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The most frequently asked questions about TESOL & TEFL training


1. What are the benefits of taking an International Teacher of English as a Second or Other Language  Course with the English Council?

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As well as being able to earn money you can explore new cultures, make new international friends, learn a new language, improve your CV/Resume, live and work in exotic locations, travel the globe, give something back to the world and make a positive difference to other people’s lives.
You will get an internationally recognised TESOL course, a 150-hour accredited TESOL /TEFL certificate, a personal tutor, online material, plus lifetime membership of the ELA OFW club if ever you need us at any time.

2. How long does it take to complete the ITESOL course?

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It takes around 4 weeks to complete the online ITESOL course but you have up to 6 months if need be. The online teaching practice modules will usually incur an additional 3-4 weeks study. You can study at your own pace for a few hours a day or a week it is up to you. You can download your

ITESOL certificate as soon as you have completed all modules of the course to the necessary

standard. In-class courses are 4-weeks long.

3. Do I need a bachelors Degree (BA) to teach abroad legally?

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No experience or qualifications are required to enrol in our ITESOL courses. In some countries, you   may also need a BA/BED degree but not all. Officially, you need a BA degree to obtain a teaching permit in order to teach legally in countries such as China, Korea and Thailand. However, there are plenty of exceptions where a degree is not required and most of the ESL teachers in many countries still do not hold any degree. You can also teach privately or online over Skype with just an ITESOL certificate.

Authorities in many countries, such as Thailand and China, now state that a BA degree is required

to teach legally. In reality, this rule is disregarded if an employer can convince the local authorities that there is a teacher shortage and/or that students in the local community will be deprived of

English tuition if their non-degree teacher is not granted a permit to teach. This is often the case.

​The regulations can change without notice so it’s better to always check the legal requirements

when applying for jobs. Unfortunately, many ESL teachers continue to work illegally in many countries due to the BA degree requirement.

4. How old do you need to be? What are the requirements to enrol in this course?

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You should be:
at least 18 years of age. (No upper age limit!)
fluent in written and spoken English.

positive and flexible, with a good sense of humour.

Also you must have:
a desire to teach people to speak English.
the ability to produce a good standard of work.

5. Can you really teach English abroad with just an ITESOL certificate?

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Yes, you certainly can. There is an incredibly high demand for English teachers right now. As part

of the ITESOL course, we will also arrange teaching practice for you over Skype. Once you

complete the ITESOL course, we then put you in touch with employers worldwide who need to hire teachers right now. They will also give you additional training in their methods and practices.

You may join our ITESOL internship programme if you feel you need some teaching practice before taking the plunge.

6. I saw a cheaper TEFL course, why is this?

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The ITESOL course is probably one of the cheapest courses available at the moment, only because it is heavily subsidised by the English Council to the tune of 50% of all course fees. To encourage and aid the spread and maintenance of England’s English.  Virtually all of those cheaper courses are not internationally recognised, even though they often say they are. The English Council is probably one of the best world leaders, and most recognized, ITESOL course provider. We offer a fully accredited, internationally recognised ITESOL course that you can take in class or online or a combination of both. We also do our best to help you find a job afterwards. Our tutors are highly qualified with at least ten years experience teaching English overseas.

7. I’m concerned this may be a scam?

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The English Council have been running ITESOL courses online and in England, Spain and the Philippines for over 15 years. We only take payments by PayPal or Credit Card so your money is 100% secure

8. Is my job placement guaranteed?

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Nothing in life can be fully guaranteed but as long as you follow our instructions, we guarantee you will have the best chance of finding a teaching job after successfully completing your ITESOL course. Remember all job offers are subject to an interview by the prospective employer.

90% of our course graduates, who wanted to work, were able to secure a paid teaching job within a couple of weeks after completing our TEFL course. You do have to present yourself professionally

as you would with any job offer. It is really down to how you perform at any job interview. As long as you hold a certificate, showing your knowledge and competence in teaching English and present yourself properly and show some enthusiasm for teaching, you should not have any problems finding a teaching job in virtually any country around the world.

9. What are my job prospects like and where can I teach?

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An ITESOL course is your gateway to working anywhere in the world. With English becoming the “global language”, trained teachers of English are in high demand, in primary and secondary schools, colleges, universities, and private language schools in over 150 countries from Thailand to Tanzania. There is also a growing demand for online teachers so you may work from home or while travelling.

10. What if I fail?

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As long as you follow our instructions and take your time with each lesson, you will very likely

pass this ITESOL course. We will do everything we can to encourage you and provide you with as much help as possible. The pass rate is a 85% average of all lesson exams. You can only take each lesson exam once. But If you fail the entire course, will let you take the full course again until you pass.

11. What is your refund policy?

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After taking your first lesson in class or through our online course portal, the English Council or any of  Its ELA teaching centres cannot provide any refunds under any circumstances.
If you are unable to complete the ITESOL course due to personal or other reasons, we will be happy

to extend your completion time indefinitely if required. No refund will be issued to any student who fails to complete the course or who fails the exams, under any circumstances. We want you to

succeed and live your dream teaching English abroad… and we will do everything we can to encourage you and give you that extra push. We do not want you to give up on your dream on a whim!  

12. Who are you accredited by?

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Contrary to popular belief, there isn’t any single accreditation body for TESOL or TEFL. There are numerous independent ones all claiming to be “the most accredited”.
Our courses are moderated by the English Council, which is the leading authority for the protection and preservation of the English Language and the English Culture of the United Kingdome of Great Britain.  International Recognition and practical teaching practice are much more valuable to ESL employers than just accreditation. Our ITESOL qualifications and courses are widely accepted and valued by employers around the world. They are internationally respected as the quality standard.

13. What will I learn on the ITESOL course?

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The English Council ITESOL 150  hours Course Syllabus

Fifth Edition – Completely Revised & Updated – Reference No.  EC15040817

The English Council’s 150 hour ITESOL course offers a full introduction to the essential TESOL skills and knowledge necessary. Throughout the course you will be shown the different forms of English around the world, with the main ones being England’s English and America English. This course includes a host of added extras to improve your confidence and ability to produce good lessons every time. You will learn about the tricky subjects of English grammar and English pronunciation improving your employability.

The ITESOL certificate will help you to be able to teach all manner of students, plus being able to specialise in teaching particular students and specific types of English classes. As well as the comprehensive all round training, which will prepare you to be able to teach all levels and all ages of students, both adults and young learners, there will also be the modules to help you specialise in teaching all aspects of English including business English. The ITESOL course is an ideal course if you want to get a high level ITESOL certificate and be prepared for any eventuality in your future teaching.

Undergoing an ITESOL course is probably the best way to learn, analyse and fully understand all aspects of the English Language from all parts of the world, making you fully knowledgeable of whatever form of English is used in the school you will be teaching in, making you more employable.

Course Content  

The English Council 150 hour ITESOL course offers a full introduction to essential skills and includes a host of added extras to improve your confidence. You will learn about the tricky subject of English grammar and the idiomatic use of English, which will ultimately improve your employability with an ITESOL certificate that will not only help you in the teaching of adults and young learners, it will also help you specialise in teaching particular students and specific types of English classes, you will be able to specialise in any aspect of English after undergoing the ITESOL course.  The English Council ITESOL Course gives you an internationally recognised ITESOL certificate.

The English Council ITESOL course is a modular course. Each module is an independent component of the course and can be worked on independently or in conjunction with other modules of the course. Each module has to be completed to a satisfactory standard along with monitored and feedback lessons, to be able to obtain your certificate and to be registered as a competent teacher of the English Language

The English Council ITESOL course contains 21 Modules (176 units)

Module 1(12 units):  Introduction to ITESOL and English throughout the world.

Module 2 (12 units):  Introduction to the General Context of Learning and teaching

Module 3 (18 units):  An Introduction to all aspect of English Grammar

Module 4 (7 units):  How to Teach Grammar

Module 5 (12 units):  How to Teach Vocabulary

Module 6 (14 units):  How to Teach Pronunciation

Module 7(13 units):  Phonology its importance in teaching and learning English.

Module 8 (9 units):  How to Master and Teach Tenses.

Module 9 (9 units):  Teaching the four skills – What are the component parts of  these skills ?

Module 10 (8 units): Mistakes, Instructions, explanations and giving feedback

Module 11 (17 units): How to Teach Productive Skills – Speaking and Writing

Module 12 (4 units): How to Teach Receptive Skills – Listening and Reading

Module 13 (6 units): Course books, authentic materials and Lesson planning

Module 14 (4 units): Games and Activities

Module 15 (6 units): Cultural Awareness in general and especially in the Classroom

Module 16 (3 units): Teaching Practice.

Module 17 (5 units): Intensive English grammar study

Module 18 (4 units): Intensive training for Vocabulary and Phonology

Module 19 (5 units):  Teaching Aids and Technology in the classroom

Module 20 (5 units): Finding Work

Module 21 (3 units): First teaching Job.​

Please note the course syllabus may vary slightly in each location. The actual number of study hours will vary depending on the time you can devote to it. Also depending on the number of students in each class. In any case the ITESOL certificate you gain will be 150 hours worth of tuition, study and research, which more than meets the international certification standards of 120 hours, recommended by the British Council.

14. Can I get a Job Without a TESOL or TEFL Certificate?

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These days, anyone looking for a teaching job without a recognised TESOL or TEFL certificate is in for a nasty shock. There are still a few countries in which unqualified teachers may find employment,

but this is becoming rare. Also, unqualified teachers can expect much lower rates of pay than those who do hold a TESOL or TEFL Certificate – basically they will only be offered jobs that qualified teachers would not want to take.

Most reputable schools and organisations around the world now insist that their teachers hold a recognised TESOL or TEFL qualification such as a CELTA or TESOL. Proper training and certification, as opposed to just a BA or BED degree, will greatly increase the opportunities open to you.  To put it simply, you would not attempt to drive a car without first taking some driving lessons and gaining the necessary skills in advance. Teaching is much the same. Like driving, if you try to

‘wing it’ without really knowing what you are doing, the chances are that it will all go wrong.

More importantly, you should remember that most students are desperate to learn English and in many cases it is costing them a small fortune. It is only fair that you should know what you are doing and that you can take the money knowing you have not just ripped them off to increase your travel funds!


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TEFL = Teaching English as a Foreign Language – Many organisations still offer and many employers still recognise TEFL but to all intents and purposes it is considered outdated as English is no longer considered as a foreign language, instead it is considered as the World Language or at least English is considered as a Lingua franca

TESOL = Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. A more modern term considered more appropriate as English is now the world language, TESOL encompasses both TEFL and TESL. All of the above are used interchangeably in practice worldwide; they all mean virtually the same. This term refers to the certificate you will receive on most TESOL/TEFL courses.

CELTA = Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults. A very intensive course where the qualification is awarded by Cambridge ESOL, part of the University of Cambridge. Generally speaking, you should possess a high level of grammar knowledge before enrolling on a CELTA course. This course is only suitable for teaching adults and would not be helpful if you want to teach children or be an all round teacher able to teach anyone, making you more employable.
ITESOLInternational Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages

The major difference of ITESOL and all other forms of English Teaching courses is that it will teach you about all forms of English throughout the world, American, Australian, etc: With England’s English (British) being the foundation of all English.  The ITESOL encompasses all the major certificates, the Cambridge CELTA (Certificate of English Language Teaching to Adults) and the Certificate TESOL or similar (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) such as TEFL, ITO, ESL, etc. An English Council approved course is Ideal for both beginners and experienced teachers and especially for those whose grammar is not very strong to start with. You will learn how to teach all levels (children, adults, beginner, advanced, business, one-on-one and on-line giving you multiple employment options.

16. What about the job placements and what are the job prospects like in general?

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All TESOL/TEFL certificates are accepted throughout the world by reputable organisations who employ English-language teachers. The English Council ITESOL course will give you the extra advantage of being knowledgeable of all forms of English, giving you an insight into the particular form of English taught in the school or institution that you are applying to. This means that you will most likely secure a teaching job before, or shortly after, you complete your TEFL course.

17. Is my job placement guaranteed?

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Nothing in this world is guaranteed but if you follow our step-by-step guide then you will easily find a job placement. The ITESOL course will give you the knowledge and experience you need to make you employable. However like any form of employment, if you arrive at a job interview late, looking like you just fell out of bed, wearing flip flops, shorts or you look like you got mugged on the way to the interview – the chances are you will never get a teaching job, regardless of what TESOL certificate you hold!  On average 93% of all our course graduates, who followed our instructions, were offered a teaching job within eight weeks of completing their ITESOL course.

18. How does the English Council’s ITESOL course compare to other courses?

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The English Council is the world’s most recognized and reputable ITESOL course provider and moderator. For over 17 years we have been responsible for setting standards within the independent ESL and TEFL/TESOL education sector. Our accreditation is held by a number of ESL and TEFL/TESOL training providers around the world.

We provide the leading mark of educational quality for the English Language Teaching sector, which is used by students, parents, agencies and beyond as a guarantee of standards. The English Council is the leading authority for the protection and preservation of the English Language and the English Culture of the United Kingdome of Great Britain.

The English Council is dedicated to:

  • Maintaining a strong foundation of England’s English
  • Creating a community of trustworthy ESL course providers.
  • Setting high standards of trust and ethical business practices.
  • Building trust and cooperation in the ESL marketplace.
  • Encouraging ESL schools and training providers to deliver results in accordance with our standards and addressing customer concerns in a timely and satisfactory manner.

You will gain a 150-hour, ITESOL qualification gives you extensive knowledge of the English Language and more importantly the ability to actually teach it to others, in a minimum of four weeks, (this can be extended to fit in with your requirements and time available to complete all the units of the course) and your certificate will be internationally-recognised and accepted throughout the world.

19. I’ve heard that these courses are really tough, can I really make it through?

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Yes, the ITESOL course is quite intensive as it contains a great deal of content, which you need to absorb in only a few weeks. However, If you approach the course with the right attitude and do your homework, you will not have any problems. You will enjoy a fun high impact TESOL course and you will gain an internationally-recognised qualification for life!

20. Where can I teach with these certificates?

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Virtually anywhere throughout Europe, Middle East, Asia, Central and South America. Thailand and China are desperate for teachers at the moment.

21. Do I have to be a native speaker to take the course?

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No, but you should have a native or near-native speaker’s fluency in written and spoken English.   You are the model for your students to emulate, so your productive ability of English plays a very important role for your students.

22. How do I join the course?

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For all online applications, please complete the on-line form in full. Then we will process your application and confirm your placement on the course within 48 hours.

For in class applications, call into one of our ELA schools of excellences and complete the necessary requirements.

23. Will I get a certificate after the course?

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Yes, depending on what location/course you choose, you will receive an internationally-recognised TEFL (TESOL or CELTA) certificate upon the successful completion of the course.

24. What about accommodation for in-class courses overseas and internship placements?

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Following acceptance of your enrolment application, a representative from the English Council or your host ITEOL school will contact you to assist you in arranging suitable accommodation that is within your budget. Alternatively, you are free to arrange your own accommodation for the duration of your course.

25. Are there any added costs?

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For the course its self, No! The only other expenses you may incur are accommodation and living costs for the duration of your course, flights and/or your travel expenses to and from the ITESOL training centre.

26. Is there an age limit?

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Yes, you should be at least 18 years old and in good health. There is no upper age limit! However if you are planning to teach in another country they will probably want you to be 20 or over.

27. What shall I bring to class?

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The main thing you must bring with you is PMA Positive Mental Attitude, an open mind and the willingness to learn, however much you think you already know.

28. Will I have to teach any classes during the course?

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Yes, this is the most fundamentally important area of any TESOL/TEFL course. Any course provider not allowing you actually contact teaching time is not one to enrol with. On the ITESOL course you will teach real students of English and put into practice the skills you have learned on the course. You will undergo observed teaching practice, covering elementary to advanced level students, as well as one-on-one tutoring and online teaching. You will also observe other teachers in action for 2-3 hours. Course trainers will guide you through the process of planning, preparation, delivery, and reflection and will provide you with constructive feedback from both the tutor and the students on your performance