120 Hour Online TEFL Course

Includes: R International Accreditation R Comprehensive Resources R Interactive Forums and Peer Feedback

Course Overview

Our 120-hour internationally accredited Online TEFL/TESOL course is an online, interactive training course that provides significant instruction on the theories, strategies and techniques of teaching English as a second/foreign language.

The course includes years of teacher insights, experience and practical knowledge which has been refined into a quality internationally accredited curriculum that focuses on preparing students in the best possible way for their teaching or volunteering experience abroad. 

Qualified instructors with decades of ESL teaching experience support students every step of the way, offering personalized feedback, live one-on-one Skype lesson presentations and practical tips that enables sasd students to have an enjoyable and effective teaching experience.

Why take this course?

  • International Accreditation

    • This course is externally monitored and approved by Accreditat. Learn more about accreditation.

  • Comprehensive resources

    • Students receive a 202 page course workbook and comprehensive
    resources, downloads, lesson templates and printable graphics they can use for their teach abroad experience.

  • 100% remote, take the course from anywhere in the world

    • All you need is a laptop/tablet/cellphone and a good internet connection.

  • Comprehensive course syllabus

    • Designed to throughly prepare you for your teach abroad experience. Learn more about the course syllabus.

  • Highly experienced university-level instructors

    • You will learn how to efficiently teach a classroom of English Second Language (ESL) students of all levels.

  • Practical teacher training

    • Practical training helps you to hone your craft and be better prepared for real world teaching.
    • Every student makes a Skype based lesson presentation to their instructor to gain practical teaching experience. Learn more about the practical training.

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Course Syllabus and Content

Each module will prepare you for different aspects of the teaching experience and build up your skills to respond to every curveball the classroom might throw at you.

Students are trained based on a global ‘best practices’ approach to teaching English as a second language that incorporates the direct methodcommunicative approach, and task-based teaching approach within a lesson planning structure of PresentPractice, and Produce.

We focus on teacher creativity. In many environments, teachers cannot depend on technology, so they must be both creative and resourceful in their lesson planning and execution. Technology is a tool, not a crutch.

Our teachers must harness their own creative spirit during the course and perform in a low-tech environment. Then once they have demonstrated that, we begin to instruct on how to use technology and allow students to incorporate technology into their lessons.

The course takes place over 4 weeks, starting on the first Monday of every month with assignments due at the end of each week (Sunday evening).

Your final exam takes place in the 5th week.

Module 1: ESL Theory and Lesson Planning

The first module will introduce you to the different methods of teaching English and incorporate those methods into lesson plans.

Key Takeaway: A repertoire of skills for dealing with different classroom environments and age groups, as well as tips for structuring a successful lesson.

Module 2: Teaching Speaking

Being able to speak English is the most underdeveloped skill your ESL students have and one of the main reasons that native English speakers are so sought after by schools around the world.

This module focuses on how to teach English to ESL learners of all ages and structuring lessons to improve students’ capability to speak English and just as importantly, to improve their confidence!

Key Takeaway: Techniques, structures and tips for developing creative, engaging speaking lessons for students of all ages and skill levels.

Module 3: Teaching Reading

This module will introduce you to different techniques for teaching reading to students whose reading skills, concentration and interests may vary.

This module focuses on how to teach English to ESL learners of all ages and structuring lessons to improve students’ capability to speak English and just as importantly, to improve their confidence!

Key Takeaway: Strategies, techniques, and creative pathways to developing reading lessons which draw on student interest and push out their language frontiers. With a focus on drawing on your own creativity, here’s your opportunity to share your interests with your students and learn about theirs.

Module 4: Teaching Listening

Listening is important for building confidence in speaking and practicing pronunciation. In this module, you’ll learn how to prepare a listening lesson for students which will help to improve their dialogue and comprehension.

Key Takeaway: In-depth knowledge of the importance and techniques for teaching pronunciation as good listening skills will improve speaking, grammar and pronunciation.

Module 5: Teaching Grammar

Schools will often expect you to focus on speaking more than grammar but the simple games and exercises suggested in this module will help you to introduce students to correct grammar in a fun way that will make it much easier for the teacher and students.

Key Takeaway: Your students will pick up on your correct use of grammar whenever you speak to them. You can incorporate some grammar practice into other aspects of your teaching.

Module 6: Classroom Management

Classroom management is routinely the most challenging aspect of teaching. It does take practice, but after learning about the key reasons why students misbehave and the best ways to respond, you will be on your way to creating a fun and balanced classroom environment.

Key Takeaway: You’ll have to find your own style of classroom management, but having confidence, building trust with your students and not taking yourself too seriously are good places to start.

Course Requirements

Here are the prerequisites for this online TEFL course:

Passing Requirements

  • Complete and pass all assignments
  • Complete your Skype presentation with your instructor. The presentation must be conducted before the end of the course
  • Complete and pass the final exam with a grade of 80% or better
  • Complete the course with a grade of 84% or better
  • You must respond to your peer’s assignments in the forum.

Assignment breakdown


Peer feedback in forums

Providing substantive comments to your peers and engaging in the forums.


Weekly Assignments (11)

  • 4 x assignments in week 1.
  • 2 x assignments in week 2.
  • 3 x assignments in week 3.
  • 2 x assignments in week 4.

Skype Lesson Presentation

Between week 2 and 3.


Final Exam 

Consists of MCQ and short essay questions.

TOTAL 100%

Live lectures?

This course is asynchronous (class is not held at specific times of the day- you complete the course within your own hours in your own timezone).

We recommend sticking to the weekly schedule in order to participate in each week’s assignment.

International Accreditation

This course is externally monitored and approved by Accreditat. Accreditat is registered under the UKRLP (UK Register of Learning Providers), Number 10065351. Registration on the UKRLP means they have been verified against a recognised legal source.

Accreditation is basically a system that checks that a course meets a set of standardised (by the Industry) criteria.

With an accredited course you know that there is a system of checks being made by the moderators on the course provider to ensure that standards, procedures, and materials are appropriate, fit for their purpose, up to date and regularly updated, and that there are systems in place to monitor and give feedback on student progress.

In order to maintain this accreditation status, Accreditat provides external moderation as a means of ensuring that our courses and their assessors are assessing consistently to the industry standards, in an efficient and effective manner.

Accreditat’s external moderators are highly experienced in the education field, know the TEFL / TESOL learning area well, have undergone training for moderation, and have genuine credibility among assessors and within their area of knowledge and expertise. External moderation involves:

  • Checking that our systems required to support the provision of learning and assessment programmes are appropriate, high quality, and working effectively
  • Providing advice and guidance to us in relation to further development
  • Checking that all of the team involved in assessment are appropriately qualified, experienced and competent
  • Checking the credibility of our assessment methods and learning procedures
  • Checking our internal moderation systems through sampling, monitoring and observing assessment processes and candidates’ evidence to ensure consistency across providers
  • Checking assessors’ decisions, providing feedback and recommendations as required


Peer Participation

The course offers mandatory interaction via forums, peer feedback and one-on-one instructor feedback. 

This allows students to see multiple perspectives on their assignments as they design fun and creative lessons.

Students receive peer feedback for each assignment and you will also have to give feedback to other students.

You might be planning to teach in the same country as some of your peers, so this is also a great opportunity to forge connections and make friends.

  • Get valuable feedback from fellow students
  • Share resources and ideas
  • Improve your lesson plans

Practical Training

An experienced instructor will review your teaching and provide feedback. This prepares you for teaching in the classroom and helps you to improve your skills in real time.

  • Get valuable feedback from an experienced instructor
  • Take your presentations to the next level with tips and advice


Courses start on the first Monday of each month.


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Placement Program

If you choose to do the 120 Hour Online TEFL Course as part of a TravelBud Placement Program.


Standalone 120 Hour Online TEFL Course


What you’ll get:

  • Comprehensive Lesson Resources
    Students receive a 202 page course workbook and comprehensive resources, downloads, lesson templates and printable graphics they can use for their teach abroad experience.
  • Personalised Gradebook
    Students receive a personalized Grade Report PDF which summarizes and presents all weekly assignment grades with personalized feedback to create a complete portfolio of all of the feedback they received from the course.
  • Letter of Recommendation
    Students receive a signed letter of recommendation from our Director of Education. A personalized recommendation assures future employers of a student’s reliability and assists them in securing a job.
  • Accredited Certification
    Our 120-hour Online TEFL course is internationally recognised, and is accredited by TQUK.
  • High Quality Video Tutorials
    The courses make extensive use of video tutorials which includes footage of real classroom scenarios from Thailand, South Korea, Myanmar and Vietnam, and expert advice from Instructors and other English teachers in the field.

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does the course take to complete?

The course is 120 hours and has to be completed in 4 weeks.

You will receive each module at the start of a new week and you will have clear instructions for when to submit weekly assignments.

You will only have access to specific content each week so you won’t be able to complete the course in a shorter possible time.

This is to aid your learning and provide enough time to engage with your instructor and fellow students.

Do I need to complete the TEFL course if I have a Bachelor’s degree?

Yes, you will be required to have a TEFL certificate to teach English abroad. In some cases, you will have to have a Bachelors degree as well, but we can assist you with exploring your options for job placement depending on your qualifications.

Is an online course a recognised qualification for getting a job teaching English?

Yes, it is a recognised qualification for teaching English to speakers of foreign languages. Some countries or schools prefer in-class TEFL, so if you already have a specific country or school in mind, make sure to double check.

I’m not great at time management. Will I be able to succeed in this online course?

Time management can be tough with any course. For this course, you will receive each module at the start of a new week and you will have clear instructions for when to submit weekly assignments.

Concentrate on the week’s work, follow the structure of the course and you should be just fine.

Will the 120 Hour online TEFL course guarantee me a job teaching English?

The 120 Hour online TEFL course is internationally accredited. When you complete the course, you’ll receive a certificate and a personalised letter of recommendation, signed by your instructor.

You will be well positioned to get a job with this qualification, however you will still have to find a job.

We can assist you with pre-departure and ongoing support as you start your journey.

How long will the online TEFL course be valid for?

Your online TEFL course is valid for life. You may want to refresh your knowledge at some stage but your TEFL certificate will remain valid.

What is the difference between TEFL, TESOL and CELTA?

TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) and TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) are different acronyms that refer to very similar courses in ESL (English as Second Language) teaching.

Some courses are better than others and they might be branded differently, but the basics are the same. CELTA (Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults) is a different brand of these courses which is specifically tailored to teaching English to adults.

If you know for sure that you want to teach adults, then CELTA might be for you, but bear in mind that this might limit your options if you ever want to teach children.

I have a full time job. Will I manage to complete the course?

The course takes 120 hours to complete, over 4 weeks.

If you can spend 1 or 2 nights a week and a bit of time on the weekend on your TEFL course, you shouldn’t have problems completing the course alongside your job.

Can anyone apply for the TEFL course?

Yes, anyone can apply. Keep in mind that some countries require English teachers to have a Bachelors degree as well as a TEFL.

Do I need to be an English teacher to do the course?

No, anyone can do the course. Teaching English to speakers of other languages is a different skill to teaching English to home language speakers.

What separates the 120 Hour course from the others?

Our 120 Hour online TEFL course is not automated. You will always be speaking to a person and your work will be marked by an experienced instructor who will give personalised feedback to each student. You will receive expert feedback on your work and excellent video tutorials.

How do I find a job after the course?

We offer job placement services, including all pre-departure and in-country support.

Will I need to purchase any additional course material? (e.g. a text book)

No, all the course material will be provided when you sign up to the course. However, you will only receive the material one week at a time – you won’t be able to rush through the whole course in the first week.

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