Introduction to the Course

1.1. Duration of the Course

The course takes, on average, 300 hours to complete, plus additional time to complete the course assessments. Most people complete the course within about four to eight months.

1.2. What will I learn

With our Level 5 300 Hour Diploma in TEFL, you’ll not only get plenty of valuable TEFL knowledge but we’ve also included tons of interactive quizzes, videos and handy TEFL resources to keep your study time fun and engaging.

Below is a brief overview of some of the areas you’ll cover:

- Planning lessons and learning the structure

- Making your classroom a good teaching environment

- Teaching pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary

- Teaching to younger students

- The four skills: reading, writing, speaking and listening

- Teaching online and one-to-one

- Teaching Business English

1.3. Course Content

Module 1: Foundation TEFL 180H course

Module 2: Teaching English One-to-One & Online

​Module 3: Teaching Business English

Module 1. TEFL 180 hours

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.

Module 2. Teaching English One-to-One & Online

About One-to-One &Online course

You have now taken your next steps in your professional development and in obtaining a further specialism certificate. This will give you fantastic opportunities to work within a one-to-one or online context from home or across the globe.

Teaching English one-to-one or online opens more doors to travel and employment. It can be a wonderful way to spend a short time living overseas or an amazing lifetime career. Regardless of the route you choose to take, this course will introduce you to the concepts and skills that you need to start the journey.

Course Content

We have divided the course into ten units. Each unit covers a core aspect of successful teaching.

In this 60-hour Specialist TEFL Course, you’ll get to grips with the following:

- Intro to online teaching and teaching one-to-one

- The working contexts

- About the student

- How to create a syllabus

- Successful lesson planning and lesson content

- Potential problems and how to combat them

- Reflection

- Further considerations for online teaching

Module 3. Teaching Business English

Unit 1: Introduction to Business English

The first unit will explore what Business English is, why we need Business English teachers and how teaching Business English will increase your job prospects and refresh your teaching knowledge.

The aim of the unit is to give some background information about Business English and to highlight key issues which will be explored in more detail throughout the rest of the course.

By the end of this unit you will:

- understand what Business English is and why it is important

- understand the differences between Business English and General English

- have an idea of how Business English lessons and courses are structured

- appreciate why it is beneficial for a teacher to have followed such a specialist course of training before embarking on teaching EFL to business people

Unit 2: The students

While all Business English students and classes are different, this unit aims to give you an idea of a ‘typical’ Business English student and class. The aim of the unit is to explore key areas of language learning and how they are applied in Business English.

By the end of this unit you will:

- understand who Business English

- Students are understand the differences between pre-experience vs in-service courses

- have an idea of the makeup of a Business English class

- understand the factors affecting learning Business English

- understand assessment in Business English

Unit 3: The challenges

This unit will address the potential challenges you might face when teaching a Business English course, including coping with unmotivated, stressed, busy or very low-level learners.

By the end of this unit, you should be able to:

- identify the main challenges in teaching Business English, such as unmotivated, tired, or stressed students

- find ways to motivate and energise students, and create games and activities to engage them

- deal with low-level Business English students

- understand the difference between presenting students with difficult material and challenging material

Unit 4: The first lesson

Unit 4 is a detailed analysis of your first Business English lesson, or at least the first lesson with a new Business English class. This unit has been written for both new and more experienced teachers, to give you guidance for a successful first Business English lesson - where you are unlikely to know much, if anything, about the group in front of you - and to give you some ideas of what to do.

The aim of the unit is to give you confidence for your first lesson by equipping you with the tools needed to get as much information about your new class as possible, so you can go on to form a course personalised to your learners.

By the end of the unit, you will be able to:

- understand what elements to include in a first Business English class

- feel confident in delivering the first Business English class of the course

Unit 5: The four skills

Unit 5 focuses on the four skills (reading, writing, listening and speaking) and how they are important

By the end of the unit, you should:

- understand why reading and writing are important Business English skills

- understand why listening and speaking are important Business English skills

- understand the differences between listening and speaking in Business English and General English classes

- have a bank of practical ideas to try out in your classes

Unit 6: Business Grammar and Vocabulary

This unit has been written to show how grammar is important in Business English. If students have a high level of General English when they start a Business English course, they may think their grammar days are behind them, however, using grammar is important in any ESP course at any level and higher-level students still make grammatical mistakes. For lower-level students who want to study Business English, you may find that a large proportion of teaching Business English will be teaching grammar.

The aim of the unit is to look at what we mean by grammar and vocabulary, if we should teach it independently in the Business English course or as part of each skill, and how incorrect grammar or the wrong word choice can lead to miscommunication in business.

By the end of the unit, you will:

- understand how grammar is used in Business English

- recognise why correct grammar use is important in Business English

- take away some ideas of grammar-based Business English activities

- understand how vocabulary is used in Business English

- recognise why correct word choice is important in Business English

- have some ideas of vocabulary-based Business English activities

Unit 7: Authentic materials

The aim of the unit is to look at what we mean by authentic material; if we should teach it instead of, or alongside, a coursebook, and how to source authentic material.

By the end of the unit, you will be able to:

- understand what authentic Business English materials are

- recognise why they benefit Business English students

- discover some ways to use authentic materials in Business English classes

Unit 8: Meetings, negotiations and networking

Unit 8 explores the teaching of meetings, negotiations and networking in Business English. This unit has been written to show ways of teaching students what to expect and how to cope in meetings, negotiations and networking using Business English.

Students are likely to need a good level of grammar and vocabulary, and also specialist words and phrases to participate in these situations. Their listening and speaking should also be quite fluent and they should exhibit confidence.

Lower-level students will have to work hard to be able to participate in these situations. This does not mean it will be difficult for them to learn phrases – they may be enthusiastic and keen to try out what they have learned – but they will need to be drilled on accuracy to make sure they are pronouncing phrases correctly and that they are using them in the correct situations.

The aim of the unit is to look at meetings, negotiations and networking - what kind of language students should be taught, and how we should teach it.

By the end of the unit, you will be able to:

- recognise specific chunks of language which should be taught in these situations

- discover some ideas of how to teach these chunks of language

Unit 9: English as an International Language

Unit 9 explores the teaching of English as an International Language (EIL). This unit has been written to show the importance of the English Language in business.

The aim of the unit is to look at what we mean by EIL, how it affects Business English and how to teach it.

By the end of the unit, you should be able to:

- understand what EIL is

- understand how EIL affects Business English

- discover some ideas of EIL activities to be used in Business English classes

Unit 10: Current Methods of Teaching Business English

Unit 10 explores current methods of teaching Business English. This unit has been written to demonstrate some of the ways people teach Business English now, as Business English has changed since the 1960s / 1970s to the present.

The aim of the unit is to look at current methods of teaching Business English. By the end of the unit, you will be able to:

- understand how the teaching of Business English has progressed

- incorporate technology into your Business English teaching

- take away some new ideas of activities to use in Business English teaching

Diploma in TEFL Course summary

  • - Through our most comprehensive online course, you’ll acquire the essential skills needed to become a successful TEFL teacher and a qualification that is not only recognised but highly respected the world over.

- Ranked as the same level as a CELTA qualification, this course will give you expert preparation for teaching English abroad and we’ve specifically designed it to fit around your busy lifestyle. Without set hours of study or any in-class training dates to commit to, you’re free to access your course 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, from wherever you are.

  • - During your training, you’ll cover a wide range of TEFL subjects, starting with the basics like structuring lessons to more intermediate topics such as teaching pronunciation and vocabulary. We’ll also provide you with advanced Level 5 training on working with youngsters, teaching Business English to adults and even some in-depth guidance on becoming an online TEFL teacher – by the end of the course, you’ll be ready for anything your TEFL career could throw at you.

-English Government regulation: This Course (and all of our top TEFL Courses) is regulated by Ofqual and their sought-after stamp will appear on your certificate.

Course breakdown


Starting a 300-hour course may seem like a daunting prospect but fear not! This course has been developed alongside experienced tutors and leading language schools to ensure that you, the student, can work through it in bitesize chunks at your own pace. So, whether you’re working full-time or studying at university, you can keep to your own schedule and complete it on your own terms.

When you receive your booking confirmation email, you’ll see that the course is split up into multiple sections that can be activated one at a time. This gives you a simple structure to follow and also allows you to focus on one subject at a time, making it easier for you to digest the information and remember the important bits!

Support with our DELTA-qualified tutors will always be on hand to offer their expert knowledge and academic advice through the duration of your studies. You can catch them on the phone or via email service to get experienced answers to all of your TEFL questions.

After your course, you’ll be TEFL qualified and ready to embark upon your amazing TEFL adventure before you know it.


Instead of sticking to specified studying hours, we’ve made our course accessible via our online portal 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This means that you can log in from your phone, laptop, PC or tablet and continue where you last left off any time and any place. What’s more, you’ll be able to track your progress throughout so that you know exactly where you’re up to.