Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

Learn how to teach English as a second language in this free online TEFL training course and climb up the TEFL ladder.

 Teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL) is one of the world’s fastest-growing educational fields. With over 100 000 open TEFL positions around the world, not including online learning, this field offers excellent employment opportunities for teaching English. This course is designed to train you to meet the standards required of a successful TEFL teacher. Sign up to turn your English skills into exciting work and travel opportunities.


English is spoken by over 1.75 billion people as a first or second language and is a global language widely used in many fields, from engineering to art and medicine. The demand for standard English teachers will thus rise as more and more people seek to learn the language. We designed this TEFL course for anyone interested in turning their English skills into a career in this field. We begin with an overview of the fundamentals of TEFL, which include applied linguistics, pronunciation and teaching methodologies.

Lesson planning is one of the most important responsibilities facing TEFL teachers and requires that they set long-term goals and learning outcomes for their classes. We provide effective lesson planning and teaching methods to help you choose the right content and deliver it successfully. We show you how to use games and activities to help students learn English and examine the role of information technology in teaching grammar and vocabulary in classrooms and online. TEFL requires more than English skills and we provide the pedagogic training you need to teach, including classroom and time management and the steps taken to motivate students.

This course provides the abilities required to help others with early language acquisition as they navigate a new linguistic culture. These abilities can be honed through practice exercises found in our ‘Resources’ section. Finally, we discuss employment opportunities available for TEFL teachers and explain how to advance your career teaching English as a second language. Many people use their TEFL training to finance travel abroad or to generate extra income. Sign up for this course to turn your English skills into a career as a TEFL teacher.


Having completed this course you will be able to:

  • Discuss the primary functions of language
  • Define ‘ambiguity’ as it relates to the study of languages
  • Identify the factors that influence reading in a second language
  • List the stages of teaching listening skills
  • Outline the various speaking strategies English learners should use
  • Distinguish between the various types of motivation
  • Compare the pros and cons of TEFL work abroad

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