Which TEFL/TESOL course do I take?

Which TEFL/TESOL course should I take?

There's a lot of TEFL courses out there and choosing one can be rather stressful as there are so many options. TEFL, TESOL, and CELTA courses provide language teaching qualifications to those who want to teach English abroad.

One of the first things that you should know is that they are not always required. Each country has it's own requirements to teach abroad and process a legal working visa. And individual schools can also have their own requirements or preferences as well. For example, to legally teach English in China, Japan, Korea or Taiwan you don't need one to get a working visa (in most situations). However, some schools may require or prefer them.

Although they can be helpful TEFL/TESOL courses do not replace degrees or the fact that you legally have to be a native English speaker.

The TEFL industry is big business and some companies misinform and lie to naive newcomers. Here you can clear up any misconceptions you may have had about the qualifications that you need.

Your choices of TEFL/TESOL/CELTA courses

TEFL and TESOL courses are the same. They just have different acronyms. A CELTA course is considered to be a more advanced course that focuses on teaching adults, however there is also an extension to this course for teaching children (young learners).

There are in-class courses, online courses and combinations of the two. In-class courses are considered more reputable by some employers and TEFL course providers. Online courses are fine with most employers.

There are courses of different lengths. A course’s value is usually dictated by its hours. There are 20, 40, 60, 80, 100, and 120 hour or more courses. More hours usually means more value. Some employers will prefer more hours and some will not recognize the difference between a 40 hour course, 100 hour course, online or in-class course.

I can’t tell you which course to take or even if you should take one. As far as TEFL courses go CELTA and then DELTA are said to be the most reputable. Trinity TESOL is also said to be reputable. I have listed some courses below. They are just some of the courses. I don’t recommend them or not. I have just put them here so that you can at least measure one metric – price.

TEFL/TESOL/CELTA Courses - Prices  

In-class courses

In-class courses start with “weekend courses” which are usually two full days and those are considered 20 hour courses. Other courses can last one week or go up to 4-6 weeks.

 20 hour in-class courses

  • UK-tefl=$320
  • i-to-i=$292
  • teflengland=$318
  • teflireland=$240
  • tefl-iberia=$212
  • Star-tefl=$320

60 hour in-class courses

  • ittt=$1590
  • i-to-i=$499
  • teflengland=$446
  • teflireland=$292 (combined course)

100 hour in-class courses

  • CCELT=$1100
  • 120 hour in-class courses
  • Global Tesol=$1195
  • Tefl Iberia=$1470
  • TEFLWorldWidePrague=$1790
  • AcadiaTESOL=$1500
  • TEFLteachthai=$1495
  • 130 hour in-class courses
  • The Language House=$1680

Online courses

Online courses can usually be taken from anywhere in the world. This makes them convenient. Most of them can be worked on when desired and there is not usually a timeline.

60 hour online courses

  • i-to-i=$179
  • teflengland=$313
  • TEFLBootCamp=$158
  • ittt International TEFL & TESOL Training=$230
  • TEFLonline=$335
  • TEFL Courses Ireland=$413
  • TEFLexpress=$289
  • TEFL Australia=$220
  • London Teacher Training College=$281
  • TEFL Chanthaburi=$199
  • Flying-Cows=$225
  • TEFLINK=$416
  • iTEFL=$335
  • TEFL Canada=$189
  • ESLinsider= supported by donations (a minimum of $40-60 for certification)

120 hour online courses

  • Global English=$576
  • 140 hour online courses
  • star-tefl=$425
  • 150 hour online courses
  • iCal=$265
  • GlobalLeaderShipCollege=$599


The more advanced courses are Trinity TESOL, CELTA and DELTA.

  • OXFORDTEFL=$2007 
  • CELTA Teaching House=$2495
  • DELTA Teaching House=$2795

So which TEFL/TESOL/CELTA course should I take?

Here are a few more thoughts to consider.

  1. How long are you planning on teaching abroad for?
  2. What's your budget?
  3. What's your timeline?
  4. Are there in-class courses available in your area?
  5. Who are you planning on teaching (kids, adults, businessman, etc.)?

1. How long are you planning on teaching abroad for? If you are only planning on teaching abroad for a short period of time then I wouldn't invest much money in it. If you decide later on that you want to continue teaching English then you can further your education then if you want.

2. What's your budget? If you don't have much money to spare then an online course is your best bet.

3. What's your timeline? If you are not in a rush then you'll have more flexibility in choosing a course. Online courses can usually be taken whenever you want.

4. Are there in-class courses available in your area? If not then you are either going to have to travel to get to one (and put up the expense) or take an online one.

5. Who are you planning on teaching (kids, adults, businessman, etc.)? Some courses offer training catered towards teaching certain students.





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