About TEFL

What Is TEFL?

TEFL is an acronym for Teaching English as a Foreign Language. Also known as TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages), ELT (English Language Teaching) or teaching ESL (English as a Second Language), these acronyms all refer to essentially the same thing: teaching English to non-native speakers.

Why Study TEFL?

You are instantly employable all over the world. There is more demand for English language than ever before, due to its global dominance as a lingua franca, and the TEFL job market is booming – teachers can find work all over the world, from China to South America, from Russia to Sri Lanka. And with people moving around more and more, there is also demand for ESL teachers in countries where English is the official language and new arrivals want to learn English.

How do I become a TEFL teacher?

1. Complete an accredited TEFL course, such as the Trinity CertTESOL.
2. If you study at a good school, they will put you in touch with local schools who are looking for teachers.
3. Complete your CV, contact schools and apply for jobs!
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Which course should I do?

There are a myriad of courses available, but the most widely recognised and accepted is a 160-hour TEFL course with real teaching practice. It should also be accredited by a reputable, government-recognised body. We provide the Trinity CertTESOL qualification which is a UK government-backed qualification and recognised internationally. There are very few TEFL courses recognised as widely.

Where should I do a TEFL course?

You can do a TEFL course in your home country, but we highly recommend doing a course overseas, in your chosen location. You’ll make friends, get an idea of the job market and benefit from the local experience of the tutors. You’ll get to be a student for the first few weeks overseas, instead of having to start job hunting as soon as you arrive.

What Is the Trinity CertTESOL?

The Trinity CertTESOL is a teacher training course for people who have little or no experience of teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL). It is accredited by Trinity College London and gives people the skills and knowledge they need to become successful English teachers all over the world.

What makes it official?

The Trinity CertTESOL is regulated by Ofqual at Level 5. Ofqual is the exam “watchdog” and is the government department that regulates UK qualifications and exams. Level 5 on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF) is regarded as comparable in difficulty to the second year of an undergraduate degree.

What is the difference between these qualifications and other certificates?

Other courses and certificates have varying levels of accreditation, varying from no accreditation to some course content but no moderation visits. They may be accredited by independent companies but are not government regulated. Some courses are also regulated by Ofqual but at a lower level (e.g. weekend TEFL courses) which are not as rigorous and don’t provide real teaching practice.

At TEFL Iberia, in order to be able to provide the Trinity CertTESOL qualification, all the course content is strictly moderated, the staff are vetted, the school facilities are inspected and an external moderator comes to every single course to make sure the standards are kept high.

Why did TEFL Iberia choose to become accredited by Trinity College London?

The Trinity CertTESOL course includes input sessions on teaching children as well as adults, something we feel is important as there is a big demand in Barcelona for TEFL teachers who work with young people. Trinity is also more flexible than the Cambridge CELTA, offering course providers like ourselves more scope to adapt and interpret the course according to our standards. As we are one of the top-rated independent TEFL courses worldwide, we wanted to retain the aspects of the course which set us above other TEFL courses.