Q&A | What actually is TEFL?

Before getting started – it’s a good idea to really get to grips with what TEFL is, what it involves, and some of the other acronyms you’ll see.

A TEFL course covers the key knowledge and skills needed to effectively teach the English language to non-native speakers.

TEFL courses often come in a range of lengths, and can be studied online, at a learning center, or a combination of both. While class-based courses can offer a great experience, for many people they can be difficult to afford and hard to attend. This is where online courses can bring great convenience and accessibility.

To ensure that online courses still provide the high level of training needed, there are accreditation organizations which examine the content and teaching practices of these courses. Only those which meet the strict standards set by these organizations are able to gain accreditation. This course has been accredited by the World TEFL Accrediting Commission.

After completing the course, you’ll receive a TEFL Certificate which shows the training you have covered. This certificate has long been an essential requirement sought by ESL employers around the world. In recent years, many governments now also require foreign English language teachers to have a 120 hour TEFL certificate to qualify for a work permit. So for those wanting to move overseas and teach – gaining a TEFL certificate is a must!


TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language.

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It takes around 2-4 weeks to complete Part 1 of the online TEFL course but you have up to 6 months if need be. The GSPA 24 TEFL course and online teaching practice modules will usually incur an additional 3-4 weeks study. You only really need to study for a few hours a week. You can download your TEFL certificate as soon as you have completed the course. In-class courses overseas are usually 4-weeks long.