Teaching English as a Foreign Language
as a volunteer, intern or paid teacher
- TEFL literally means Teaching English as a Foreign Language. In a nutshell, a TEFL course is a training program which gives you the skills and confidence you need to teach English as a foreign language.
- The length and depth of the course may vary, but all the TEFL courses that JoHo offers cover the skills needed to teach English to foreign learners. You will learn how to make lessons interesting, how to teach different student levels and how to motivate your class.
- An internationally recognized TEFL qualification will allow you to teach English all over the world and it will improve your job chances significantly. No teaching experience? No problem! If you can speak English you can teach English.
- Be well prepared when taking on a paid or unpaid TEFL job abroad.
- Increase your chances of finding a job abroad with an internationally recognised TEFL certificate.
- Get the confidence to step into your first classroom as a teacher by doing a comprehensive TEFL course.
- Boost your earning potential by completing an online course or an intensive practical course.
- Take your TEFL course with an internationally recognized and accredited provider.
- The TEFL certificates are internationally recognized, which means that you can teach all over the world.
- There are of course differences between and within regions in the number of possibilities and the basic conditions.
- Find out more about teaching hotspots in the FAQ's section.
- TEFL tutors do not need to be native English speakers and can originate from anywhere in the world.
- With a TEFL certificate you can show employers that you are qualified to teach English and that you have a good command of the language, which will improve your job chances significantly.
- In some countries TEFL tutors are required to have a degree (in any subject) but there are also many countries where you can find a well paid teaching position without one.
- Exactly how much you will be paid largely depends upon where you are working, how much experience you have and the type of institute you are working at.
- Some TEFL tutors choose to volunteer, others seek merely to cover their travel costs and others seek to start a long-term career with high wages and future prospects.
- When looking for a teaching position, it is important that you bear in mind the cost of living in your chosen country. What looks like a very low wage could turn out to be a fortune in comparison to how much you will be spending while you are away.
The TEFL course consists of a combination of various modules.
120 hour online TEFL Course
- With this 'job ready' professional course you will do the basic course and develop your skills. This will help you to deepen your lessons, make them more interactive and deal with different student levels. Moreover, it helps you to market yourself as a TEFL teacher.
Online Specialization modules
- There are some lucrative TEFL jobs out there, and they're looking for the right people with the right training to fill them. That’s why there is a range of specialist modules, designed by our expert TEFL tutors, which give you extra training to fulfil the current needs of the TEFL world and to boost your potential salary.
- Whether you're just starting out on your TEFL journey, or you've finished your TEFL course already, these specialist modules will benefit you. You don't even need to be enrolled in one of the TEFL courses, you can still benefit from this additional training.
There are four types of specialization modules:
Grammar module (20h)
- It is one thing to speak English fluently yourself, but you also have to be able to explain the grammar rules of English to a non-native speaker and make him understand it. The online grammar course (20 hours, 5 hours per module) helps you to not only thoroughly know the English grammar rules yourself, but also to be able to clarify these to your students.
Teaching Young Learners (30h)
- Designed for TEFL students who are planning to teach children between the ages of 6 and 12. Learn key skills such as motivation techniques and how to give someone their first English lesson. If you’re going to be teaching children aged between 6-12 years old, you’re going to love this cheeky little module. It’s designed specifically for young learners.
Teaching English One-to-One (60h)
- When you start teaching abroad, you will always find opportunities to do private lessons and earn extra cash. Learning what to do with your first one-to-one student is essential for any first time teacher. You can earn plenty of extra cash when TEFLing through private lessons with students. Learn how to effectively develop your first one-to-one student in this essential module.
Teaching Business English (60h)
- Perfect for people who plan to teach more advanced students with the aim of helping them to develop their communication skills for business: An expanding and extremely lucrative market. Help students with advanced English skills and develop their abilities to meet the ever-increasing demands of the modern world for business purposes.
What will specialist certificates do for me?
- Help your cv stand out in a competitive market - outta my way!
- Increase your potential salary - yes please!
- Take your certification in a specific direction - bring on the bucks!
- Get exposed to a wide variety of job opportunities - jobs galore!
- Boost your confidence - learn skills to cover common TEFL scenarios!
Overview of the online TEFL courses
China: currently over 300 million Chinese are learning English, so it is not surprising that most teaching jobs can be found in China.
Brasil: In Brasil there are a lot of opportunities for teaching English at big companies and thousands of language schools throughout the country; from small villages to big cities.
Ecuador and Chile: Also in these countries the economic growth results in an increased demand for English teachers. Start teaching in one of the many language schools in this country.
Czech Republic: Here and in other eastern European countries the wish to connect more with the rest of Europe results in more and more people willing to start learning English.
Spain: Because of the Euro crisis, it is harder to get a job in Spain. However, job opportunities for English teachers are increasing strongly because of this, since a lot of Spanish job seekers are trying to increase their prospect on the labor market by learning English.
- The actual difference between TEFL and TESOL is very small.
- TEFL stand for 'Teaching English as a Foreign Language' and TESOL stands for 'Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages'.
- TEFL is usually associated with teaching English to students in their home country, where English almost never is the primary language. TESOL is more associated with teaching (non-native English speaking) students, who live in an English speaking country.
- Important to know is that if a job vacancy implies that you need a TESOL-qualification, those with a TEFL-qualification will also be invited and vice versa.
- During the online course, a teacher will be appointed to you, who will give feedback on your assignments of each module. After having received positive feedback you can proceed to the next module. Your teacher also is your contact person during the course.
- The only requirement is the ability to speak English.
- There is no test for this at the start of the course, but keep in mind that you will be standing in front of a class room one day, so a good level of English is essential.
- Furthermore, the course is available for all ages and education levels.
- You need to have a PC or Mac with internet access. To be able to watch the videos, Adobe Flash Player has to be installed on your computer. If you have a fairly new computer with a fast internet connection, you will not have any problems.
Check here if your computer and internet connection meet the requirements:
Windows 2000 or Mac OSX 10.4 ('Tiger') (otherwise your computer will be too slow to upload the course)
Mozilla Firefox, Microsoft Internet explorer, Google Chrome or Apple Safari (latest version)
Last version of Macromedia/Adobe Flash Player (to be able to watch the videos)
Internet connection (with at least 500 kbps)
- The online TEFL courses available via JoHo are developed by a prominent international TEFL language institution. This language institution has its headquarters in Great Britain and is accredited by the ODLQC (Open and Distance Learning Quality Council).
- The ODLQC was originally established by the British government and focuses on quality of open and distance learning. The ODLQC has examined and approved the quality of the TEFL course and continuously checks the quality of this course.
- TEFL certificates are acknowledged worldwide. This means that after succeeding the course, you can start working as English teacher at thousands of schools and language institutions worldwide.
- After booking an online or combi TEFL course, you will receive an email with log in codes for the online part of your TEFL course.
- The moment you click on the link in the email with the log in codes your online course offically starts.
- From the moment you click on the link, you have exactly 70 days time to finish the course.
- The log in period for the specialization courses varies from 30 to 60 days.
- Most TEFL students finish the online course within 2 months. Per course module an estimate is given for how much time you will approximately spend on the specific module, but of course there will always be individual differences.
- If you do not manage to finish the course within 70 days, it is possible to extent the log in time, for an additional fee. However, it is a lot cheaper to book an extension together with your initial TEFL course booking. Look here for the exact prices of extending your log in time.
- You can start your TEFL course once full payment has been received. Paying for the course in terms would mean that you can only start the course after you have paid the last term, so it is not more beneficial than paying everything at once. Therefore, paying in terms is not possible.
- There is no active teaching element in the online course, but it does contain video's of a teacher in a classroom which you will analyze.
- If you want to include practical experience in your TEFL training you can book a TEFL weekend.
- Included in the TEFL course price is the online course and the TEFL certificate.
- Because it is an online course, you will not need books or paper materials.
- The creator of this course was the first to offer a complete TEFL-course online. It is still possible to do the entire course online, as long as you have internet access.
- A difference with other (partly) online courses is that with TEFL you do not have to download big files, like you still see in other courses.
- As TEFL has teachers worldwide, there is always a teacher available in your time zone who can give you quick, efficient and constructive feedback. This also applies if you do the course (partially) abroad.
During the online TEFL-course
- Go to the log in page and click on "Yes, help me log in". Your log in details will then be send to you via email.
- Assignments will be revised and provided with feedback from your own teacher within seven working days. However, you will usually receive your feedback earlier.
- If you want to ensure that your assignments are revised within two working days you can purchase 'express marking' through your online TEFL account.
- After your access to the online course has expired, you will also lose access to all information and assignments.
- If you want to save them, for example as a helpful tool for preparing a class later on, make sure you save the assignments on your computer or to print them before your access has expired. There is an option in the course menu on the left to directly print the assignment or save it to your computer.
- To avoid losing the work you have been doing for the assignments, try to make the assignments on your own computer. When you are finished you can copy and paste the assignment to the online course and send it to your teacher. This way you can avoid losing your work halfway through and having to start over.
- If you are following a TEFL course or already finished one you can book extra course modules. You can add these directly through your own online TEFL account.
- For the separate modules you receive different log in codes. This means you also have a separate time period to finish the modules (dependent on the duration of the module).
- Do you only want to follow a specialization module, that is possible. However, you don't receive discounts for JoHo members on the specialization modules.
After the TEFL course
- For a small fee you can request a duplicate.
- No, the certificate enjoys worldwide acknowledgement and accreditation and has no specific 'expiration date'.
- On the certificate the date (month/year) on which you completed the course is mentioned. It is suggested to keep training your teaching skills, your theoretical knowledge and practical experience, because the value of your certificate depends on your CV and the kind and amount of work experience (voluntarily or paid) you have had after the TEFL course.
- The certificates you receive are internationally acknowledged, so you can start teaching worldwide! Of course there will be differences between and within regions in the demand for teachers and basic conditions.
- Yes, also participants who do not have English as their native language find jobs worldwide in teaching English. The certificate is no guarantee for this, but it will increase your chances considerably.
- Employers will among other things look at the number of hours you spend on your TEFL course and which specialization modules you completed.
- Also consider that a good CV and motivation letter, the amount of time you want to commit for, former work experience and being well prepared for an application interview are important for increasing your chances.
- It is also possible that an employer wants you to have a college or university degree and/or to proof that you speak English well (for example by asking for the results of a TOEFL or IELTS test). In most cases, however, the TEFL certificate will be sufficient.
- No, there will not be a final exam to finish the TEFL course. During the online course you have to finish each module with an assignment, which will be revised by your teacher. You can proceed to the next module once your assignment is approved by your teacher. This way you work from module to module.
- When you have finished all modules of your course, you will receive the TEFL certificate. In the unlikely event you only complete the basic module and not the grammar and/or specialization modules, you will still receive a certificate of the basic module.
- After you successfully completed a module of your TEFL course (the basic course or a specialization module), you will receive a digital certificate (in pdf) of that specific module. You can download these certificates via your online TEFL account. Do not forget to download and save these certificates before the access to your TEFL account expires.
- Within about four weeks after finishing the complete TEFL course, you will also receive a combined certificate with all the course modules you have completed (per mail). The amount of hours of your TEFL course and the date on which you finished the course will also be stated on your certificate.
- Important: You will only receive this combined certificate if you have successfully completed all modules of the course and also filled in the questionnaires after finishing all course modules.
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-Nils-: "I was planning to be a teacher in Asia (Japan). And now I am a teacher in Japan at a pre-school. But I teach older kids as well (after school). I thought the course was very good. Different than I expected, but in a good way. And the situations they describe in the course are really helpful in real life."