240 Hour Level 5 Hybrid TEFL Course
English language minimum level: Native or advanced speaker.
At least an international standard of advanced fluency: C2
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
Competently teach in high demand areas such as Business English, Exam classes (IELTS/TOEIC) and young people
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 in school and business settings
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
Plan and deliver fun and engaging lessons to young learners
Grow in confidence as a new teacher to be able to enter your first class either online or abroad.
Search and find the best jobs, online and abroad with the top pick of the jobs
About this course
The qualification is divided into Five Units. Each lesson is subdivided into bite size learning blocks which include video and an end of module test. Level 5 assignments are required to be submitted to your personal tutor for assessment and feedback. Our live tutor support drop-in sessions are the perfect way to get continuous in-person advice about your course work and assessments.
If you want a career in English teaching, with the top pick of jobs in most TEFL specialisms this is a perfect choice.
When you complete this in-depth and intensive course you will have received teaching knowledge at the forefront of TEFL. You’ll get the building blocks to develop your innate skills so that you can become a complete teacher. Your proficiency will give you the confidence to breeze through any interview process and be well prepared to enter your first classroom – real or virtual.
PLUS! Become a TEFL-Pro with four in-depth specialist courses which cover Teaching Business English Teaching children Teaching IELTS and TOEIC exam classes for students who want to study or work in an English speaking country.
Get hired for the highest paid teaching posts online and abroad. This English Government regulated certificate is prized by employers worldwide giving you access to the best schools in the most popular countries.
It’s also ideal if you want to teach online from home. You’ll have access to experienced high-level tutors who will personally oversee your submitted work which means you’ll feel supported at every level. This combined course will serve as a practical and insightful grounding to help you to understand your students’ needs, plan suitable lessons for almost all types of students and enjoy your new (high paying!) job.
Complete your coursework in as little as 7 weeks and enjoy access to your course materials for 6 months.
Premier TEFL accreditation
This course is regulated by Ofqual (The Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation), an English Government body. Ofqual's qualifications framework states this course to be of the same level and difficulty as the following: a diploma of higher education (DipHE), a foundation degree, 2 years at university and the CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL qualifications.
for Distance Learning)
168 hour Ofqual regulated TEFL 5 TEFL Course
Module One: Principles of Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
Understanding your students language abilities and why they want to learn English. Get to know the basic principles behind TEFL teaching. As you are going to be an English teacher, it’s vital to know the origin of the English language along with its global spread. How does English fit into today’s interconnected instant world? How many people speak English and why is it so important? By the end of this module, you’ll know exactly why your skills are in high demand.
Guided learning: 19 hrs
Module Two: How to Understand and Use Grammatical & Teaching Terminology
You know how to use English grammar innately, but we’ll teach you the terminology and how to pass it on.
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. This module will improve your understanding of basic grammar and give you the knowledge you’ll need to communicate complicated language rules to your students. We know that grammar can be intimidating for new teachers – it won’t be at the end of module 2!
Guided learning: 27 hrs
Module Three: How to Teach Grammar
Now that you know grammatical terms, in this module you’ll learn how to master the challenge of teaching it. Breaking down your student’s English levels, you’ll know which grammatical term to teach and how to teach. This includes how to form sentences and phrases with the correct meaning and context. 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!
Guided learning: 17 hrs
Module Four: How to Teach English 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! You’ll study the tools to teach vocabulary and use them effectively so that your students can use it in the right context. These include; how to integrate dictionary use, designing tests for vocab learning and strategies to maintain vocabulary usage, in other words, finding settings to practice learned language in. From beginner restaurant vocab like, MENU, PLATE, GLASS, MAINS to advanced business such as, INCOME, EXPENDITURE, RECRUITMENT. It’s all about practice.
Guided learning: 10 hrs
Module Five: How to Teach Writing & Speaking Skills
These are called ‘productive skills’ because students produce language. You’ll learn plenty of useful ideas and activities 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. You’ll be able to distinguish between accuracy and fluency, and evaluate their importance in ESL learning. We’ll also give your strategies to help students self-correct their own work – which every busy teacher needs!
Guided learning: 25 hrs
Module Six: 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 comprehend what they listen to accurately. This includes setting listening tasks to music, radio and recordings, to skimming and scanning letters, emails, Facebook posts both inside and outside the classroom. Oh yes, you’ll be setting a lots of homework for your students!
Guided learning: 11 hrs
Module Seven: How to Create & Use Materials and Aids to Teach English
Think: Podcasts, videos and flashcards. TikTok, YouTube and Facebook. Newsfeeds, Buzzfeed and Spotify. But how can you use these resources effectively without drowning in content? This module will help you to understand what types of ‘ingredients’ are suitable for what lesson and to which students. This will make your job as a creative teacher much simpler and will help you create compelling, relevant and useful lessons either online or in the classroom.
Guided learning: 9 hrs
Module Eight: 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. But how do you help students whose mother tongue doesn’t even have sounds that can be found in the English language? We’ll show you that. By the end of this module you’ll have mastered modern techniques to help your students sound as fluent as possible. They will converse with the pronunciation that you have taught them with assurance and that’s always a good feeling for you as their teacher!
Guided learning: 16 hrs
Module Nine: How to Plan Engaging Lessons That Work
Preparation is key to all successful English lessons. In this module you’ll become skilled in designing engaging lesson plans and adapting lessons naturally in the classroom. Learn how to plan for all levels and all class sizes including one-to-one or online lessons. Coupled with what you’ve studied in module seven, there will be no limit to the fun and engaging lessons you could teach.
Guided learning: 11 hrs
Module Ten: How to Teach English to Young Learners
Teaching young minds is probably one of the most satisfying jobs you’ll do, however, it is also demanding and requires patience and know-how. At the end of this module you’ll learn how to optimize real or virtual classroom techniques and management skills to educate eager young minds. This will include tried and tested fun and engaging strategies to inspire 4-16 year olds to keep learning English – because you’ll be such a cool teacher!
Guided learning: 9 hrs
Module Eleven: How to Use Resources Effectively
When you are at this final module, you’ll know WHO to teach, WHY you are teaching them and WHAT to teach. This is the final building block of HOW to teach. You’ll learn the importance of being selective with resources to ensure that your students’ learning objectives are met. Important decisions such as using electronic or non-electronic resources or suitable text books will need to be made when you are teaching. When you complete module eleven, you’ll know what’s suitable and how to locate it.
Guided learning: 14 hrs
Specialism course content and units
Unit 1 - How to Teach Business English
FACT: English is the language of global commerce. Which means that the demand for people who are qualified to teach English in a commercial environment is now one of the fastest growing markets in the (already) booming English language learning sector
This fully accredited How to Teach Business English course will really help you to become a TEFL-PRO. At the end of this course you’ll learn how to teach and what to teach in a variety of commercial settings. This could be one-to-one, online, groups of executives or groups of factory workers.
This seven module course is packed with creative content to make you a competent business English teacher and covers:
- How to teach the four skills for commercial use (reading, writing, listening and speaking).
- Intercultural language nuances.
- Teaching business English for specific purposes.
Unit 2 - Become an Online English Teacher
Did you know that online English teachers can earn upwards of US$60 per hour? The trick to becoming a freelance and successful independent online tutor is to specialize in a niche area of English teaching. This is the most lucrative path to take as an ESL tutor and when you offer lessons online.
This short TEFL-Pro course will help you understand how to become an effective virtual English teacher. At the end of this course you will learn how to teach remotely and what tools are available to help you to get the best results.
This six module course is packed with creative ideas to make your online lessons memorable, you will cover:
- How to set up as an online English teacher.
- How to teach one-to-one or small groups.
- What software, tools and techniques work best online.
Unit 3 - Virtual Teacher Studio Class
Over two 3.5-hour workshops in the Teacher Studio with a DELTA-qualified teacher trainer you will put theory into action during this dynamic peer-to-peer teaching practice module.
Be part of a new teaching community, prepare and teach lessons together with classmates from around the world and get invaluable live feedback from your tutor.
You receive lots of dedicated tuition with our 14-person small groups. Session dates are added every month to give you flexibility.
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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
What does TEFL stand for?
TEFL is the acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.
What is the difference between TEFL/TESOL/CELTA?
TEFL – ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ certificate, is the most commonly accepted certificate worldwide. This certificate allows you to teach English to non-native speakers across the globe.
TESOL – ‘Teaching English as a Second Language’ aka TESL. Similar to TESOL students, as a TESL teacher, you would likely be teaching English in your home country to students who have moved or live in an English speaking country. In other words, they are continuously surrounded by the language and will be using it everyday outside of the classroom, unlike TEFL students who are likely learning in their home country.
CELTA – Known as the ‘Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults’ is a very prestigious certification. In order to receive a CELTA, you must complete a 120-hour course along with six hours of observed teaching practice with real ESL students. The majority of CELTA programs are held over four weeks and are full time. However, you may be able to find some courses that are part-time and are spread out over three months. The CELTA program must follow a strict regulation created by Cambridge University.
Which is better TEFL or CELTA?
CELTA is designed specifically for teaching adults. For budding English teachers planning to teach younger learners, an alternative TEFL qualification may be more suitable.
Nowadays, it’s possible to gain an online Level 5 TEFL qualification which is an equivalent academic level to a CELTA or Trinity CertTESOL.
CELTA courses are typically delivered over a four week period in a full-time classroom setting and include 6 hours of observed teaching practice. This hands-on training will be appealing to many trainee teachers by comparison to self-study online.
Do I need a bachelor’s degree to do a TEFL course?
No, you do not need a degree to take a TEFL course or get hired as an English teacher. This is a common misconception. The core requirement to undertake a TEFL qualification is a native level of English fluency.
In certain countries, a degree is required to obtain the correct work visa, in order for you to work there legally. Employers worldwide can also state a preference for degree-holding applicants. If you feel suitable for a role, however, do not hold a degree it is still worthwhile applying for these jobs as you may be interviewed based on the strength of your overall profile.
What TEFL certificate is best?
There are many factors that will determine the best TEFL course to suit your personal needs. There is no definitive one-size-fits-all answer to this question, and in truth, there are many excellent TEFL training providers to pick from.
When searching for your perfect match training provider, consider the following when making up your mind: online review scores, alumni testimonials, accreditation, range of courses on offer, job supports, personal experiences, and friendliness of the staff.
Are online TEFL courses worth it?
Yes, online TEFL courses are absolutely worth your time and money – once you choose a reputable training provider to study with. Online TEFL courses have been around since the early 1990s and in a time when you can earn an entire degree online, there is plenty of merit in self-study TEFL training.
Boost your teaching job opportunities by completing a Level 5 TEFL qualification; a teaching award that is available to take online and is an academic equivalent to CELTA and Trinity CertTESOL.
Can you fail a Level 5 TEFL course?
Yes, you can fail a Level 5 TEFL qualification. Once your assessment is complete it will be marked by your academic tutor. You will receive two opportunities to re-submit any answers that have been marked as incorrect. If, after your third attempt, you still have not passed your assessment questions successfully, your coursework will be marked as a fail.
These courses are equivalent to CELTA and require a good amount of commitment from trainee TEFL teachers. Supports are available to help you during the assessment and reassessment process, on the journey to achieving a prestigious teaching award.
How long does it take to complete a Level 5 TEFL course?
Typically it takes around 13 – 16 weeks to complete a Level 5 TEFL course, depending on how much free time you have to study. You will have 6 months of study time from the day that you enroll and can add more time if you run out.
As a self-guided course, you do not have to wait for scheduled classes, classmates, or seminars, you complete the 11 modules of coursework in your own time, at your preferred pace.
Do I need to submit TEFL assignments?
All of your online TEFL course assignments are self-contained within your learning portal. At the end of each module, you’ll be tested on the knowledge gained during the most recent topic.
Level 5 assessments will include a mix of multiple-choice and essay-style questions. At the end of your course, your exam assessor will review your open ended questions and answers, and contact you if any re-assessment is required. This is common on a Level 5 TEFL qualification.
Will I have a personal TEFL tutor?
All trainee TEFL teachers will have a personal tutor to help them with academic queries. Your personal TEFL tutor will be assigned to you one or two days after course enrollment, you will have their direct email address so that you can contact them when you need support throughout your course.
Your personal tutor may be a different person from your academic assessor, who will be responsible for marking your TEFL course assessments.
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