Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some the most frequently asked questions we get about our TEFL courses. Have a look through them and hopefully you will find the answers you are looking for! If not, please get in touch and we will be happy to help.


TEFL stands for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. It’s an acronym which is interchangeable with TESOL, which stands for Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (more commonly used in native English speaking countries).
For those looking to teach abroad, we recommend completing a 120 hour TEFL course. We offer this course as either purely online based or combined with a classroom lesson which we offer in Dublin, Cork, Sligo and Belfast.
We suggest 120 hours because this is the requirement for the majority of jobs and will help broaden your horizons when it comes to teaching abroad. If you are able to attend the classroom lessons then you might find this quite beneficial as it gives you a real hands on, practical understanding of what your first lesson is going to be like.
No, absolutely not. As long you speak English to a native/fluent level you will be able to complete a TEFL course. If you are not a native speaker and wish to check your English level is of a high enough standard, you can do so here –
The TEFL industry does not have a single regulatory body. With this in mind, here at TEFL Courses Ireland we provide certification that is accredited by leading awarding organisations which means our courses are regularly monitored. You can be safe in the knowledge that completing a course with Ireland’s best quality TEFL provider puts a trusted certificate in your hands.
You have up to six months to complete a TEFL course depending on how many hours of study is included in your course. On average students complete the recommended 120 hours within 10-12 weeks.
No, you do not need a degree to complete a TEFL course. However, a degree (bachelors) is a requirement for the working visa in Asia, but you can still find TEFL work in Europe and Latin America if you do not have a degree.
After signing-up to a TEFL course you will gain access to the TEFL Job Centre on our partner site, TEFL Org UK. Here, you will be able to apply directly to international jobs from TEFL employers. Our team of TEFL advisors will be able to help you during your job search – suggesting employers/other recruitment sites, travel advice, CV checking, interview tips etc.
Many people complete an online TEFL course and find work all over the world. Our online courses are fully accredited and are recognised by TEFL employers globally.
The vast majority of TEFL employers look to recruit candidates with a minimum of 120 hours of TEFL study. Therefore, if choosing an online only course we recommend the 120-hour Premier Online TEFL course.
For the classroom course, as long as you are fully engaged and participate in all the activities then you should pass the course – this is at the classroom tutor’s discretion.
The online course is continuously assessed through short quizzes and assignments – you need to pass each quiz and assignment. Your personal online tutor will mark your work and provide you with feedback. You can also contact your tutor directly if you have any questions about your online course.
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Your TEFL certificate will be valid forever. However, we recommend completing a refresher classroom course if you don’t use your qualification within two years.
70% of our students find work within 3 months of completing their TEFL course.
Yes, it is possible finding work teaching English to non-native speakers in Ireland. The most popular ways are by working as private freelance TEFL tutor or working online.
No, not for the purposes of TEFL. As a TEFL teacher you will conduct lessons solely in English. Therefore, it is not required to have any prior knowledge of the host country’s language. That being said, it will obviously help for social reasons to get a few phrases prepared before your placement.
Your certificate will state your hours of training and completed modules.

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