suitable lessons, get hired and enjoy your new job.
Gain your TEFL certification in as little as 3 weeks and enjoy access to your course materials for 6 months.
Recommended: Add our optional module of certified teaching practice to this course to qualify for more TEFL jobs online and abroad.
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120 hour Advanced TEFL Course
Module One: How to Make Sense of Teacher/Learner Needs
Understanding your students’ language abilities and why they want to learn English. Get to know the basic principles behind TEFL teaching.
Module Two: How to Understand and Use Grammatical & Teaching Terminology
By the end of this module, you’ll know your present continuous from your present simple tense no problem. Most of all, you’ll be familiar and confident with grammatical terms. We know that grammar can be intimidating for new teachers – it won’t be at the end of module 2!
Module Three: How to Plan Your Syllabus & Lessons
Being the best teacher you can be is down to planning. On this course you’ll get the planning techniques that will not only save you time but will ensure that your lessons run smoothly. You’ll gain students’ respect which of course is great for reviews (especially if you are teaching online).
Module Four: How to Teach Grammar
Now that you know grammatical terms, you’ll fly through this module on how to teach it. Breaking down your students’ English levels, you’ll know which grammatical term to teach and how to teach it. You’ll get so much useful information about how to prepare engaging grammatical building block lessons which work. Watching your students progress will be so exciting!
Module Five: How to Teach Vocabulary
Did you know that there are around 171,000 words in the English language? Don’t worry, you’ll only be asked to teach a few hundred of those! From beginner restaurant vocab like, MENU, PLATE, GLASS, MAINS to advanced business such as, INCOME, EXPENDITURE, RECRUITMENT. You’ll study the tools to teach vocabulary and use them effectively so that your students can use it in the right context.
Module Six: How to Teach Pronunciation
Help your students speak English confidently by practicing pronunciation. This is the primary reason that they want to learn English from you. As a native speaker pronouncing a word like ‘enough’ is simple for you, not so with many other nationalities. On this course you’ll learn modern techniques to help your students sound as fluent as possible.
Module Seven: How to Teach Reading & Listening Skills
These are called ‘Receptive skills’ because the student is receiving language. By the end of this lesson, you’ll know the most effective ways to engage students in reading English and how to write it. This includes setting listening tasks to music, radio and recordings, to reading letters, emails, Facebook posts both inside and outside the classroom. Oh yes, you’ll be setting a lot of homework for your students!
Module Eight: How to teach Writing & Speaking Skills
These are called ‘Productive skills’ because students produce language. You’ll learn plenty of useful ideas about how to get your students up on their feet and chatting to you about hobbies, politics or story telling. You’ll also get help with how to teach your students to write English – at all levels, from favorite foods, to the economy in Spain.
Module Nine: How to Teach English for Specific Purposes
Your students have a reason why they want to learn English. You’ll learn how to differentiate these different types of students and how to tackle their lessons. For example, how to teach teenagers, or business people or exam classes to help students get into universities in the US or UK. You’ll end lesson 9 armed with a breadth of knowledge about who you are teaching, why you are teaching them and what you should teach them.
Module Ten: How to Move from Learning to Earning
Here you’ll get up-to-date tips on the current employment market. Once you’ve secured your first job, in this module you’ll receive details about how to get the best career ‘teachers toolkit’ ready to jump into any job online or abroad.
Employers Request - Teaching Practice:
Recommended Optional Module: 35 hour Certificate of Teaching Practice Recognition (CTPR)
Many employers are now seeking evidence of teaching experience from applicants. Qualify for more jobs and get hired quickly for higher paying positions by completing our fully organized online practicum, with real ESL students.
You will teach a real English Language Learner (ELLs) over a range of student levels and topics. This will be conducted online through our partner school and overseen by qualified instructors.
During this practicum you will first observe four lessons, of teachers with different teaching styles. This helps you to shape your own methods of presentation and tutoring.
Then you will teach a learner one-to-one online for around four one-hour sessions per week over two months. On completion you will receive a teaching practice certificate and a reference letter to include in your TEFL job application forms.
Preview your certificate
Take a look at your future Accredited TEFL Certificate
Any employer can verify your certificate number when they enter it here. This world-beating system is used often by schools to ensure new teacher authenticity.
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Questions and Answers
Is a 120 hour TEFL certificate enough?
Yes, 120 hours of training is the industry standard for entry-level TEFL jobs. If you want to teach online, this is a popular course to take.
If you do not have any previous teaching experience, add our 35 hour certified teaching practice with real ESL students to your training package to satisfy your future employers.
To further improve your employment chances and teaching skills you should study professional development courses in areas such as coaching IELTS students or business English.
In a competitive TEFL job market we recommend taking a Level 5 TEFL course which will typically get you hired more quickly for better paying jobs.
How quickly can I complete a 120 hour TEFL course?
Most learners complete 120 hours of TEFL training in around 3 – 6 weeks, depending on how much free time you have to study.
As a self-guided course, you do not have to wait for scheduled classes, classmates, or seminars. You can complete the 10 modules of coursework in your own time, at your preferred pace.
You will have 6 months of study time access from the day that you enroll and can add more time if you run out.
How can I contact my online personal tutor?
If you need academic help or support you will be able to email your personal tutor. You can simply reply to the welcome email that you are sent a few days after signing up.
Additionally you can find support on the online community forum from fellow learners and our academic team. Our weekly drop-in live support sessions on Zoom are also popular.
Do I need teaching experience?
You do not need any previous teaching experience to become a TEFL teacher. Expect an entry-level pay grade if you are a first-time teacher.
Many online platforms and will supply full training for newly recruited teachers plus a comprehensive bank of lesson plans and resources to use. Experienced TEFL teachers can expect to earn higher hourly rates of pay.
Jump a pay grade by completing our 35 hour online teaching practice with real ESL students. You will get a certificate and reference letter to attach to job applications.
What TEFL certificate is best?
The best TEFL courses will match your personal needs. Knowing what you’re looking for will help narrow your options and allow you to choose faster.
- Do you want self-study or in-class experience?
- Want to study on an app?
- Expect a personal study tutor?
All of these factors will impact your decision.
Employers will seek 120 hours of TEFL training for entry level teaching jobs. This is the industry standard and the minimum amount of TEFL training you should undertake.
At Premier TEFL, our most popular courses are our Level 5 qualifications that include certified teaching practice. They help you qualify for more jobs, better pay and are trusted and respected globally by employers.
The best TEFL training providers will have a range of courses to pick from. They’ll have excellent customer reviews, knowledgeable staff to advise you, heaps of alumni testimonials, quick response times, external accreditation and a path for you to follow once you graduate.
How long do I get to complete the course?
You will have 6 months of study time access from the day that you enroll and can add more time if you run out.
Do I need a degree to take a TEFL course?
You do not need a degree to enroll in a TEFL course. However, a degree is required in certain countries to get a work visa as a TEFL teacher. If you do not have a degree, there are plenty of schools across the world that are open to hiring you, as well as online teaching platforms too.
To sign up for a TEFL course you should be fluent or native English speaking, have completed High School education to the age of 18, and have excellent written skills.
Is TEFL hard to pass?
Premier TEFL courses have a 99% pass rate and 95% of our customers would recommend us.
120 hour fast track TEFL courses are pitched around the High School level and require a score of 80% to pass. The end of module tests can be retaken if you don’t pass the first time around.
A Level 5 TEFL course has the difficulty level of the first year of university and requires more commitment and effort to pass. The essay style questions on a Level 5 course will be reassessed if the answers do not meet the required standard.
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