Introduction to the Course

1.1. Duration of the Course

The course takes, on average, 180 hours to complete, plus additional time to complete the course assessments. Most people complete the course within about two to six months.

1.2. Course Content

Unit 1: Introduction to TEFL

After reflecting on our choices to teach English as a Foreign Language, we move on to looking at the history of teaching methodologies. We will analyse the advantages and disadvantages of a range of teaching methods through the years. The unit then looks at how people learn a second language and the theories behind this. We will also look at the different working contexts of EFL.

Unit 2: Initial Lesson Planning

This unit of the course focuses on the importance of lesson planning.

We will look at how to write the first page of a lesson plan by considering:

- The practicalities of the lesson

- The learners’ ages, levels and background

- The size of the class Learning styles

We will examine how these points influence how we will structure and run the lesson. We will also explore how to write clear lesson aims and outcomes and predict the problems we might face during a lesson.

Unit 3: Structuring your Lesson

In this section we will look at how to structure a typical TEFL lesson in more detail. We will examine the pros and cons of different teaching techniques before moving on to each individual stage of a lesson. You will learn about:

- Defining lesson stages

- Warmers and coolers

- The PPP method E

- nding a lesson

You will also look at an example lesson plan, written to a level 5 standard.

Unit 4: Making it Work in the Classroom

This section of the course explores how to give yourself the best possible chance of delivering your lesson successfully.

You will learn about:

- How to create a good teaching environment

- Classroom management

- Helping students learn

Unit 5: Teaching Vocabulary

Teaching vocabulary is a very important part of teaching English as a foreign language. In this section you will explore different techniques to present vocabulary to your students.

You will learn about:

- Teaching Meaning, Form and Pronunciation

- Presenting vocabulary

- Checking students’ understanding of new information

- How to support students in remembering and producing vocabulary

Unit 6: Teaching Pronunciation

Pronunciation is the key for your learners to be understood correctly when speaking English. In this section we will look at skills and techniques to teach pronunciation.

You will learn about:

- Word and sentence stress

- The phonemic chart

- Producing single sounds

- Connected speech

- Teaching Pronunciation

Unit 7: Teaching Grammar

Teaching our learners grammar can be a daunting experience but don't worry, in this section we will cover all the grammar essentials needed to make you an expert.

You will learn about:

- Grammar basics

- The tenses

- Further grammar

- Teaching grammar

Unit 8: Teaching Young Learners

As teachers of English as a foreign language, we are very likely to be teaching young learners as well as adults in our careers.

How does this differ from teaching adults?

In this unit we will explore who young learners are and how to plan engaging lessons for them. You will learn about:

- Young learners, their motivations and learning styles

- Effective lesson planning

- Different teaching contexts

- The impact on lesson planning and resources

- Classroom management

- Safeguarding issues such as bullying and social media use

Unit 9: Teaching the Four Skills

We take reading, listening, speaking and writing for granted in our own language. In this section we will look at the skills and techniques we can use to help our learners improve in these key areas.

You will learn how to improve students’

- speaking: Accuracy versus fluency, approaches for teaching speaking, ideas and top tips

- listening: Different types of listening, structure of a listening lesson, types of activities

- reading: Different reading skills, choosing the right text, teaching ideas

- writing: Approaches to teaching writing, reviewing and correcting student work, top tips

Unit 10: Using External Resources in the Classroom

Every day we are surrounded by authentic material and resources that we could use in our classes, but how do you choose what to use? In this section, we look at how we could adapt this material and use it as a teaching tool.

You will learn about:

- Using coursebooks

- Authentic materials such as songs, leaflets and shampoo bottles

- Computer Aided Language Learning

Unit 10 also gives you advice on taking your next steps; from how to find and apply for teaching jobs around the world, to the first day of school at your new job. We will also provide links and titles for resources we think will be useful to you as you begin your teaching career.

3. Course Assessment

3.1 End of Unit Tests

At the end of each unit, there is an End of Unit Test. They are designed to check that you have understood the points we have covered before you move on. You must achieve a minimum of 75% to pass these tests and unlock the next unit. Look back at your notes if you need to. The End of Unit Test is in the same format as the quizzes; you need to check the grey box to the left of the question for the number of marks available for each question - sometimes you need to choose more than one answer! Please note: You have an unlimited number of attempts to take these tests, and they do not contribute to your overall grade at the end of the course.

3.2 Quizzes

Throughout the course, you will find quizzes; they review the material introduced in the unit as well as checking what you already know. Some quizzes are only for reflection on your ideas.

3.3 Written Assignments

Throughout the course, you will write 3 assignments as part of your course assessment:

- End of Unit 5: Vocabulary lesson plan + written essay

- End of Unit 8: Grammar lesson plan + written essay

- End of Unit 10: Skills lesson plan + written essay

You will be provided with full details about course assessment at each assignment stage. Once you have submitted your work, you will be assigned a tutor and will receive detailed feedback via email. Once your work has been passed by your tutor, you will be able to move on to the next unit.

Your work will be marked within seven days of submission.

If you pass the course

After you have completed and passed all the assignments, you will receive an email confirming that you have passed the course.

If you fail the assessment

If you fail any part of the written assessment, a tutor will contact you and you can take this opportunity to make improvements to your submission. It is possible to retake the assessment up to a maximum of three times.

About the Certificate in TEFL 180 hours

- Boost your TEFL learning from basic to extensive with our Level 5 180 Hour Online TEFL Course. Through this comprehensive Course, not only will you be equipped with all the tools necessary to become a successful TEFL teacher, but your qualification will also be regarded more highly than the majority of TEFL qualifications due to its sought-after Level 5 status.

  • - In case you’re wondering, this status essentially means that our Course has been regulated by the Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation of the UK government (or Ofqual, for short) and has been deemed to be the equivalent of a foundation degree or a CELTA qualification – see our Course Comparison Page for more details. In short: the higher the qualification level, the more employable you become and the more you can potentially earn – win!

- The Level 5 180 Course combines fundamental TEFL learning with two Specialist Courses to give you additional preparation for teaching engaging grammar lessons and adapting your lessons to accommodate younger learners.

  • - What’s more, as the Course is 100% online-based, you’ll benefit from 24/7 access so that you can learn on the go and fit your studying around your lifestyle. Before you know it, you’ll be TEFL qualified and ready to start your extraordinary TEFL journey!


  • With no classroom dates to worry about and no set hours of learning, you can pop in and out of your course whenever and wherever you like – whether it’s on the bus to work, in front of the TV or at the local library; your course will remember where you last got up to and save all of your progress every time.

Plus, you’ll also have consistent support and guidance from our team of DELTA-qualified tutors, who’ll be at your every beck and call from start to finish. So, whether you’re confusing your prepositions with your pronouns or you’d like some tips on the end-of-course test, you can contact them via phone, email or web chat.

  • We’ve also made sure that our course content is engaging and interactive as well as informative. So, you’ll get plenty of useful videos, fun quizzes and reusable resources to keep your learning experience as enjoyable as possible.


To make your life easier, our Level 5 180 Course is all completed online so you can fit it around work, school, university or childcare – it really couldn’t be more flexible. Whether you want to study for two hours each day or take time out to complete larger chunks at the weekend, your course will be ready and waiting for you to log in and continue where you left off. Simple!